Mr Khoong Hock Yun, Assistant Chief Executive, Infocomm Development Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore Welcome Remarks - Media Briefing for ASP Aggregation Call for Collaboration, Viet Lang Restaurant
Mr Khoong Hock Yun, Assistant Chief Executive, Infocomm Development
Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore
Welcome Remarks - Media Briefing for ASP Aggregation Call for Collaboration, Viet Lang Restaurant
Singapore, 20 November 2002
Good Morning Ladies and Gentlemen,
Members of the Media
1. First of all, I would like to thank you for attending this morning's briefing on the Awards of the Application Service Provider Aggregation Call for Collaboration (ASPA CFC).
2. To most of us here, the term "ASP" strikes a familiar chord. To some of us, it can mean lower cost of ownership for IT projects and internal IT manpower costs. For others, it is the ease of cash flow through a subscription model. But most importantly, it allows companies to focus on their core competencies.
3. So why the need to introduce ASP Aggregation CFC? To put it simply, it is similar to having to place the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle together to get a complete picture. What the ASPA CFC aims to do is to bring together Application Service Providers (ASPs), technology providers and user enterprises to implement a platform so as to consolidate available services from various ASP solution providers, and provide a comprehensive and complete suite of solutions that meet users' requirement.
Bringing the Pieces Together
4. At the launch of this CFC earlier this year, our Minister for MITA, David Lim mentioned that the "do-it-alone" strategy is difficult in today's economic climate. For ASPs, it can be difficult with high infrastructure and deployment costs to build and create a market presence. Some of these costs can be shared and defrayed by collaborating with other partners in the ASP value chain to achieve higher productivity and lower their business risks. In addition, they will also be able to leverage on the capabilities and brand image of their ASP aggregator partner.
5. Besides fostering partnership within the ASP ecosystem, the other one key objective of this CFC is to develop an enabling infrastructure for Web Services Management, one of the three thrusts under IDA's Web Services Industry Development Framework. This is made possible since the integration between the ASP applications, ASP-to-legacy systems and ASP-ASPA infrastructure will be developed based on open standard XML Web Services. The ASPA CFC pilot projects will help envisage what the Web Services "Partner" phase may look like, for example, interaction and integration of application across company firewalls, with identified business partners, while generating web services solutions.
6. Finally, as in all pilots and trials, the determinant of economic viability is important. Hence, in this CFC, besides enabling companies to solve key integration and interoperability issues, they will be asked to test their business concepts with end users. This will help ensure that the ASPA model is not only technically workable but more importantly it has a viable business model. These projects will eventually serve as valuable case stories for the rest of the industry.
7. The pool and mix of ASP businesses now operating in Singapore provides a fertile ground and abundant opportunities for exciting industry alliances and collaborations. The three consortia that have been awarded under this CFC have exhibited excellent potential in their project proposals. Besides demonstrating a high level of innovation in the area of emerging technologies, Web Services in this case, their projects will potentially contribute significantly to their own respective industries. We want to encourage such developments as this will help to strengthen Singapore position as an early adopter of innovative emerging technologies; in particular make Singapore the Living Lab for Web Services.
8. Meanwhile, I wish all the consortia success in their projects.