Stories by David Legard

  • A-P B2B e-commerce to hit $US996B by 2004

    Business-to-business electronic commerce in the Asia-Pacific region (excluding Japan) will more than double each year to reach a transaction value of $US995.8 billion in 2004, according to a new study.

  • Singapore startup offers free ASP

    Singapore startup company recently launched a free Web-based suite of seven office collaboration applications, which it believes is the first service of its kind in Asia. JustLogin, a spin-off from Singapore Engineering Software, will act as the application service provider (ASP), hosting the applications and user data.

  • IBM, PI $10M e-business alliance

    IBM and Singapore-based Pacific Internet (PI) last week announced a strategic alliance to jointly develop one-stop business-to-business and business-to-consumer electronic business products for companies in the Asia-Pacific region.

  • Datacraft buys into Japanese systems integrator

    Datacraft Asia has bought a controlling 75 per cent stake in Japanese systems integration company PTS for $US23.6 million, the company announced on Friday. The acquisition comes four months after Datacraft entered the Japanese market with the purchase of Netwave.

  • Get `clicks and bricks', Zander tells IT execs

    Companies that want to survive the massive changes to business caused by the Internet must combine a Web presence with a fast and robust distribution setup - a mixture of clicks and bricks, according to Sun Microsystems president and chief operating officer Ed Zander.

  • Apps-on-tap seen as ideal model for Asia

    Using applications as services delivered over the Internet is emerging as an important model for small-to-medium sized Asian businesses, said Rick Yvanovich, chief executive officer of Singapore-based application service provider (ASP) TR Group International. The benefits of the `apps-on-tap' model include lower, predictable costs, better data security, wider access options and less need to employ skilled staff, he said. `The key is keeping the costs predictable for end users through fixed-price contracts,' Yvanovich said. `This is very important for small and medium enterprises [SMEs] who are our main target market.'

  • IBM expects $2.7B from GES distribution deal

    IBM last week signed Singapore-based GES International as an IBM Technology Group partner, in a deal that IBM said had the potential to generate $S3 billion ($2.7 billion) in sales over the next five years.

  • IBM expects $2bn from GES distribution deal

    IBM signed Singapore-based GES International as an IBM Technology Group partner late last week in a deal that IBM said had the potential to generate $S3 billion ($A2.7 billion) in sales over the next five years.

  • SE Asian heads unveil E-ASEAN e-comm plan

    The 10 ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries are to set up a high-level task force to coordinate e-commerce and Internet activities across the region with the intent of improving economic competitiveness.

  • Compaq allies with Asian e-commerce portal

    Compaq Computer has entered into a joint marketing agreement with, a Singapore-based electronic commerce portal run by a subsidiary of Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel), the companies announced here on Thursday.

  • Recovery boosts Asia-Pacific PC sales to 3 million

    Sales of PCs in the Asia-Pacific region (excluding Japan) grew by 18 per cent in the second quarter of 1999 over the first quarter to top the 3 million unit mark for the first time ever, according to figures released yesterday by market analyst International Data Corp.

  • Groups battle for Asian e-commerce leadership

    Three groups with different ideas on how to tap Asia's emerging electronic commerce market have announced their plans here in the past week, as the battle to establish leading positions in the market heats up.