CA, Keppel T&T to create ASP to e-enable SMEs

JV to offer SMEs cost-effective technology access to tap the potential of eBusinessISLANDIA, N.Y.
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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 company.

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 eBusiness.

"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.

Initial offerings
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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