June 11, 2013 07:57 ET

Latest Software Release From PE INTERNATIONAL Offers "Out-of-the-Box" Sustainability Reporting & Management to the Corporate Mainstream While Adding Advanced EH&S and Performance Improvement Features

Next Generation SoFi Platform Enables Gamut From Essential Sustainability Reporting to Fully Integrated Performance Management

BOULDER, CO and STUTTGART, GERMANY--(Marketwired - Jun 11, 2013) -  Responding to customer needs and increased global regulation, PE INTERNATIONAL today released the next generation of its SoFi software platform, SoFi 5 '13 Release. With 21 years of experience providing comprehensive corporate sustainability solutions to leading global companies such as Kimberly Clark, Siemens and Adidas Group, PE INTERNATIONAL now also empowers sustainability novices and mid-sized companies with out-of-the-box solutions to advance from spread sheet use to a faster and more reliable process for sustainability data aggregation, validation, analysis and reporting.

For organizations with mature sustainability programs in place that are looking to further improve, the new SoFi 5 '13 Release offers both out-of-the box as well as completely configurable solutions including new modules for sustainability performance management, EHS reporting, and fully automated data capture from enterprise systems.

"When it comes to sustainability reporting, a large proportion of companies are still struggling with data quality -- getting validated information from different business units and locations across the globe presents a big challenge," said Samantha Price, analyst at research firm, Verdantix. "That's why we are seeing a demand for software solutions that are enhancing sustainability data quality and reducing the time spent on data collection by linking to existing systems."

The new SoFi 5 '13 Release was designed to deliver faster, more accurate data aggregation through efficient workflows and a wide range of options for automated data input, direct system integration with ERP and Building Management Systems, Smart Meters and more.

Customers such as Meridian Energy in New Zealand, are already seeing the benefits. "The SoFi solution will improve our productivity by 50%," said Alison Howard, Meridian Energy sustainability performance advisor.

"Sustainability reporting is now an essential business activity. Moreover, corporate sustainability performance presents a big opportunity to strengthen brand and increase profitability through lower risks, lower cost and new revenue opportunities," said Michael Betz, CEO of PE INTERNATIONAL. "With the SoFi 5 '13 Release businesses have a solution that runs the gamut from the essential needs to the most sophisticated requirements. Whether a company is just starting to report, or a global sustainability leader is looking for integrated performance management, SoFi provides the tools they need." 

The New Modules in SoFi 5 -2013 Release

SoFi Environmental Health & Safety Management
The newly released SoFi Module for EH&S Management adds rich incident reporting, compliance and audit management capabilities to the platform. Developed in collaboration with SoFi clients from the pharmaceuticals, technology and utility sectors, the new module enables EH&S managers to streamline reporting and automatically calculate common KPIs such as accident frequency/severity rates. It also helps to identify potential risks and cases of non-compliance that need immediate attention as well as plan and manage audits of ISO 14001 environmental management systems or suppliers.

SoFi Sustainability Performance Management
SoFi solutions provide leading functionality for targeted sustainability performance improvements. As the head of sustainability at supermarket chain SPAR states, "SoFi Software helps us identify the levers for sustainability initiatives and evaluate the effectiveness of our measures."

The new module fulfils the most advanced data mining, modelling and forecasting needs of power users. The SoFi performance visualization is now integrated with new scenario and trend analysis capabilities and an extended best practice project library to enrich sustainability planning and risk assessment. These upgrades make it easier for users to identify trends and relationships in sustainability data to better forecast future performance.

SoFi Connection Center
With new APIs for the most popular ERP, Building Energy Management and Financial Reporting Systems, the Connection Center meets complex requirements for data exchange between the SoFi platform and an organization's existing IT infrastructure. Customers who are already using this module have seen major benefits. One client from the food-processing industry is importing complex resource consumption data from SAP thereby avoiding duplication of work and keeping consistency across systems. Another technology services firm is feeding real-time energy data from its building management system directly into SoFi for an automated diagnosis of savings potentials.

PE INTERNATIONAL is the global leader in integrated product and enterprise sustainability performance with proven software solutions, sustainability databases and unparalleled consulting expertise. With more than 20 years of experience and 20 offices around the globe, PE INTERNATIONAL works with 2,500 clients including companies such as Bayer, Hewlett-Packard, Interface, Siemens, Unilever and Volkswagen. For more information:

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