The IT procurement arm of ASX-listed Volante Group, VIT, has been awarded a major international certified partner award from Microsoft for its innovative software licensing solutions, a revenue stream that has doubled in size for the VAR in the last 12 months.
After winning a certified partner award for Asia-Pacific, VIT was one of 775 solutions and service partners worldwide that were nominated for the global award before being named as one of the five finalists.
According to Hugh Bickerstaff, VIT's managing director, acknowledgement by Microsoft of its licensing systems and methodologies is recognition of the licensing experience and innovation at the company.
"It is pretty exciting because it is a worldwide award," Bickerstaff said. "We were happy enough about just winning an Asia-Pacific nomination. But then to go up against nearly 800 other Microsoft partners around the world and to be bracketed in the top five - we are thrilled."
Bickerstaff said that Microsoft and other licensing solutions have proven to be a significant growth category for VIT. It has been able to differentiate itself in the market by adding significant value and the company is reaping the benefits, he said.
According to a press statement from VIT, the real "differentiating component" of the VIT licensing solution is "the free provision of an in-house developed software asset management tool".
The tool, called Software Connect, allows VIT to deliver "software licensing solutions to government and private enterprise based on conducting free software audits and true cost analysis of the customer's current environment," the statement said.