SINGAPORE (05/23/2000) - Intelligent Communications Pte. Ltd., a local provider of unified messaging system (UMS) services, recently announced it has fused its UMS offerings with online calendaring capabilities, a move which it said is the first in Singapore.
By 2002, worldwide direct revenues from unified messaging services will be worth US$2.2 billion, while indirect revenues for this market will rake in $4.1 billion, noted Liu Ann Pheng, chairman and managing director, Intelligent Communications, citing figures from research and consulting firm, Ovum.
By 2006, these figures will reach $12 billion (in direct revenues) and $18 billion (in indirect revenues), Liu added. By the same year, Ovum expects three-quarters of businesses to use unified messaging technology.
Intelligent's new Biz-Calendar.com e-organizer encompasses features such as calendar, scheduler, and reminder system, all of which are integrated to the company's UMS services which include access and retrieval capabilities via telephone, fax, pager, PC and mobile phones.
Biz-Calendar.com also supports scheduling, rescheduling, and reminders at a group level, with real-time individual calendar updates, according to the company.
It features "the power of the Internet computer telephony, and enables users to have 'anywhere, anytime' access to their data as well as be informed of special events and receive alerts, paying only for as much as they use", Intelligent said.
Liu noted that online calendaring services will grow in popularity. Research company International Data Corp. (IDC), predicted that the number of online schedulers reached an estimated 10.7 million last year, and will grow to 60 million by the 2002.
Intelligent has hopes of being one of Asia's pioneers in UMS and e-organizer, Liu said. "We're not just a dot-com company, we're a high-technology company," he said.
Intelligent is confident it will attract one million users worldwide by the end of this year, most of whom will be from countries outside Singapore, Liu said.
The company plans to make its services available to other countries in Asia and across the globe via partnerships in the relevant markets, he added.
Intelligent is currently working on offering users access to its services available from personal digital assistants and WAP (wireless application protocol) devices, which would be delivered within the next three to four months, Liu said.