Singapore government awards EDS-led consortium $1 billion contract
Publication: Consultant News, United Kingdom
Date: March 3, 2008
Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) announced the award of an eight-year IT services deal worth approximately S$1.3 billion (US$1 billion) to EDS, leader of the oneMeridian consortium. This deal represents one of the largest IT projects ever undertaken in Asia.

This agreement will help the Singapore government achieve a standard desktop, network and messaging/collaboration environment across its public sector by the end of fiscal year 2010. Called the Standard ICT Operating Environment (SOEasy) project, the Singapore government's overall goal is to help public sector employees work more efficiently and improve the public sector's agility and ability to deliver quality services to the country's citizens and businesses. Through SOEasy, Singapore's public sector employees across all ministries, departments and statutory boards will have secure, universal access to integrated voice, video and data communications. The common environment will improve security and enable employees to connect and collaborate seamlessly within and across agencies using tools like instant messaging, desktop video conferencing and whiteboard sharing. SOEasy also will periodically integrate the most up-to-date commercial technologies and centralize IT budgeting and expenditures.

Under this new contract, EDS will lead the oneMeridian consortium in providing desktop services, messaging and collaboration services, network services and common services (procurement, billing, change management, management reporting, computing lifecycle, backup, and security).

Eventually, the SOEasy network will link approximately 60,000 workstations and laptop computers at 74 public agencies across Singapore and the globe.

Led by EDS, oneMeridian is a consortium that includes Singapore Computer Systems (SCS), Frontline Technologies Corporation Ltd, Fuji Xerox, Avanade, Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Microsoft and SingTel.