Industry Short Lists Help Energy & Utility Executives Choose Most Appropriate Suppliers for their Business

FRAMINGHAM, MA – APRIL 17, 2007 – Energy Insights announced today the publication of three Industry Short Lists for energy & utility executives tasked with vendor selection in the areas of Work and Asset Management for Energy Delivery, Enterprise Asset Management for Power Generation, and Customer Information Systems. The three reports join two Industry Short Lists previously published by the research and advisory services firm – Industry Short List for Hydrocarbon Accounting and Industry Short List for Energy Trading and Risk Management.

"We're very pleased with the response we've received to our Industry Short Lists, as they've served our clients well in determining the most appropriate suppliers for their needs, especially in this time of changing ownership and vendor consolidation," says Jill Feblowitz, practice director of Business Technology Strategies. "There's no 'one size fits all' solution, and our Industry Short Lists follow a thorough and rigorous research methodology to ensure the most balanced and comprehensive review of each vendor's capabilities."

The Industry Short List for Work and Asset Management for Energy Delivery is an update to the previous Industry Short List published in May 2006, and details how significant changes in this market impact the fit to market needs and ownership confidence ratings of work and asset management vendors for energy delivery. The vendors evaluated in this study include:

— IBM — with its acquisition of MRO Software

— IFS

— LogicaCMG

— Mincom — as part of Francisco Partners

— Oracle — with its acquisition of SPL WorldGroup

— SAP

— Ventyx — with the merger of Indus and MDSI

The Industry Short List for Enterprise Asset Management for Power Generation provides an assessment of vendors already considered as leaders in work and asset management for generation. As such, it does not include work and asset management vendors that have little or no presence in this market. The vendors evaluated in this study include:

— IBM — with its acquisition of MRO Software

— IFS

— Oracle

— SAP

— Ventyx — with the merger of Indus and MDSI

The Industry Short List for Customer Information Systems provides an assessment of vendors who are considered leaders in developing CIS for the utility industry, namely:

— First Data Utilities (powered by Peace CIS)

— Oracle — with its acquisition of SPL WorldGroup

— SAP

— Ventyx — with the merger of Indus and MDSI

Industry Short List Methodology

The Industry Short List is designed to be an easily understandable, fact-based tool that facilitates a technology-buying decision process. It is centered around three principles identified by Energy Insights as critical to choosing an IT supplier: fact-based research, industry focus, and evaluation transparency. Participants are assessed according to two main criteria. The first is a "fit to market" analysis, where Energy Insights examines the product's strength in terms of feature/functionality, interoperability, architecture, quality of service and support, and cost. The second is an "ownership confidence" assessment, which addresses the soundness of a technology supplier's strategy, financials, commitment to an industry, and customer satisfaction. Energy Insights presents the results of each assessment in a 2 x 2 graphic in order to quickly communicate the relative position of each technology supplier. Additional information about the assumptions behind each vendor's position is included in each Industry Short List evaluation.

The reports publish today at www.energy-insights.com .

About Energy Insights, an IDC Company

Energy Insights, an IDC company, provides research-based advisory and consulting services focused on market and technology developments in the electricity, natural gas, and oil industries. Staffed by senior analysts with decades of direct industry experience, Energy Insights' research spans the energy value chain — upstream, wholesale, delivery, and customer service — providing independent, timely, and relevant analysis focused on key business issues. Energy Insights serves a diverse and growing global client base, including electric and gas utilities, IT vendors, independent power producers, retail energy providers, oil and gas companies, equipment manufacturers, government agencies, financial institutions, and professional services firms. For more information, visit www.energy-insights.com .

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