OSIsoft Announces Its Selection as Microsoft Sustainability Partner of the Year

The PI System® helps organizations manage real-time data and events for continuous improvement in operational performance and resource efficiency with proven positive business impact and payback.

San Leandro, California – July 10, 2011 - OSIsoft, LLC (www.osisoft.com), the leader in real-time data infrastructure solutions, today announced its selection as a 2011 Microsoft Partner of the Year Award Winner. From nearly 3,000 partner entries submitted this year for the Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) 2011 Awards program, OSIsoft's PI System was selected by Microsoft judges as the winner in the category, Sustainability Partner of the Year. This is the inaugural year for Microsoft to present the Sustainability Partner of the Year Award, a category which recognizes exceptional partners who have delivered software and technology innovations built on the Microsoft platform that help organizations around the world reduce their impact on the environment.
“For their continued commitment to helping customers solve their environmental impact challenges, OSIsoft is recognized by Microsoft as this year's Sustainability Partner of the Year,” said Rob Bernard, chief environmental strategist for Microsoft. “OSIsoft’s PI System illustrates the critical role of information in helping customers across multiple industries make informed decisions about energy and environment related challenges.”

Sustainability in its simplest terms is about an enterprise’s long term survivability and conducting business in a way that protects economic and environmental resources while upholding social responsibilities. Organizations need to tackle sustainability with a comprehensive, enterprise-wide approach and implement a culture of continuous improvement.

“Your achievement represents the commitment to deliver innovative products and services built on Microsoft technologies that positively change and impact our mutual customers’ business,” said Simon Witts, corporate vice president, Enterprise & Partner Group, Microsoft Corp. “OSIsoft’s products play an important role in the manufacturing and industrial facilities of our customers. As the PI System’s market presence expands, its users gain additional experience and lessons on how to leverage the infrastructure for innovation and continuous improvement.”

OSIsoft’s PI System has been at the core of managing resources and empowering data-driven decision making for 30 years. The PI System supports sustainability efforts of diverse companies by providing an infrastructure for continuous improvement that has proven positive business impact and payback. For example, the PI System provides a unique approach to data visibility that is broadly applicable to many industries. There are thousands of OSIsoft customers worldwide, and with the changes in PI System 2010 and the embedded adoption of Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft SharePoint, these customers will all, over time, be installing and or expanding their installations, relying on key Microsoft technologies.

“The PI System provides answers to today’s business problems and an infrastructure to build toward tomorrow’s opportunities,” said Bernard Morneau, president of OSIsoft, “The PI System provides our customers with the ability to gain true real-time operational insight into their businesses through the use of an information infrastructure that can span global operations. With a solid, globally scalable infrastructure in place built on a Microsoft platform, OSIsoft’s customers are much better positioned to build their sustainability strategies successfully.”

OSIsoft’s customer base has been using the PI System for quantitative measurement of efficiency and effective resource management over the past 30 years. As a result, customers have found new ways to expand their sustainability strategies through the ability to connect the C-suite to the shop floor in a secure and scalable way.

OSIsoft has enabled customers such as Kodak, Alcoa, IBM Burlington, Halifax Regional Water Commission, and Water Corporation (visit www.osisoft.com/sustainability for more examples) to reduce and manage energy and water consumption, resulting in millions of dollars of cost reduction and revenue growth – real business and environmental value. The PI System provides customers with true, real-time operational insight into their businesses by measuring, recording and visualizing the activity of equipment and processes across an organization.

Utilities are also using the PI System to help deliver on the promise of the Smart Grid for Sustainability. The PI System is the backbone of Microsoft’s Smart Energy Reference Architecture (SERA) because it is the only way to measure all of the millions of data points from generation to transmission to smart meters.

To deliver these intelligence and efficiency capabilities at the scale required by global operations, the PI System is built on Microsoft’s Enterprise platform, including Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2, Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2, Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Microsoft Silverlight, Microsoft Lync 2010, Microsoft Office 2010, and Microsoft PowerPivot.

For more information about OSIsoft’s sustainability efforts, visit www.osisoft.com/sustainability or visit us at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference at booth 323 from July 10-14 in Anaheim, California.

About OSIsoft, LLC
OSIsoft (www.osisoft.com) delivers the PI System, the industry standard in enterprise infrastructure, for management of real-time data and events. With installations in 110 countries spanning the globe, the OSIsoft PI System is used in manufacturing, energy, utilities, life sciences, data centers, facilities, and the process industries. This global installed base relies upon the OSIsoft PI System to safeguard data and deliver enterprise-wide visibility into operational, manufacturing and business data. The PI System enables users to manage assets, mitigate risks, comply with regulations, improve processes, drive innovation, make business decisions in real-time, and to identify competitive business and market opportunities.

Founded in 1980, OSIsoft, LLC is headquartered in San Leandro, CA, with operations worldwide and is privately held. Learn more about OSIsoft and the PI System at www.osisoft.com/sustainability.