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CIS: The new Profit Machine

How IT can allow utilities to invest in customers-and even improve returns-without breaking the bank.
Fortnightly Magazine - May 2004

complex integration issues, the difficulty of disabling legacy products' functionality, and increased product life-cycle costs.

Outsourcing: High costs and complex IT infrastructure continue to make customer care and billing frequent outsourcing candidates by energy companies focused on operational excellence. Despite the existence of numerous external service providers, low product maturity and tenuous financial models continue to be key reasons for low acceptance of externally sourced CIS solutions. Alliance Data Systems, the largest outsourcing provider in the customer care and billing space in energy, has reached leadership status via acquisitions rather than organic growth, and subsequently has numerous CIS platforms (e.g., Indus Banner, Excelergy, ConsumerLinx, Peace, Soluziona).