ACW - Vol 23, No. 36, October - November 2002
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MICROSOFT and the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA),
together with their partners, have unveiled Web services for Singapore
residents, the first deliverables under their joint .Net mySingapore
these Web services could serve as a blueprint for other Asian countries
seeking to undertake Web services projects.
XML Web services for the Singapore community, offered under the www.BigTrumpet.com.sg portal, includes
services for individuals and corporates covering such areas as job
searching, personal calendering, and bill payments.
services are aggregated by Singapore's largest insurance company, NTUC
Income. The portal framework and engine are provided by IT integrator
National Computer Systems.
Ballmer, Microsoft's CEO who was in Singapore recently, said the
intellectual property that NCS has developed can be sold to companies not
only in Singapore but also other countries and governments in Asia.
"We're excited. This kind of project is not happening everywhere in
the world. Some governments are doing e-government or XML projects but not
broad community services," said Ballmer.
believe we will see valuable and important Web services in the region. Net
mySingapore is the start to many more projects."
launched in April this year, Net mySingapore also includes efforts that
encompass training, development, and the exploration of new technologies
based on Net-all of which are aimed at propelling Singapore as a Net-based
Web services hub in Asia.
and the Institute of Systems Science have developed a new Net-related
curriculum for post-graduates, for which would pave the way to the
creation of a .Net certification scheme for IT professionals and
eventually the establishment of a Net Academy in Singapore.
overseas development programme is also being put in place by Microsoft and
IDA at Microsoft's headquarters in the US, to provide Singapore IT
companies with easy access to new Web services technologies coming from