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Energy Future Holdings and Precise Team to Deliver Business Performance Intelligence

TXU.com Monitors Over 37,000 End-User Experiences per Day

REDWOOD SHORES, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 02/01/13 -- Energy Future Holdings' subsidiary, TXU Energy, hangs its hat on delivering superior customer service to millions of residential and business customers. Customers hit the TXU.com portal to the tune of 37,000 site visits per day for managing their accounts, paying bills and gathering pertinent information about their energy usage. The information helps customers make smart decisions around energy cost and consumption. It is a vital shop window for the company.

It's critical that TXU.com has high availability. Long website response times drive customers and prospects to call centers, which racks up labor costs and reduces website loyalty. The company maintains SAP Utilities Industry Solution and SAP CRM coupled with a .NET-based Web infrastructure so customer and call-center agent-facing services depend on multiple back-end components to provide information and process transactions.

"[Website] data is being pulled from our back office systems. We have a lot of data transiting between these systems and website users in real time. Performance management across all these systems is critical to supporting end-user experience which is measured in seconds," said Paul Reyes, Director of IT Data Center Services at Energy Future Holdings.

As with many large companies, prior to Precise, the IT organization was using several point solutions for performance visibility into its multi-technology environment consisting of SAP, internally-built Web apps, Oracle, various operating systems, servers and the network. This "horizontal" layer approach to systems management provided volumes of data, but trying to correlate events to identify a root cause was difficult and ultimately blocked the timely issue resolution of IT issues.

Paul Reyes recalled, "The challenge was that we had 25 severity 1 issues per quarter and overall availability of a little less than 99%. Working with Precise helped infrastructure and applications teams jointly solve those major production issues. We went down to 4 severity 1 issues per quarter and availability went up to 99.85%."

Precise dashboards visualize performance of multiple systems within Energy Future Holdings' companies, providing views specialized to multiple teams' perspectives.

"We use Precise as a dashboard into performance monitoring. We have applications teams and other teams use Precise as a front-end view into what's happening with their applications. So when there's an issue affecting SLAs we drill down into central SLAs and examine performance over specific time periods, the user experience -- even down to the specific user. It allows us to provide that visibility to the team so, when a DBA wants to identify and address a system challenge, they have a rich data set to start with."

Today companies including British Telecom, Ziggo and Symantec use Precise to deliver performance intelligence on critical business systems globally.

About Precise
Precise application performance management makes complex, multi-tier systems transparent so users can quickly resolve today's problems and make evidence-based plans to meet tomorrow's performance needs. Precise exposes performance information across entire business transactions, from user to storage, across physical and virtual environments, for major packaged applications and custom application architectures. For more information about Precise, visit www.precise.com.

About TXU Energy
TXU Energy is a market-leading competitive retail electricity provider, powering the lives of more Texans than any other retailer. TXU Energy offers a variety of innovative products and solutions, allowing both its residential and business customers to choose options that best meet their needs, including exceptional customer service, competitively priced electricity service plans, innovative energy efficiency options, renewable energy programs and other electricity-related products and services. Visit txu.com for more information about TXU Energy.

Sy Nayman
Director, Marketing
Precise Software
Redwood Shores, CA
(303) 799-1190

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