Marlow, UK, 29 October 2013 – Softcat has secured a contract to provide Microsoft Campus Agreements (also known as Enrollment for Education Solutions) to further education and higher education institutions who are registered members of Eduserv. Over 500 participating educational institutes can benefit from receiving substantially discounted Microsoft software and services through Softcat. Softcat’s public sector higher education and further education team, headed by Helen Molloy, will manage the new agreement.
Eduserv, a not-for-profit IT service provider, tenders the Microsoft Campus Agreement, or EES, with an aim to make technology more available via discounted volume purchases. Softcat is one of eight resellers involved in the scheme. In addition to Microsoft software licensing agreements, Softcat will provide a range of associated products to participating colleges and universities across the UK.
Lee Latham, public sector licensing business manager at Softcat, said: ‘We’re delighted to have secured this position – we’re really pushing forwards in the public sector at the moment, and moving into a new market segment is always exciting. Furthermore, we’re helping to improve educational establishments’ accessibility to technology, benefitting both students and faculty.”
He added, “Eduserv’s mission is to provide its members with the very best service at the lowest possible price. This ethos is very much at the core of how Softcat works in partnership with our customers – Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium (SUPC) ranked Softcat No1 for Microsoft services and licensing on the SUPC framework Lot 1 for both quality and value, along with the 1st place ranking for the other 3 SUPC Lots on their Software Framework – VMWare, Adobe and ‘Other Software’. It’s great to able to extend the same level of service to all Eduserv Microsoft subscribed members.”
Microsoft software licensing is now available at discounted rates through Softcat for higher education and further education Eduserv members. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Institutions looking to participate in the scheme can register here.
Softcat (www.softcat.com) is a leading provider of software licensing, hardware, security and related IT services. Softcat, founded in 1993 by the then chairman and majority shareholder Peter Kelly, remains privately owned and currently employs 600 people. It achieved a turnover in excess of £400 million in its last financial year and has been profitable since inception, resulting in a strong balance sheet and very firm financial foundations.
The company sells and supports products and solutions from all the world's leading IT companies. On all its portfolio products and solutions it offers a full range of services, including advice and guidance, technical design, product sourcing, implementation, support and project management. It enjoys a trading relationship with over 8,000 longstanding customers, predominantly from the UK corporate sector but also including large enterprises, small businesses and public sector organisations.
As an organisation Softcat cares passionately about two things – outstanding employee satisfaction and world-class customer service. It believes the former drives the latter.