Fujitsu BPM suite to support EPCOR in meeting new reporting and accountability requirements

Sunnyvale, CA, Feb. 15, 2006 — Fujitsu Software Corp. announced that EPCOR Distribution Inc. (EPCOR) has chosen Fujitsu’s Interstage Business Process Manager to help automate its customer billing process while leveraging the business process models created as documentation to aid with compliance.

Fujitsu says the business process management (BPM) solution offers full business process life cycle support thereby providing companies with complete control over their business processes.

In recent years, there have been a number of regulatory changes impacting EPCOR. Many of these changes resulted in increased levels of reporting and accountability. EPCOR wanted to modify its existing in-house legacy application infrastructure in order to comply with the new requirements. EPCOR provides and maintains all power lines and meters for the 300,000 customer sites in the City of Edmonton, and delivers regulated load settlement and tariff billing services to the more than 30 retailers active in the city.

Currently, EPCOR is addressing mandates such as the Tariff Bill Code, which requires that the owner of an electricity distribution system provide tariff billing information to retailers in a standardized format. EPCOR is also taking a proactive approach to addressing the Canadian version of Sarbanes-Oxley legislation. Companies will need to certify the design and effectiveness of their internal controls.

Fujitsu’s business process management suite promises to help businesses build complete process life cycle solutions. BPM capabilities include modeling, automation, integration, management, and process optimization.

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