September 29, 2008

American Electric Power Selects Ventyx Enterprise Asset Management Solution

ATLANTA, Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Ventyx(R), the world's largest private software provider to the energy and utility industry, today announced that American Electric Power, the largest electricity generator in the United States, has committed to upgrade their enterprisewide work management and supply chain systems to the latest version of Asset Suite ( from Ventyx.

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AEP is one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, with more than 5 million customers linked to AEP's 11-state electricity transmission and distribution grid. AEP has been a user of Ventyx solutions for years, but chose to perform a highly competitive and extensive evaluation process to ensure they were selecting the optimum solution for their future needs. The selection process concluded with not only a recommitment to Asset Suite, but an expansion of its use as the enterprise asset management system within the corporation. AEP will be using Asset Suite for supply chain functions including materials and procurement management across the enterprise, as well as for asset and work management for nuclear and fossil generation and transmission, and for partial replacement of their project management system used for major construction and retrofit projects.

"Ventyx has aggressively invested in our product suites, and we are obviously delighted that AEP has selected Ventyx as their go forward enterprise asset management solution," said Ventyx President and CEO Vince Burkett. "Ventyx has earned a solid track record of proven performance in the Tier 1 utility marketplace, as evidenced by our unique ability to meet AEP's needs for a solution that covers their generation fleet, transmission network and integrated supply chain. AEP, their customer base and shareholders will benefit from the application of enhanced functionality and technology to reduce operating costs, extend asset life and improve asset availability."

By standardizing on Asset Suite, companies like AEP can benefit from the economies of scale enabled by the software. Asset Suite is the only comprehensive asset management solution that enables the deployment of best practices standardization across an entire organization, enabling efficiencies far beyond those achievable by a single site. Furthermore, utilizing the services-oriented Foundation Architecture, Asset Suite offers the ability to accelerate business benefits and reduce the complexity of business processes via an easy-to-use, tailorable graphical user interface. As a result, best practices can be easily standardized across the entire fleet, and integrated with engineering design tools, financial systems, enterprise resource planning packages and other third-party applications.

About American Electric Power

Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, American Electric Power is one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, delivering electricity to more than 5 million customers in 11 states. AEP ranks among the nation's largest generators of electricity, owning nearly 38,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S. AEP also owns the nation's largest electricity transmission system, a nearly 39,000-mile network that includes more 765-kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other U.S. transmission systems combined. AEP's transmission system directly or indirectly serves about 10 percent of the electricity demand in the Eastern Interconnection, the interconnected transmission system that covers 38 eastern and central U.S. states and eastern Canada, and approximately 11 percent of the electricity demand in ERCOT, the transmission system that covers much of Texas. AEP's utility units operate as AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia and West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisiana and east Texas).

About Ventyx

Ventyx is a leading business solutions provider, delivering asset management, mobile workforce management, customer care, energy trading and risk management, energy operations, and energy analytics solutions to more than 900 energy, utility and communications customers, as well as to asset-intensive customers in selected commercial markets. With approximately 1,200 employees in more than 20 locations worldwide, Ventyx delivers best-of-breed business solutions that maximize operational and financial performance, backed by the industry's deepest available industry-specific domain expertise. For more information, visit our Website at

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