Peoples Energy’s information technology honored

CHICAGO, Oct. 24, 2001 — Peoples Energy was recently named as one of the 100 Best Places to Work in the Information Technology field by ComputerWorld magazine.

Another publication — InformationWeek listed the company among the country’s top 500 most innovative users of information technology.

The ComputerWorld recognition was based on the ranking of a combination of challenging, value-added projects and work/life benefits such as salary, work force diversity and flexible work schedules at the company.

“By investing in our work force we add value for both employees and the people with whom we do business,” said Peoples Energy President and COO Tom Patrick. “The company’s commitment to expanding our technologies to compete in a changing marketplace keeps our IT group at the forefront of the field.”

In its September 17 issue, InformationWeek magazine included Peoples Energy in its list of 500 IT innovators. To be considered for InformationWeek’s Top 500, companies had to demonstrate a pattern of technological, procedural and organizational innovation. The company has ranked in the Top 500 list for the fourth consecutive year.

“Peoples Energy was recognized for utilizing technology effectively, which has enhanced our customer service,” said Will Evans, vice president for Information Technology Services. “Our C-First application has enhanced our ability to track customer activity, allowing employees to respond more effectively to the entire range of customer questions. In addition, the implementation of a new financial package and enhancements to our human resource system have streamlined internal operations.”

Peoples Energy is a diversified energy company comprised of five primary business segments: Gas Distribution, Power Generation, Midstream Services, Retail Energy Services, and Oil and Gas Production. The Gas Distribution business serves about 1 million retail customers in Chicago and northeastern Illinois. Visit the Peoples Energy web site at PeoplesEnergy.com .

SOURCE: Peoples Energy

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