Taking forward its vision of a ‘smart nation’, the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) has entered into an agreement with SAP Asia. The deal aims to improve business and technical capabilities in the local information technology ecosystem. Under this two-year strategic collaboration, SAP will work with IDA alongside institutes of higher learning and industry partners to develop local manpower capabilities in big data and analytics; and drive co-innovation and product development of Infocomm Technology (ICT) solutions with Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and startups.
“Although there are many smart cities, Singapore is striving to be the world’s first smart nation. We want to work closely with key tech-industry partners such as SAP to develop professionals with high-value skills in important areas such as data sciences. The intelligent use of a variety of data can benefit citizens of all ages and companies of all sizes,” said Steve Leonard, Executive Deputy Chairman, IDA.
In addition, SAP will provide technology expertise and counsel, lead co-innovation workshops for enterprises and government agencies to catalyse the adoption of big data and analytics, and assist to identify capability gaps in the local ICT sector to help further Singapore’s smart nation vision. SAP will also provide access to the hardware and software as part of the collaboration for development of proof-of-concepts and pilot projects on smart nation with IDA and government agencies.
“SMEs and startups have a key role to play in a Smart Nation. By establishing an open and collaborative environment for multinational companies and local businesses, it encourages co-innovation and co-development of ICT solutions that are relevant, applicable and close to the hearts of Singaporeans. For this to happen, we also need to create a strong pipeline of ICT talents and equip the workforce of the future and existing professionals with relevant skill-sets that will contribute to Singapore’s smart nation,” said Kelly Tan, Managing Director for Singapore, SAP.
Together with IDA, SAP offers a range of programs and initiatives targeting students, teachers, young professionals, SMEs and local startups. These include:
• National Infocomm Competition Face-Off (Data Analytics) and SAP Young Thinkers Programme: Launched last month, the programme aims to interest, inspire, and equip youths with data analytics skills to design solutions to build Singapore into a Smart Nation.
• SAP Center of Attachment: This will provide selected infocomm professionals in SAP’s partner ecosystem with the opportunity to attend a 6-month on-the- job training programme and project work in data analytics applications leveraging SAP HANA, an in-memory computing platform.
• Code for Charity: This is an IDA initiative to encourage youths to learn coding through their intrinsic motivation to do good.
• Access to SAP HANA: SAP will work with IDA to provide access to SAP HANA and SAP BusinessObject platforms to support Big Data communities in their product development and proof-of-concept.
• SAP Accelerator Programme: This global programme helps start-ups adopt and develop new applications on SAP HANA and accelerate their go-to market strategies.