NCS is First One-Stop 'Cloud' Services Provider to launch full suite of Cloud Computing Services in South East Asia


Singapore, November 23, 2009


Media Release

NCS is First One-Stop ‘Cloud’ Services Provider to launch full suite of Cloud Computing Services in South East Asia

SingTel’s wholly-owned subsidiary, NCS, one of Asia Pacific’s top infocomm technology services providers, has emerged as the first in South East Asia to offer a full suite of cloud computing services - a family of secure, enterprise-class IT infrastructure and pay-per-use services to help governments and enterprises operate their business more effectively and cost efficiently. 

In a cloud computing environment, user organisations accesses IT services either via a public domain Internet cloud or a private enterprise cloud and pay for computing resources as they would pay for other basic services such as electricity. Cloud integration refers to the process of integrating cloud computing into an organisation’s traditional IT systems and applications or aggregating and connecting separate clouds.

The brand-new cloud service offerings by NCS are a natural extension of its market stronghold in system integration and applications development offerings in the Asia Pacific region. Gartner ranked NCS as the largest infocomm technology services provider in Singapore and a Top 10 vendor in Asia Pacific (excluding Japan) by market share1

Mr Chia Wee Boon, NCS’ Chief Operating Officer said, "NCS is in a uniquely strong position to offer our cloud services - We have been a successful system integrator for more than 25 years and our cloud services are synergistic to our system integration capabilities and leadership. We can deliver to our customers high returns on investments, increased productivity, and enhanced operating efficiencies."

NCS’ Cloud Computing Roles

NCS aims to help organisations benefit from cloud computing by enabling their access to these services, and optimising organisations’ existing cloud computing usage through cloud-to-cloud integration. NCS’ roles are three-fold:

a.    Aggregate existing cloud services such as Google Apps, Twitter, Facebook, and other public or private cloud services, and integrating them into solutions offering that fits customers’ requirements. 
Example - Using a source from enterprise identity, an organisation is able to provision their users into Google Apps and salesforce.com – thus centralising control and ease of user tracking for various public cloud services.

b.    Connect an organisation’s backend IT systems to suitable Cloud services, e.g. Salesforce.com with a private or enterprise ERP system, so that customers can leverage on economies of scale to operate more efficiently. 
Example - An organisation will be able to synchronise sales order data between on-premise enterprise ERP and cloud-based CRM application such as salesforce.com. This helps minimise errors and ensure field sales staff have access to the latest sales information.

c.    Enable organisations to build private cloud computing environments and connecting their IT systems to the cloud through its SaaS Connect middleware, and by providing appropriate cloud applications and products that will help organizations to benefit fully from cloud. 
Example - An organisation will benefit from shorter deployment time and gain better focus on delivery and cost optimisation through consolidation of their various development environments into a centralised private cloud platform. 

Mr Chia said, "This marks the start of a cloud transformation for end-user organisations. Our experience in cloud-related projects in the past, in-depth knowledge of corporate IT requirements, together with the industry’s most comprehensive range of cloud services will bring unprecedented flexibility and choice for our customers. “

NCS Offers the Market’s Most Comprehensive Suite of Cloud services

NCS is able to offer the market’s widest suite of cloud services as it has secured collaborations with multiple cloud innovators such as EMC, Google, Oracle, HP, Sun Microsystems, Cisco and Microsoft. This is one of the industry’s most comprehensive collaborations on cloud computing. 

NCS’ cloud services comprise four suites:

a.    Cloud Consulting Services - Guide customers on the strategic implications that cloud computing may have for the business. These services help customers determine if cloud computing – whether a private cloud, a public cloud or a hybrid cloud – is an effective choice, assess which applications and services are best suited for cloud computing and guide customer to gauge the potential financial impact on the client's business.

b.    Cloud Integration Service - Help customers to configure the cloud technologies, to plan and execute the migration strategy, and to integrate the new cloud services with their existing infrastructure and operations via NCS’ cloud middleware known as SaaSConnect.

c.    Cloud Applications Development Services – Assist customers to develop custom cloud application on a private or public platform (PaaS).

d.    Cloud Enablement & Operation – Help customers to build and operate their private cloud.

Cloud Roadmap

The launch of cloud aggregation, connection and enablement services is the first step in a broad spectrum of cloud-based services that NCS is currently developing. The company is seeking more collaboration to enhance its cloud offerings in the next few months. 
“We are beginning to see more companies experiencing with cloud computing. The market is still developing, but we see ourselves taking a leadership role as the market readies itself. Our solutions portfolio is designed to help governments and enterprises break through the barriers to adoption of cloud computing,” said Mr Chia.

Source: 2008 Ranking, IT Professional  Services (Gartner, Aug 2009)

Media Contact
Wendy Tang
NCS Pte Ltd
DID: +65 6556 5629
Email: wendytang@ncs.com.sg

About NCS

NCS is a member of the Singtel Group and the leading information, communications and technology (ICT) service provider with presence in over 20 countries. NCS delivers end-to-end ICT solutions to help governments and enterprises realise business value through digital transformation and the innovative use of technology. Its unique delivery capabilities include consulting, applications development, systems integration, outsourcing, infrastructure management and portal solutions.