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UTILITY Week 20th February 2015

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30 | 20th - 26th February 2015 | utILIty WeeK Community COMPANY LINK DON'T MISS To advertise here call Sarah Wood on 01342 332077 or email sarah.wood@fav-house.com Datamere Software Datamere Software is the award win- ning software development com- pany behind GMS©, the gas management system that offers a complete downstream solution for gas suppliers. Founded in 1998, Datamere has an impressive client portfolio of some of the biggest suppliers in the gas industry and has also built a reputation for offering services to new entrants to the market. the latest release, GMS V4© offers an interface inspired by the Windows 8 operating system and adopts many new features. GMS V4© will manage all industry flows, prospects, instant quoting, CRM, pricing, invoicing and portfolio management. The workflow management system allows a com- prehensive overview and a new transactional billing engine accommodates for increasingly complex pricing options. GMS V4© is also fully Project Nexus compliant. Our gas and power system, GeNuS© is currently in development with a projected release date of December 2015. For more details please contact the office on 01625 525033 or visit www. datamere.co.uk Lowri Beck Services Ltd Mayors Quay, Swan Meadow Road, Wigan, WN3 5BB Tel: 01942 771700 Lowri beck is a leading independent service provider of Metering Systems, Data Capture, Data Management and Field Management services, offering innovative solutions to utilities and business throughout Great britain. We support the electricity, gas and water markets with Manual and automated Meter reading, Data Collection and Aggregation, Meter Asset Provision, Installation and Mainte- nance services as well as providing a full suite of dual fuel Smart Metering services. Our dual-site Contact Centre provides a wide range of profes- sional outsourcing contact centre services, including overflow call handling and appointment management. Our mobile field management system, Companion, supports a range of operations with mobile handheld solutions ensuring improved data communications between office and field activities. Lowri beck was established in 1996 and is experienced in offering tailored services and committed to delivering excellent service at realistic prices. For further information contact lbenquiries@lowribeck.co.uk Wheatley Broad Road, Bacton, Suffolk IP14 4HN Tel: 01449 781001 Website: www.wheatleysolutions.co.uk Wheatley is a uK software development company. We specialise in providing utility industry solutions for asset, data and workforce management. If you are looking to improve your customer service or increase your efficiency in data management or mobile service delivery we would be delighted to talk to you. With our vast experience of the uK metering business Wheatley provide mentorship to companies wishing to enter the meter operation and meter asset management markets. We are also heavily engaged in the uK's Smart Meter programme with software ready to support Smart Meter installa- tions. the key solutions supplied are: • JUMBO – performs MAM operations for electricity and gas whilst holding information for all the metering systems managed by the host company. a key feature is the automated processing of DTC and RGMA flows. • Amethyst – As we move towards large scale Smart Meter deployments amethyst is the ideal tool for the management of assets including haN, WaN and IhDs alongside meters and is an essential tool to manage inven- tory and minimise cash tied up in stock. • Assign – a browser-based workforce scheduling solution enabling busi- nesses to increase the productivity of their mobile field operatives. • Smart Roll-out Optimiser – focuses on the critical areas of Smart Meter installation planning, customer engagement and workforce utilisation. Telecoms & Utilities Consumer Debt 18 March, Holiday Inn, Birmingham The 7th annual Utility Week Telecoms & Utilities Consumer Debt Confer- ence is a must-attend for all telecoms and utility companies who are looking to engage with their consumers on debt issues to help, advise and collect owed debts with strategies that are the most beneficial for both parties. Listen to the latest legislation updates and views of the debt land- scape; hear the best ways to protect vulnerable customers; and improve your billing and collections processes. More information: www.uw-debt.net Reader of the week Matthew Pringle, public affairs officer, ENA "I've enjoyed working in and learning about an area of the energy industry that is going through an exciting period of transformation" What was your first job? I was a waiter at TGI Fridays. Taught me everything I know. What are the best and worst parts of your job? I've been in the job about a year, and I've enjoyed working in and learning about an area of the energy industry that is going through an exciting period of transformation. The worst part is tearing myself away from the office at the end of the day. (My boss reads Utility Week.) What's your dream job and why? Restaurant critic. Preferably one that travels the world. I can see no down sides to that job. What's your most treasured possession? At the moment, two tickets for the Ashes at Lords in July. In the Hollywood film of your life, who would play you? Bret from Flight of the Conchords. Mostly for the beard. What album is currently in your car CD player? I don't have a car, or a CD player. But when I did, I just listened to Marc Cohn Walking in Memphis on repeat… a lot. What's your favourite film and TV programme? I want to say something highbrow, but realistically it's probably something like Wedding Crashers. Favourite TV programme is Curb Your Enthusiasm. What quote or saying do you most overuse? "Not ideal." If you ruled the world, what would you do first? I'd grant Aston Villa 100 points at the start of each Premier League season. Then I promise I'd get working on far more important things. What's your favourite joke? What do you get when you cross a rhetorical question with a joke?

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