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EnWin Selects SAP to Power Growth

Ontario Utility to Replace Legacy Systems With SAP(R) Software to Increase Efficiency and Transparency Across Operations, Reduce IT Costs, Leverage Market Opportunities and Address New Financial Reporting Requirements

(PresseBox) (Newtown Square,PA / Windsor,Ontario, ) SAP America Inc., a subsidiary of SAP AG (NYSE: SAP), today announced that EnWin Utilities Ltd., the municipal electricity distributor for the city of Windsor, Ontario, has selected SAP® software to help increase visibility and efficiency across its operations, lower IT costs and build a solid foundation to address future opportunities in advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and smart grid adoption.

EnWin will replace its Oracle and IBM software with the SAP® ERP application, SAP® for Utilities solutions and solutions from the SAP® BusinessObjects(TM) portfolio. These solutions are designed to help organizations like EnWin gain a clear view into its business, enabling them to make more sound decisions and optimize performance. Deloitte Canada was selected as the implementation partner for the project, which will be delivered using a phased approach.

SAP ERP, proven enterprise resource planning software from SAP, is expected to help EnWin to better serve its customers, employees and stakeholders by providing the tools necessary to automate and streamline its business processes, including financials, human resources and procurement; and improve access to data for more efficient reporting purposes. The application is also expected to enable efficient and effective conversion to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), which will become mandatory for Canadian companies in 2011.

"It is critical that we prepare EnWin for the many changes that will affect Canadian utilities in the near future, such as Ontario's smart metering initiative, the proposed Green Energy and Green Economy Act 2009 and IFRS, and enhance our ability to drive opportunities from these changes," said Victoria Zuber, chief financial officer, EnWin Utilities Ltd. "We selected SAP because of its successful track record and commitment to Canada's utility industry. Its software provides the broad and integrated functionality we need to further enhance efficiencies in our operations, gain greater transparency to comply with new regulatory requirements and lower our costs of owning IT. Ultimately, this will help us to improve service to our customers."

EnWin will also implement the SAP® Customer Relationship Management and Billing for Utilities package and enterprise asset management solutions within the SAP for Utilities portfolio, which provides comprehensive, scalable and flexible solutions to address the unique business requirements of the utility industry. The solutions help utilities to automate business processes, increase profitability and support innovative business models and customer services. In addition, EnWin will leverage solutions from the SAP BusinessObjects portfolio to enhance business intelligence; information management; enterprise performance management; and governance, risk and compliance. These solutions are expected to help EnWin to integrate data for consistency and accuracy, gain broader insight through immediate access to trusted business information, improve strategic planning and analysis and mitigate risk.

"In today's challenging economy, Canadian utilities need efficient processes, proven technology and innovative business partners committed to the long-term success of their customers and to delivering a solid return on investment," said Cathy Tough, national director, Utilities, SAP Canada Inc. "They are increasingly looking to move away from best-of-breed environments to integrated solutions that lower the total cost of IT ownership and deliver shorter time to value. In Canada, SAP has a larger utilities customer base than any other vendor, largely due to its commitment to help Canadian utilities adapt to changing market and regulatory environments and achieve their business goals. We look forward to helping EnWin drive continued success and growth in the Ontario market."

About EnWin Utilities Ltd

EnWin Utilities Ltd. is Windsor's Local Distribution Company, responsible for the distribution of electricity and the servicing and maintenance of Windsor's power line infrastructure. As well, EnWin Utilities Ltd. is a management services company providing fleet, billing, collections, credit, financial, human resources, customer service; and information technology services to Windsor Utilities Commission and City of Windsor. For further information, please visit


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