Close this search box.

We are creating some awesome events for you. Kindly bear with us.

Core group of 250 professionals in GovTech and CSA to drive data and cybersecurity capabilities in Singapore’s Public Service

In a speech to the Committee of Supply, the Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore, Mr. Teo Chee Hean, said that the Singapore government is studying how to better integrate strategy and processes for technology adoption in the Public Service. At the moment, the process is dispersed. The push for a more integrated and technology-enabled government would be crucial to achieving the Smart Nation vision.

He was outlining priorities for the Public Service, including driving innovation and building new capabilities, especially in the area of Digital Government to create “A Well-Coordinated, Technology-Enabled, and Future-Ready Public Service”. .

DPM Teo said that there is always scope for improvement, “The Public Service has embarked on a transformational journey over the past few years to become more innovative, work smarter through technology, deliver seamless services, connect with citizens, and build a future-ready workplace. But this is always a work in progress. We can always do better. We can always be more efficient. We can always be more responsive.”

Minister Ong Ye Kung to champion Public Service innovation

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has appointed the Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) & Second Minister for Defence, Ong Ye Kung to champion Public Service innovation.

In this role, Minister Ong will work with the Public Service on driving change and innovation and focus on areas that require close coordination among agencies. This would include review of regulations to better support innovation and entrepreneurship. Secondly, procurement methods will be adopted to support industry development. DPM Teo added that these initiatives are in line with the recommendations of the Committee on the Future Economy (CFE).

Building IT workforce to support priority areas

The Public Service needs to strengthen its digital and engineering capabilities. To support this priority area, a core group of 250 professionals in Government Technology Agency of Singapore (GovTech) and Cyber Security Agency (CSA) will drive key digital capabilities in areas such as data science and cybersecurity in the Public Service. These professionals will collaborate with universities and industry to experiment and create new products and services, and enable further policy innovation.

DPM Teo gave the examples of the OneService and MyResponder apps, developed by GovTech in partnership with agencies, to improve the lives of citizens.

To create a broader appreciation and application of new technologies in the Public Service, 10,000 public officers will be trained over the next four years in digital capabilities such as using more data analytics and data science in policy formulation, service delivery and corporate services, and strengthening cybersecurity.

Three Centres of Excellence

Last year, DPM Teo had announced the establishment of three Centres of Excellence (CentExs), JTC Corporation (JTC), GovTech and the Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA). The CetExs are partnering many agencies, and research institutions to develop innovative technologies and solutions. The CentExs will develop and share deep technical expertise within the Public Service and optimise deployment and development of these specialities across the Public Service.

For instance, JTC, as CentEx for infrastructure and facilities management, has developed an integrated smart estate and building operations system, called J-Ops. J-Ops uses existing sensors to monitor and analyse essential services and systems in several buildings from a central location. This enables facility managers to optimise operations room personnel and technicians over several buildings and facilities, thereby increasing productivity. The system also allows managers to use data analytics and predictive maintenance to pre-empt issues and reduce energy consumption.

During 2017, the government will also build up capabilities in JTC for underground caverns and LTA for tunnelling for optimising Singapore’s limited  land resources.

Public-private partnerships

DPM Teo underlined the importance of public-private partnerships”in the process of improving Singapore’s public services, “We also look forward to partnering the private sector and companies in building these digital and engineering capabilities in the public sector to further support Singapore’s transformation and the delivery of public services for Singaporeans.

Read the speech by DPM Teo here.


Qlik’s vision is a data-literate world, where everyone can use data and analytics to improve decision-making and solve their most challenging problems. A private company, Qlik offers real-time data integration and analytics solutions, powered by Qlik Cloud, to close the gaps between data, insights and action. By transforming data into Active Intelligence, businesses can drive better decisions, improve revenue and profitability, and optimize customer relationships. Qlik serves more than 38,000 active customers in over 100 countries.


As a Titanium Black Partner of Dell Technologies, CTC Global Singapore boasts unparalleled access to resources.

Established in 1972, we bring 52 years of experience to the table, solidifying our position as a leading IT solutions provider in Singapore. With over 300 qualified IT professionals, we are dedicated to delivering integrated solutions that empower your organization in key areas such as Automation & AI, Cyber Security, App Modernization & Data Analytics, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Renowned for our consulting expertise and delivering expert IT solutions, CTC Global Singapore has become the preferred IT outsourcing partner for businesses across Singapore.


Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit


SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.


HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 


IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.