Hammonds LLP advises on software deal with Fujitsu and the Department for Work and Pensions

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    Hammonds LLP has advised AppSense on its partnership with Fujitsu to provide desktop management solutions to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) for more than 1,000 locations in the UK.

    AppSense, which is headquartered in Warrington and is the leading provider of user virtualization solutions, has announced that the six year contract involves approximately 140,000 desktop devices, and is the single largest desktop and thin client* outsource deal in Europe. Additional vendors selected for the project include Citrix, EMC and Microsoft.

    "This partnership with Fujitsu is a great opportunity for us to continue our growth and forming partnerships with leading communications providers like Fujitsu," said Peter Rawlinson, vice president of marketing at AppSense. "Our goal at AppSense is to provide a flawless, personal, predictable and easily manageable user environment. We welcome this partnership with Fujitsu as we provide the DWP with an improved desktop environment that will result in cost savings and increased productivity."

    Appsense was founded in 1999 and is a security software developer headquartered in Daresbury Park. It provides products to help improve system performance, management and security. It has regional offices in the United States, Germany, Australia and Holland.

    Hammonds' Manchester office won the mandate to advise AppSense on the deal following on from a relationship that has been built up with the firm since 2007. The firm had previously advised AppSense on several of their strategic customer deals. This latest deal was led by the Manchester based partner and technology specialist Tom Bridgford with support from commercial lawyer Hayley Rouse.

    Tom Bridgford said, "AppSense are embarking on a groundbreaking project which is set to transform the IT systems at DWP. We are delighted to have played a role in the largest thin client outsource deal in Europe. AppSense's user virtualization solutions have a proven track record so we are confident that they'll be in a strong position to produce a high quality experience for the end user."

    "Due to the sheer scale of the project it has been a complex deal which has included many months of negotiation."

    In March, Bridgford advised Landis+Gyr, the Stockport-based manufacturer of both electricity and gas smart meters, on a deal with British Gas to support the UK's first commercial-scale smart meter deployment which could save consumers more than £200m in energy bills.

    For further information contact:

    Kath Paddison, Communications Manager, Hammonds LLP, on 0161 830 5289 or email: katherine.paddison@hammonds.com

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