Oracle buys SPL WorldGroup

Redwood Shores, CA, Nov. 3, 2006 — Oracle announced that it has acquired SPL WorldGroup, a provider of revenue and operations management software for the utilities industry and tax management software for government organizations.

SPL provides solutions for customer care & billing, mobile workforce management, outage & distribution management, and asset management that are specifically designed for electric, gas and water utilities. The company’s suite of utility solutions supports critical operational business processes, services, markets and geographies. SPL also offers a complementary public sector tax management solution that provides a foundation to manage the financial relationships a governmental entity has with its constituents.

“With the addition of SPL, Oracle plans to delivers the first end-to-end packaged revenue and operations management solution for investor-owned and public sector utilities,” said Charles Phillips, president of Oracle.

“Mission-critical systems for operational functions are a priority software spend for utilities,” said Larry Hagewood, CEO at SPL. “We expect our combined solutions will help facilitate the transformation of utilities to leading edge infrastructure that creates competitive advantage for our customers.”

SPL management and employees will form a dedicated global utilities business unit within Oracle focused on utilities industry specific solutions, and will continue to support the development of tax management software for the public sector. Larry Hagewood will lead the unit as general manager.

SPL was purchased from private equity funds managed by GFI Energy Ventures LLC. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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