Application service provider to migrate to Singapore's broadband network to increase accessibility and improve productivity for customers
Singapore, 13 March 2000 - Symix Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SYMX), an application service provider (ASP) and provider of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) applications for the midmarket, announced today that it is making MRP OnLine available on the SingaporeONE network.
MRP Online is an enterprise application available on Integrated Synchronized Digital Network (ISDN).
Through this migration, Symix aims to take advantage of the high speed and high capacity platform, which uses the next generation Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) cable modem technology, to deliver improved MRP OnLine performance to customers.
First launched in Singapore in 1997, MRP OnLine, a service supported by the then National Computer Board (now Infocomm Development Authority) and the Productivity and Standards Board, offered small- and medium-sized manufacturers powerful enterprise applications on a highly-affordable, subscription-based scheme.
Organizations were able to optimize their business processes by using MRP OnLine via an ISDN line and yet only invest a minimal amount based on the monthly usage of the system. Overcoming the initial adoption resistance, MRP OnLine has seen an increase of about 65% in the adoption rate in the last twelve months. To cater to -- and manage -- this increase in customer demand, partly driven by MRP OnLine's success and increase in market awareness, Symix migrated to the SingaporeONE network.
Said Barrie Williams, vice-president, Asia Pacific, Symix Inc.: "In migrating to the Singapore ONE network, we aim to maintain our leadership in providing powerful enterprise applications on the Internet to small and medium sized manufacturers based in Singapore through a highly competitive subscription based investment system".
Greater bandwidth, greater productivity
The launch of this service on SingaporeONE provides Symix' customers with not only increased performance due to increased bandwidth and speed of access, but also the ability to access MRP OnLine from their office, home or while travelling. Geographical location will not limit the access capabilities as well, with users being able to access the applications via the Internet using existing in-country ISP services.
Owned jointly by 1-Net, SingTel Magix and Singapore Cable Vision, SingaporeONE provides high speed, high capacity access to the Internet using ATM for the backbone of the network and Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) or cable modem for the user to connect to the backbone. Delivering Internet access speeds of about 512 kilobits per second (kbps) and native SingaporeONE access of up to 2500 kbps, it avoids the performance bottleneck encountered by current dial-up and other local access technology.
To access MRP OnLine on the SingaporeONE network, subscribers will be required to invest in an ADSL gateway and subscribe to an ADSL service. The ADSL network provides a built-in firewall and other security measures to
maintain users' data integrity. In addition, the thin-client architecture that Symix has adopted and implemented allows for minimal transfer over the Internet and Wide Area Network (WAN) to the subscriber, thereby further significantly reducing the risk of data interception by unauthorised users.
According to Robert Horwood, general manager, South Asia: "the SingaporeONE migration provides Symix with an opportunity to bring our solutions via the Internet to the region. Accessing MRP OnLine from the offices in the
region is now possible for our customers in Singapore. Similarly, we are now able to offer our MRP OnLine service to potential customers in the region as well".
Symix Systems, Inc. and its subsidiaries develop and market software and services that enable companies worldwide to quickly identify and deploy eBusiness opportunities, and build the supporting business and technology infrastructure. Symix's comprehensive suite of products include the eSyte suite of eBusiness applications and deployment services, and the SyteLine, SyteCentre and SyteDistribution ERP and supply chain application suites.
Through its eBusiness subsidiary, Front Step, Inc., Symix is helping its customers take their talents and services to the Internet, today's "digital marketplace." Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Symix has helped over 3,900 customers build their business systems and better serve their customers. Symix markets its products through sales and service offices worldwide, as well as through independent business partners.
The Symix Asia Pacific office is based in Singapore with responsibilities over North Asia, South Asia and the Pacific. Today the Asia Pacific team provides the sales and support to approximately 650 customers in the region.
SingaporeONE incorporates the latest digital technologies in an optimized, integrated network. With its large amounts of bandwidth, SingaporeONE delivers information to subscribers at least 100 times the speed on Internet dial-up through a normal 56.6 kbps analogue modem. SingaporeONE's high speed and high capacity enable users to experience richer, more exciting and interactive content which includes entertainment and news-on-demand, distance learning, on-line shopping and other electronic commerce services, video conferencing capability, government services, as well as fast Internet.