Three technology powerhouses are teaming up to offer e-government solutions in the Asia-Pacific region. Members of the Keystone Alliance, made up of Hewlett-Packard (HP), Intel and Microsoft, say together they give customers more choice by offering solutions and expertise from their independent partners. Examples of e-government range from providing information and services to businesses and the public to electronic forms and documents. One of the first to adopt the alliance is China's Regional and Provincial Climatic Operation System, which collects, stores and analyses mainland climate data. The Chinese system, which will be managed by the Forecasting Services and Disaster Mitigation, China Meteorological Administration, employs two HP ProLiant DL580G2 servers with Intel Xeon processors and Microsoft Windows 2000 Server. Another early customer is the InfoComm Development Authority of Singapore, which is trying to integrate private and public sector Web services. The members of the alliance also met the Hong Kong government last week, although results of the discussions have not been announced. Durgadutt Nedungadi, HP's director of business development and solutions for industry standard servers in Asia Pacific, said: 'Keystone is aimed at taking best-of-breed solutions to market.' Each company already works with a number of independent partners, who develop solutions based on its products.