Verafirm certification promotes efficient software management reducing licenses expenses by 35%
Adventist Center of São Paulo (UNASP) marks the first Verafirm certification for a group in Brazil
São Paulo, April 2015–BSA| Software Alliance, a global leader in software industry solutions for governments and international corporations, will grant Verafirm certification for Adventist university of São Paulo (UNASP) on May 7th. UNASP consists of three campuses located in the cities of São Paulo, Engenheiro Coelho and Hortolândia. Certifications for all campuses are the inaugural entry of Verafirm into the Brazilian market. The ceremony will take place at the Hortolândia campus unit (UNASP – HT) at 18:30 on May 7th, as part of “Event II Governance Forum, Risk and Compliance”, organized by BSA.
Globally recognized, Verafirm certification is applicable to companies of any size and segment focus assuring accreditation as an organization committed to best practices in Software Asset Management (SAM) according to ISO 19770-1 international standards. Obtaining Verafirm certification is a guarantee of operations in accord with global standards of excellence, cost-effective software tools and systems, and two-year recurrent audits. Finally, with Verafirm certification comes the security and extra savings allowing for higher levels of focus on growth.
The certification program was developed by experienced SAM auditors from the BSA team. Quoting Jodie Kelley, BSA leader for Verafirm and anti-piracy certification programs in Brazil and worldwide, “It’s not just a label. Besides a certification, Verafirm offers educational tools to help companies of all sizes adopt the best practices in software management and to ensure a strong IT administration. It helps companies source needed software in conformance with their licenses while promoting administrative effectiveness through time-savings and cost-effectiveness.” According to a BSA survey of IT directors, half of them identify managing software assets and licenses as their primary organizational challenge.
A survey performed by the International Data Corporation (IDC) showed 56% of companies utilizing SAM protocols reported a surplus of unneeded tools and 38% had insufficient licensing. The same global survey showed an average loss of US$ 407.00 in software licensing costs per computer yearly.
Kelley lists the main benefits of the certification: return of the invested money - 80% of certified companies reduce their licensing costs by 35%; audits tolerance, the certification exempts the company from two-year audit; and more security of the information and global recognition.
Certification of the Adventist Institute of Sâo Paulo
In qualifying for Verafirm certification. UNASP implemented a best-practices standard for managing software assets aligned with Verafirm’s international standards. Subsequent external audits proved the success of the transition. The entire process took two months.
In achieving long-term management of systemizations and maintenance, UNASP personnel enrolled in the BSA course for SAM. “The Software Asset Management course is designed for IT professionals, but is extendable to other executive departments using strategic software technology” said Frank Caramuru, BSA Director for Brazil. “It also assures companies will maintain the benefits provided through Verafirm certification” he added.
This event in Brazil will be attended by the Brazilian Institute of Experts (IBP) and by the law firm Trench, Rossi e Watanabe Advogados.
SERVICE:07/05 – Verafirm Certification UNASP | II Governance Forum, Risk and ComplianceLocation – Adventist Faculty of Hortolândia (Rua Pastor Hugo Gegembauer, 265 – Parque Hortolândia) –Arlete Afonso Auditorium.Time: 18h30.
BSA | The Software Alliance (www.bsa.org) is the leading advocate for the global software industry before governments and in the international marketplace. Its members are among the world’s most innovative companies, creating software solutions that spark the economy and improve modern life. Headquartered in Washington, DC, and carrying out operations in over 60 countries around the world, BSA is a pioneer in compliance programs that promote the use of legal software in addition to promoting public policies that stimulate technological innovation and push for growth in the digital economy.
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