MRO Software Makes Friends

MRO Software announces partnership with BEA Systems, begins new customer relationship with Xcel Energy

BEDFORD, MA, and SAN JOSE, CA  Nov. 5, 2001  MRO Software, a provider of solutions for powering industrial collaboration, and BEA Systems, Inc., an e-business infrastructure software company, today announced that MRO Software will be embedding BEA WebLogic® into its MAXIMO 5.0 product. This combined solution provides MAXIMO customers improved organizational and operational efficiencies in the Strategic MRO space.  BEA's WebLogic core functionality enables the execution, scalability and management of MAXIMO's multi-tiered component based system.

"BEA's WebLogic E-Business Platform, is becoming a primary IT development and deployment platform for our MAXIMO customers," said Jack Young, executive vice president of products and technology at MRO Software. "The combination of MAXIMO's pure-Internet architecture and WebLogic's flexibility provides customers with the benefits of lower cost of ownership, advanced enterprise deployment and a high degree of scalability."

Using Java 2 Platform Enterprise Edition (J2EE) technology and a Java-based component architecture, MAXIMO 5.0 is the first strategic MRO solution to be based on a pure-Internet architecture.

"BEA and MRO Software have similar visions for the next generation of enterprise application deployment.  We both agree that a true Web-architected product based on open industry standards offers the best possible platform for scalable, reliable and flexible applications," said Rauline Ochs, vice president of worldwide partner initiatives for BEA. "Leading ISVs like MRO Software that embed WebLogic into their applications give their customers a solid foundation for e-Business based on the industry's leading application server."

In addition, MRO Software, announced that Xcel Energy, the nation's fourth-largest combined electric and natural gas utility selected MAXIMO® for enterprise asset maintenance.

Xcel Energy will use MAXIMO in its fossil, hydro and alternative energy generating facilities.  This represents 69 generating facilities with the total capacity of 13,750 megawatts.  With MAXIMO, Xcel Energy can efficiently streamline its complex operations environment, automating and tracking preventive maintenance routines, work order schedules and maintenance resources.  MAXIMO's ease of use helps facilitate the change management process as Xcel Energy integrates its three operating companies.

"We strive for continuous improvement in our maintenance processes, and MAXIMO will be a key enabler for improving reliability centered maintenance," said David Wilks, Xcel Energy's president of the energy supply business unit.  "In addition, having a common system will allow us to deploy best practices throughout the entire generation fleet.  With an impressive track record in the energy business, we feel that MRO Software understands our needs and the issues facing our industry."