CIBER delivers new technology to Sacramento utility

Sacramento, CA, Dec. 27, 2005 — CIBER Novasoft, a division of CIBER Inc., announced it has successfully implemented a new low-cost wireless warehouse management system for the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD). The project, which involved new technology, began in mid-July 2005 and went live in mid-November 2005, record-time for adding new technology and functionality to SMUD’s existing SAP foundation. SMUD uses the warehouses to store items needed to service and maintain residential and commercial utility accounts and power production equipment.

For the project, CIBER implemented SAP’s warehouse management solution and new WEBSAPConsoleàƒ product, a wireless network, and bar coding applications at SMUD’s two major warehouses. CIBER also recommended business process changes to improve inventory control and eliminate stock outages.

With the new solution, SMUD’s material handlers expect to be able to enter or scan inventory information on wireless hand-held computers, allowing the utility to maintain an accurate, detailed, up-to-the-minute view of inventory. The solution also allows SMUD to schedule warehouse resources most efficiently, without increasing response time or diminishing customer service.

SMUD’s claimed its material handlers adapted to the new process because of its user-friendly interface and ease of use. The system launch was a smooth transition, said a recent press release, causing no extended wait time for warehouse customers, while providing more detailed and accurate inventory information and material requirements planning (MRP) results.

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