JV to offer SMEs cost-effective technology access to tap the potential of eBusiness
ISLANDIA, N.Y. and SINGAPORE, 11 May 2000 — Computer Associates
International, Inc. (CA) and
Singapore-exchange listed Keppel Telecommunications & Transportation -- through
its wholly-owned business ISP subsidiary DataOne (Asia) Pte Ltd (D1) -- today
announced the formation of an Application Service Provider (ASP) joint venture
The joint venture will offer small and medium enterprises (SMEs)
Internet access to advanced eBusiness applications.
The new company will provide SMEs with simple, cost-effective
access to advanced eBusiness and back-office applications based on CA's Jasmineii, and ACCPAC technologies as well as other interBiz
products. Jasmineii is a solution that allows eBusinesses to realize the potential
of the Internet by applying intelligence across their business processes and
those of their partners and customers. Using CA's patented Neugents predictive technology, Jasmineii
provides dynamic personalization through rich visual portals accessible
through both wired and wireless devices.
Leveraging on D1's eBusiness knowledge and experience, the joint venture
company will help SMEs take advantage of CA's industry-leading eBusiness
solutions while benefiting from D1's array of value-added Internet applications.
"We are very pleased to announce this joint venture with Keppel T&T, our
first ASP joint venture in Southeast Asia," said CA Chairman and Chief Executive
Officer Charles Wang. "This is an exciting step forward in our
plans to help smaller Singapore-based companies share in the tremendous
potential of eBusiness. Removing the need for companies to individually procure,
implement and manage their own technology infrastructures will encourage faster
adoption of new technologies driving eBusiness today."
Said Mr. Ng Eng Ho, Managing Director of Keppel T&T: "This joint venture... marks an important milestone in our plans to deliver superior
Internet-based solutions for our customers so that they can focus on their core
business competencies and leave their complex back-end enterprise management
tasks to us." He said that customers are increasingly seeking low
acquisition cost, fast time-to-benefit and operational savings in
"Further, this relationship underscores the key elements of Keppel T&T's
eBusiness strategy: creating the eBusiness environment that enables our
customers to operate online quickly, expanding our industry leading partnerships
to capitalize on e-commerce growth opportunities and developing innovative
remote access technology and web-based applications", he added.
The joint venture's initial offerings include CA's Jasmine ii technology, the
only integrated eBusiness platform for building, testing and deploying
intelligent eBusiness solutions, plus CA's popular ACCPAC financial accounting and business
management applications. It will also leverage the Internet to deliver selected
applications and services tailored to the requirements of SMEs.
As a result of this initiative, enterprise customers can now
cost-effectively deploy fully tested and ready-for-operation eBusiness solutions
on an application service basis, without having to incur large investments in
application development, enterprise systems management, IT staffing and lengthy implementation periods.
In addition to eliminating purchasing software licenses and corresponding
hardware platforms up-front, the joint venture customers will be charged based
on system usage. By taking advantage of the ASP's usage-based billing model,
SMEs can expect to optimize cashflow and maximize returns on investment.
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