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Noisy-le-Grand, France, 16th September 2008 – In line with its commercial development, Staff&Line is pleased to announce that it is extending its partnership in Europe with the BSA through an initiative to create awareness around the issues associated with software licence management.

The Business Software Alliance is an association created by major companies and software publishers. It regularly organises informative campaigns aimed at the business sector and publishes an annual report containing an assessment of the current software piracy situation. In the UK, for example, this year’s report revealed that the amount of illegal or unlicensed software on PCs had dropped by 1 percent to 26 percent whereas it had remained unchanged for 3 years previously.

This extension of the agreement between Staff&Line and the BSA follows on from a similar initiative taken in France by the two parties several years ago. Indeed, ever since its foundation in 1988, Staff&Line has striven to deliver cutting-edge solutions for the management of the information assets for both large and middle-sized companies. Staff&Line's range of tools provide customers with a comprehensive analysis of the state of their IT infrastructure, enabling these organisations to implement systems that manage their software assets and minimise any risk exposure.

"Application software has now become one of the main items of IT expenditure and, in addition to piracy-related issues, a bad Software Asset Management policy represents a legal, financial and technical risk to companies. Our solutions now enable them to reduce these risks by monitoring and reducing the direct and indirect costs associated with corporate software use," explains Jamal Labed, Managing Director for Staff&Line.

As a result of this positioning, Staff&Line solutions are proving themselves to be effective tools for promoting the work being done by the BSA. For this reason, an evaluation version of Staff&Line's EasyVista Discovery application is freely available across the BSA's various European sites. Having installed it, IT managers and departments can then have real-time access to an overview of information on their IT inventory which can be delivered automatically.

Peter Kaminskas, Director of Membership Services and Metrics for the BSA in Washington comments: "By providing free access to a solution from a publisher with acknowledged expertise in this market sector, we hope to point the way towards efficient and practical methods of improving applications management within the enterprise."

Jamal Labed, Managing Director for Staff&Line continues: "The Europe-wide provision of an executable version of our EasyVista Discovery package is a ringing endorsement of the power of our solution. Through this agreement, we are giving companies a way of gaining familiarity with a tool which will enable them to better understand the components in their IT inventory in order to retain control over their infrastructure."

About Staff&Line:

Since its creation in 1988, Staff&Line has been positioned as the specialist in the IT Management market. The company produces the EasyVista application range, for use by organisations of all sizes and covering the entire IT asset lifecycle: Incident Management, Problem Management, Event Management, Change Management, Release Management, Availability Management, Service Continuity Management and Service Level Management, Inventory Management and Configuration Management, automated inventory and user portal. EasyVista's compliance with ITIL recommendations has been validated by PinkElephant. With operational bases in France, the UK, Italy, Spain, Portugal and the USA, Staff&Line has more than 3,300 clients in the sectors of banking, insurance, industry, the service sector, government organisations, IT outsourcing and consultancy. Staff&Line is a founding member of itSMF France. Staff&Line is listed on the Paris stock exchange (Alternext).

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