HP, Big Rivers Electric Corp. ink $27 million deal

On Monday, HP announced that Big Rivers Electric Corporation, a Kentucky-based electric generation and transmission utility, signed an eight-year, $27 million technology and applications services agreement designed to help stabilize technology costs and enable future growth with a standardized enterprise resource planning (ERP) and workplace computing environment. One of the largest power generation and transmission cooperatives in the country, Big Rivers is in the process of integrating 10 previously leased power-generating units into its operations.

The contract calls for HP Enterprise Services to provide implementation, hosting and management services for the latest Oracle Release 12 ERP solution across all of Big Rivers’ corporate and plant operations, to help improve applications performance, quality and reliability with service levels linked to key business performance indicators. HP also will support and manage the utility’s workplace devices, including PCs, notebooks and handheld devices for approximately 600 employees, to further standardize technology and support across its operations.

“This technology integration is critical to efficiently manage our business, ” said Big Rivers president and CEO Mark Bailey. “The utility industry and applications expertise that HP brings will enable us to stabilize costs for our company and provide better service to our customers and the 111, 000 member-consumers they serve.”

“During this substantial plant integration project, it will be critical to keep Big Rivers’ daily operations running smoothly, ” said Roy Pratt, chief technology officer, Global Utilities, HP Enterprise Services. “With deep utility industry expertise, HP provided steadfast support to Big Rivers throughout this project. As Big Rivers’ trusted technology partner with a full life cycle of Oracle services, we will help provide a stable foundation for the company’s future growth.”

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