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  • 17 August 2012 13:54

CA Technologies Adds Aspera Software License Management to its Service Management Portfolio

OEM Agreement Helps Customers Address Complexities of Software Licensing and Mitigate Audit Risk

ISLANDIA, NY and AACHEN, Germany - CA Technologies (NASDAQ: CA) and Aspera GmbH (“Aspera”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of USU Software AG (“USU”), and CA Technologies today announced an OEM agreement under which CA Technologies will embed Aspera’s industry-leading SmartTrack license management technology in its industry-leading CA IT Asset Manager software. CA IT Asset Manager helps organizations reduce the risk of license compliance and optimize the cost, management and distribution of existing assets.

Findings from the latest annual survey conducted at Gartner's IT Financial, Procurement and Asset Management Summit again show higher numbers of audits year over year. In the same research note, Gartner recommends that “CIOs should invest the funds needed to ensure that robust asset management is in place and effective, and that asset management staff are empowered to ensure compliance.”* Software license agreements with vendors can also be highly complex, making it difficult for customers to get maximum business value from them while also rigorously maintaining compliance with licensing terms.

According to Gartner analyst Patricia Adams, “Correlating license entitlement with installed software is not an easy task. Therefore, vendors specializing in software license optimization are emerging to address this market niche.”**

“Aspera lives and breathes software license management,” said Christof Beaupoil, president of Aspera Technologies Inc., the U.S.-based sister company of Aspera GmbH. “By providing CA Technologies with both our technology and expertise, Aspera can help CA Technologies customers more quickly and easily achieve their efficiency and compliance goals.”

Aspera’s software license management technology complements the broader CA Technologies Service Management solutions portfolio, which addresses all aspects of software, hardware and network resource ownership on-premise and in the cloud—along with associated IT operations.

Aspera also delivers its technology as a cloud-based service, which aligns well with the CA Technologies IT Management-as-a-Service (ITMaas) strategy. "IT organizations are under intense pressure to get the most out of every dollar of IT spend, even as their environments are becoming increasingly complex," said Lokesh Jindal, senior vice president, Service and Portfolio Management, CA Technologies. "Our relationship with Aspera will help our customers worldwide fulfill this core objective by empowering them to improve utilization of all the assets that support their service delivery."

*Gartner, Inc., Software Vendor Auditing Trends: What to Watch For and How To Respond by Jane B. Disbrow, Alexa Bona, Frances O’Brien, Frank DeSalvo, Ted Friedman, Jo Ann Rosenberger, Joseph Neapolitan, Victoria Barber, Stewart Buchanan, May 23, 2012

**Gartner, Inc., Software License Optimization Vendor Overview by Patricia Adams, July 3, 2012

About Aspera

Aspera is a highly specialized provider of software license management solutions. Our unique, entitlement-centric approach has been successfully implemented in international projects for over a decade. SmartTrack is the tool of choice for large companies wishing to effectively manage software assets governed by significant volume license agreements. More than 130 world class businesses – including 20 Fortune Global 500 companies – rely on Aspera’s expertise for license management. Aspera has partners in Scandinavia, Germany, Netherlands, the UK, and Australia.

Following the industry standard ISO/IEC 19770-1 our services include but are not limited to: LaaS, software recognition engineering, license clearing, interface monitoring, and application troubleshooting, master catalog, extended catalog, ITIL certified organization and process consulting, project management, integration, and customer support.

Aspera was founded in 2000 in Aachen, Germany and currently employs 65 professionals. It is registered in the USA under Aspera Technologies Inc. Aspera GmbH and Aspera Technologies Inc. are wholly owned subsidiaries of USU Software AG. More information is available at www.aspera.com.

About CA Technologies

CA Technologies (NASDAQ: CA) provides IT management solutions that help customers manage and secure complex IT environments to support agile business services. Organizations leverage CA Technologies software and SaaS solutions to accelerate innovation, transform infrastructure and secure data and identities, from the data center to the cloud. Learn more about CA Technologies at www.ca.com.

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