Last night Softcat scored a hat-trick in Brussels as it took Platinum Partner of the Year, UK Partner of the Year and EMEA Partner of the year at Dell’s annual EMEA partner conference and awards ceremony.
As of this month, Softcat’s customers now have the option to purchase Acrobat Pro and Acrobat Standard licensing via subscription. Adobe will still offer customers perpetual licenses, but is advising customers to consider subscription licensing’s many benefits including lower up front cost, simplified management and easy cost-effective upgrades.
In its second instalment, the Softcat presales team report on some of the significant news to cross their desks in the last month.
Customers are set to benefit from significant cost savings with the launch of Google Drive for Work collaborative storage. With the new storage and sharing application Google Drive for Work, businesses will benefit from unlimited secure storage up to 5 Terabytes – a welcome and cost-effective solution at a time when customers are facing ever-increasing storage costs.
Following Softcat’s successful opening of its fourth regional office in Bristol earlier this year, the company is already pressing ahead with plans to expand its regional footprint beyond Marlow, Manchester and London. After careful consideration and evaluation of potential locations the company intends to open in Leeds in January 2015.
Softcat has successfully tendered for all four lots on the Crescent Purchasing Consortium (CPC) software licenses framework, through which it will provide software licensing services and other off-the-shelf software from brands like Microsoft and Adobe to hundreds of schools and academies across the UK.
Microsoft is retiring the Select Plus licensing agreement in July 2015 having already phased in the more evolved Microsoft Products and Services Agreement (MPSA). Microsoft announced the retirement at its Worldwide Partner Conference last month, at which it also named Softcat its global Software Asset Management (SAM) Partner of the Year 2014.
New achievement brings total gold and silver competencies up to ten. Softcat has steadily lined its Microsoft nest with various competencies. The latest feather in its cap is the Microsoft Gold Messaging competency, awarded as a result of two years of training, four dedicated Microsoft messaging staff and multiple customer recommendations.
Adobe has recently announced that it is running a short-term Creative Cloud for Teams promotion in the UK. Under the offer Adobe Platinum Partner Softcat is able to provide Creative Cloud for Teams complete or Creative Cloud for Teams single app to eligible customers at a heavily discounted rate.* In addition customers migrating to Creative Cloud will benefit from a three year price lock (2 renewals).
Softcat is partnering with the cloud visibility and enablement company Skyhigh Networks, with a view to providing its business customers with more comprehensive asset management and greater visibility and control of their employees’ cloud access and usage.