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TVA Nuclear Division wins Giga Workflow Award.

MELBOURNE, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 4, 1997--The Tennessee Valley Authority's Nuclear Division (TVAN) Tuesday was honored with a silver award for excellence in workflow by Giga Information Group and the Workflow and Reengineering International Association (WARIA) at Giga's annual workflow conference, held this year in Orlando March 2 through 5.

"It's a privilege for TVAN to be recognized by these leading industry analysts for the organization's innovative approach to cutting costs and increasing productivity in the nuclear industry," said Roy Sullivan, account executive EDMS technology, TSW International, Atlanta. "TVAN truly has moved the competitive goal post for its industry. In fact, TVA hasn't raised it rates in a decade, and by implementing workflow, it can continue to hold down costs to its customers, while increasing productivity internally.

"With 3,500 users of workflow and electronic routing across three sites," Sullivan continued, "TVAN has demonstrated a true commitment to continuous quality improvement, while achieving significant results in the areas of work elimination, reduction, and process improvement."

It was, in fact, to reduce electrical production costs and maintain low rates to its customers that TVAN embarked on a major business process redesign a few years ago, implementing the solution through Identitech's alliance partner TSW International (Atlanta). Savings from implementation of TVAN's Maintenance Work Order Process resulted in saving $9 million and 52,693 man-hours (reduced from 235,000 man-hours) in the first 18 months.

Redesign of the Maintenance Work Order Process alone represents a 33 percent cost reduction and 41.7 percent cycle time savings in the initiation, planning, scheduling, and performance of maintenance. Automating the Procedures Control Process resulted in $3.67 million saved the first 18 months, representing a 42 percent cost reduction and a 53 percent cycle time savings (from 26.5 hours to 12.3 hours). Total savings equal $12.67 million the first 18 months.

The Tennessee Valley Authority is the largest power producer in the country, generating more than 123 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity a year. Serving eight million customers, TVA maintains more than 15,000 miles of transmission lines and manages more than 650 miles of the Tennessee River. Utilizing advanced technology for electronic routing and retrieval of procedures, TVAN's new streamlined process raises employee involvement, cuts administrative red tape, and improves service to customers by reducing cycle time and ensuring regulatory compliance.

The Tennessee Valley Authority's Nuclear Division licensed TSW's Curator, which was developed using Identitech's powerful document management and workflow toolkit -- FYI. Through the use of Curator, TVAN anticipates saving $30 million a year by eliminating at least 735 databases.

TVAN currently uses 505 databases (reduced from 862) for information management and storage at three sites -- Sequoyah, Watts Bar, and Brown's Ferry. Under TVAN's plan to switch to the Curator system, all but about 20 of the databases will be eliminated and the information transferred to Curator.

Initially, TVAN is scanning 2,000 vendor manuals, work orders, and engineering drawings into the system. Then 40,000 engineering drawings will be transferred into Curator, said Chris Crane, vice president of TVAN's Brown's Ferry Nuclear Plant.

"Curator (built on Identitech's FYI toolkit) is one of the best document handling systems there is," Crane remarked. "This workflow software, combined with the business re-engineering we've undertaken, will help us speed business tasks and processes, thereby improving service, while keeping a rein on the cost, to our customers."

The Brown's Ferry Nuclear Plant is one of the first within the nuclear utility industry to implement a completely integrated electronic work order process that includes electronic approval. Re-engineered preventive and corrective maintenance and procedure processes at Brown's Ferry will be duplicated at all TVAN sites, and conversion of the old paper-based maintenance system to a more efficient system will be achieved.

"Curator is a powerful tool for organizations seeking to manage their vital information more efficiently," said Christopher R. Lane, president and chief executive officer of TSW. "By improving the way they manage data, organizations are able to better meet their business objectives and ultimately increase their profitability. Curator will enable TVAN to achieve those goals."

Currently, TVAN's Brown's Ferry Nuclear Plant is phasing out Wang, IBM, and Prime systems to integrate TSW's Curator and Enterprise Maintenance Planning and Control (EMPAC) solutions. In doing so, TVAN has aggressively reduced production expenses below the nuclear utility industry average. To achieve these corporate strategic goals, TVAN's Brown's Ferry Nuclear Plant has set aggressive target reductions, the majority of which are met through radical business process redesigns.

As part of TSW's EMPAC asset care solution, Curator enables organizations to optimize their maintenance and operations budgets. Curator offers imaging for electronic mass storage and display of equipment manuals, engineering drawings, parts catalogs, and other documents.

TVAN has utilized TSW's MPAC UX system for the past eight years to maximize its budget. The cost-effective system has reduced maintenance and operating costs and increased productivity at TVAN's facilities. It also has helped the agency keep rates stable; TVA has not raised rates for the past 10 years!

The Excellence Awards recognize user organizations that have successfully applied workflow and imaging technology to meet strategic business and organizational objectives. This is the eighth year that Giga (formerly BIS Strategic Decisions) has honored users of imaging technology that bring efficiency, strategic advantage, and enhanced productivity to paper-intensive business operations.

Identitech develops information management software tools and services that enable our partners to rapidly and successfully deliver competitive solutions to their target markets. Identitech, with its partners, pioneers intelligent process improvement and information management tools and services to facilitate secure, global information access.

TSW International's emphasis on return on investment (ROI), quality, and its employees' 1750 years of end-user plant experience have allowed it to maintain market leadership in Asset Care for over 20 years. The company's product, Enterprise MPAC, is a second generation client/server application with robust functionality and unmatched scalability for large enterprises. Enterprise MPAC includes modules for asset maintenance, workforce management, inventory, procurement and the Curator electronic document management/workflow system.

TSW clients enjoy significant ROI through increased production capacity, improved labor productivity, reduced inventories and capital expenditures. With more than 800 client sites worldwide, TSW is the leading provider of best practices Asset Care solutions for process and discrete manufacturers; power generation, telecommunications, and water utilities; and, government and facilities management. TSW has regional offices in the United Kingdom, Australia, France and Singapore. -0-

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CONTACT: Identitech

Susan Maurer

Phone: 407/951-9503, ext. 290

Fax: 407/951-9505



TVA Nuclear

Terry Johnson,

Phone: 205/729-7698

Fax: 205/729-3670



TSW International

Don McDonnell

Phone: 770/989-4132

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