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Ground breaking online licensing tool recognized at prestigious Channel Awards event



Chessington, November 21: Ideal won an Editor’s Choice award at this week’s Channel Awards ceremony for its highly innovative Licence Desk on the Internet (LDi) online software licensing tool.


The Award, given at a glittering event in London’s Battersea Park, recognizes the market leading status of LDi, launched last year by Ideal to help simplify the nightmare of corporate software licensing for resellers and their corporate customers.


“It’s fantastic that the hard work that went into developing LDi and making it a success has been recognized,” says Alex Tatham, VP Global Software Distribution, Bell Microproducts, parent company of Ideal. He continued “There really is no other online tool out there like it, and we’re delighted to be setting the pace in this important area. How software is paid for is top of the agenda in data centres and boardrooms up and down the country, outdoing e-commerce, network security and worries about the adoption of new technology as the major IT headache of the day. What concerns enterprises everywhere is not simply the price of software, it’s the aggravation and spiralling cost of managing its deployment.”


Tatham says that resellers commonly find that end-users genuinely do not know what software they are running or where they are running it, let alone what each vendor’s licensing scheme means and how their software is priced, and argues that this is a chance for resellers to add some real value to their customers.


Ideal invested heavily in the development of LDi, making it uniquely able to cope with multiple vendors' schemes and automatically calculate the most cost effective pricing for the end user. This helps resellers overcome the challenges faced in managing the variety of different software licence products purchased by their end user customer and enables resellers lacking the necessary skills and resources to move into software licence sales.


At its launch, LDi was the world's first online licensing tool to embrace Microsoft's .net technology. This enables resellers to deliver software compliance to the end user faster than ever before. The tool also has the capabilities for future XML transactions and future E licensing.




If you would like a picture of the Award being given to Ideal, or further information, please contact Ambrose McNevin 020 8444 7649, or email ambrosemcnevin@transom-media.co.uk


About Ideal

Ideal is the UK division of Bell Microproducts Europe. Bell Microproducts Europe is a unique channel focused supplier of hardware and software products and services ranging from components to high-level consultancy.

Each Bell Microproducts Europe business operates in the following key technology markets:

Enterprise Solutions - Focusing on high-end storage solutions. Branded as Ideal Enterprise Solutions in UK and Bell Microproducts Solutions in all other European territories.

Systems - Focusing primarily on the Intel based server, desktop and mobile

Markets;

Software - Focusing on the sales of software, primarily through its on-online licensing tool LDi (Licence Desk internet);

Mass Storage - Focusing on disk drives and storage components;

Professional Services - Storage consultancy engaging with end users to create a market for resellers.

Bell Microproducts Europe is headquartered in Chessington in the UK with operations in France (Paris) Germany (Munich); Italy (Milan); Netherlands (Amersfoort); Belgium (Brussels); and Sweden (Stockholm).

Bell Microproducts Solutions is headquartered in Almere, The Netherlands with operations in Belgium (Brussels), Germany (Frankfurt) and Austria (Vienna).

Bell Microproducts Europe is part of the billion NASDAQ listed Bell Microproducts Inc, one of the world's largest storage focused IT companies operating from more than 40 locations, and employing over 1,100 people across the US, Canada, Latin America, the UK and Europe.

In the UK Bell Microproducts Europe owns and operates Ideal Hardware. Ideal Hardware was voted Storage Distributor of the Year at the Computer Reseller News Channel Awards 2002 for the fourth consecutive year.



About Bell Microproducts

Bell Microproducts is an international, value-added provider of a wide range of high-technology products, solutions, and services to the industrial and commercial markets. The company is an industry-recognized specialist in storage products and is one of the world's largest storage-centric value-added distributors with offices in the Americas and Europe. More information can be found in the company's SEC filings, or by visiting the Bell Microproducts Web site at www.bellmicro.com.



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