Rebecca 1Atlanta, GA, U.S.A. ---- (METERING.COM) --- November 8, 2006 – U.S. utility group Southern Company has signed a 2½ year consulting contract with IBM to streamline its financial, supply chain and work management operations. This enterprise solution will provide Southern Company and its subsidiaries – including Alabama Power, Georgia Power, Gulf Power, Mississippi Power, Southern Power and Southern Nuclear – with on-demand data and information to enhance service to customers.

Enhanced services will include improved operations, enabling proactive maintenance and contributing to fewer and shorter outages. To deliver these benefits IBM will deploy Oracle Financials and Maximo Work Management and Supply Chain solutions from MRO Software, a company that IBM acquired earlier this year.

For the deployment IBM will provide overall project management, business process management, change management and system integration services. IBM Global Business Services will partner with Southern Company to implement standardized business processes and software across all Southern Company’s business units, which will enable the energy provider to monitor the activity and status of assets more effectively, schedule their workforce for repairs more efficiently and thus respond to customer calls more quickly.

“Through this project, Southern Company will be able to manage our operating companies and business units with a single, shared technology platform,” said Becky Blalock, Southern Company senior vice president and chief information officer. “IBM has conceived an innovative yet practical solution for the integration of the software which will streamline our procure-to-pay process. We look forward to working with IBM, especially since the company’s acquisition of MRO Software offers us even deeper expertise in the area of enterprise asset management.”