Corporate Software Buyer’s Almanac – Clarity Now Available New Software as a Service Offering Provides Critical Software Purchasing Information

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CE Software Associates, a joint venture formed by Cicala Associates and Eracent, Inc. announced today the immediate availability of the Corporate Software Buyer’s Almanac – Clarity. Clarity is offered as a web based software-as-a-service and represents a revolutionary new tool that provides purchasing and IT managers with the same software and licensing information that is available through industry consultants and analysts.

CE Software Associates, a joint venture formed by Cicala Associates and Eracent, Inc. announced today the immediate availability of the Corporate Software Buyer’s Almanac – Clarity. Clarity is offered as a web based software-as-a-service and represents a revolutionary new tool that provides purchasing and IT managers with the same software and licensing information that is available through industry consultants and analysts.

Clarity will be especially valuable for any company that:

  •     Uses consultants to provide guidance on software licenses

  •     Needs real-time information on software discounts, maintenance fees and price increases
  •     Is currently renegotiating software license terms or is upgrading to new software versions
  •     Advises clients on software purchasing decisions
  •     Is undertaking or attempting to sustain a software asset management/compliance program

CSBA Clarity will equip software buyers, suppliers and consulting companies with critical tools to make accurate, informed software licensing decisions. The software service will provide corporate software buyers with the information needed to be confident that they are receiving fair pricing and terms and conditions for software license purchases and on-going maintenance. Consultants and advisers will have the tools necessary to establish competitive pricing models and web-based access to the current marketplace information they need to provide sound advice to their clients regarding software purchases.

Commenting on the announcement, Pat Cicala, President of Cicala Associates said, “CSBA Clarity innovates in the IT software asset management (SAM) space. CSBA Clarity will be a critical guideline for the industry from acquisition of the software through the end of the lifecycle." She added that, “This is an innovative industry wide vehicle for guidance on SAM throughout the lifecycle, CSBA Clarity will revolutionize and demystify the variances in traditional software licensing and buying practices on all platforms.”

The current version of CSBA Clarity will include information on major software brands that are widely used in desktop, server and mainframe environments. Focusing on the needs of corporate software buyers, some of Clarity’s features include:

  •     Current List Price Values by product and current pricing models
  •     Application of different discount scenarios to the List Price Value Model
  •     Current market discounted price ranges by product and current pricing models
  •     A “bottom line” base range for discounted pricing and a “deal range”
  •     Analysis of terms & conditions offered by vendors
  •     Recommendations for best practices
  •     Vendor “stability” analysis

CSBA Clarity will be available as an enterprise-level web-subscription. Subscribers will have the ability to control access within their organizations, but the license will place no artificial restrictions on a customer’s use of the service. Being fully web-enabled, customers will have access to the data in any environment where web access is available. Whether using their office PC or wireless PDA, CSBA Clarity users will have full access to the information they need.

For more information on CSBAC Clarity go to http://www.csbac.com

About CE Software Associates

CE Software Associates is a joint venture formed by Cicala Associates and Eracent, Inc. The company is focused on the development and marketing of the Clarity software, and has sole rights to establish channel relationships for CSBA Clarity. The company is managed by executives from both founding companies.

About Eracent

Eracent Inc. develops and licenses a comprehensive suite of IT asset management solutions. Serving all industries in both domestic and international markets, Eracent’s core business strategy is to develop technologies that provide a rapid return on investment and give customers complete and easy access to the precise data needed by IT professionals to manage complex IT infrastructures. To learn more about Eracent, visit http://www.eracent.com.

About Cicala & Associates

Cicala & Associates is the premier source for IT asset and portfolio management information, resources, and services for organizations seeking to lower IT infrastructure costs. Using its proprietary methodology, Cicala has assisted companies and government entities in saving over $250 million dollars. Pat Cicala is in demand to speak at IT Asset Management conferences and regularly consults to financial analysts. She is often quoted in major IT publications such as Computerworld, InfoWorld, and Information Week. To learn more about Cicala, visit http://www.cicalaonline.com.

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