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IT Trio Unites As Infinity Solutions

3 December 2000

IT Trio Unites As Infinity Solutions To 'Take On New Zealand IT Industry'

Infinity Solutions, a new brand in the IT services, software and business enablement field, will be launched tomorrow (Monday 4 December). Infinity Solutions represents the joining of Infinity Group companies Trilogy Business Systems, Madison Systems and Comtex Group.

Infinity Solutions, with over 430 staff nationwide, is one of New Zealand's largest IT outsourcing companies. It provides a comprehensive range of information technology, human resource and assets management services, designed to enable businesses to focus on their core functions. Services include business and IT consulting and project management, software development, training and support services and e-commerce development. Infinity Solutions also offers outsourcing of HR functions, from payroll to strategic HR, sales and support for a wide range of hardware products and asset and property management consulting. It has strong relationships with leading IT providers including IBM, Compaq, Microsoft, Rational, Novell and Software AG.

Murray McCaw, previously managing director of Comtex, is chief executive officer of Infinity Solutions. He says the new business, the largest in Infinity Group, will offer customers "best-of-breed" business solutions, through the combined strengths of the three consistently high performing companies and their world class business partners.

"Infinity Solutions is an example of the whole being even greater than the sum of the parts. We are looking forward to the opportunities Infinity Solutions will create for further growth and development for the whole group, as well as for Infinity Solutions itself."

Mr McCaw says Infinity Solutions intends to build on the capabilities of the three companies, which share substantial marketplace credibility and strong cashflows.

"Our commitment is to be the partner of choice for organisations who want to become more efficient, put more focus on their core business, and develop a more competitive edge," he says.

Infinity Solutions offers world class systems and applications, either customised or created from scratch to meet customers' requirements. Through its service offering to both established and growing businesses, Infinity Solutions aims to extend its existing base of around 1,000 clients, which encompasses a wide range of public and private sector organisations. "New Zealand spends more per capita on IT services and products than much larger countries. As Infinity Solutions we are going to harness the electronic intelligence available to take on this industry and deliver real value to our customers," says Mr McCaw.

"Our role is to provide, along with the best services, products and systems available, the energy, intellect and innovation that will enable businesses to achieve peak performance."

Within Infinity Group, Infinity Solutions will provide a financial base for new ventures and development potential for Infinity Group's Infinity Systems and Infinity Ventures arms. - ENDS -

For further information contact: Murray McCaw CEO, Infinity Solutions ph 04 471 5600 or O25 898 800

Communications contact: Rachel Catanach ph 04 499 9111 or 025 322 784

Infinity Solutions Background Information

* Launched on 1 December 2000, Infinity Solutions is the largest business within independent IT services and business enablement company Infinity Group.

* Infinity Solutions is created from three capable and innovative IT companies; Comtex Group Ltd, Madison Systems Ltd and Trilogy Business Systems Ltd.

* The joining of Comtex, Madison and Trilogy means that Infinity Solutions is now one of New Zealand's largest IT outsourcing companies with over 400 people nationwide.

* CEO of Infinity Solutions is Murray McCaw, who was formerly Managing Director of Comtex.

Infinity Solutions Service Offer * As specialists in business enablement, Infinity Solutions offers a comprehensive range of end-to-end IT, HR and assets management services, allowing clients to focus on their core business, control costs and improve efficiency.

Infinity Solutions IT services * Consulting and project management * Customer support and helpdesk * Database development and management * e-commerce and e-business * Web development and hosting * Security * Software development * Systems and Networks * Training

Infinity Solutions Products (For a complete list visit * Storage products * Hardware * Software * Imaging Products * Business Applications * Specific Industry Solutions

HR services Infinity HR is an integrated "one stop shop" offering clients access to a series of human resources (HR) specialisations at strategic and operational levels.

Assets Management Strategic Assets and Property Management is a highly specialised skill that we offer in cooperation with our subsidiary, RDT Pacific.

Customer base Infinity Solutions customers include around 1,000 organisations in the public and private sectors. Customers are based throughout New Zealand and in Australia and come from all industry types.

Future direction Infinity Solutions brings together an energised and powerful mix of skills, resources and expertise, harnessed to capture benefits for customers. Infinity Solutions will bring new growth opportunities for Comtex, Madison and Trilogy, and the best possible IT solutions for customers. It's a strategic combination of three profitable companies with marketplace credibility and strong cashflows, and strong relationships with leading IT providers including IBM, Compaq, Microsoft, Rational, Novell and Software AG.

Infinity Solutions Management Team Murray McCaw, Chief Executive, Infinity Solutions, Formerly Managing Director of Comtex, Murray is a well-respected business leader and strategist. He has 16 years' experience at senior management and chief executive level, including roles as Managing Director of Colmar Brunton and General Manager of Energy Power NZ. He is Chairman of the New Zealand Rugby Football Union and, until September 2000, was Chairman of Totally Wellington.

David Habershon, General Manager, Software David, who was Comtex's Software Solutions Manager, has extensive software development and management experience. Former roles include head of IT Software Solutions at the ANZ Bank and Software Development Team Leader at the Bank of Melbourne.

Geoff Trask, General Manager, Support Services In his previous role as Trilogy's Director of Customer Services, Geoff was responsible for the growth, direction and service delivery of Trilogy's Engineering and Desktop services throughout New Zealand. This role included significant involvement in the management and delivery of Trilogy Services to EDS.

Bruce Morrison, General Manager, Business Solutions With 21 years in the IT industry, Bruce brings significant experience to his new position. Formerly Business Solutions Manager for Comtex, Bruce has previously worked as IT Manager for Mainland Products, as an Account Manager at CSI and in technical and hardware support for IBM.

Matthew Preen, Sales Director, Northern Matthew achieved a dramatic increase in sales in his previous role as Sales Manager for Madison Systems. Matthew has worked in the IT industry since 1994, including in the United Kingdom, where he focused on sales management, business development and sales roles.

John Lockhart, Sales Director, Southern Formerly Comtex's General Manager Business Development, John joined Comtex as Director of the Software Solutions Group. John has over 25 years' experience in IT, including working as Sales Director for Data Group and as a Senior Account Manager for Cardinal Network.

John Cortese, General Manager, Infrastructure Technology Formerly Joint Managing Director of Trilogy, John has been involved in the IT industry for 30 years. He joined CCL in 1983 and in 1987 was appointed General Manager of its Mainframe Products Division, before becoming Director of Trilogy in 1988.

Mark Bosley, Alliances Manager Mark was formerly the Sales Manager at Trilogy and has held a number of sales and business roles since he joined Trilogy in 1995. Mark's background includes roles as a logistics manager for an IT hardware vendor, and roles in business analysis and project management.

Maree McGill, Marketing Manager Maree joined Comtex in 1999 as the Group's Marketing Manager. Her focus has been the rebranding to launch Comtex HR and Comtex Assets Management. Prior to that she was Marketing Manager for the TAB and the New Zealand Employment Service.

Rebecca Tuck, Chief Financial Officer Rebecca has led Comtex's Financial Team since 1999, when she returned to New Zealand from overseas. She has developed robust reporting systems for Comtex and will have a key role in developing reporting systems for Infinity Solutions.

Hylton Tuckett, Chief Information Officer Hylton was the Director of Computing Services for the Central Institute of Technology before joining Comtex five years ago. Since 1999, he has been Comtex's Chief Information Officer. Hylton is co-chair of the Wellington City Council Software Cluster and a member of the CIT Bachelor of Information Technology Advisory Board.

Esther Livingston, General Manager, Infinity HR One of New Zealand's leading HR practitioners, Esther joined Comtex as the HR Manager four years ago. Her primary focus has been to develop Comtex's HR outsourcing business, work that will continue under Infinity Solutions.

Background on Comtex, Madison and Trilogy * Comtex Group Ltd New Zealand's largest independently-owned IT sourcing operation - providing IT and HR management services. Comtex was the partner of choice for companies seeking reliability, innovation, intellect and competitive edge. Comtex's 250 staff provided customers with fully-integrated business enablement solutions enhanced by strong IT capabilities.

* Madison Systems Ltd One of New Zealand's largest IBM partners. Madison Systems offered its corporate clients an extensive range of products and services, including the full range of bespoke software services; sales and support of the full suite of IBM midrange and PC products; managed outsourcing; and engineering services.

* Trilogy Business Systems Ltd A major high-end value-added reseller with systems integration and distribution capabilities, Trilogy specialised in fast-evolving technologies and the development and provision of specialist IT systems and services to corporate clients. Trilogy's computer field engineering division was one of the largest in New Zealand.

About Infinity Group Established in May 2000, Infinity Group brings together, within a clear strategic framework, eleven companies operating in the rapidly growing IT services and business enablement sectors in New Zealand and Australia. Infinity Group has three business streams - Infinity Solutions (created from the merger of Comtex, Madison and Trilogy), Infinity Systems and Infinity Ventures.

Infinity Systems is coordinated as a family of similar but separate businesses, each with their own strategy. It includes high-growth operations in rapidly expanding markets, such as software development, web work and systems and networks integration. Infinity Systems' businesses are Merit Solutions, InfoVista Pty Ltd, Netbyte Internet Ltd, Vista Entertainment Solutions and Quanta Systems Ltd.

The third business strand, Infinity Ventures, currently consists of e-see® International Ltd, which is a web-based brand management and distribution system.

December 2000

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