|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,
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.