Electrifying Backfields

Vitria adds to lineup of back-end services for energy companies

Montreal  August 20, 2001  Real-time operations management systems (ROMS) company M3i Systems Inc.has joined the Vitria BusinessWare-ready program. (Vitria is a leading integration server provider.) M3i is committing products to have connectivity to Vitria's integration server, thereby enabling its energy-sector customers to have back-end connectivity to all other enterprise software systems with a minimum of programming.

By integrating these services, the companies hope to allow electric and gas companies to solve automation requirements and problems without changing their legacy computing platforms. This includes strategic integration of customer information systems (CIS) with transmission and distribution (T&D) engineering, financial, and workforce management systems.

"The decision to use Vitria provides additional flexibility to the already open M3i platform and reflects a focus to strengthen and expand our proven middleware technology we offer to service providers around the world," says Mike Alinauskas, vice president of operations for M3i.

M3i modules are scalable and interoperable, with open architecture that is designed to analyze, integrate, validate, enhance and maintain crucial information. Vitria's integration server enables energy companies to conduct business electronically across corporate networks and over the Internet. By managing the flow of data via internal IT systems in conjunction with the IT systems of their partners and customers, BusinessWare automates business processes, such as service provisioning and interactions with material and energy exchanges. By allowing legacy systems that previously could not talk to each other to readily do so, the software provides a set of common services for enhancing business, security and data integrity.

M3i's assistant vice president of network products Jason Reid explains, "Offering such highly developed, mutually compatible technologies means lower costs, faster time to market, and overall system operation improvements for the customer. It also allows different groups within the same organization to share information, which streamlines workloads to provide greater workforce efficiency across their enterprise."