The Singapore Government has revealed its plans of investing S$1.2 billion (US$1.52 billion) in FY2013 on infocomm technologies (ICT) to improve the public sector's service delivery to citizens and businesses.
At the annual Industry Briefing on Business Opportunity for Infocomm in the Public Sector last week, James Kang, assistant chief executive of Government Chief Information Office of Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), said the government will call for tenders for key areas of technology. These include agile software development, government cloud solutions, infocomm security, and data and analytics.
Calling for tenders
The government will call for a bulk tender on agile software development to provide government agencies with a range of suppliers with agile expertise, resources and tools. This enables a shorter turnaround time for the development of applications and solutions. As citizen-centric solutions, especially government e-service, are expected to deliver their services quickly and engage well with users, User Experience Design will be focused on during development.
Since the Government Cloud (G-Cloud) Infrastructure-as-a-Service is now established, the Government will call for software-as-a-service (SaaS) tenders to allow agencies to tap on software offered on the cloud, says Kang. The government thus gains the agility, scalability and utility pricing model of those software.
To mitigate risk and detect threats early, infocomm security will be strengthened. A bulk tender to centralise the provision of data encryption products and services will be called, while a bulk tender to enhance the Cyber-Watch Centre is currently available for participation.
Other key areas
The government will continue encouraging businesses to use analytics to help improve the latter's operations, planning and policy formulation. To do so, a Call-for-Collaboration on Social Analytics for Business Enterprise is currently underway for businesses to develop and deploy social analytics services together with infocomm enterprises and analytics solution providers.
To promote the use of government data in developing applications, the Government launched Apps4SG competition last month. Citizens and businesses are challenged to develop applications that help improve the way we live, work and interact in Singapore.
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