LAYER8 and Certero sign strategic partnership to deliver license management solutions for Microsoft, Oracle, SAP and IBM environments in Portugal.

LAYER8, a key player in the Portuguese market for digital services for businesses, has become the first company in Portugal to sign a partnership agreement with Certero, specialists in software asset management (SAM) solutions, to provide customers with a joint solution focused on SAP and IBM licensing management.

LAYER8 will utilize Certero’s products designed specifically for Microsoft, Oracle, IBM and SAP environments to help companies discover, inventory, monitor and manage their software licenses, reducing costs, optimizing utilization and reducing the risk of non-compliance.

“Having the knowledge and control of IT assets is a vital part of any strategy for IT. Being ourselves a company focused in the Compliance Management market, it was natural to partner with Certero, as it gives us incredible opportunities to offer a global service to handle the complex issues around IBM and SAP licensing compliance, amongst others,” said Fernando Cardoso, LAYER8 CTO.

Through this collaboration and outsourcing of “SAM as a Service”, LAYER8 can configure and update licensing schemes of different contracts and suppliers automatically as inventorying installed, used and purchased software, allowing for the proper lifecycle management of assets.

“We are delighted to have signed this agreement with one of the leading integrators in the SAM market and an organization renowned in the world of Information Security and Compliance projects,” said Certero CEO, John Lunt.

“With software vendors increasing their audit activity, making sure you are compliant with your licensing agreement will prevent unexpected expenditure and avoid costly fines. What’s more many organizations are either not using all the software they buy or using the wrong type of licenses. The Certero IBM and SAP SAM solutions can help alleviate this and enable organizations to optimize their licensing spend.”