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PARSIPPANY, NEW JERSEY, December 2 – UMS Group and Strategy Partners Group have formed an alliance to offer UMS’ Asset Management Solution to the Russian market.  The UMS solution replaces the influence-driven priorities and ad hoc decision-making for asset risk identification and management, as well as maintenance and capital spending in infrastructure businesses with objective, logical processes and tools which help develop an optimal combination of CAPEX and OPEX investment.

The UMS solution is used by more infrastructure companies across the globe than any other investment optimization solution.  Its success is largely due to the fact that it is closely aligned with the needs of Infrastructure Asset Managers, while still serving the interests of other corporate functions such as Finance and IT.  Clients have been able to reduce their CAPEX by 15% or more from using the UMS Solution; thereby freeing up capital for other corporate uses.  Clients who have used the solution are among the most effective in actually meeting their asset capital investment goals on an annual basis.

This alliance brings together one of the utility industry’s leading consultancies with Russia’s premier strategic consultancy.  UMS brings the Asset Management solution and its time-tested methodology for implementation to the Alliance, while Strategy Partners brings its well-developed, high quality posture in the Russian market.

The UMS solution is targeted at companies that own and operate significant, industrial infrastructure and face stakeholder constraints on their reliable performance and overall expenditures.  These companies typically have a large number of programs and projects that need to be planned and implemented over the course of single and multiple years.  Historically, many of the companies which have implemented the UMS solution have been electric, gas and water utilities.

“This Alliance is just the latest step in continuing globalization of our Best Practice knowledge,” said Jack Shearman, CEO of UMS Group.  “By leveraging our established software solution with Strategy Partners’ local market knowledge, we will be able to deliver superior value release in Infrastructure Investment to the Russian market.”

“When we first saw a demonstration of this solution, we were amazed at how easily it handled the complex aspects of the investment process,” added Alexander Ovanesov, Partner of Strategy Partners Group.  “We immediately realized the potential it had to add value to our clients and were determined to actively promote it in Russia.”

About UMS Group
UMS Group is a leading global consultancy and thought leader in infrastructure asset management, performance assessment and improvement, and the management of sustainable change. UMS Group's proprietary databases, analytic insights, decision support tools and transformation methodologies have been utilized by over 300 electric, gas and water utilities on six continents to build world-class operations.

About Strategy Partners Group
Strategy Partners Group is the leading strategic advisory firm in Russia.  Its highly experienced team of Russian and international professionals leverage their expertise, connections and first class reputation to assist companies in exploiting growth opportunities in the rapidly developing Russian and CIS markets.  It helps clients create sustainable shareholder value by providing innovative and objective professional advice on strategy definition, organization and performance improvement, corporate finance and change management.

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