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Trusted Source moving Temasek to purely Microsoft'

Ross O. Storey | Oct. 22, 2009
Singapore government investment body's IT arm to deploy Exchange 2010

SINGAPORE, 22 OCTOBER 2009 - Trusted Source, the technology delivery division of Temasek Holdings, is moving towards becoming a purely-Microsoft enterprise'.

Trusted Source is deploying Microsoft Exchange 2010 for a March 2010 rollout, to replace their current Lotus Notes messaging system. In its development of a blueprint for an integrated IT approach, it is also evaluating Windows 7 for its 1,000 desktops.

Owned by the Singapore government, Temasek Holdings manages a portfolio of more than S$172 billion (US$120 billion), in Asia and Singapore.

Trusted Source CEO Charles Koh, said architecture and blueprinting efforts have begun and, by becoming a single operating system shop' using Microsoft's pervasive OS technologies, they were seeking to achieve greater user satisfaction by significantly simplifying and integrating on a common platform.

We already are moving towards Microsoft technologies for server OS, desktop OS and databases, Koh said. Achieving Clarity about our target IT landscape is part of our effort to relentlessly reduce the complexity of IT.

Out-of-box capabilities

He said Trusted Source was keen to take advantage of the out-of-box capabilities in Exchange 2010 and his users would appreciate the interface familiarity, with Outlook almost the de facto standard for e-mail.

Exchange 2010 also has strong archival capabilities and can integrate with modern databases, Koh said. Windows 7, which is lighter than previous operating systems, promises to simplify desktop management, so it's a natural candidate to extend simplicity drive into desktop space.

Koh said this simplification has potential to unlock latent capability of most hardware, which was currently very much over-specced' [has greater specifications than used].

Windows 7, which seems to run well on three-year-old hardware, has the potential to break the traditional cycle of upgrading machines with each new operating system release, he said. This gives IT managers a real option to refresh their environment piece by piece and to avoid wastage.

Microsoft director, business and marketing organisation, Haresh Koobchandani, said the launch of Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Exchange 2010 provided huge benefits for IT professionals to use IT more strategically.


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