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15 Day Free Service For Software Audit Preparation

FAST Corporate Services : 18 May, 2010  (New Product)
FAST Assurance service is being offered to existing customers of the software licensing specialist involving free assistance in preparing for software audit and verification
FAST Ltd has launched a new service to its Gold and Platinum level customers, FAST Assurance.

FAST Assurance is a free value-add service which offers up to 15 days assistance to help qualifying organisations through the software audit & verification process. It ensures that a member of FAST Ltd's specialist team is available to support customers from the moment they receive legal notification from a software vendor/enforcement agency, to the overall resolution.

Operations Director at FAST Ltd, Matthew Barnes said: "In today's challenging and uncertain times, organisations are looking for certainty and cost control. And, with vendor audits on the rise they require advice, guidance, and support around software licence management and compliance, and also the knowledge that they have the best policies and procedures in place. FAST Assurance is an additional service that provides our customers with peace of mind that they have expert, professional support if a vendor comes knocking on their door."

The new service, which has an equivalent commercial value of £15,000-18,000, will provide customers with:

* Support in the preparation of information that will contribute to the completion of any Effective Licence Position (ELP);
* Support in the reconciliation of the information prior to issuing it to the vendor or enforcement agency;
* Support in the submission of information and final ELP during on-site vendor or enforcement agency audits;
* Help to investigate the vendor or enforcement agency claims against an organisation;
* Support with vendor or enforcement agency negotiations.

FAST Assurance is available to qualifying Gold and Platinum level FAST Ltd customers of the FAST Compliance Programme (FSSC-1:2007 certification), who have received a formal request in writing from a vendor or enforcement agency invoking their right to audit as part of the contractual licensing agreement. This list of qualifying vendors may include, but are not exclusively limited to Microsoft Corporation, Adobe Systems, Symantec (Veritas), Novell, Oracle, and the Business Software Alliance (BSA).

Matthew Barnes added: "The launch of FAST Assurance follows our recent introduction of the FAST Ltd SOS Survival Guide for Software Audits which offers a concise 'how-to' approach to tackling software compliance, and outlines the necessary steps for firms struggling to manage their software assets and who are at risk of - or are already facing - a software audit. With the combination of this and FAST Assurance, our customers can have the confidence that FAST Ltd has the resources and internal knowledge and expertise available to help them when they really need it."

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