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Singapore to Lead in Setting Global Standards for Web Services


By 2004, Web Services companies around the world will benefit from an international Web Services standard created by Singapore. Singapore is the first Asian country to partner with OASIS, an international standards consortium, to lead in creating an international Web Services standard. 

By 2004, Web Services companies around the world will benefit from an international Web Services standard created by Singapore. Singapore is the first Asian country to partner with OASIS, an international standards consortium, to lead in creating an international Web Services standard. For a start, the standards work will be done by a 15-member body called the "OASIS Framework for Web Services Implementation (FWSI) Technical Committee".

The founding members of the OASIS FWSI Technical Committee comprises co-chairs, IDA and the Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech), a secretariat, the Information Technology Standards Committee (iTSC), as well as six local companies, Crimson Logic, Ecquaria, EG Innovations, ESS Software, ReadiMinds and Singapore Computer Systems. They will be joined by three MNCs, Sun Microsystems, NEC and Yellow Dragon, two international e-business consortia, RosettaNet and CommerceNet, and a research institution, the Centre for E-Commerce Infrastructure Development (CEDID) at the University of Hong Kong.

"We are very pleased that the OASIS FWSI Technical Committee is being launched in Singapore," said Patrick Gannon, president and CEO of OASIS during a visit here. "We value IDA's foresight and initiative in identifying critical business application issues. The work of the OASIS FWSI TC will help to enable Web Services and Service Oriented Architectures to be more rapidly implemented in eCommerce applications around the world," he added.

"Singapore's leadership in helping to set global standards in Web Services represents the coming-of-age of the local infocomm industry. By collaborating with OASIS on standards development, local Web Services companies can gain from knowledge exchange with MNCs and other global companies. This will give them a competive edge in the global Web Services market." said Mrs. Tan Ching Yee, Chief Executive Officer, IDA.

The new standard will help companies accelerate Web Services implementation and adoption while generating revenue growth. From working in the OASIS FWSI Technical Committee, the six local companies can raise the international profiles of their products and services and through this, aim to generate as much as S$36m in revenue over the next two years.

To kick-start the standards work, OASIS has issued a Call-for-Participation to its more than 600 global member companies and individuals to join IDA and others, in the OASIS FWSI Technical Committee. The broad-based participation ensures that the standard, when completed by September 2004, is accepted and implemented by the global electronic commerce industry. Singapore aims to increase business adoption of Web services from 8 to 20 percent over the next three years under the WEAVE (Web Services Add Value to Enterprises) programme launched by IDA in May 2003 to spur Web Services developments in Singapore.


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, visit


OASIS (Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards) is a not-for-profit, global consortium that drives the development, convergence, and adoption of e-business standards. Members themselves set the OASIS technical agenda, using a lightweight, open process expressly designed to promote industry consensus and unite disparate efforts. OASIS produces worldwide standards for security, Web services, conformance, business transactions, electronic publishing, topic maps and interoperability within and between marketplaces. Founded in 1993, OASIS has more than 2,000 participants representing over 600 organizations and individual members in 100 countries.

For media clarification, please contact:

Ms Ho Hwei Ling
Senior Manager, Corporate Communication
Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA)
DID: +65 6211 1996


About the Founding Members of the Oasis FWSI Technical Committee


1. IDA (please refer to press release for boiler plate, quotes and PR contact)

2. Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech)

About SIMTech
SIMTech, a research institute of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), contributes to the competitiveness of Singapore industry through the generation and application of advanced manufacturing technology and the development of human capital. Its areas of research focus include manufacturing process technologies such as forming, joining, machining and coatings; enabling technologies such as mechatronics and precision measurements as well as the application of information technology for product design and development, production and logistics planning and computer control in the manufacturing value chain. For more information, please visit

"The work of the OASIS FWSI Technical Committee is to complete two deliverables. The first is the set of implementation methodologies and the second is the set of functional elements for Web services. As a host for the flagship project for intellectual capital strategic thrust of IDA's Web Services Add Value to Enterprises (WEAVE) Programme, SIMTech is well placed to contribute to the OASIS FWSI Technical Committee," said Dr Lee Eng Wah, Co-Chair of OASIS FWSI Technical Committee and Senior Scientist of SIMTech.

PR Contact
Lee Swee Heng


3. Information Technology Standards Committee (iTSC)

About ITSC
Information Technology Standards Committee is an industry-driven IT standardization group in Singapore, supported by SPRING Singapore and IDA. ITSC promotes and facilitates national infocomm standardisation programmes and the participation of Singapore in the international infocomm standardisation activities. For more information, please visit

"ITSC's participation in the FWSI TC is a part of our concerted effort to enable our industry to stay at the forefront of ICT developments through standards work. Our lead in establishing Web Services standards will facilitate the creation of a Web Services industry here, help open markets for local Web services companies and allow us to realise the potential of this emerging technology." Mr Wilson Tan, Chairman, ITSC.

PR Contact
Ho Buaey Qui , ITSC Secretariat
Tel: +65 6211 1233


4. Crimson Logic

About Crimson Logic
CrimsonLogic offers innovative and secure B2B, B2G and G2G solutions in key sectors such as trade and logistics, legal and healthcare. It enables businesses and governments to connect and collaborate seamlessly with their customers and partners, anytime, anywhere. As an Application Service Provider (ASP) with 15 years of experience, CrimsonLogic has set industry standards with world-first solutions such as TradeNet, eStamping, Electronic Filing System and CertOfOrigin, and continues to pioneer revolutionary solutions around the world. Beyond ASP services, CrimsonLogic provides systems integration, consulting and licensing of eServices technology components. It also delivers trusted services in business intelligence, eLearning and security.

"CrimsonLogic is a firm believer of open standards, specifications and re-usability. We see that an open standard in the implementation methodology for building robust, secure and reliable Web Services solutions is an essential requirement for all solution providers. We are happy to be part of the FWSI technical committee, contributing to the development of this standard and specification which we believe will be adopted by global communities in time to come", V Mathivanan, CEO, CrimsonLogic Pte Ltd.

PR contact
Mala Devi
Tel: +65 6887 7175

5. Ecquaria

About Ecquaria
Ecquaria Technologies, headquartered in Singapore, is a leading enterprise business platform provider. It was founded to address the growing need of enterprises that are seeking to better serve their customers in light of the emerging phenomenon of customer-driven business relationships. With deep domain knowledge and experience in enterprise infrastructures for service-oriented enterprises worldwide, Ecquaria delivers the benefits of Ecquaria Service-Oriented PlatformTM to empower customers with a core enterprise business platform to develop and deliver rich and diverse customer-centric services. Ecquaria is established with offices in Singapore, China, Mexico and U.S. with an expanding network of global partners to support the activities of customers worldwide. More information is available at

"Implementing robust Web Services and reducing risks of implementation are the goals behind this FWSI TC. If the ubiquity and openness of Web Services are to live up to expectations, and truly provide value for customers, a tried-and-tested model implementation process incorporating industry's best practices such as those provided by the TC is a requirement. We are proud to be hosting this TC with OASIS and others who are committed to creating high quality Web Services with an efficient and effective implementation process. We see the participation in this global TC as a validation of our company's potential as thought leaders in Web Services." said Dr Foong Wai Kheong, President and CEO, Ecquaria Technologies.

PR contact
Ms Kendrea Wong
Marketing Manager
Ecquaria Technologies
DID: +65 6768 9775

6. EG Innovations

About EG Innovations
EG Innovations is the leading provider of enterprise-class service monitoring and management solutions for IT infrastructure. The company's unique dataflow and applications dependency technology is key to ensuring high availability and performance of mission-critical systems, where proactive monitoring, rapid diagnosis, and instant recovery are critical.

Customers worldwide use the 100% web-based eG solutions to improve the quality of their services thereby enhancing their competitive positioning, lower their operational costs, and optimize the usage of their infrastructures.

PR contact
Mr Peter Mao
Tel: +65 6423 0928

7. ESS Software

About ESS Software
ESS Software is an IT product and services provider. We provide our customers with complete, cost-effective solutions for developing new and emerging software as well as rewriting existing systems using emerging web based technologies. This enabled our customers and companies that worked with us to lower the total cost of systems ownership and increased business productivity.

"ESS Software is proud to be part of this initiative by Singapore and a first in Asia within the OASIS group to develop a set of standards to further standardize the adoption of web services technologies and its application. This will greatly enhance our leadership and competitive position in this area for both the local companies and the infocomm industry", Yong Inn Nam, Managing Director, ESS Software.

PR contact
Nelson Kuo
Tel: +65 6226 2063

8. ReadiMinds

About ReadiMinds
ReadiMinds is an innovation-driven enterprise software company with headquarters in Singapore. We help companies involved in Logistics, Distribution, and Manufacturing fast track to a real-time extended enterprise, leveraging existing IT assets. We were one of the first in the world (IE Journal, Oct 2002) to launch such a solution in September, 2002. We are featured in "Innovative Singapore Companies" - a book published in July 2003 by IE/Singapore Government. Our "ReadiMinds WebServices Applications Suite" is also the winner of Innovation Development Scheme of IDA and EDB of Singapore. Our Clients include Fortune 500 companies such as Flextronics, Sony, 3M, Ericsson, and other leading Logistics, Distribution, and Manufacturing companies. Our Business partners include IBM, SUN, BEA, Borland, Nokia, and Ericsson. Our web site address is

"We are excited to be a founding member of the OASIS FWSI TC in Singapore. This TC would help us influence the global body with specific regional requirements. It would help early incorporation of future webservices standards in our "ReadiMinds WebServices Applications Suite", and help build our leadership position further in the Enterprise WebServices Solutions industry", Naren Nagpal, Chief Executive Officer, ReadiMinds.

PR Contact
Mr Amardeep Singh
Tel: +65 6333 1217

9. Singapore Computer Systems

About Singapore Computer Systems
Singapore Computer Systems (SCS) is a leading information and communications technology (ICT) service provider in the Asia-Pacific region. Our key competencies are in IT and Business Consultancy, Systems Integration, Outsourcing, Networking, e-Business and R&D/Product Development. Other services include business recovery and call centre services, e-Learning solutions, provision of a wide range of computer hardware and software through systems integration and many more. Incorporated in 1980, SCS has more than 1,800 employees who operate from Singapore and seven countries - Brunei, China, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines and Thailand. The Group's subsidiaries include: SCS Enterprise Solutions, SCS Enterprise Systems, SCS Networks, PeridotHealth Systems and TX123. SCS is a member of the Singapore Technologies Group, a multinational conglomerate headquartered in Singapore.

"Singapore Computer Systems is very pleased to be a part of this collaboration to bring web services implementation to the forefront of Singapore?s vibrant IT scene. The timing is right and SCS is excited at this opportunity to invest in, and to reap the benefits from the fast growing demand for web services globally", Mr Pek Yew Chai, President & CEO, Singapore Computer Systems.

PR Contact
Wee Lai Ming, SCS Corporate Communications
Tel: +65 6827 3150

10. NEC

About NEC Solutions Asia Pacific
A wholly-owned subsidiary of NEC Corporation, NEC Solutions Asia Pacific is a leading information technology services provider with core competencies spanning the entire range of systems integration and consultancy services. This includes world-class identity solutions, turnkey implementation of mission-critical solutions, project management, and regional systems support and maintenance services. As the NEC regional hub for systems integration in South Asia, the company also supports sales and services in South Asia including Malaysia and Thailand for systems integration. NEC Solutions Asia Pacific is the first recipient of the Singapore Economic Development Board's International Headquarters Award. The company's suite of solutions and services covers Systems Integration, Identity Solutions, Financial Solutions, Retail Management Solutions, Manufacturing Business Solutions, Enterprise Resource Planning, Imaging and Workflow Solutions, Enterprise Information Portals and Knowledge Management, Regional Support Centre, High Performance Enterprise Servers, Network Solutions, Multimedia Products and High Performance Computing Solutions. Visit

"As one of the pioneer members of OASIS FWSI TC, we want to help define and raise Singapore's web services management standards by sharing our expertise and methodologies such as our vast experience in biometrics for security. In view of the high-growth global web services spend, IT companies such as ourselves will only benefit if Singapore develops into a main web services competency centre in the regional and global arena. Setting up the TC is the first step towards realising the mass market adoption of web services. NEC has always strived to be in the forefront of innovative technology and is already a founding member of Oasis in Japan. Hence, becoming a pioneer member of TC in Singapore is a natural step for us as we continue to develop web services as part of our strategic growth in Singapore and South Asia. The OASIS FWSI TC is a good platform for NEC to collaborate with industry experts and leading IT players.", Mr Noel Hon, NEC Solutions Asia Pacific Pte Ltd.

PR Contact
Pamela Lim
Tel: +65 6379 2282

11. Sun Microsystems

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer[tm]" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that make the Network. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the World Wide Web at or the Asia South website at

12. Yellow Dragon

About Yellow Dragon Software Corporation
Yellow Dragon Software provides messaging and metadata management software for Service Oriented Architectures (SOA's), including ebXML, Web Services and others.

Yellow Dragon is an active member of the ebXML community, and several of its personnel are prominent participants in the standardization activities within the W3C, OASIS, UN/CEFACT and OAG. Yellow Dragon's headquarters are located in Vancouver, BC. To find out more, visit

PR Contact
Tel: 604 375 4721

13. RosettaNet

About RosettaNet
RosettaNet is an independent, non-profit consortium dedicated to the collaborative development and rapid deployment of open Internet-based business standards that align processes within the global high technology trading network.

More than 400 companies representing over $1 trillion in annual Information Technology, Electronic Components and Semiconductor Manufacturing revenues currently participate in RosettaNet's standards development, strategy and implementation activities.

14. CommerceNet

About CommerceNet
CommerceNet is the leading independent technology consortium working to help companies transform eBusiness into open networks of business services. As a vendor-neutral, non-profit organization, CommerceNet is focused on promoting business service networks built from open standards that enable businesses to dynamically change vendors or services without any systems integration required. These networks deliver faster, less costly, truly interoperable business processes.


About the Centre for E-Commerce Infrastructure Development (CEDID)
Established in January 2002, the Center for E-Commerce Infrastructure Development (CECID) at the University of Hong Kong conducts e-commerce research and development with the vision of helping Hong Kong increase its competitiveness in the international arena. CECID has the mission to develop e-commerce enabling technologies, to join important international e-commerce initiatives, to support e-commerce standardization for Hong Kong and the Asia-Pacific Region, and to transfer e-commerce technology and skills to the community. As an OASIS member, CECID is participating in standardization projects, such as ebXML and Universal Business Language (UBL). CECID also collaborates with a number of lead technology users in the Asia-Pacific Region on the application of advanced e-commerce technologies.