New Microsoft .NET Enterprise Server Customer Lights Up Microsoft’s Silicon Valley Speaker Series

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Aug. 2, 2001 — Today at the Microsoft Silicon Valley Speaker Series, Microsoft Corp. Group Manager Barry Goffe unveiled empowerNET, a new application service provider (ASP) delivering XML-based energy market management and delivery service solutions built on Microsoft® .NET Enterprise Servers. empowerNET’s offerings will include energy delivery resource planning, load management, supply management and energy market information management.

“Traditional utility solutions are often cost-prohibitive, leaving the smaller to midsize companies to resort to manual business processes or second- and third-tier technologies that don’t meet their business objectives,” said Jason Ihaia, vice president of technology at empowerNET. “With the Microsoft .NET Enterprise Servers, we are able to offer a reliable hosted solution, deliver a much-needed cost-effective offering in the energy utility marketplace, and lay the groundwork to establish Web services that will offer further ease of use and customer interaction.”

The empowerNET solution utilizes Microsoft SQL Server™ 2000, BizTalk™ Server 2000 and the Windows® 2000 operating system, and their integrated support for XML, to build a reliable infrastructure that enables energy utilities to capitalize on the cost-effective software services, and deliver improved customer service and reduce operational costs.

Silicon Valley Speaker Series

Date: Thursday, Aug. 2, 2001

Time: Noon-2 p.m.

Location: Microsoft’s Silicon Valley Campus, Bldg. 1, Conference Center, 1065 La Avenida, Mountain View, CA 94043

Complimentary lunch will be provided from noon — 12:30 p.m.

More information on empowerNET is available by sending e-mail to contactus@empowernetcentral.com.

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