Singapore Technologies Aerospace Chooses IBM To Power Its E-Commerce Engine

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Singapore - 24 Feb 2000: -- Singapore Technologies Aerospace (ST Aero) has chosen IBM to develop their e-commerce applications for ST Aero's five strategic business units, namely SASCO, STA Engineering, STA Systems, STA Engines and STA Supplies. ST Aero will invest in IBM hardware, software and services worth more than $1.8 million.

Singapore Technologies Aerospace is the aerospace arm of Singapore Technologies Engineering (ST Engg). The company provides one-stop aerospace engineering, maintenance, repair, overhaul, modification and upgrade services for both commercial and military aircraft.

"Singapore Technologies Aerospace is aggressively becoming one of the aerospace industry's leader in applying advanced information technologies in its operations," said Ang Miah Boon, Managing Director of IBM Singapore. "IBM is playing a critical role in that journey and we are working closely with ST Aero to help them achieve their commercial and military goals with e-business consulting, services, hardware, software and networking solutions."

"By helping ST Aero deploy e-commerce applications, they will be able to increase their revenue, improve customer relations, raise efficiency and also find it easier to respond in Internet-speed to new business opportunities in the long run."

The implementation work will be undertaken by IBM's services arm, IBM Global Services, the world's largest IT services company.

Said Philip Chew, Country Manager (Singapore), IBM Global Services, "We are pleased to be chosen as the services provider to establish and support a high performance IT infrastructure to assist ST Aerospace in accelerating the achievement of its business objectives and operational strategies. ST Aersopace's move to develop e-commerce applications for its five strategic business units is definitely one-up for ST Aersopace's competitive advantage in the new Internet economy."

The new e-commerce project, to be completed in end-June 2000, will provide online services to customers of the five ST Aero business units, as well as a centralised web site for ST Aero's visitors, guests and customers to access for information. In addition, the new system will feature an Intranet site for enhanced communication and collaboration among ST Aero's employees.

The new e-applications will allow ST Aero to provide more value-added services to its current and potential customers. For example, with online customer registration, existing customers need only fill up an online request form in exchange for a user ID which allows them access to various e-services on the system. Among the value-added e-services are Request For Quote (RFQ), Work In Progress (WIP) and Aircraft Information Status.

ST Aero's e-commerce will operate on standardised platforms driven by IBM offerings, namely RS/6000 servers, Netfinity servers, DB2, Firewall, Lotus Notes, NetObjects Authoring Server, VisualAge and WebSphere.

At the same time, ST Aero is sealing its position as a key global player in the aerospace industry by employing 25 seats of Computer-Aided Three-Dimensional Interactive Application (CATIA) solutions and services as their enterprise-wide core set of engineering computing standards.

By using CATIA, ST Aero is able to reduce cycle time and enhance collaborative product definition, as data exchange is done electronically resulting in a much clearer communication between the design and build process.

CATIA integrated solutions are the industry-standard software for computer-aided design (CAD), complex product development and product data management (PDM). CATIA is developed by Dassault Systemes and marketed worldwide by IBM. CATIA enables ST Aero engineers to digitally design and manipulate a product, its components, and their relationships in three dimensions. The CATIA implementation was done in two phases beginning in October 1999.

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