14.10.2005: Meldung: Calpine Ranked Best Among Energy/Utility Companies
Chief Information Officer Dennis Fishback praised his employees and contractors and the internal business customers they serve, "This recognition and honor belongs to our workforce. Through their hard work, creativity and teamwork, they continue to position Calpine as a leader in all respects, including the innovative use of information technology for business benefit."
First making the list in 2003, Calpine was ranked #191 that year and 10th in the energy and utility category. Last year, the company reached #30 and was second among its peers. This year, the balance of the top five included Capital One Financial Corp., SC Johnson&Son, Inc., Equifax, Inc. and Eastman Kodak Co.
Calpine projects that were specifically recognized were the Information Services talent management initiatives and four application and infrastructure projects: Synchronicity II, an application that assists in analyzing fuel cost and its relationship to the price of electricity, a Performance Calculator that allows plant operators and energy traders to predict how much fuel will be used and how much power generated as weather conditions change; the Optimization Platform that analyzes power plant operating data to improve scheduling; and the WAN Optimization project that made the company"s wide area network (WAN) faster and more secure, thereby speeding the interaction of these and all other applications.
"In refining our effectiveness, Calpine again spent less on information technology than comparable companies-under one percent of revenues," said Fishback. In comparison, "The InformationWeek 500 will invest, in aggregate, three percent of their annual revenue on IT this year," according to Stephanie Stahl, InformationWeek editor-in-chief.
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A major power company, Calpine Corporation supplies customers and communities with electricity from clean, efficient, natural gas-fired and geothermal power plants. Calpine owns, leases and operates integrated systems of plants in 21 U.S. states, three Canadian provinces and is building a plant in Mexico. Its customized products and services include wholesale and retail electricity, gas turbine components and services, energy management, and a wide range of power plant engineering, construction and maintenance, and operational services. Calpine was founded in 1984. It is included in the S&P 500 Index and is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol CPN. For more information, visit http://www.calpine.com/ .