Maidenhead UK, 8th December 2011: FAST Ltd, a leading UK authority in Software Asset Management (SAM) and IT Compliance, is pleased to announce a new strategic partnership with Civica Services, an expert in software licensing and ICT Planning Services.
This new partnership will provide FAST customers with access to specialist advice and guidance across the broad scope of software licensing and fulfilment services. By combining FAST Ltd’s vast experience in SAM and IT Compliance with Civica’s extensive expertise in Software Licensing and ICT Planning Services, FAST customers will be able to mitigate future compliance risk, save time and money and meet their business objectives.
Being in partnership with Civica Services will allow FAST Ltd to offer a wider range of services to its customers, which will help to improve efficiency through better software lifecycle management. Additionally, Civica boasts a broad product and service portfolio around Desktop and Server Virtualisation, Cloud Readiness, Storage and Data Centre Optimisation Services and Security Assessment Services and this will deliver exceptional value to existing and prospective customers of FAST Ltd.
Matthew Barnes, Managing Director for FAST Ltd comments: “The partnership of our two organisations is an exciting development for our customers and helps us to reach our goal of providing a ‘one stop shop’ for Software Asset Management and IT Compliance. Civica Services is a market leader in software and managed services and has a great pedigree in this market. We considered a number of software resellers over a period of time and felt that Civica represented the best fit for both FAST Ltd and our customers – so we are delighted that we are now working together.”
Since 2003, FAST Ltd has provided a best practice and structured programme around licence compliance for businesses spanning all sectors and sizes. In recent years the portfolio of services has expanded to include SAM, which in turn has led to customers requesting additional services such as ICT Strategy Planning Services and Software Fulfilment Services. Earlier this year FAST Ltd responded to these customers’ requests and started to investigate potential partnerships and chose Civica because of its longstanding history in the market and solid relationships with key vendors such as Microsoft, Adobe, Symantec, VMware and Citrix. FAST Ltd also felt that Civica Services had an excellent reputation and commitment to customer service and an approach based on understanding customer needs and supporting planning processes, rather than just acting as a transactional reseller of licences.
Chris Ginnelly, Managing Director for Civica Services comments: ““We are delighted that FAST Ltd chose Civica Services as their partner. FAST Ltd has helped over 8,000 organisations take control of their software estate to mitigate risk and achieve compliance. FAST’s consultative approach fits perfectly with ours. It adds great value to its customers by providing expertise, tools and processes through the independent FAST Standard for Software Compliance. Our heritage and experience in planning and software fulfilment services is highly complementary and we look forward to working with FAST Ltd in order to provide an even better and more comprehensive service to its customers.”
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.
About Civica Group Ltd:
Civica (www.civica.co.uk) is a market leader in specialist systems and business process services that help organisations around the world to transform the way they work. Through experienced people who understand service delivery, the Group applies software, managed services and outsourcing to help customers streamline their activities. Civica supplies more than 2,000 organisations in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Canada and the USA, helping our customers to achieve a successful and more cost-efficient way of working.
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