LODESTAR Unveils New Process Management Console

    Fully integrated with LODESTAR(R) Customer Choice Suite(TM), new interface
    lets utilities easily manage business processes

    PEABODY, Mass., April 9 /CNW/ -- LODESTAR Corporation, a leading
developer of software for the energy industry, today unveiled its new Process
Management Console, a business process management interface that is now part
of the LODESTAR Energy Information Platform (EIP(TM)).  The new console
enables utilities to map all of their business process within LODESTAR CCS
    Historically, utilities that wanted to benefit from business process
management (BPM) would have to choose from 3rd-party BPM vendors.  However,
this has proved a costly and unwieldy solution for utilities, which have to
license the software, configure it, and then integrate the product with their
back-end systems.
    "The LODESTAR Process Management Console lets utilities focus on and
manage individual business rules, or to correlate several business rules and
treat them as a single workflow process within the Console," said Ken
Hamilton, senior director of product management for LODESTAR.  "LODESTAR's new
Process Management Console gives our customers all the power of BPM, without
the associated high cost and friction of integrating a third-party vendor."

    Infinite Flexibility for BPM Rules
    The LODESTAR Process Management Console comes pre-configured with
workflow template that enables individual utilities to decide on the business
rules, processes and workflows, enabling infinite BPM flexibility. The Process
Management Console has no limiting set of predefined workflow templates;
LODESTAR's Professional Services team instead configures the required business
rules and pertinent workflows specific to the customer's unique requirements.
The customer, any third party, or LODESTAR's Professional Services team can
then easily modify the existing rules and workflows or add additional ones
without having to upgrade the core software.

    Features + Functions
    The Process Management Console includes the following embedded

    -- A powerful and user-friendly user interface that includes summary
       views, detailed views, and links to both inputs and outputs for a given
    -- Runtime screens to monitor the status of executing, scheduled, and
       completed processes;
    -- Manual or automated (scheduled or workflow triggered) execution of
    -- Performance monitoring that allows administrators to quickly assess
       which processes require the most time to run and if processes are
       currently taking longer to run compared to historical conditions;
    -- Security functionality allows almost any level of security to be
       applied including data value level security to limit what a given user
       can see and do to records with a given data value;
    -- Allows any number of processes to be defined;
    -- Processes are effective dated, which allows a process to be called
       appropriately, for example, for a rerun situation for a period when the
       process was effective even though the process is not effective as of
       the current system date;
    -- Underlying business rules are also effective dated, which allows the
       rules to change and the process definitions and relationships to
       optionally remain unchanged;
    -- Allows any number of sets of processes or workflows to be defined, and
       any given process or group of processes can be associated or not
       associated to another process or group of processes;
    -- Supports multiple types of workflow relationships across processes; and
    -- Allows approval processes to be associated to one or more steps in a
       given process flow.

    About LODESTAR Corporation
    LODESTAR Corporation is a leading provider of energy software solutions.
Our customers include 125 of the largest energy companies in North America,
Europe, and Australia. LODESTAR Corporation's headquarters is at Two
Corporation Way in Peabody, MA 01960 USA. LODESTAR and LODESTAR's other marks
are either trademarks or registered trademarks of LODESTAR Corporation in the
U.S. and/or other countries. All other brands or products are trademarks or
registered trademarks of their respective holders and should be treated as

    Contact:    Michael DiLorenzo
                +1 617.233.4812


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For further information: Michael DiLorenzo of LODESTAR Corporation, 
+1-617-233-4812, michael_dilorenzo@lodestarcorp.com Web Site:

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