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SoftSmiths helps utilities build system infrastructures ensuring Business Continuity and Security

Houston, TX. – August 26, 2003 – Today, SoftSmiths emphasized the support it provides to help utilities and energy companies mitigate the security and reliability risks currently threatening the US energy infrastructure, through a comprehensive solution of business continuity services and system applications. SoftSmiths delivers critical e-Business solutions and services that enable energy industry participants to enhance efficiency, profitability and reliability in the competitive market place.

SoftSmiths helps utilities meet the new requirements related to physical and cyber infrastructure protection, disaster recovery, and business continuity planning by providing mission critical services in the area of vulnerability and risk assessment, business continuity planning including disruptive event recovery and restoration, and IT infrastructure build out services for disaster recovery and cyber security.

SoftSmiths offers energy companies solutions that facilitate energy trading, transaction processing, risk measurement and decision support. Its e-Merchant applications are built for high-availability environments, with self-recovery and self- healing capabilities, and able to be integrated into multi-node cluster configurations with multi-homed networks.

“SoftSmiths’ business continuity solutions protect and improve our customer organizations’ productivity and mitigate their financial exposure resulting from a disruptive event. We have deployed several of our systems in Turn-Key solutions, including our e-Cluster application with 2-node cluster hardware platforms. At a higher redundancy level, our e-Bus application provides the ability to automatically mirror e-Merchant data between multiple physical installations, typically used for hot backup sites and data warehousing systems.”, said John Santana, Director at SoftSmiths

The e-Merchant product suite allows Load Serving Entities, Generation Production Entities, Purchasing Selling Entities and Municipal Utilities to meet the increasingly demanding and complex requirements of their front office real-time scheduling activities. By delivering the core capabilities to electronically create, process and manage transactions, e-Merchant seamlessly integrates forecasting, trading, portfolio assessment, resource management, scheduling, electronic tagging, risk management, accounting and reporting to eliminate data errors, reduces settlement time and optimize our customers' positions.

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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