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Implementation of Transpara’s Visual KPI Earns International Utility Accolades for Technology Innovation

Transpara Corporation today announced that National Grid (formerly Keyspan Energy) has been awarded the Aberdeen Innovation in Technology award. The recognition was awarded as a result of the utility’s ability to leverage technology solutions – Transpara’s Visual KPI software – to solve pressing business issues to positively impact company performance. Visual KPI is the only composite Key Performance Indicator (KPI) software that delivers on-demand operations data from multiple data sources to any desktop or mobile browser.

John Ragone, Plant Process Optimization Manager, Electric Production at National Grid, was presented this prestigious industry award at the Manufacturing in the 21st Century Executive Summit on December 4, 2007 in Boston, Mass. “Transpara’s Visual KPI has become an important arrow in our quiver of tools used to maximize operational performance, and I am honored to be recognized by Aberdeen for our ongoing technology initiatives which improve how we do business,” said Ragone. “Because we leveraged software and technology that our employees were already familiar with, such as the OSIsoft PI System and employees’ mobile phones, we set ourselves up for success – success with the adoption of Visual KPI and success with realizing benefits that positively impact our bottom line.”

Based on Aberdeen’s research, National Grid was recognized for its innovative use of technology by creating role-based access to critical operations data and applying a unified visualization capability in different areas of operations, such as fuel loading and maintenance management. Visual KPI enabled National Grid to leverage cell phones as critical information display devices and set up automated alerts based off of SPC exceptions. With the help of remote data accessibility, National Grid is realizing the following benefits:

  • increased collaboration among team members across various departments;
  • proactive management of environmental incidents;
  • significant savings from a reduction in operator overtime costs and improved operator productivity.

The Manufacturing Achievement Awards for excellence were selected solely on Aberdeen’s research of the past 12 months. National Grid won the Innovation in Technology Award for maximizing technology solutions to solve pressing supply chain issues and positively impact company performance.

“We are pleased to have National Grid as our 2007 Aberdeen Achievement Award winner for Innovation in Technology,” said Bharat Nair, SVP and Research Director with Aberdeen’s Global Manufacturing Practice. “They were able to successfully identify advanced technology with significant business value for their manufacturing environment, giving them a competitive advantage and cost savings opportunities.”

About Visual KPI
Visual KPI delivers role-based, real-time operating data in context, enabling timely, intelligent decision making from any location. With support for more than 150 mobile devices, Visual KPI enables users to easily create and customize composite KPIs and scorecards without any additional programming, using information from any combination of existing data sources, including the OSIsoft PI System, Rockwell RSSQL, Invensys InSQL, Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, SmartSignal, OLE DB and Web Services. Leveraging the Microsoft infrastructure for all installations, Visual KPI is based on the familiar platform of Microsoft Excel, Internet Information Server and SQL Server 2005, and is the only composite KPI engine that works with the 2007 Microsoft Office system, including Excel Services, Business Scorecard Manager and Office SharePoint Server 2007.

About National Grid
National Grid is an international energy delivery company. In the U.S., National Grid delivers electricity to approximately 3.3 million customers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island, and manages the electricity network on Long Island under an agreement with the Long Island Power Authority. National Grid is the largest power producer in New York State, owning 6,650 megawatts of electricity generation that provides power to over one million LIPA customers and supplies roughly a quarter of New York City’s electricity needs. It is also the largest distributor of natural gas in the northeastern U.S., serving approximately 3.4 million customers in New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. www.nationalgridus.com

About Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company
Aberdeen is a leading provider of fact-based research and market intelligence that delivers demonstrable results. Having benchmarked more than 30,000 companies in the past two years, Aberdeen is uniquely positioned to educate users to action: driving market awareness, creating demand, enabling sales, and delivering meaningful return-on-investment analysis. As the trusted advisor to the global technology markets, corporations turn to Aberdeen™ for insights that drive decisions. As a Harte-Hanks Company, Aberdeen plays a key role of putting content in context for the global direct and targeted marketing company. Aberdeen’s analytical and independent view of the “customer optimization” process of Harte-Hanks (Information – Opportunity – Insight – Engagement – Interaction) extends the client value and accentuates the strategic role Harte-Hanks brings to the market. For additional information, visit http://www.aberdeen.com.

About Transpara Corporation
Transpara establishes corporate transparency throughout the enterprise with Visual KPI, operations intelligence software that provides enterprise customers in the process and utility industries with real-time asset and operating data on any web browser. The only composite Key Performance Indicator (KPI) software available, Visual KPI aggregates operations information from multiple, existing data sources and delivers role-based, actionable KPIs to users via the desktop, laptop, or more than 150 mobile devices. Visual KPI ensures that responsible parties throughout the organization and supply chain have on-demand access to consistent, business-critical operating measures, enabling stakeholders to monitor their entire asset base, and implement such initiatives as Balanced Scorecard, Six Sigma and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance. With Visual KPI, customers improve performance, while reducing operating costs and lowering business risk. Transpara is headquartered in Pleasanton, Calif. Visit www.transpara.com for more information.

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