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eXtropia Updates Group SMS & Diary for M1  
M1 launches new Authentication Directory System (ADS) for a system wide single sign on solution to meet growing needs.

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eXtropia Director Nominated Entrepreneur of the Year  
The Entrepreneur of the Year (EOY) was organized by Ernst & Young in Malaysia in 2002. On 5 October 2002, Ernst & Young named 18 Top Nominees for the awards. Among them were eXtropia Director Dato Jaspal Singh, Executive Chairman of PKTech Sdn. Bhd. Other nominees for this section included Mr Ang Kim Jhew, Managing Director from JSP Consulting Sdn. Bhd., and Dr Bernard Tan, Director of AsiaEP.com Sdn Bhd.

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eXtropia's Senior Systems Engineer Discusses Gentoo Linux  
On 17 January 2003, eXtropia's Senior Systems Engineer, Lim Swee Tat spoke to the Linux Users Group of Singapore about the latest distribution of Linux at the IBM Towers. Gentoo Linux is a versatile and fast, completely free Linux distribution for x86, PowerPC, UltraSparc and Alpha systems that's geared towards Linux power users. Unlike other distros, Gentoo Linux has an advanced package management system called Portage.

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eXtropia Apologises for Accidental Spamming  
Last month we accidentally spammed readers when we made an administrative error during the mailing process. We are truly sorry for the annoyance and inconvenience caused to all our readers as a result of our mistake.

A Perfect Fit - Public Listed IT Company PKTECH Acquires eXtropia  
PKTech International Limited (PKTech) and eXtropia.com Pte Ltd (eXtropia), two well-known names in the Singapore and Malaysian IT and Banking sectors, are proud to announce that on 11 December, 2002, PKTech completed the acquisition of a 65% stake in eXtropia.

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eXtropia's Office in Kuala Lumpur  
On 28 January 2003 eXtropia's Malaysian team will be moving into the office of parent company, PKTech MSC Sdn Bhd.

Our new address in Kuala Lumpur is:

Level 50, Tower 2
Petronas Twin Towers
Kuala Lumpur City Centre
50088 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

New Faces in eXtropia  
eXtropia welcomes four talented people to its energetic and creative team. They are Yeo Yee Ching, David Florey, Leong Mun Wai and Lieka Sofiar. To find out more about them click on the link below.

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eXtropia CEO's Interview in Computer Times on New Year's Day  
CEO Eric Tachibana was recently featured in the 1 January 2003 edition of the Computer Times newspaper. Find out what Tachibana's full response to the questions posed by Computer Times journalist, Ms Eileen Yu:

Eileen: A Meta Group analyst noted that there's been a drop in spending on software applications, and he's expressed concerns about the survival of smaller software development companies. Do you agree that 2003 will be a tougher year for your company? If so/not, please explain why.

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eXtropia CEO talks about Managing Complex Information Technology Projects in Upcoming Seminar  
Complex IT projects, such as Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) are often high risk and hard to manage. Many questions asked are often left unanswered. In an upcoming four-day seminar, entitled "Managing Complex Information Technology Projects", participants will get a chance to learn concepts and techniques using System Engineering and Project Management Principles to initiate, plan, execute, control and close Complex Projects from top EAI vendors.

In this highly interactive seminar, delegates get a chance to speak to top professionals from specific industries such as financial services, telco, e-commerce, manufacturing and aviation. The six distinguished panel of speakers include Eric Tachibana, Dr Jeffery Bannister, Joerg Kalisch, Michael Remington, Moi Kok Wah and Tan Chee Peng.

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eXtropia's CEO speaks at the International CEO & CIO Convention  
On 27 February 2003, eXtropia's CEO Eric Tachibana will be speaking at the International CEO & CIO Convention 2003 in Malacca on the topic "Leverage IT for Business Growth & Efficiency".

This event is held in conjunction with Melaka ICT Week 2003. This flagship effort jointly organized by the Yayasan Melaka and S.F.R Consultants Sdn Bhd, is scheduled to be held from 24 February to 2 March 2003. It comprises a week of conventions, exhibitions and activities to promote Infocomm Technologies awareness in the State of Melaka.

Eric Tachibana be speaking at this convention next month at:
Venue: Equatorial Hotel, Melaka, Ballroom
Date: 27 Februrary
Time: 2:30 - 3:30pm

eXtropia's Senior Systems Analysts Discusses the Benefits of IPv6 in Computer Times  
Lim Swee Tat is Senior Systems Analyst at eXtropia and also the founding member of the Singapore chapter of IPv6 Forum. His involvement there includes rewording the constitution of the IPv6 Forum in the context of Singapore. He recently wrote a story entitled "Solving the Needs of the Internet" that appeared in the December 6th edition of the Computer Times.

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eXtropia Partners Times Media Publishing at SITEX 2002  
eXtropia participated at SITEX 2002, Singapore's most entertaining infocomm products and services show. The event was held at the Singapore Expo Hall from 28 Nov -1 Dec 2002. SITEX 2002 offered a totally new experience for consumers to the show and provides a refreshing insight into the developments of the infocomm industry.

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eXtropia cited in NASSCOM  
In the 18 November 2002 issue of the NASSCOM Market Intelligence Service report on the Banking Sector in Malaysia, eXtropia was cited in a case study on E-Payment Services.

eXtropia was credited for developing Bumiputra Commerce Bank's (BCB) new service on its BizChannel called e-Payment Services for Income Tax in less than 3 months.

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