Peabody, EABODY, MA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- January 25, 2007 – LODESTAR Corporation, a developer of software for the energy industry, has announced plans to partner with Gestalt, an international professional services firm providing consulting services and technology solutions to the energy and utility sectors, on systems integration for its LODESTAR® Customer Choice Suite™ software. The two companies will work together to incorporate critical energy and utility applications, enabling utilities to integrate LODESTAR solutions with their legacy systems using a web-based framework.

"With a renewed focus on energy efficiency and the use of advanced metering infrastructures, many energy providers are re-evaluating their technology systems and integration architecture and seeking cost-effective alternatives to the replacement of their technology environment," said Glenn MacRill, vice president of North American sales and services, LODESTAR. "The LODESTAR/Gestalt partnership offers innovative and pragmatic alternatives to traditional system integration projects."

Gestalt's development of a service oriented architecture and web services interfaces will allow utilities to leverage information captured in LODESTAR solutions and share it seamlessly with multiple legacy systems that can exploit this information. Compatible legacy systems include outage management, mobile workforce management, enterprise asset management, and CIS systems.

"Gestalt's business knowledge and technology expertise is very impressive," said Shawn Fountain, vice president of professional services North America, LODESTAR. "Through this collaboration, we aim to offer the industry an unparalleled solution to a common challenge. Our professional services teams are looking forward to working with Gestalt on delivering solutions to clients."

"We are pleased to be working with an industry leader such as LODESTAR," said Mark Rossi, Gestalt's executive vice president, Energy and Utilities. "Together, we will achieve the goal of implementing innovative technology solutions that allow our clients to thrive in the face of the challenges that the market shifts are creating."