By 2010, public officers will enjoy an agile infocomm environment that promotes innovation and enhances productivity at work, with the establishment of a Standard ICT Operating Environment (SOEasy) for the public sector.
The SOEasy will enable public officers to work together as One Government and improve overall operational efficiency in the public sector. Emphasizing this outcome, Mr Lim Hup Seng, Deputy Secretary (Performance) of the MOF said, “SOEasy will allow more than 60,000 public officers to enjoy a robust, connected, innovative and agile infocomm environment.”
SOEasy will consolidate infocomm services into a single environment which will allow government agencies to achieve greater efficiency in infocomm usage and cost savings. This involves harmonising desktop, messaging and network environments across all government agencies.
Agencies can then fully utilise and benefit from integrated infocomm services and allocate resources optimally resulting in operational efficiency that will bring about S$500 million cost savings to the Government. This translates to an average of 28% over current infocomm expenditure for equivalent services.
SOEasy will introduce collaborative tools such as instant messaging, desktop video conferencing services and whiteboard sharing that will enable public officers to easily connect and collaborate within and across multiple agencies.
Individual public officers can also look forward to greater mobility at work as they can seamlessly access government resources from anywhere and anytime. All users will enjoy smooth and swift delivery of infocomm services, such as more regular and non-intrusive security updates. This will enable the government to respond faster to the changing infocomm environment.
Agencies included in the first batch are the Ministry of Finance (MOF), Ministry of Information, Communications and The Arts (MICA), Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) and National Heritage Board (NHB).