CDC Software Secures Strategic Technology Alliance with HIS

- Alliance will increase chinadotcom's software capabilities to expand further into the hotel sector in Greater China - CDC Software's PowerBooks will be bundled with HIS' Property Management System and is expected to increase chinadotcom's market share and strengthen its market position in the travel industry - Integrated software will lead to seamless business intelligence and reporting from both front and back office hotel operations

Hong Kong, October 29, 2002 — CDC Software Corporation ("CDC Software"), a wholly owned subsidiary and software unit of chinadotcom corporation [NASDAQ: CHINA; Website:], today announced a strategic technology and distribution alliance with Hotel Information Systems Ltd. ("HIS"), a global leader of hotel management information software applications with a strong presence throughout Greater China.

HIS has bundled CDC Software's PowerBooks software application to provide financial management back office for Greater China. HIS' epitome Property Management System, which meets the front office needs of hotel properties in Greater China, will be integrated with PowerBooks to provide hotels with a comprehensive hotel management and financial accounting system. PowerBooks brings additional functionalities along with dual language capabilities supporting both simplified and traditional Chinese concurrently with English.

Mr. Gareth Fong, General Manager of HIS in Hong Kong indicated, "Using PowerBooks will simplify the process of operating the system in Chinese while reports can be produced in either language for corporate reporting, consolidation and ad hoc decision making." PowerBooks meets most of the material statutory requirements in China including PRC Monthly Statutory Reports and VAT/service taxes which are in place specifically for the hotel industry in China.

Mr. Steve Collins, Managing Director of CDC Software Corporation, stated, "We are delighted to team up with HIS and work together to broaden our customer base and expand our distribution channel for PowerBooks in Greater China. PowerBooks also includes a Business Intelligence tool that strengthens the comprehensive reporting of Key Performance Indicators such as departmental daily revenue analysis and daily budgeting and forecasting which we feel is critical to the daily operations of a hotel."

As part of the agreement, PowerBooks is being integrated with HIS to allow daily transactions to flow in an automated manner from the HIS front office system to the PowerBooks back office functions. HIS will target the PowerBooks system to both existing and prospective four and five star hotel properties. HIS currently has over 90 hotel customers located throughout Greater China.

About chinadotcom corporation

chinadotcom corporation (NASDAQ: CHINA; Website: is a leading integrated enterprise solutions company offering technology, marketing and media services for companies throughout Greater China and the Asia-Pacific region, the US and the UK. With operations in 10 markets - - the companies under chinadotcom group have extensive experience in several industry groups including finance, travel and manufacturing, and in key business areas, including e-business strategy, packaged software implementation, precision marketing, and supply chain management.

chinadotcom leverages this expertise with alliances and partnerships to help drive innovative client solutions.

A separate software entity, CDC Software Corporation, has been established to spearhead the company's strategy to move up the value curve in the software services and products area. It focuses on building up the company's IP assets base, establishing partnerships with software vendors, and broadening its overall software product offerings in the areas of enterprise solutions and integration. It currently has 1,000 installations and 400 customers in Greater China.

Selected multi-national and domestic customers include: ACNeilsen, Carrefour, Inventec Micro Electronics Shanghai, Legend Computer, Microsoft (China) Co., Ltd., Polymatch (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., Shenzhen Airlines and Swire Beverages.

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About Hotel Information Systems

Hotel Information Systems Limited, a leading provider of hotel technology solutions in Asia Pacific, is a subsidiary of Hotel Information Systems Asia Pte Ltd. With the introduction of epitome Enterprise Solutions, HIS has opened a whole new world of opportunities for its customers who have in the past been constrained with their limitations of the property management systems. Hotel Information Systems Asia Pte Ltd. is wholly owned by Hotel Information Systems (HIS) Inc. USA, a subsidiary of MAI Systems Corporation (AMEX: NOW). For additional information about HIS's enterprise solutions, please visit the HIS website at

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release includes certain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on chinadotcom management's current expectations and are subject to risks and uncertainties and changes in circumstances. All forward-looking statements included in this press release are based upon information available to chinadotcom as of the date of the press release, and it assumes no obligation to update or alter its forward looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Further information on risks or other factors that could affect chinadotcom's results of operations is detailed in its filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Annual Report for the year ended December 31, 2001 on Form 20-F filed on June 11, 2002.

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