Asset Guardian Solutions, the Livingston-based firm specialising in software asset protection for the process and manufacturing industry, has signed up its first major pharmaceutical customer - Macfarlan Smith - to its proprietary software management platform.
The Asset Guardian tool set provides major international process and manufacturing organisations with a software management solution enabling them to minimise the risks associated with process-critical safety software and related functions.
This innovative solution also ensures that companies are in compliance with complex ISO & IEC Standards, Government Directives, and Industry Best Practices for the "Configuration and Change Management" of process critical systems.
Given that up to 90% of UK companies have no secure back-up of process-critical application software, one of Asset Guardian's most common uses is as a disaster recovery tool. By managing software and business critical information through a central platform, customers can help to minimise any system downtime incurred by software failure.
For Macfarlan Smith, Asset Guardian will enable the pharmaceutical firm to control any changes and securely store all of their process-critical software, through a solution that complies with stringent industry regulations and standards.
Established in 2004, Asset Guardian now provides solutions to more than 260 users across a range of process and manufacturing industries including Oil & Gas, Power Generation, Pharmaceutical and Food & Beverage. Other customers include Technip, Elite Controls and Scottish Power.
Commenting on the wins, Sam Mackay, chief executive of Asset Guardian said: "We are delighted to have secured our first customer within the pharmaceutical industry, adding to Asset Guardian's expertise in other process and manufacturing industries. The Asset Guardian toolset offers our customers operating within complex high risk environments, unique solutions to their software management and compliance problems. As a trusted partner to our clients, we are confident that we can deliver real business benefits in driving operational efficiencies and minimising the risks involved in managing software."