Softcat recently implemented Qlik’s business intelligence (BI) software Qlikview and, impressed by the business insight and amount of data that has been provided across multiple business systems, has partnered with Qlik to offer the solution to its own customers.
Following HP’s recent announcement to reorganise, antivirus software and data management provider Symantec has announced that it is planning to separate its operations into two publicly traded firms. One firm will focus on storage and data management, and the other on security software. The transition is scheduled for completion by December 2015.
Softcat is already active on 20 public sector frameworks and shows no sign of slowing down with its latest acquisition of seven Lots on the Corporate Software Solutions agreement. Softcat will provide framework customers with competitively-priced software solutions ranging from finance IT software to mobile applications.
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.