S'pore gets a SOEasy start

oneMeridian has begun looking for data center locations for the nation's US$940-million program to standardize various platforms across the public sector.

SINGAPORE--Work is underway for Singapore's SOEasy project, awarded by the government several weeks ago.

Mark Abe, vice president and managing director for EDS South East Asia, told ZDNet Asia in an e-mail interview that near-term deliverables for the oneMeridian consortium include securing physical space to locate offices and data centers and confirming an account governance model.

Led by EDS International, the oneMeridian consortium in February edged out three other groups for the S$1.3-billion (US$939.5-million) tender to standardize desktop, network and messaging components for the majority of Singapore's public sector agencies.

"As with any large-scale account start-up, EDS has a formal process to ensure a clean account launch and commencement of services," noted Abe. "Within this process are several deliverables that span areas such as real estate, operations and delivery, and account management."

Also on the agenda are briefing sessions to discuss the SOEasy program with early-adopter government agencies, which include the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Communications and the Arts. These sessions are conducted jointly with Singapore's Infocomm Development Authority, the ICT regulatory body that also oversees technology purchases and deployments for major government bodies.

According to Abe, EDS will dedicate a team of 105 to the SOEasy project "within the next few weeks". The consortium, which includes Alcatel-Lucent, Avanade, Cisco Systems, Frontline Technologies, Microsoft, Singapore Computer Systems and SingTel plans to rope in between 800 and 850 personnel during critical stages of the project.


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