Former Xtra staff surface in e-business firms

Xtra's former Web design chief Nicki Western, who left the company last year after its first bout of restructuring, has surfaced along with a number of other former key staff in a new software and Web development firm aimed squarely at the business market. Or, rather, two firms - NetProjex and EC Solutions

Xtra's former Web design chief Nicki Western, who left the company last year after its first bout of restructuring, has surfaced along with a number of other former key staff in a new software and Web development firm.

Or, rather, two firms. NetProjex and EC Solutions officially announce their existence today after several months of low-key operation in which they have worked for Wilson & Horton, Telecom, Galaxy Kids Vision Publishing, Westley Insurances, Ad Pacifica, Optimation NZ, Dowse and City Galleries, and Energy Advertising.

Although Western made her mark with consumer-oriented Web development at Xtra, including the AucklandLive project, her new venture is geared towards the business sector.

As director of the "e-business construction company" NetProjex, she touts a networked company structure that she says brings together the "few leaders with real business experience in the New Zealand Internet community … Our network is our strength, and our

strength is our knowledge.

"We can own a project from conception through to delivery. We can do this because in addition to the expertise of the core Internet development team, we have a virtual team of marketing communications and business development experts who can provide specific expertise on individual projects."

Western says NetProjex can draw on expertise in Vignette StoryServer, a core Xtra technology, Open Market, Macromedia and Allaire Cold Fusion, the platform on which the New Zealand Herald site is built, and the flagship technology at the country's leading corporate Web developer Clearview.

EC Solutions, run by Reece Robinson, is an "e-business architect focussed on providing electronic commerce enablement services". Robinson says the company will aim to provide "appropriate and affordable leading edge electronic commerce solutions across the business spectrum."

Other personnel include system architect Dr Michael Cray, developer and content animator Phil Duhs and "architect and e-commerce enabler" Dennis Monks.

Websites are at:

http://www.ecsolutions.co.nz

http://www.netprojex.com

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