By as early as June this year, some pre-schools here will be able subscribe to a suite of cloud-based software that will help them reduce the paperwork involved attendance-taking or temperature monitoring of children.
The early childhood sector is just one out of five others - real estate, retail, food and beverage, travel and private education - that will benefit from the launch of this initiative known as software-as-a-service (SaaS). This technology allows businesses to rent the software when they use it instead of buying it. In all, 13 projects have been awarded under this initiative by the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) and is expected to benefit some 600 small-and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
This was announced by Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Communications and Information at the ministry's workplan seminar on Thursday.
Some 200 pre-schools are expected to adopt the software, from which they may reduce the time spent on daily administration by about 70 per cent and improve productivity by an average of 600 hours each year.