Boulder, Colorado and Toronto, Canada. June 12, 2006
Advanced Utility Systems Corporation (Advanced) is pleased to announce that the accelerated seven month implementation of CIS InfinityŽ is complete and the company's customer information and billing application is now Live at the City of Boulder, Colorado. Advanced is proud that this first phase of the project was completed in such a short period of time.
"The seven-month project timeline for Phase One was definitely aggressive. We were impressed with the solid implementation process that was followed as it enabled us to go Live exactly on schedule." stated Cliff Hall, CIS Project Manager with the City of Boulder. "Both organizations demonstrated a strong commitment that was critical to the success of the project, and together, we were able to deliver a quality CIS and utility billing solution for the City."
The City's transition to production use of CIS Infinity also proved successful as, within two weeks of Live, the City was able to produce 17,000 bills - more than half of their 29,000 bills - with their new system. This success attests to the nature of the Advanced award-winning implementation methodology and particularly the strength of its testing phases. A critical activity within the implementation, testing occurs throughout the entire CIS Infinity project cycle to ensure that all data conversion anomalies are identified and addressed, and that all software configuration issues are resolved in advance of Go Live.
All members of the City's team brought significant knowledge of their business practices to the table, and our implementation strategy is well-suited to that kind of expert input," commented Patricia Sorbara, President and Chief Executive Officer of Advanced. Ms. Sorbara continued, "The commitment of an organization's staff is critical to ensuring a successful software implementation and the City's dedication to the project was apparent throughout this first phase - from Project Kickoff to Go Live. We congratulate them on such a top grade implementation!"
The next phase of the project, currently underway, involves the development of functionality to handle the water budget billing, due to come into effect on January 1, 2007. As part of the City of Boulder's water budget approach, which CIS Infinity will be augmented to support, each customer is allotted a water budget which reflects their water needs, both indoor and outdoor. And as a result, the methodology used to calculate the water consumption charges will change, while the service charge calculation will remain the same.
Our employees are looking forward to fully realizing the benefits the new system will bring." Mr. Hall comments, "And we feel confident that CIS Infinity will be able to efficiently and effectively meet our current and future needs, including the water budget billing requirement so key to the City's long term water conservation strategy." The City's Utility Billing Office is now utilizing CIS Infinity for all of the billing, collection and customer service functions for the water, wastewater and storm water/flood management accounts. The City's water utility provides services to approximately 114,000 residents, who are billed on a monthly basis.
CIS Project Manager
City of Boulder, Colorado
Northern Kentucky Water District:
"Our customers needed a seamless upgrade. We had more confidence in the Advanced strategy than any other vendor's -- their implementation and conversion process were designed to flex for a unique situation like ours."
City of Bellevue:
"Throughout the 10-month conversion and implementation project, Advanced brought excellent people to the table, and we've arrived at the end of the project with all our requirements met."