Singapore - Mindef presents planned
IT purchases (8 May2003)
The Ministry of Defence (Mindef) together with the Defence Science
& Technology Agency (DSTA) unveiled their intended IT purchases
to IT professionals yesterday. The IT purchases included products
for fleet management, processing of pre-enlistees and national
servicemen plus software that will enhance Mindef's website -
The briefing attracted 350 IT professionals from about 150 firms
as the estimated budget of the purchases cost close to $250 million.
The business plan briefing was held in an attempt by the ministry
to be more transparent and to allow all IT firms to have a fair
Mindef Chief Information Officer and DSTA Chief Executive, Mr.
Richard Lim stated that this annual briefing would allow vendors
to present their solutions directly to the project management
team. DSTA aims to host the event annually.
As two to three percent is set aside for IT needs, Mindef could
spend up to $247.5 million for its IT sector this year. Mindef
is a large consumer of IT, possessing 25,000 personal computers
and uses IT to communicate with 350,000 national servicemen and