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Government to call for S$1.2b in new ICT tenders

Cybersecurity, infrastructure and data analytics among the tenders to be issued for the financial year of 2014 by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore.

SINGAPORE: The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) said S$1.2 billion in government infocomm tenders will be issued in the financial year of 2014 for areas such as cybersecurity and data analytics.

This is part of the Government's move to invest in technology to enhance communication and interaction with citizens and businesses, and facilitate more active government-citizen engagement, the agency said in a statement issued on Tuesday (May 27).

Mr Chan Cheow Hoe, Assistant Chief Executive at IDA, said the new tenders will also cover infrastructure, system development and maintenance, cloud computing and mobile services.

This will be done via a co-sourcing model in partnership with industry players, which will help the Government develop capabilities and co-create solutions, he said.

"A multi-modal approach will be used to accommodate innovation as well as respond nimbly to increasingly complex demands for public services," Mr Chan said.

One example of a Government project created in such an agile environment is the eCitizen Ideas portal. The crowd-sourcing portal was launched in "beta" mode, and the site continues to be improved on based on users' feedback, the IDA noted.

Jacqueline Poh, Managing Director of IDA, added the Government is using data and analytics currently to anticipate and better respond to citizens' needs, allocate resources more efficiently and to develop improved and smarter citizen e-services.

The IDA said a recent bulk tender exercise saw 15 companies contracted to provide agile software development services and tools to all public agencies.

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