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Partnerships are the Key to Infocomm Innovation

Singapore's position to provide a conducive environment that fosters infocomm innovation was further strengthened through a call for international partnership for innovation today...

Singapore, 4 October 2001 | For Immediate Release

Singapore Infocomm Companies Encouraged to Form Partnerships with Global Players Through Expanded Infocomm Industry Upgrading Programme (iLIUP) Budget and Nine New MNC Partners are announced

Singapore's position to provide a conducive environment that fosters infocomm innovation was further strengthened through a call for international partnership for innovation today.

Speaking at the iLIUP networking evening, Acting Minister for the Environment and Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology, Mr Lim Swee Say announced that the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) has topped up the original S$3 million budget to support the development of the Infocomm Local Industry Upgrading Programme (iLIUP) by S$8 million.

In addition to the enlarged budget, nine new iLIUP MNC partners were also announced. The new partners will focus on the development of services and software products, which are in line with the goal to accelerate the growth of high value and quality services industry. They are BEA Systems, Computer Associates, CISCO Systems, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Infotalk Corporation Ltd, Point Information Systems, Progress Software Corporation and Webgain, Inc (Please see Annex A).

"This fostering of partnership is an effective way of speeding up the pace of innovation during this period of business downturn. In this regard, programmes such as the iLIUP can be an effective mechanism to help nurture such partnerships in the industry," said Mr Lim.

"It enables these networks of enterprises to lower the costs of development and shorten the time-to-market of their inventions. Working as a network, they can also make better use of various incentive schemes for manpower development, innovation development and market development. At the same time, they can react more responsively in a fast changing market."

Besides the "one-to-one" partnership between Singapore enterprises and MNCs under the iLIUP partnership, Singapore enterprises can also benefit from inter-iLIUP partnership. This expanded network of collaboration was initiated by the MNC partners to leverage upon each other's expertise in assisting the Singapore enterprises.

With the announcement of the new iLIUP MNC partners, there are now a total of 18 MNCs and over 120 Singapore companies in the programme. The nine pioneer MNC partners are Apple, BMC Software, Compaq, ILOG, Macromedia, Microsoft, Oracle, Software AG and Sun Microsystems (Please see Annex B)


About iLIUP - Innovation Through Partnership

The Infocomm Local Industry Upgrading Programme (iLIUP) promotes strategic, mutually beneficial partnerships between Singapore infocomm enterprises and multinational corporations (MNCs).

Through the iLIUP partnership, Singapore enterprises gain exposure to world-class, cutting-edge technologies and international marketing expertise through partnerships with their multinational peers. These relationships enable Singapore enterprises to enhance their capabilities and penetrate global infocomm markets. Co-branding opportunities are available through iLIUP partnership.

On the other hand, MNCs can increase their market share by adapting their technologies for locally developed products and services. MNCs also benefit from local developers' vertical domain expertise.

MNCs have come to appreciate Singapore as a first-rate test bed for emerging technologies and new applications. With its IT-savvy talent and sophisticated and accessible infrastructure, Singapore is the launch pad to Asia.

About Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore

The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) is a dynamic organisation with an integrated perspective to developing, promoting and regulating info-communications in Singapore. In the fast-changing and converging spheres of telecommunications, information and media technologies, IDA will be the catalyst for change and growth in Singapore's evolution into a vibrant global info-communications technology centre. For more information, please visit

For media clarification, please contact:

Mr Kelvin Lee
Manager, Corporate Communication
Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore
Tel: +65 211 1726
Fax: +65 211 2227

Elliza Rahim / Yang Sook Chin
Edelman Public Relations
Tel: (65) 733-1110 ext. 201/ 223/ 235
Fax: (65) 733-5550
Email: /

Annex A

About BEA Systems

BEA Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: BEAS) is one of the world's leading e-business infrastructure software companies, with more than 11,000 customers around the world, including the majority of the Fortune Global 500. BEA and its WebLogic(r) brand are among the most trusted names in e-business. Businesses built on the award-winning BEA WebLogic E-Business Platform(tm) are reliable, highly scalable, and poised to bring new services to market quickly. BEA's e-business platform is the de facto standard for more than 2,100 systems integrators, independent software vendors (ISVs), and application service providers (ASPs) to provide complete solutions that fast-track and future-proof e-businesses for high growth and profitability. Headquartered in San Jose, Calif., BEA has 93 offices in 34 countries and is on the Web at

Media Contact:
Hui Yoke Leng
Regional Marketing Manager
Mobile: (65) 9684-8883

About CISCO Systems

Cisco Systems is the worldwide leader in networking for the Internet. Cisco's networking solutions connect people, computing devices and computer networks, allowing people to access or transfer information without regard to difference in time, place or type of Computer system. Cisco Systems is fundamentally building the New World of Communications on an Internet Protocol foundation. Cisco's customer range from Service Providers to Enterprises and Small and Medium Businesses and is innovating with next-generation technologies such as Voice over IP, IP+Optical, IP Telephony and Wireless Communications. Cisco news and information are available at Asia Pacific news and information are available at

Media Contact:
Ms Jean Tee
Marketing Program Specialist
Cisco Systems (USA) Pte Ltd
Tel: (65) 317-5654
Fax: (65) 317-7798
Mobile: (65) 9616-7563

About Computer Associates International, Inc

Computer Associates International, Inc. (NYSE: CA) delivers the software that manages eBusiness. CA's world-class solutions address all aspects of eBusiness process management, information management, and infrastructure management in six focus areas: enterprise management, security, storage, eBusiness transformation and integration, portal and knowledge management, and predictive analysis and visualization. Founded in 1976, CA serves organizations in more than 100 countries, including 99 percent of the Fortune 500 companies.

Media Contact:
Janie Lim
Computer Associates
Channel Marketing Manager, ASEAN
Tel: (65) 432-8581
Fax: (65) 332-1043
Mobile: (65) 9781-2870

About Hewlett-Packard

Hewlett-Packard Company - a leading global provider of computing and imaging solutions and services - is focused on making technology and its benefits accessible to all. HP had total revenue from continuing operations of $48.8 billion in its 2000 fiscal year. Information about HP and its products can be found on the World Wide Web at

Media Contact:
Rina Lim
Corporate Communications

About IBM Singapore

With 80 years of leadership in helping businesses innovate, IBM is the world's largest information technology company. IBM creates, develops and manufactures the industry's most advanced information technologies, including computer systems, software, networking systems, storage devices and microelectronics. Established in Singapore in 1953, IBM Singapore offers a wide range of services and solutions that enable organizations, large and small, to take advantage of the new era of e-business and realize the full value of information technology. The fastest way to get more information about IBM is through the IBM home page at

Media Contact:
Karen Yew
Corporate Communications Manager
IBM Singapore
Tel: (65) 320-1703
Fax: (65) 221-9697

About InfoTalk Corporation Limited

Headquartered in Hong Kong, InfoTalk is a leading provider of multilingual conversational speech understanding technology. The company was established in 1996 by an elite team of linguistic and speech understanding experts. With extensive academic and professional experience, InfoTalk draws together the largest and strongest R&D team in speech understanding development.

It has developed an award-winning conversational speech understanding engine, e-t@lk, which can manage large vocabularies in English and Asian languages and dialects flexibly. The majority of the successful speech-enabled deployments in Greater China are powered by e-t@lk. In July 2000, InfoTalk successfully launched the world's first Chinese voice portal in Hong Kong.

InfoTalk's major clients include Pacific Century Cyberworks HKT, Bank of East Asia, Hong Kong and China Gas Company, Beijing Telecom, Taiwan Paging Networks and Shenzhen Airport. To date, InfoTalk has offices in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Singapore and Taipei. More information can be found on our website:

Media contact:
Billy Yeung
InfoTalk Corporation Limited
Tel: (852) 2190-9600
Fax: (852) 2788-2306

About Point Information Systems

Founded in 1989, Point Information Systems is a leading global provider of e-CRM solutions. Point's advanced product suite, e-point, uniquely enables companies and their partners to interact with their customers and prospects across any stage of the customer lifecycle and over any assisted or unassisted channel via any interaction media. Deployed in 18 languages in 35 countries, Point's products are used by mid-to-large sized organizations and multinational companies, including Allianz Group, Brann, Bupa, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Dah Sing Bank, Deutsche Bank, Liberty Mutual, Maybank, MetLife, Overseas Union Bank, Verizon Communications, Virgin Mobile, and many others worldwide. Point has offices in Europe, North America and the Asia Pacific Region. Additional information is available at or via email at

Media Contact:
Julia Leong
Marketing/Partner Alliance Manager
POINT Information Systems
Tel : (65) 562-8130
Mobile : (65) 9871-3180
Fax: (65) 562-8131

About Progress Software Corporation

Founded in 1981, Progress Software Corporation, or PSC (NASDAQ: PRGS) is the parent organization for the Progress Company operating unit, Sonic Software Corporation, and NuSphere Corporation. PSC provides industry-leading technologies for all aspects of e-business development, deployment, integration and management. Progress Software Corporation is headquartered in Bedford, MA

Progress Software has been established in the Asia/Pacific region for 10 years. It has around 100 employees and is represented in 15 countries across the region. Its subsidiary offices are located in: Australia, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore.

For more information on Progress Software, please visit our web site or send us an email to We can also be reached at (65) 563-1500

Media Contact:
Tee Beng Teck
Country Sales Manager
Progress Software Corporation
Tel: (65) 5631-500 Ext 32
Mobile: (65) 9630-6918
Fax: (65) 563-1511

About Webgain, Inc

WebGain, Inc., automates the creation, integration, and continuous improvement of enterprise-class e-business applications across a variety of application servers. WebGain Studio Professional, the company's flagship product, reduces time to market for e-business applications and improves application completeness and quality. Privately held, WebGain, Inc., is headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., and is on the Web at 2001 WebGain, Inc.

Media Contact:
Frank Teh
Regional Technical Manager
Mobile: (65) 9766-1101

Annex B

About Apple

Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh. Apple is committed to bringing the best personal computing experience to students, educators, creative professionals and consumers around the world through its innovative hardware, software and Internet offerings. Website:

Media Contact:
Leon Chen
iLIUP Manager
Tel: (65) 480-7571
Fax: (65) 484-0742

About BMC Software

BMC Software, Inc. [NYSE: BMC], is the leading provider of enterprise systems management solutions that assure business availability - maintaining and optimizing business-critical systems with automated infrastructure management and unique service management capabilities. BMC Software is a Forbes 500 company and a member of the S&P 500, with fiscal year 2001 revenues exceeding $1.5 billion and offices worldwide. For more information, please visit BMC Software's Web site at

Media Contact:
Emilyn Lee
Program Manager - Channels/iLIUP
BMC Software Asia Pacific Pte Ltd
DID: (65) 432-6185
Fax: (65) 338-9580

About Compaq

Compaq Computer Corporation is a leading global provider of enterprise technology and solutions. Compaq designs, develops, manufactures and markets hardware, software, solutions and services, including industry-leading enterprise storage and computing solutions, fault-tolerant business-critical solutions, communication products, and desktop and portable personal computers that are sold in more than 200 countries. Information on Compaq and its products and services is available at

Media Contact:
Susan Kim
PR manager
Compaq Computer Asia Pte Ltd
DID: (65) 580-5606
Fax: (65) 580-5395

About ILOG

ILOG is the world's leading supplier of C++ and Java software components. ILOG's embeddable optimization, visualization and business rules software components dramatically shorten the development time of enterprise applications in the supply chain, telecommunications, transportation and financial services industries. In addition to optimization applications - where the company enjoys significant market share - ILOG is playing an active role in the emergence of the e-business software components market. ILOG is dually headquartered in Paris, France, and Mountain View, California. Visit for additional information.

Media Contact:
Lawrence Fu
iLIUP Manager
Tel: (65) 871-7162
Mobile: (65) 9637-7988

About Macromedia

Macromedia is passionate about what the Web can be. Its award-winning products empower designers and developers to efficiently create and deliver the most engaging experiences on the Web, and enable innovative Internet business applications. Headquartered in San Francisco, Macromedia has more than 1,500 employees worldwide and is available on the Internet at

Media contact:
Mr Chak Ming Fai
iLIUP Manager
Tel: (65) 325-9933
Mobile: (65) 9683-3171
Fax: (65) 423-9200

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software, services and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software - any time, any place and on any device. For more information on Microsoft Singapore, please visit

Media Contact:
Benjamin Tio
Partner Marketing Manager
Central Marketing Organisation
Tel: (65) 433-5391

About Oracle

Oracle's new e-business suite puts every aspect of a business - business marketing, sales, service, procurement, supply chain, manufacturing, accounting, human resources -- everything, on the Internet. All the applications in our suite are designed and engineered to work together, so customers buying the entire suite don't need to do any systems integration. For more info, visit

Media Contact:
Doreen Voo
iLIUP Manager
Tel: (65) 434-7940
Fax: (65) 339-6006

About SoftwareAG

Software AG, Darmstadt, Germany, is Europe's largest system software provider and a major global player offering cutting edge technology for data management and electronic business. Since 1998 the company has focused its development activities on XML products for the Internet. With some 3,500 employees and representatives in over 70 countries, Software AG expects revenues to exceed euros 600 million in 2001. Its distribution and technology partners include market leaders such as IBM, Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard as well as innovative IT solutions providers like Extensibility, Softquad and Sequoia. Software AG's products control the central IT processes of thousands of renowned companies worldwide. Some examples of these are lufthansa, British Sky Broadcasting, ZDF, Dresdner Bank AG, Swiss Post, DaimlerChrysler, Deutsche Bahn AG (German Rail), BP and VIAG Interkom. Software AG is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (MDAX, Security identification number 724264 / SOWGn.F). Please visit us on the Internet:

Media Contact:
Anne Seow
iLIUP Manager
Tel: (65) 832-2812
Fax: (65) 336 3587

About Sun Microsystems, Inc

Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision - The Network Is The ComputerTM -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW), to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that power the Internet and allow companies worldwide to take their businesses to the nth. With $18.3 billion in annual revenues, Sun can be found in more than 170 countries and on the World Wide Web at

Media Contact:
Adelyne Loke
Marketing Communications, Asia South
Sun Microsystems
SWAN: 88069
DID: (65) 239-7069
Fax: (65) 438- 7646