SCT Introduces eDash, a Knowledge Management Application for Utility and Energy Companies

SCT eDash - A Web Tool That Organizes and Leverages Information

Tailored to Energy Execs' and Managers' Daily Decision-Making Process



Apr 25, 2001, 01:00 ET from SCT

    MALVERN, Pa., April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- SCT (Nasdaq: SCTC), a leading
 provider of industry-immersed e-solutions for the energy, utilities, and
 communications industries, has shipped SCT eDash(TM), a Web-architected
 knowledge management solution designed specifically for energy companies and
 utilities. The first contract for the new solution was signed in SCT's second
 fiscal quarter, ended March 31, 2001, with Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer
 District, one of the nation's largest wastewater and stormwater utilities.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20001006/PHF017LOGO )
     SCT eDash is the energy business decision-maker's version of the
 automobile dashboard, giving the 'driver' a quick glance at the operating
 condition of the business vehicle. It can operate with virtually any system,
 and will collect and display user-defined business data in a clear, easy to
 read format, presenting vital information precisely when it is most crucial.
     "In developing this Web-enabled knowledge management application, we spoke
 with more than 160 executives from both regulated and unregulated energy
 companies," said John Gregg, president of SCT's global energy, utilities, and
 communications solutions. "And we took away this key insight: they must
 continually modify and change the content of the information that they need to
 know to meet changing business and industry conditions. Plus, they need
 information, not just mounds of data. So we designed our easily customizable
 eDash application to turn data into information, and to collect, funnel, and
 display that information from a variety of sources in a clear, concise
 format."
     The SCT eDash solution allows senior managers and executives to instantly
 obtain key alerts, indicators, periodic results, and analysis needed to
 monitor and command enterprise-wide, relationship-critical workflow. It
 filters and displays massive quantities of data from within an organization or
 from external energy market and communications industry sources. Not only
 vital for daily tactical decision-making, it also enhances strategic planning
 that can lead to business breakthroughs and a distinct competitive advantage.
     Some distinct characteristics include:
 
      -- Uses a set of tools and Web browser features to provide easy and
         flexible means to keep the key information up-to-date.
      -- Platform and database independent, a tool for client/server and legacy
         systems, accessed via desktop, laptop, handheld devices and phones,
         allowing executives to anticipate and thereby impact financial
         outcomes.
      -- Programmable and configurable, and provides multiple layers of
         information and analysis.
      -- Personalized design recognizes that, for example, an electric retail
         executive needs information (on customer accounts, acquisition and
         retention rates, for example) different from what an operations
         manager needs (on outages and response times).
      -- Provides the means to extract the data from various systems, analyze
         it, convert it to information and display it via web technology,
         enhancing the ability to make informed business decisions.
      -- SCT eDash provides real-time information that keeps up with emerging
         trends, new opportunities, and areas for service improvements within
         any existing customer base.
      -- SCT has partnered with Viador Inc. (Nasdaq: VIAD) , a leading self-
         service enterprise portal provider, using its intuitive Viador E-
         Portal (TM) as eDash's portal framework through which users can
         search, publish and share data anytime.
 
     eDash is a new component in SCT's iConverge.sct tailored solution
 strategy, a flexible component-based, e-business enabled, database-independent
 approach that can be configured to fit an organization's unique business needs
 and meet changes in the market as needs evolve. iConverge.sct includes
 consulting services, bolt-on products to extend life of legacy systems,
 professional/technical services, and product solutions. It optimizes a
 utility's business and customer relationships.
 
     About SCT
     SCT is a recognized leader in developing advanced technology solutions
 designed to meet the global needs of utilities, energy service companies, and
 communications companies. Sixteen million utility services bills are generated
 monthly with SCT solutions. The company's leading-edge software and services
 enable its customers to excel and fulfill strategies for their clients moving
 aggressively into an age of deregulation.
     SCT provides and supports e-business solutions that enable clients to
 achieve breakthrough business results. The company's unique and powerful e-
 business solutions combine application software and services to deliver
 benefits quickly. As a global operation, SCT offers specific solutions for
 four industry markets: energy, utilities and communications; process
 manufacturing and distribution; education; and government. SCT has more than
 3,400 employees and serves more than 2,900 clients worldwide. The company is
 headquartered in Malvern, Pa in the Greater Philadelphia area. For more
 information, visit www.sct.com.
 
     The matters discussed in this press release that are forward-looking
 statements are based on current management expectations that involve risks and
 uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those
 anticipated. Potential risks and uncertainties include, without limitation,
 the potential growth of the energy, utilities and communications market; the
 continued market acceptance of SCT's and its alliance partners' products and
 services; competitive and pricing pressures in the market which SCT serves;
 SCT's ability to develop and market innovative products and services cost-
 effectively and on a timely basis; the ability of SCT and its alliance
 partners to accomplish their integration plans and meet development schedules
 cost - effectively and on a timely basis; the ability of SCT to attract and
 retain highly skilled technical, managerial, sales and marketing personnel;
 general economic conditions; and other risks and uncertainties more
 specifically set forth in SCT's filings with the Securities and Exchange
 Commission.
 
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SOURCE SCT
    MALVERN, Pa., April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- SCT (Nasdaq: SCTC), a leading
 provider of industry-immersed e-solutions for the energy, utilities, and
 communications industries, has shipped SCT eDash(TM), a Web-architected
 knowledge management solution designed specifically for energy companies and
 utilities. The first contract for the new solution was signed in SCT's second
 fiscal quarter, ended March 31, 2001, with Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer
 District, one of the nation's largest wastewater and stormwater utilities.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20001006/PHF017LOGO )
     SCT eDash is the energy business decision-maker's version of the
 automobile dashboard, giving the 'driver' a quick glance at the operating
 condition of the business vehicle. It can operate with virtually any system,
 and will collect and display user-defined business data in a clear, easy to
 read format, presenting vital information precisely when it is most crucial.
     "In developing this Web-enabled knowledge management application, we spoke
 with more than 160 executives from both regulated and unregulated energy
 companies," said John Gregg, president of SCT's global energy, utilities, and
 communications solutions. "And we took away this key insight: they must
 continually modify and change the content of the information that they need to
 know to meet changing business and industry conditions. Plus, they need
 information, not just mounds of data. So we designed our easily customizable
 eDash application to turn data into information, and to collect, funnel, and
 display that information from a variety of sources in a clear, concise
 format."
     The SCT eDash solution allows senior managers and executives to instantly
 obtain key alerts, indicators, periodic results, and analysis needed to
 monitor and command enterprise-wide, relationship-critical workflow. It
 filters and displays massive quantities of data from within an organization or
 from external energy market and communications industry sources. Not only
 vital for daily tactical decision-making, it also enhances strategic planning
 that can lead to business breakthroughs and a distinct competitive advantage.
     Some distinct characteristics include:
 
      -- Uses a set of tools and Web browser features to provide easy and
         flexible means to keep the key information up-to-date.
      -- Platform and database independent, a tool for client/server and legacy
         systems, accessed via desktop, laptop, handheld devices and phones,
         allowing executives to anticipate and thereby impact financial
         outcomes.
      -- Programmable and configurable, and provides multiple layers of
         information and analysis.
      -- Personalized design recognizes that, for example, an electric retail
         executive needs information (on customer accounts, acquisition and
         retention rates, for example) different from what an operations
         manager needs (on outages and response times).
      -- Provides the means to extract the data from various systems, analyze
         it, convert it to information and display it via web technology,
         enhancing the ability to make informed business decisions.
      -- SCT eDash provides real-time information that keeps up with emerging
         trends, new opportunities, and areas for service improvements within
         any existing customer base.
      -- SCT has partnered with Viador Inc. (Nasdaq: VIAD) , a leading self-
         service enterprise portal provider, using its intuitive Viador E-
         Portal (TM) as eDash's portal framework through which users can
         search, publish and share data anytime.
 
     eDash is a new component in SCT's iConverge.sct tailored solution
 strategy, a flexible component-based, e-business enabled, database-independent
 approach that can be configured to fit an organization's unique business needs
 and meet changes in the market as needs evolve. iConverge.sct includes
 consulting services, bolt-on products to extend life of legacy systems,
 professional/technical services, and product solutions. It optimizes a
 utility's business and customer relationships.
 
     About SCT
     SCT is a recognized leader in developing advanced technology solutions
 designed to meet the global needs of utilities, energy service companies, and
 communications companies. Sixteen million utility services bills are generated
 monthly with SCT solutions. The company's leading-edge software and services
 enable its customers to excel and fulfill strategies for their clients moving
 aggressively into an age of deregulation.
     SCT provides and supports e-business solutions that enable clients to
 achieve breakthrough business results. The company's unique and powerful e-
 business solutions combine application software and services to deliver
 benefits quickly. As a global operation, SCT offers specific solutions for
 four industry markets: energy, utilities and communications; process
 manufacturing and distribution; education; and government. SCT has more than
 3,400 employees and serves more than 2,900 clients worldwide. The company is
 headquartered in Malvern, Pa in the Greater Philadelphia area. For more
 information, visit www.sct.com.
 
     The matters discussed in this press release that are forward-looking
 statements are based on current management expectations that involve risks and
 uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those
 anticipated. Potential risks and uncertainties include, without limitation,
 the potential growth of the energy, utilities and communications market; the
 continued market acceptance of SCT's and its alliance partners' products and
 services; competitive and pricing pressures in the market which SCT serves;
 SCT's ability to develop and market innovative products and services cost-
 effectively and on a timely basis; the ability of SCT and its alliance
 partners to accomplish their integration plans and meet development schedules
 cost - effectively and on a timely basis; the ability of SCT to attract and
 retain highly skilled technical, managerial, sales and marketing personnel;
 general economic conditions; and other risks and uncertainties more
 specifically set forth in SCT's filings with the Securities and Exchange
 Commission.
 
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