ALSTOM and Vitria announce strategic partnership for energy industry

Bellevue, Washington and Sunnyvale, California, January 15, 2001 — ALSTOM and Vitria today announced a global strategic partnership.

The partnership will allow ALSTOM’s Transmission and Distribution (T&D) sector’s Energy Management and Markets (EMM) business unit to deliver an out-of-the-box solution for system integration using Vitria’s pioneering process management approach, and significantly expand Vitria’s access to energy market customers throughout the globe.

The partnership encompasses the entire ALSTOM EMM product line and professional services products group, ensuring that ALSTOM EMM products can seamlessly connect — out of the box — to all other major enterprise software systems in use in the energy industry. This seamless integration gives ALSTOM EMM customers the flexibility to easily connect to a range of proprietary systems.

Over the next several months, ALSTOM EMM will upgrade its product line to resell Vitria’s BusinessWare as an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) component. ALSTOM and Vitria will give ALSTOM’s 120 existing government and Fortune 100 customers the opportunity to upgrade to the versions of the software that include Vitria’s integration facilities.

ALSTOM EMM America president and CEO, Alain Steven, characterized the strategic alliance as beneficial for both companies. “We are pleased to be working with the leader and pioneer in a process management approach to integration,” Steven said.

“The benefit to us is that Vitria’s products enable companies to rapidly ‘plug-and-play’ a range of applications in a global IT infrastructure,” he added. “As a result, ALSTOM EMM products will increase in value because our customers will have the confidence that they can seamlessly integrate to the rest of their enterprise systems, resulting in tremendous cost savings and far more efficient business processes.”

Vitria’s president and CEO, JoMei Chang, said Vitria would benefit in several ways from the partnership. “With over 20 billion euros in annual sales, ALSTOM is an exciting addition to the roster of Vitria OEMs, and is the first such partnership in the energy industry vertical.”

Because power generators and transmission facilities have enormous challenges connecting specific legacy systems, Chang said that Vitria has a significant role to play in the energy industry.

“Maintaining global visibility of their markets, and connecting to modern customer relationship management systems is critical,” Chang said. “I’m proud that ALSTOM EMM will rely on Vitria to deliver out-of-the-box solutions for these problems to their customer base.”

About ALSTOM
ALSTOM is a global specialist in energy and transport infrastructure. The company serves the energy market through its activities in the fields of power generation, power transmission and distribution, and power conversion; and the transport market through its activities in high-speed rail, urban transit systems, cruise ships, and other marine vessels.

Following the sale of its electrical contracting activity, finalized on July 20, 2001, ALSTOM has annual sales in excess of $20 billion and employs 120,000 people in over 70 countries. The company is listed on the Paris, London, and New York stock exchanges.

In the United States, ALSTOM employs more than 7,000 people and has annual sales exceeding $4 billion. http://www.alstom.com

ALSTOM’s Energy Management and Markets (EMM) Business unit, is based in Bellevue, Washington USA. With the onset of industry restructuring, the company has provided leadership in addressing the IT needs of energy market operators and market participants. http://www.esca.com

About Vitria
Vitria Technology Inc. is an integration collaborative platform and collaborative application provider.

Vitria BusinessWare integrates applications and automates mission-critical business processes within and across the extended enterprise, reducing time to market, shortening lead times, lowering operating costs, and increasing customer satisfaction.

Vitria is a publicly traded company based in Sunnyvale. For more information visit the company’s web site at www.vitria.com.


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