On-Premise Software Escrow Agreements
Protect Your Business Critical Applications Today
Speak to our specialists about protecting your business critical applications with Software Escrow. SES provides a full suite of Software Escrow agreements certified to UKAS ISO: 27001 and ISO: 9001 standards.
Software Escrow for applications installed on-site
For organisations using applications installed on-site, Software Escrow Agreements permit an independent specialist to hold and test a copy of your application's source code to ensure it is accurate and can be compiled independently in the event of a release.
This protects you against the "what if?" scenarios and puts you in control of your 3rd party software investments, offering you assurances and continuity for the investments you make.
Benefits of an on-premise Software Escrow Agreement from SES
Protects your investments
Ensure deposits are accurate
Ensures business continuity
Legal right to continue
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How does Software Escrow for on-premise applications work?
Because businesses have unique requirements when it comes to Software Escrow protection, all of our Escrow agreements have their own nuances. However, the diagram shows a simplified Software Escrow cycle.
Software Escrow protects your 3rd party licence agreements and ensures the continuity of your business. An independent Escrow Agent is legally permitted to hold and validate a copy of a software application’s source code, including all relevant documentation on behalf of the software user.
If the supplier is unable to maintain the service, the code and supporting documentation can be released to the end-user so that they or an alternative 3rd party can continue to maintain the application.
Software Escrow tailored to your business
At SES we have broken our core Software Escrow services into four distinct service levels to make it easier for our customers to choose the right protection for their business. All of our Escrow Agreements can be used to protect both on-premise and hosted software applications, are secured to ISO: 27001 standards and include the highest liability indemnity insurance available (£5 million).
Already have an Escrow Agreement in place with another supplier? Our Free Transfer Offer enables you to transfer your existing Escrow portfolio to SES at no additional cost. There are no setup fees and SES will manage the entire process on your behalf.
Level 1 - Basic
Includes contract fees and two deposits of code annually with Basic Deposit Reporting on each deposit.
Level 2 - Code Validation
An annual, consultant-led validation process to ensure the application can be rebuilt from the source material held in Escrow.
Level 3 - Code & Deployment Validation
Level 4 - Continuity 365
Complete and rapid accessibility to hosted applications in the event that the supplier is no longer available.
Our expertise. Your questions answered
Why do I need a Software Escrow Agreement?
For End Users of business-critical applications, a Software Escrow Agreement protects you against the developer of your business-critical applications no longer being able to support their applications.
For Software Developers, an Escrow Agreement helps build credibility and trust that you have your clients interests at heart.
How does a Software Escrow Agreement work?
In its simplest form, an Escrow Agreement is a tri-party agreement between an End User, a Software Developer and a third party Software Escrow Agent. The Developer licenses the application to the End User as usual but also deposits a copy of the source code for the application and any other material required to accurately redeploy the application into Escrow which can then be released to the End User if a release event contained within the Escrow Agreement is triggered.
How much does a Software Escrow Agreement cost?
The answer to this is entirely dependent on the level of protection you need. SES offers a range of Software Escrow Agreements depending on how many clients will be added to the agreement (for Software Developers), how many business-critical applications the agreement will be used to cover (for End Users) and whether the application/s in question is installed on-premise or delivered through a SaaS model.