- New offerings mark strategic focus on creating technologies to address
gaps within the IT Asset Management industry
TORONTO, Sept. 8 /CNW/ - Softchoice Corp. (TSX: SO), a leading provider
of technology solutions and services, today announced the launch of three
technologies to address needs not currently met by existing IT Asset
Management solutions. The new offerings were created based on insights
obtained over the course of more than 800 IT assessments performed for
organizations from across the U.S. and Canada.
"The 'one size fits all' approach of the leading IT asset management
technologies has meant that a number of unique but nonetheless critical
customer requirements have been missed, particularly in the area of software
licensing management," said Edwin Jansen, Services Manager for Softchoice.
"Our new technologies are a milestone for Softchoice in helping organizations
to optimize their IT investments - whether by making it simpler and more
cost-effective to gather accurate inventory information, or in helping to
organize this data in a way that allows IT management to take more effective
The additions significantly enhance Softchoice's IT Asset Management
services portfolio and reflect the Company's commitment to building solutions
that address many of today's most pressing IT issues.
Softchoice's new proprietary IT asset management solutions include the
- Softchoice PiNG was created as an alternative to the expensive and
increasingly complex inventory solutions available on the market
today. PiNG is an 'agentless' and easily deployed tool available to
customers participating in a Softchoice TechCheck(TM) assessment. For
the first time, organizations that do not have the ability to generate
a complete inventory have an easy and affordable option.
- Softchoice's Software Categorization Library is a repository that
classifies software programs and provides detailed information on the
management and licensing requirements for each. It is estimated that
only 10 to 20 percent of the software programs residing in the average
corporate environment actually require license management. The
challenge until now has been finding a simple way to separate the
'wheat from the chaff'.
- Softchoice SQLizer is the first solution of its kind specifically
designed to provide accurate inventory information and ongoing
monitoring for Microsoft SQL server and SQL client access licenses
(CAL). Until now, no discovery tool has been able to provide accurate
inventory information for what is widely recognized to be among the
most expensive and complex Microsoft offerings to manage.
To date Softchoice's TechCheck(TM) IT assessment services offerings have
helped hundreds of organizations gain valuable insights into areas such as
licensing compliance, security, PC lifecycle management, migration readiness
and adherence to IT policies and standards. Softchoice uses a proprietary
analysis engine to create comprehensive reports that identify opportunities to
improve productivity, reduce expenses and avoid unnecessary risks. The
addition of PiNG, the Software Categorization Library and SQLizer represent
Softchoice's commitment to maintaining its position as a market leader in IT
assessment and asset management solutions.
As one of North America's leading providers of technology solutions and
services, Softchoice helps businesses and organizations of all sizes to
select, acquire and manage their software and hardware technology resources.
Softchoice offers a full range of capabilities, including face-to-face
consultations and IT asset management services designed to help customers save
time, money and risk in IT procurement. Softchoice currently has 958 employees
operating from 45 branch offices located in major cities across the U.S. and
Softchoice stock is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) under the
trading symbol "SO." The Common Shares of Softchoice are not registered under
the U.S. Securities Act of 1933 and are not publicly traded in the United
For further information:
For further information: Eric Gardiner, Softchoice Corporation, (416)