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SoftSmiths leads industry shift to deliver a Single Platform with e-Link

Houston, TX. – January 20, 2004 – SoftSmiths today highlighted its lead and commitment in enabling companies that operate disparate business applications to achieve a complete enterprise view of company information based on its e-Link XML framework. Meeting the critical needs for access to the same confirmed data, SoftSmiths highlighted the company's integration options for customers in heterogeneous environments who want a single source of true data.

Traditionally, companies have deployed systems in fragments, creating silos of data that makes it impossible to have access to a single source of information, such as Fuel Cost, Energy Forecasts, Energy Transactions, Meter Data, Losses, LMP Pricing, and ISO billing data. In order to bring all of this data together, SoftSmiths offers its seamlessly integrated platforms, and yet recognized early on the needs of its customers who need to leverage existing IT infrastructure on their way to a more comprehensive solution. This drove development of SoftSmiths' e-Link XML based suite of application integration solutions that help customers integrate with other applications, while still achieving a single data store.

By utilizing e-Link, customers are creating a single global repository, consolidating data from disparate systems, to help contain the data and business intelligence in one place and allow their staff to see, access, and interpret this information.

Commented Hugo Stappers, Director of Sales/Marketing at SoftSmiths, "More visibility and real-time access to information is imperative in the current energy business climate. It also improves governance and auditability, and improves transparency and enables best practices across your organization". He added, "Silos makes it incredibly expensive and often ineffective to get accurate snapshots of key business indicators. The cost/benefit of consolidated information is self-evident".

About SoftSmiths

SoftSmiths is a leading provider of proven business critical Transaction Management Systems and services for Load Serving Entities, Generation Production Entities, Purchasing Selling Entities, and Transmission Providers who operate in physical markets to sell, purchase, trade, and deliver energy in the most efficient and cost- effective way. SoftSmiths’ seamlessly integrated, scalable, and adaptable solutions provide ready-to-deploy, out-of-the-box functionality that is highly configurable and customizable to meet companies' unique needs. SoftSmiths' proven solutions and in-depth knowledge of the industry's business practices allow its customers to automate manual processes, eliminate redundancies, and increase business visibility across the enterprise to allow faster decision making and more informed decisions, thereby improving profitability, operational efficiencies and cash flow. The company has been successfully delivering e-business solutions to energy service companies since 1997.

SoftSmiths is a registered trademark of SoftSmiths, Inc.

Contact Information:

Softsmiths Inc.
Hugo Stappers
Phone:    713.626.9184
Fax:          713.626.0186
Email:      mkt@softsmiths.com
Website:  www.softsmiths.com



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