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Maidenhead UK, 7th November 2011: FAST Ltd, the UK’s leading independent authority on Software Asset Management (SAM) and IT Compliance, providing education, consulting and managed services, is pleased to announce that a number of its training courses in Software Asset Management (SAM) and IT compliance are now available to all UK private and public sector companies.

Earlier this year FAST Ltd announced that a several of its training courses in Software Asset Management (SAM) and IT compliance were now CPD (Continuing Professional Development) certified and with immediate effect many of these courses have been opened up for non-customers to attend. CPD enables individuals in the workplace to understand more about the environment in which they work, the job they do and how to do it better, providing employees with the opportunity to create a structured career path and safeguard their professional status. By offering courses that carry CPD accreditation, FAST Ltd is helping individuals to develop their own personal skills and receive the correct industry recognition.

FAST Ltd has a proven track record of helping UK organisations realise the benefits of software compliance and effective Software Asset Management. By offering any UK organisation in the private and public sector the opportunity to develop and extend their skills in SAM, FAST Ltd is helping individuals to optimise their organisation’s software assets, minimise their risk and save costs, thereby helping to increase the uptake of SAM standards and best practice frameworks by the industry as a whole.

In today’s tough economic climate individuals are under increasing pressure to demonstrate their worth and competency to an organisation and having the opportunity to attend some of FAST Ltd’s well sought after courses will help them to prove their knowledge, expertise and value. Gartner research recently released a report advising that, “Software Asset Managers should take time to assess the available standards and frameworks and understand and quantify the potential benefits and barriers to adoption,” which are just some of the lessons that FAST Ltd teaches in its courses.

Director of Operations at FAST Ltd, Paul Clements, explains how much value individuals receive by attending SAM and Compliance training courses and why the company decided to open up certain courses to include non-customers:

“There are numerous benefits to adopting SAM policies and procedures for organisations and in our training courses we see IT professionals appreciate the skills of adopting a planned and structured approach time and time again. Gartner’s research demonstrates how important it is for SAM Managers to understand the value that implementing best practice frameworks offers and our job as an independent authority is to empower the individual and get them on the right track to best practice – whether they are a customer of ours or not. I’m delighted that we are now in a position to help any IT professional to become CPD accredited in certain areas and experts in their field.”

The following SAM and IT Compliance training courses are now widely available:

• Software Asset Management Training Course – a one day training course offering an introduction to Software Asset Management and aimed at anyone who is new to SAM or embarking on a SAM project within their organisation

• Microsoft Licensing Seminar – a one day training course aimed at giving attendees a more thorough understanding of the complexities of Microsoft Licensing

• Data Protection Act Seminar – a half day seminar covering the Data Protection Act (DPA), its objectives, principles, and roles and responsibilities within organisations for DPA compliance

• Virtualisation Seminar – a half day seminar looking at the licensing mysteries surrounding Virtualisation technologies available on both desktop and server environments

The FAST Ltd Customer Conference on 21st November at Twickenham Rugby Stadium is also available for non-customers to attend and learn important lessons about business from the touchline. Contact Karen Smith by emailing or call +44 (0) 1628 760314 to find out more.

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Notes to editors:

About FAST Ltd:

FAST Ltd, part of IRIS, is the UK’s leading authority on Software Asset Management and IT Compliance, providing software, education, consulting and managed services. For over 24 years FAST Ltd has helped over 8,000 organisations control their IT costs, mitigate risk and deploy best practice IT using expert impartial and independent advice.

The FAST Compliance Programme focuses on helping organisations achieve ‘best practice’ in IT and software compliance. The business supports its 2,700 customers to reach and maintain The FAST Standard for Software Compliance (FSSC–1:2007), a private Standard which was developed in collaboration with BSi. The FAST Standard also addresses a significant proportion of the requirements of ISO/IEC 19770-1, the International Standard for Software Asset Management. The Federation Against Software Theft Investors in Software (FAST IiS), which aims to combat software piracy, endorses the Standard.

FAST IiS, which is a not for profit organisation limited by guarantee is owned and funded by its members – software publishers, solicitors, IT resellers etc. FAST Ltd has a mandate from FAST IiS to advise and help UK organisations on the issue of software compliance and promote the legal use of software and it is the only organisation that meets the FAST IiS’ mandate.

For further information:

Janine Mitchell
C8 Consulting Ltd for FAST Ltd
+44 118 9001135

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