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Maidenhead UK, 16th November 2011: FAST Ltd, a leading UK authority in Software Asset Management and IT Compliance, is pleased to announce that Services Company, Amey, has cut its hardware and software bill by £150,000 by managing, monitoring and auditing its IT estate.

Amey is one of the UK’s leading support service partners, specialising in the outsourcing of sustainable business solutions. It works in partnership with public sector customers and is part of the Spanish group Ferrovial, one of Europe’s largest infrastructure and services groups. Amey has been a customer of FAST Ltd since 1997 and recently achieved Platinum accreditation to the FAST Standard for Software Compliance FSSC-1:2007.

In response to an external audit request which required the company to provide a compliance report, Amey used a FAST Ltd consultant to help it pull through its three main compliance positions. With the help of FAST Ltd and the FAST Standard for Software Compliance FSSC-1:2007, Amey was able to form an accurate picture of all its software and licences which means it can manage its IT assets much more effectively. By pro-actively identifying and recycling unused hardware and software across its estate, Amey has cut its software licensing and hardware bill by over £150,000. Sue Madden, Senior IT Network Compliance Analyst for Amey comments:

“The relationship with FAST Ltd has been excellent and I have received some really good advice from the team. One of the major things I have learned from working with FAST Ltd is that you really do need an expert on hand to help. For every product you need to really get under the skin of the licence agreement which requires specialist licensing knowledge.”

As a result of much hard work and some necessary use of FAST Ltd’s extensive resources, the organisation is in strong position to maintain its compliance position. Amey has adopted a new routine since working with FAST Ltd and tracks what’s coming in to the company and why, to see if there are any patterns or abuse on a weekly basis. In addition, FAST Ltd undertakes a formal audit on Amey’s behalf every year in order to make sure the company is constantly keeping track of its changing portfolio of software and making any necessary savings.

Director of Operations at FAST Ltd, Paul Clements, comments on the results that FAST Ltd has helped Amey to achieve:

“If you have a good handle on what licences you have you can utilise them better. By supporting Amey and helping them to realise this, we have helped the company save tens of thousands of pounds. Amey now has effective, enforceable policies and procedures, adequate compliance resources and a provable licensing position, thanks to the support and advice received from our team at FAST Ltd.”

This announcement can also be viewed on FAST Ltd’s newswire at http://www.fast-compliance.co.uk/news/newswire.aspx

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Notes to editors

About FAST Ltd:

FAST Ltd is a leading UK authority in 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 customers to reach and maintain The FAST Standard for Software Compliance (FSSC–1:2007/2011), 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.

Janine Mitchell
C8 Consulting for FAST Ltd
Janine@c8consulting.co.uk
+44 (0)1189 001135

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