The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) has announced that it will be issuing S$1.2 billion (US$956 million) in government infocomm tenders in the financial year of 2014.
The new tenders will cover cybersecurity, infrastructure, system development and maintenance, cloud computing, mobile services and data and analytics, said Chan Cheow Hoe, assistant chief executive at the IDA, at an industry briefing on Tuesday (27 May 2014).
The move is part of the Singapore government's efforts to enhance communication and interaction with citizens and businesses, and facilitate more active government-citizen engagement, according to the IDA's media statement issued on the same day. The government will be working with industry players to develop capabilities and co-create solutions on expedited timelines, in order to meet increasingly high demand for public services in Singapore.
"Instead of working on huge projects that take three years to deliver, the Singapore government will be taking a product approach to drive sustainable change," said Chan. "A multiple iteration process will allow us to incrementally manage the risk of development, and be more responsive to changes in technology and citizens' demands."
According to IDA, an example of a government project that was created in an agile manner is the crowdsourcing portal called eCitizen Ideas. Launched in "beta" mode, the website will be continually improved based on users' feedback.
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