USU Software AG

EANS-News: In its current market analysis of IT asset management, a leading US market research and advisory company has rated USU as "promising" based on the evaluation of its Valuemation suite.

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Möglingen (euro adhoc) - USU AG, an international provider of IT solutions in
Business Service Management, has been rated as "promising" by Gartner in its
2011 study "MarketScope for the IT Asset Management Repository"*. A total of 13
vendors were included in this MarketScope report, among them two from Europe.

In the "ITAM MarketScope" study, the US analysts evaluated software
manufacturers with respect to their ITAM solutions targeted at midsize and large
enterprises. Gartner thoroughly examined and then rated USU´s Valuemation suite
regarding its capability "to manage and integrate financial, physical and
contractual data throughout the IT asset life cycle, from requisitioning an
asset to the retirement and disposal of hardware or software assets." 

Moreover, Gartner evaluated USU´s recent acquisitions intended to enhance and
strengthen its product portfolio. Specifically, USU recently assumed a majority
interest in the German software developer and provider Aspera GmbH
(http://www.aspera.com) and the Swiss strategy consultancy get IT Services GmbH
(now USU Consulting GmbH, http://www.usuconsulting.com). Based in Aachen,
Germany, Aspera is rated a major global provider of software license management
solutions. 

"We´re pleased to see that Gartner has evaluated our product strategy. In
particular, we feel that our integration of Aspera´s SmartTrack solution
represents an ideal extension of the Valuemation product line. For this reason,
we consider ourselves to be in a very good position in this dynamically growing
market, both domestically and internationally," stated Bernhard Oberschmidt, CEO
of USU AG.

Valuemation is a comprehensive, modularly structured product suite featuring
newly integrated technologies and functions covering all the disciplines
required for ITIL®-compliant Business Service Management. The solution area
Service Asset Lifecycle Management covers the comprehensive control of service
assets and resources, including contract management, software license
management, procurement as well as asset management. In this solution sector,
USU has long-standing partnerships with well-known international enterprises
such as Allianz, Baloise Holding, BMW Group, Deutsche Telekom, Modon Saudi
Industrial Property Authority, Poste Italiane and RUAG Electronics. 
Gartner regularly evaluates providers and their solutions in the area of IT
Asset Management (ITAM). "ITAM is the centralized management of the financial,
contractual and basic configuration data of IT assets in an organization… The
number of device types and scope of the project may differ greatly by
organization, but the primary goal is to begin tracking and monitoring what is
happening to the assets throughout their life cycles."  

According to Gartner, "core attributes include the capability to capture and
maintain asset costs, depreciation, chargeback, contract terms and conditions,
vendor service levels, asset maintenance, ownership, and entitlements associated
with inventory components and configuration items necessary for the effective
management and optimization of IT asset performance." Furthermore, Gartner
stresses the mission-critical importance of efficient software license
management and assurance of compliance. Beyond this, Gartner sees challenges
posed by managing the increasing system complexity due to IT virtualization and
by the strong growth in consumer devices. Based on this trend, Gartner predicts
that the market penetration of centralized ITAM solutions will significantly
increase "from approximately 45% today to 70% during the next five years".

* The "MarketScope for the IT Asset Management Repository, 2011" was released by
Gartner analyst Patricia Adams on October 12, 2011. Further information can be
found at http://www.gartner.com.

The press release is available at: http://www.valuemation.com or
http://www.usu-ag.com


About the Gartner MarketScope study
The MarketScope is copyrighted on 2011 by Gartner, Inc. and is reused with
permission. The MarketScope is an evaluation of a marketplace at and for a
specific time period. It depicts Gartner's analysis of how certain vendors
measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner
does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the MarketScope, and
does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest
rating. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to
this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a
particular purpose.

About USU AG. 
Founded in 1977, USU offers strategies, consulting, software solutions and
services for achieving comprehensive integration of knowledge and experience
into business workflows and applications within organizations. Market leaders
from every sector of the international economy create transparency with USU
applications, while also becoming more competitive, cutting costs and reducing
their risks. With its three business areas, USU is Europe´s largest provider of
IT and knowledge management solutions.
With its Valuemation® product line, USU offers a high-quality portfolio for
supporting IT Management and Service Management, one whose merits have been
recognized by leading market analysts around the world. This modular, highly
integrated suite covers all disciplines for achieving ITIL®-compliant Business
Service Management. With it, our customers can obtain a comprehensive overview
of their IT processes and IT infrastructure, allowing them to transparently
chart, track, allocate and actively manage their IT costs.
With KnowledgeCenter technology, customers can activate and leverage all the
knowledge resources within their organizations. This broad, comprehensive
application bundles all the various communications and information channels on
one central platform. With the support of intelligent knowledge bases from USU,
call and service centers efficiently provide accurate, individualized answers to
over 25 million inquiries per year.
By developing and maintaining complex, customer-specific applications, USU
experts can combine user-requested features, sector-specific knowledge and
technological expertise to create individual, customized solutions. Our core
competencies also include process and system integration based on
service-oriented architecture (SOA) as well as deployment of knowledge and
employee portals, from initial planning to ultimate placement in service.  
USU AG is a subsidiary of USU Software AG (ISIN DE 000A0BVU28), which is listed
in the Prime Segment of the German Stock Exchange (DAX) in Frankfurt. For
further information, please go to: http://www.usu-ag.com


Further inquiry note:
Gerick Thomas

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company:     USU Software AG
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             Hamburg, Düsseldorf, Hannover, München, regulated dealing:
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