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“Our benchmark of over 100,000 users of Microsoft Office shows that over 80% of them are light users

BRACKNELL, United Kingdom - 14th February, 2013. Ancoris, the UK-based cloud services provider and Google Premier Enterprise Partner has announced a partnership with SoftWatch to provide their CloudIT Assessment service in the UK to monitor actual usage of Microsoft Office by user or department.

The joint offering will help Ancoris deliver the facts needed for potential Google Apps customers to make more informed, more confident transition decisions about the move to Google cloud applications.

The Ancoris AppsEvolve service, combining SoftWatch transition monitoring with training and change management services also helps existing Google Apps customers, which may have moved primarily for email, to identify user groups to migrate from Microsoft Office to Google Docs.

The SoftWatch CloudIT Assessment service profiles Microsoft Office users’ working activities and patterns, including the frequency and amount of time the applications are used. This helps identify groups for transition to Google Docs and Drive, remove unused Microsoft software and reduce future licensing costs, as well as measure the adoption of Google Apps during the deployment phase.

Most companies can measure MS Office licenses deployed, but this service allows companies to see real usage and identify:
- Heavy users and editors using Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook - who may need to retain full MS Office licenses or need specific training to adopt Google Apps.
- Light users or view only users - who can easily migrate to Google Apps
- Non-users of MS Office - whose Office software can be removed

Outputs include classification of usage by users and departments and calculation of potential license optimisation opportunities - identifying the potential savings on MS licensing.

“CloudIT allows corporations to uncover actual usage”, says Moshe Kozlovski, CEO of SoftWatch. “Our benchmark of over 100,000 users of Microsoft Office shows that over 80% of them are light users, enabling organisations to make an effective decision to migrate to Google Apps and significantly reduce Microsoft licensing spending.”

David McLeman, Managing Director at Ancoris explains: “Google Apps for Business is already changing the way companies work, but we believe this partnership will provide invaluable data for organisations considering the adoption of cloud based applications and wanting to determine the full potential ROI of a cloud migration”.

The SoftWatch Cloud IT service is secure, simple to deploy, SaaS service and provides data within days. A six week Assessment period provides a comprehensive and inexpensive snapshot of the clients user base.

About Ancoris
Ancoris is an award-winning cloud service provider specialising in messaging, collaboration, unified communications and enterprise security solutions. The company has built a reputation working with cloud technology providers and is a leading Google Apps Premier Enterprise Partner in the UK. Ancoris offers assessment, deployment, change management and support services for innovative and cost effective cloud projects. Customers include global multinationals, large enterprises, small and medium businesses and public sector organisations. More information can be found at www.ancoris.com.

About SoftWatch
SoftWatch is a global leader in SaaS-based usage metering and analysis solutions for transitioning from MS Office to Google Apps and providing Software License Optimization (SLO) services. Whether optimising and managing software license portfolios or transitioning mission-critical business applications to the cloud, SoftWatch’s OptimizeIT and CloudIT assist corporations make more informed decisions based on actual usage data.

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