Viterra Energy Services AG chooses Mercator for back-office integration

Viterra Energy Services AG has selected Mercator Software Inc. as its integration solution for several mission-critical applications.

WILTON, Conn, Jan. 2, 2003 -- Viterra Energy Services AG has selected Mercator Software Inc. as its integration solution for several mission-critical applications.

Viterra Energy Services AG is a global services provider for consumption-based billing of energy and water, providing services to more than 300,000 customers, including property managers, utilities and others. Each year, Viterra collects approximately 40 million meter readings and produces over 15 million bills.

Viterra is currently in the process of phasing in a new billing system based on Oracle DB. To ensure no disruption of billing, Viterra is deploying Mercator as the interface between the old billing system, housed on a separate server, and the new Oracle-based system, running the two systems in parallel until the new application is fully operational.

Viterra is also leveraging Mercator to provide the connectivity between its J2EE-based mobile system for gauging energy consumption and the two billing systems, allowing for a seamless flow of data between the three applications.

Harald Neumann, IT Architect at Viterra, commented: "Viterra asked several vendors to perform in-depth proof of concepts. Only Mercator was able to satisfy our requirements. Mercator's Professional Services team demonstrated how easy Mercator was to implement, train on and maintain -- and we liked the flexibility that Mercator's open architecture provides."

Mark Register, President, Mercator Field Operations said: "Mercator is pleased to be working with Viterra Energy Services. Our experience with Oracle and Java connectivity, and in the energy and utilities sector, will allow us to quickly implement the multiple interfaces Viterra needs to keep their business processes free of disruption during the transition phase - and allow Viterra to expand its connectivity requirements as necessary in the future."

About Viterra Energy Services AG

Viterra Energy Services AG is a global services provider for consumption-based billing of energy and water, providing services mainly to private and professional property managers, as well as utilities and municipalities. With over 4,200 employees Viterra Energy Services serves the needs of more than 300,000 customers from offices in 27 countries. Each year, Viterra collects approximately 40 million meter readings and produce over 15 million bills. Viterra Energy Services is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Viterra AG Group, a real estate company in Germany (sales 2001: EUR 1.3 bn.).

About Mercator Software, Inc.

Mercator provides enterprise-wide integration software solutions to global organizations. Our solutions solve critical business problems in real time. The Mercator® integration suite of solutions uses an open architecture that integrates high-volume, highly complex transactions faster and with limited customization. For more information, visit www.mercator.com.

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