Stories by Melanie Liew

SOA or perish

Organizations must focus their development efforts around the creation of services. This will enable them to respond to changes in business conditions quickly and effectively. For this reason, the service-oriented architecture (SOA) is vital to a company's survival.

Veritas opens Asia-Pacific headquarters

Veritas Software has established its regional headquarters in Singapore to support its businesses in Asia-Pacific and Japan and its research and development facilities in Pune, India.

Digisafe manages to lock documents away

Singapore company DigiSafe has developed a secure document management system which incorporates a digital watermark technology to ensure the authenticity of the electronic documents.

The middleware ties that bind

Three mouse clicks and packaged applications can be transformed into enterprise Web services -- that's the appeal of the latest iteration of webMethods' application integration software.

ASPs suffer from 'sub-par' security: IDC

One in four application service providers (ASPs) have sub-par security lacking fundamentals such as user authentication, virus protection, network security and firewall services, according to a recent survey by research organization IDC.

Visa pushes smart cards in Asia-Pacific

Visa International is pumping in US$25 million and putting in place new policies to make smart cards pervasive in the Asia-Pacific region. It aims to do this by accelerating the migration from magnetic stripe payment cards which are currently in use to EMV-standard (Europay-Mastercard-Visa) smart cards.

Telcos must narrow their focus

Give up the dream of being a one-stop shop. Telecommunication vendors who are aiming to supply all the equipment needed by their carrier clients will need to transform into suppliers with significantly narrower focus.

BI enabling decisions at Internet speed

The need to make fast decisions in the Internet economy is driving the adoption of business intelligence (BI) tools which support organizations in information delivery and reporting.

RosettaNet to implement standards by 2004

RosettaNet, an independent consortium dedicated to the cause of developing and deploying open Internet-based business standards for high-technology trading networks, is targeting to have its standards fully implemented by 2004.

SGI, university open $5.6M supercomputing training hub

Singapore's Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Silicon Graphics (SGI) have set up a new facility which aims to become a regional hub for promoting and developing training capabilities in supercomputing and visualization.

Subscription e-markets 'doomed to failure'

Business in the Asia-Pacific region is based on relationships, and electronic marketplaces that focus solely on transaction or subscription-based revenue models are doomed to failure, according to Bruce Friedman, senior vice president of PartMiner Inc.

Interwoven takes aim at A-P market

Content management company Interwoven Inc., which opened its Asia-Pacific headquarters in Singapore last week, is expecting half of its revenues to come from customers outside the US by next year.