Press Release: 06. April 2011

National Grid Selects HP to Integrate, Manage IT Services

HP to provide hybrid delivery solution for improved service and governance
PALO ALTO, Calif., April 6, 2011 – HP Enterprise Services UK Limited today announced a new seven-year services agreement signed by National Grid plc, a utility company operating in the United Kingdom and northeastern United States.

With this agreement HP will provide a flexible, enterprise-wide service management solution to enable National Grid to manage its hybrid technology environment and improve the company’s ability to respond quickly and cost-effectively to market changes.

HP will establish a multisupplier governance model to deliver a service-management function that will provide a single point of accountability across all of National Grid’s technology and services suppliers. HP will integrate all aspects of the IT service management processes and tools across the National Grid ecosystem, with comprehensive management of service levels to the business requirements.

“Technology underpins all of our critical business processes and we need to use technology to operate more efficiently and provide our customers with outstanding customer service and reliability,” said David Lister, chief information officer, National Grid. “We’re working with HP to establish a service management hub to manage our multisupplier environment more effectively and to enable us to be more flexible and achieve our cost and service goals.”

HP will use a combination of its Enterprise Service Management processes and HP Software, including the implementation of HP Universal Configuration Management Database (UCMDB), HP Service Manager 7, and all the requisite policies and procedures. The agreement also includes dedicated Service Desk Services for approximately 30,000 National Grid employees in the United Kingdom and northeastern United States.

“Many CIOs are wrestling with the challenge of managing complex hybrid environments that include a combination of traditional as well as private and public cloud,” said Mike Nefkens, senior vice president and general manager, HP Enterprise Services, EMEA. “The HP team brings deep service management expertise and tools with proven operational excellence from managing some of the world’s most complex, multisourced environments helping National Grid compete effectively today and in the future.”

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About National Grid plc
National Grid (LSE: NG; NYSE: NGG) is an international electricity and gas company and one of the largest investor-owned energy companies in the world. National Grid owns the high-voltage electricity transmission network in England and Wales and operates the system across Great Britain. It also owns and operates the high pressure gas transmission system in Britain and its distribution business delivers gas to 11 million homes and businesses. National Grid also has a number of related businesses such as LNG importation and storage, land remediation and metering.

In the United States, National Grid delivers electricity to approximately 3.3 million customers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island, and manages the electricity network on Long Island under an agreement with the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA). National Grid also owns over 4,000 megawatts of contracted electricity generation that provides power to over one million LIPA customers. It is also the largest distributor of natural gas in the northeastern U.S., serving approximately 3.4 million customers in New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

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