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Singapore Begins Migration to G-cloud
Source: futuregov.asia
Source Date: Monday, June 17, 2013
Focus: Knowledge Management in Government
Country: Singapore
Created: Jun 25, 2013

Singapore government will begin the process of migrating its IT operation to G-cloud platform with the help from NCS — one of the systems integrator for Singapore’s G-cloud.


NCS announced today that it will be helping government agencies to map out the readiness and implementation roadmap for a smooth transition from the current hosting environment known as the Service-Wide Hosting Environment (SHINE) platform, to the new G-cloud platform — the private cloud infrastructure for the Singapore government.


A roadmap will be developed to facilitate the transition of different organisations’ systems and e-services into the G-cloud over the next 18 months, with Ministry of Education (MOE) be the first agency to go on board of G-cloud.


“With G-Cloud, we can now anticipate faster speed and greater scalability for our on-demand computing needs to enhance a robust administrative and learning environment,” said Lim Teck Soon, IT Director, MOE.


He also added that a strong focus on the systems’ interoperability and users’ needs is imperative to a successful G-Cloud implementation.


The G-cloud self-service portal developed for agencies will enable users to procure and manage resources, as well as monitor and track the use of resource for better planning.


Currently, the SHINE platform provides hosting, storage and shared services for all government agencies. In order to transit to G-cloud, agencies will need to migrate and integrate new applications and systems to the new platform.


With G-cloud, government agencies will not only be able to scale and deploy resources on demand when needed, but they will also be able to improve server use and systems resilience.


“We will work with various government agencies to plan the transition strategy and provide the blueprint for the integration of cloud technologies into their IT and business strategies,” said Chia Wee Boon, Chief Executive Office, NCS.


With the size, scale and complexity in transition activities involved, the implementation risks and implications will need to be assessed and carefully managed, he added.


“Through continual feedback and stakeholder engagement, we will ensure successful transition of agencies to the G-cloud platform,” said Chia.

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