Software enables real-time rescheduling of field crews.

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Oracle® Utilities Mobile Workforce Management v1.4.5 gives utilities rescheduling and rerouting tools needed to manage all crews affected by emergencies, jobs that take longer than expected, and members that must leave unexpectedly. Along with embedded real-time scheduling, software offers integrated Gantt chart and instantaneous contact-center information updates. Built-in rules reflect utility needs, and Map Time Editor changes anticipated travel times based on time of day.



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Embedded Real-Time Scheduler Leads List of Breakthroughs Available in New Release of Oracle® Utilities Mobile Workforce Management



Utilities Also Get Up-to-the-Minute Views of the Day's Schedule and Out-of-the-Box Scheduling

REDWOOD SHORES, Calif., March 5 -- Oracle today announced that the now-available Oracle(R) Utilities Mobile Workforce Management v 1.4.5 lets utilities reschedule field crews in real time.

"Now, when unexpected events occur, utilities can accommodate them almost instantly," said Linda Jackman, Vice President of Product Management, Oracle(R) Utilities Global Business Unit. "They can change the schedules of as many field crews as are necessary. And they can do so as many times during the day as needed."

With the new version of Oracle Utilities Mobile Workforce Management, utilities can more easily accommodate emergencies, jobs that take longer than expected or a crew member who must leave unexpectedly. "Oracle Utilities Mobile Workforce Management can reschedule and reroute all affected crews within moments," Jackman explained. "Crews satisfy customers by keeping appointments. Maintenance happens in time to keep warranties in effect. Productivity remains high."

True embedded real-time scheduling is just one of several product breakthroughs available in the Oracle Utilities Mobile Workforce Management v 1.4.5 release, which also features:

o An integrated Gantt chart. It gives supervisors a visual representation of the day's schedule and promptly reflects the real-time scheduler's changes.

o Updates to contact-center information as scheduling changes occur. As a result, customer service representatives can tell callers exactly what appointment slots are available. And they can often provide customers with faster-than-expected service by booking them into slots vacated by others.

o A Map Time Editor that changes anticipated travel times based on the time of day. The Map Time Editor automatically adjusts schedules when crews must drive in rush hour traffic, for instance, or along routes where construction projects cause delays.

o Built-in rules that reflect utility needs. While some mobile workforce and scheduling products force utility staff to write the scheduling rules, Oracle Utilities Mobile Workforce Management can produce a basic utility field crew schedule right out of the box. Utilities need to only make minor adjustments to the application to reflect unique local situations or business processes.

"These major product enhancements spring from our embedding within Oracle Utilities Mobile Workforce Management the real-time scheduler acquired last year from Sidewinder," Jackman explained. "As we worked with the scheduler, we realized we could take the real-time concept into additional parts of the product."

Today's release is the second major product announcement to come from the Oracle Utilities Global Business Unit since Oracle acquired utility application provider SPL WorldGroup on January 1, 2007. Last month, Oracle announced the general availability of Oracle Utilities Outage Management Business Advisor.

Availability

Oracle Utilities Mobile Workforce Management v 1.4.5 is now available to customers worldwide.

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