Singaporean technology companies are increasingly looking beyond local shores for global business opportunities and the Crimsonlogic is the latest firm to reap the benefits of internationalisation. The homegrown IT services ...
December 22, 2005
Singaporean technology companies are increasingly looking beyond local shores for global business opportunities and the Crimsonlogic is the latest firm to reap the benefits of internationalisation.
The homegrown IT services provider Crimsonlogic last month sealed a sizeable e-Government contract with authorities in Turkey. Valued at 20 million euros (approximately S$40 million), the project was awarded to Crimsonlogic and its Turkish partner Oyak Technologies.
Called the "The E-Devlet Kapisi Project (Turkish for e-Government Gateway Project), the project will see both companies joining hands to deploy a one-stop electronic services portal which allows 70 million Turkish citizens and businesses to interact and transact with over 30 public sector agencies. The project is set to catalyse the Turkish government's move to become more citizen and business-centric, an effort that authorities expect to help facilitate the country's entry into the European Union (EU).
Crimsonlogic and its local partner were eventually chosen despite keen contest from numerous international and Turkish companies. Under the deal, Crimsonlogic and Oyak Technologies will implement the gateway over a one-year period and provide training and consultancy to all agencies involved.
According to a joint statement, the Crimsonlogic implementation will use both best-of-breed open-source and commercial off-the-shelf technologies based on standards like J2EE (Java 2 Enterprise Edition and XML (Extensible Markup Language). The solution will also incorporate Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), Enterprise-Service Buses (ESB), and the European Interoperability Framework. The implementation of this e-Government gateway will serve as the foundation for Turkey's participation in Pan-European e-Government services which require interoperability between the online offerings from different nations in the EU.
The E-Devlet Kapisi Project was first identified as a viable opportunity when Crimsonlogic participated in the Singapore Business Federation's mission to Turkey in November 2004, the company said.
"We are elated over this win as it marks yet another success in our internationalisation drive," said Acting CEO of Crimsonlogic Mr Leong Peng Kiong. "It also has special significance to us as it is one of our largest gateway projects into the European market."
Having facilitated the deal, the IDA hopes the Crimsonlogic's success will encourage more local ICT firms to pursue overseas opportunities.
"IDA is committed to working closely with home-grown infocomm companies to facilitate the export of Singapore ICT solutions and expertise overseas," said Mr Chan Yeng Kit, CEO, IDA . "This significant win by Crimsonlogic will strengthen the Singapore Infocomm brand in Europe. We hope that this will spur other Singapore infocomm companies to strike out and venture beyond our shores."