IT Briefs

TXU creates timeless virtual office

TXU is sharing jobs over the Internet with its Australian subsidiary through Trans-Pacific computer network links. The move capitalizes on time differences in the U.S. and Australia and sophisticated communications technology to create a virtual office that stays busy almost around-the-clock.

Xcel Energy trains with Plateau Systems

Xcel Energy selected Plateau System’s enterprise software to manage distance learning and instructor-led training for 13,000 employees at over 40 plants in the U.S. Xcel is consolidating its entire training program on the Plateau 4 Learning Management System (LMS), an open-architecture enterprise application. Xcel Energy also is integrating Plateau 4 LMS with its Human Resources and Passport Work Management systems.

GE Power Systems supports BC Hydro projects

GE Power Systems has supplied services and technology to support two diverse projects-a turbine overhaul and a transmission grid management program-for British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority (BC Hydro). GE recently completed an overhaul of a Pratt & Whitney gas generator and power turbine that returned to service at BC Hydro’s Prince Rupert Station.

NYPA seeks IT ROI data

The New York Power Authority (NYPA) chose Scalable Software’s Survey Technology Manager to measure computer and software usage on more than 600 PCs at its headquarters to obtain accurate data to evaluate ROI for software deployments. Survey Technology Manager measures actual application usage across the enterprise, providing data on how individuals use PCs.

Mass. DTE monitors compliance with LiveData

The Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Energy (DTE), responsible for monitoring service quality, purchased the first ever Regulatory Compliance Management (RCM) system from LiveData Inc. The RCM monitors and analyzes outages, and detects non-compliance with Mass. DTE regulations that could result in utility fines. RCM also provides the Mass. DTE and other government officials outage status that includes utilities’ responses, consumers affected and outage duration.

GE acquires German IT service provider, sofion AG

General Electric Co. acquired sofion AG, an IT service provider based in Freiburg, Germany. sofion will be integrated into GE Smallworld, part of GE Power Systems’ Energy Management Services business. The acquisition of sofion will provide GE Smallworld significant resources to further develop its ability to offer complete, integrated solutions.

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