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ista and EnergyWize Partner to Provide Customer Usage Data Solution

Partnership Offers Faster, Easier Solution to Deliver Pre-Enrollment Customer Usage Data

ALPHARETTA, Ga., and DALLAS, April 23, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- ista North America's EDI and Information Exchange division, Houston based ista|xchange, has partnered with Dallas based EnergyWize to offer a fully automated solution to support fast and easy delivery of pre-enrollment historical usage data to both Retail Energy Providers / ESCOs and Brokers, with most usage delivered in a standard format in less than 24 hours.

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"As part of the prospecting process, it is critical for both Retail Energy Providers / ESCOs and Brokers to have the ability to obtain pre-enrollment historical usage in a timely manner in order to effectively price deals", says ista|xchange Vice President, Rachel Bryan. "Unfortunately, in many markets, this process is manual and can take several days or longer. We saw an opportunity to automate the exchange of this data in markets that support electronic delivery and share this advantage with our customers."

The pre-enrollment historical usage data solution combines ista EDI services in utility markets across the country with EnergyWize services that automate the LOA (Letter of Authorization) management process including full electronic signature integration with Docusign. Under the partnership, ista will offer the solution directly to Retail Energy Providers / ESCOs and Brokers while EnergyWize will integrate the solution into its web-based energy sales process automation system offered to Brokers. Further, ista is managing the process of certifying EnergyWize as a broker with utilities in 56 markets across the country and electronically delivers customer usage data to the EnergyWize broker portal via a direct web service integration.

"Our mission is to help Sales Agents and Brokers eliminate traditional energy sales process inefficiencies to increase sales productivity, reduce costs, and provide higher quality service to their customers", says EnergyWize partner Jeff Anderson. "Our partnership with ista to automate and accelerate the historical customer usage data process represents an important component in helping our Sales Agents and Brokers price deals more quickly with significantly less effort."

"We are delighted to have EnergyWize as a strategic partner," says ista CEO Mark Ianni. "Working with the EnergyWize team has helped to accelerate this enhanced service offering into the market while supporting our goal of helping clients attain operational efficiencies."

About ista

ista North America is headquartered in Alpharetta, Georgia and provides a fully outsourced business process for Billing and Customer Information Management to the retail energy industry. Its Houston division, ista|xchange has been providing hosted EDI and on-demand information exchange to both the retail and wholesale energy industry since 1996.  ista|xchange connects thousands of trading partners, manages over 350M transactions annually, and provides 24x7 market support. For more information please visit www.ista-na.com.

About EnergyWize

Headquartered in Dallas, EnergyWize provides cloud-based sales productivity software and services to energy sales agents and brokers making it easier and more profitable to procure electricity and natural gas services for businesses. As the "Broker's Broker", EnergyWize automates the retail energy sales process and provides side-by-side comparison of price quotes and compensation plans from leading energy suppliers to help sales professionals increase productivity, reduce costs, and improve quality of service. Using EnergyWize broker licenses and online certification training, EnergyWize also represents a cost-effective and comprehensive solution to help sales organizations manage their agents and profitably scale their business in deregulated retail energy markets across the country. For more information please visit www.myenergywize.com.

Media Contact: Rachel Bryan, ista North America, (713) 403-8783, [email protected]

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