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DistribuTECH 2001: CES International, PricewaterhouseCoopers form alliance

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 7, 2001, (PRNewswire) — CES International, a leading provider of operations resource management (ORM) software for the utilities industry, today announced at DistribuTECH 2001 that it has entered into an alliance agreement with PricewaterhouseCoopers, the world’s largest professional services organization, to deliver integrated ORM solutions to distribution utility companies.

The alliance combines PricewaterhouseCoopers’ deep experience in providing consulting and systems integration services in the energy and utilities industries with CES International’s comprehensive, real-time ORM applications. CES has developed its flagship product — the Centricity ORM system — to enable utilities to optimize their distribution network and drive customer satisfaction. PricewaterhouseCoopers plans to train a portion of its utility consulting practice on CES’ solutions and will work with CES to identify and pursue new business opportunities.

�Our alliance with CES International aims to address the mission-critical customer service and reliability issues facing distribution utilities today,� said Rod Litke, a Management Consulting Services partner in charge of PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Midwest utilities consulting practice.

�We are starting to work with CES’ products because we have recognized the possibilities in this market space and can complement our existing enterprise service offerings for utilities.�

Emmett Cooke, director of Global Alliances, CES International, commented, �Adding PricewaterhouseCoopers to our alliance program maintains the momentum that we’ve achieved with Centricity and capitalizes on the tremendous market opportunity to provide utilities with the information infrastructure needed to deliver ‘high 9s’ power reliability for the digital economy.�