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Softline strengthens SAM solution competence with Flexera Software Partnership

New platinum partner for comprehensive Software Asset Management

(PresseBox) Leipzig, 04.04.2011, The Softline Group, an independent specialist for Software Asset Management (SAM), not only wishes to offer comprehensive process advice but also to provide the best possible SAM solutions which meet customer requirements. The market leader, a modular-based expandable SAM-Tool, FlexNet Manager Platform by Flexera Software, is the only Enterprise License Optimization solution that automates entitlement based license management to reduce license, maintenance and audit costs while maintaining license compliance. This is why Flexera Software has been awarded Platinum Technology Partner status in the area of Software Asset Management at Softline.

To ensure that customers have access to optimal advice, the Softline Group created a certification programme for its technology partners. As one of the select few in the area Software Asset Management, a core competency of the internationally active IT consulting company, the enterprise license optimization software developer and market leader, Flexera Software has now been granted Platinum Partner status. A recently signed Alliance Partner agreement, also being announced today, formalises the cooperation with Flexera Software within Europe. As no single suitable SAM tool exists for all organisations and purposes, Softline - a developer and licence independent specialist - has contracted other developers too such as Snow Software.

"As an independent specialist for Software Asset Management, we consider it very important that we can offer our customers a full solution suite. Now a customer is able to get an insight into the complex environment of a datacenter in which Oracle and SAP play a significant role. In Flexera Software we have found a new Platinum Partner whose products provide broad-based solutions to optimize the software estate across the enterprise, enabling it to meet current and future needs.", explains Leo Meijer, EMEA Service Line Director SAM and Director Operations of the recently founded Softline Solutions Netherlands B.V. In his capacity as SAM specialist, he was the main contact person for the contract with Flexera Software.

"We are pleased to welcome Softline Group into the Flexera Software Alliance Partner Program," said Timothy Boudreau, vice president of strategic alliances at Flexera Software. "They have demonstrated excellence in the industry as evidenced by having been awarded Platinum Partner status by leading technology organizations such as Microsoft, Ctirix, VMware. We are confident they will provide tremendous value to their customers in establishing software asset management best practices based on our FlexNet Manager Suite.

About Flexera Software

Flexera Software is the leading provider of strategic solutions for Application Usage Management; solutions delivering continuous compliance, optimized usage and maximized value to application producers and their customers. Flexera Software is trusted by more than 80,000 customers that depend on our comprehensive solutions- from installation and licensing, entitlement and compliance management to application readiness and enterprise license optimization - to strategically manage application usage and achieve breakthrough results realized only through the systems-level approach we provide. Flexera Software is a privately-held company and an investment of private equity firm Thoma Bravo, LLC. For more information, please go to: http://www.flexerasoftware.com

Über Softline AG

The Softline group is a company with its head office in Leipzig and which is active all over Europe. The group consists of Softline AG, which acts as the holding company, and its 100% subsidiaries Softline Solutions GmbH, Softline Solutions Netherlands B.V., Stover AS, Softline Solutions N.V., STR (Software Technology Services) S.a.r.l. and Prometheus GmbH. The Softline group is an economically stable, permanently growing European company which has developed into a recognised service provider in the information and communication technology (ICT) market. Since its foundation in 2001, the Prometheus GmbH has been one of the leading "service providers of service providers" for systems houses, hardware and software manufacturers, distributors and other ICT service providers. The Softline Solutions companies provide IT consulting, support and service for the highest of quality requirements. In doing so, information technology, business processes and communication are also addressed. Softline AG was founded in 1983 and has been listed since February 2000. You can find more information at www.softline-group.com