Welsh Water, privatised in November 1989, has spawned a new systems and software company called Enterprise Information Systems. Established in 1986 as an in-house department for Welsh Water’s software development and distribution activities, it has expertise in Oracle, Ingres, DB2, ICL Quickbuild and TPMS. The company claims to be one of the largest users of Mantis in the ICL world, and says that open systems have been fundamental to its strategy over the past four years. It has developed an applications portfolio that includes customer accounts, quality control, energy management, planned maintenance, stock control, and work management. At the core of EIS’ applications is IBIS, its Integrated Business Information System. This is suite of 17 applications, either integrated or stand-alone, and the firm claims that it is especially suited to monitoring large multi-site or multi-national operations. MOPS, the Measurement of Performance System, takes data from each element and is claimed to provide real time management information. EIS, with a a staff of 30, is based in Cwmbran, Gwent and is one of five companies now operating within Welsh Water Plc. Apart from its range of software packages, the company will provide training, support and maintenance, and consultancy services.