Peabody, Mass. – January 24, 2007 – LODESTAR Corporation, a leading developer of software for the energy industry, today announced it will partner with Gestalt, an international professional services firm providing consulting services and technology solutions to the energy and utility, and defense 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 easily 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 reevaluating 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.”

About LODESTAR Corporation
LODESTAR is a leading provider of energy software solutions. Our customers include 125 of the largest energy companies in North America, Europe, and Australia. LODESTAR Corporation’s headquarters is at Two Corporation Way in Peabody, MA 01960 USA. LODESTAR and LODESTAR’s other marks are either trademarks or registered trademarks of LODESTAR Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries. All other brands or products are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders and should be treated as such.

About Gestalt, LLC:
Gestalt is a new breed of international consulting firm. The company develops practical yet innovative solutions that drive competitive advantage in complex decision environments. Gestalt is an essential partner to some of the world’s most vital organizations in the defense and energy sectors. The Gestalt team attacks critical client challenges with deep domain knowledge and our proprietary Pathfinder™ agile solution process, to deliver focused and exceptional value. Gestalt currently has 12 offices in three countries.

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