Cicala and Eracent Collaborate on Clarity™ The Corporate Software Buyer’s Almanac

Cicala & Associates and Eracent, Inc. announced today that they have developed, and will be jointly offering, a revolutionary new software product that will automate access to Cicala’s wealth of software licensing and purchasing research and information. The service will use a software engine engineered by Eracent.

Ottsville PA (PRWEB) September 12, 2005 -- Cicala & Associates and Eracent, Inc. announced today that they have developed, and will be jointly offering, a revolutionary new software product that will automate access to Cicala's wealth of software licensing and purchasing research and information. The service will use a software engine engineered by Eracent.

The combined product will be marketed as The Corporate Software Buyer's Almanac (CSBA) Clarity™: 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 & conditions on software license purchases and on going maintenance. Software suppliers will have the tools necessary to establish competitive pricing models and consultants will have web-based access to the current marketplace information they need to provide sound advice to their clients regarding software purchases.

Commenting on the new product, Ed Cartier, Eracent's Vice President of Marketing, said “We are very excited about this new product. Clarity: innovates in the IT software asset management (SAM) space. Clarity: will be a critical guideline for the industry from acquisition of the software through the end of the lifecycle.

Pat Cicala, President of Cicala & Associates said that, “We feel that this is an innovative industry wide vehicle for guidance on SAM throughout the lifecycle, Clarity™: will revolutionize and demystify the variances in traditional software licensing and buying practices on all platforms.”

The initial version of Clarity™: will be available in September of 2005 and will focus on the needs of corporate software buyers, providing with information including:

- Current List Price Values by product and current pricing models
- Current standard supplier terms & conditions
- Application of different discount scenarios to the List Price Value Model
- Current market discounted price ranges by product and current pricing models
- Changes to current terms & conditions which will effect the discount range
- 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

Clarity™: will be available as a web-subscription service on an enterprise basis. 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, Clarity™: users will have full access to the information they need.

About Eracent:
Eracent Inc. develops and sells 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, ease of use and complete access to the precise data needed by IT professionals to manage complex IT infrastructures. To learn more about Eracent, visit 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 during Pat Cicala is in demand to speaks national SAM conferences, and is consulted regularly by analysts and the computer press and is quoted in major IT publications such as Computerworld, InfoWorld, and Information Week. To learn more about Cicala, visit www. cicalaonline.com.

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