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Report reveals strong modular trend in energy risk and transaction software systems

Philadelphia, PA, March 27, 2003 — The Skipping Stone 2003 Energy Transaction Software Report confirms a strong trend among energy transaction systems vendors toward modularization.

This report shows an increase to 64% in the number of systems that offer distinct modules within the vendor suite and that openly interface with other non vendor offered modules, including risk systems, CRM systems, back-office systems, and other transaction systems.

Skipping Stone’s “5th Annual Energy Transaction Software Report” is the most comprehensive transaction management software guide available. With more than 250 pages, the report fully describes 36 of the most popular software vendors with offerings in the energy transaction vertical.

The report includes analysis of more than 350 data points covering technical, risk management, gas management and power management, plus company profiles and detailed contact information.

The report is available online at www.skippingstone.com.

“Whether you are buying a new system, benchmarking your current one, or simply looking to fill gaps, this report will save you hundreds of hours of research,” states Peter Weigand, Skipping Stone Chairman and CEO. “We often combine the report with our consulting tools and templates to significantly shorten the selection process for our clients. The report has become the primer for the transaction technology marketplace,” Weigand continued.

Skipping Stone, Inc. is an independent energy consulting and technology firm founded by visionary leaders from the energy industry. Skipping Stone’s proven professionals serve the energy marketplace with a broad mix of products and services that assist companies from initial business planning through maturity. More information is available at www.skippingstone.com.