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Founded in 2016, Cortex Consulting is an independent software licensing and asset management consultancy, specialising in tier 1 and datacentre software vendors. We are passionate about saving money for our clients, through licence optimisation, software audit defence, cloud cost optimisation, best practice SAM process engineering, or even designing you a new SAM target operating model. We offer a number of services that can be tailored so they meet your exact requirements.

Our managing consultant, Barry Pilling, is well known and respected within the SAM industry and has been recognised for his efforts on behalf of clients and experience in the industry with three nominations for excellence awards. He is also a regular speaker at ITAM conferences, sharing his passion for software vendors’ licensing and technology.

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I've found Barry to be both responsive and thorough in his work and has definitely helped us successfully manage software assets.
Stephen Woolston
Barry is an expert in Software Licensing, he undertook a piece of work to review our license requirements and was quickly able to allocate licenses across our estate where they had previously been incorrectly allocated...Read more
Barry is an expert in Software Licensing, he undertook a piece of work to review our license requirements and was quickly able to allocate licenses across our estate where they had previously been incorrectly allocated and removed the requirement to procure further licenses. I would recommend Barry to anyone who requires an independent license review of their estate.
Dean Dudley
I worked closely with Barry when he was undertaking software licensing engagements with various clients over the last five years. These involved audit defence, licence reconciliation and optimisation and recommending...Read more
I worked closely with Barry when he was undertaking software licensing engagements with various clients over the last five years. These involved audit defence, licence reconciliation and optimisation and recommending best practice approaches to to licence management. Barry brings commercial acumen and licensing expertise together, to help clients reduce costs, and minimise unexpected audit bills. Throughout all engagements, Barry displayed his professionalism, knowledge and extensive experience of software licensing and asset management, repeatedly demonstrating why he is regarded as one of the top consultants in the business.
Gillian Leicester
I have worked with Barry on numerous SAM and licensing assignments. From this I have gathered that his strong technical, commercial and licensing knowledge are a clear asset, but what really sets him apart is his...Read more
I have worked with Barry on numerous SAM and licensing assignments. From this I have gathered that his strong technical, commercial and licensing knowledge are a clear asset, but what really sets him apart is his practical compassion towards operations, stakeholder relationship management and ability to build relevant, long-term benefits for the organisations that he works with. He brings this all together whilst adding to the overall SAM proposition in the companies he works for. A rare mix of skills to find and an even rarer set to see executed in the practice of this discipline. This leaves me able to say with confidence, that Barry is one of the “best in the biz”, and he is for sure somebody who I would want as part of a SAM function I was working in.
Stephen Williams
I have been working with Barry for 9 months when we brought him in to support me in building our SAM programme. Barry is a highly knowledgeable SME and has supported us on best practice, policy and processes and worked...Read more
I have been working with Barry for 9 months when we brought him in to support me in building our SAM programme. Barry is a highly knowledgeable SME and has supported us on best practice, policy and processes and worked as an advisor to solution designers and architects, to implement the best, cost effective solutions in many high level projects, often highlighting cost avoidance during these exercises. He has also been consultant on several Microsoft Enterprise agreements in our international divisions. I was new to the SAM practice and have found Barry to be an excellent mentor, advisor, team player and flexible in his approach to coaching, dependant on levels of expertise. I wouldn’t hesitate in working with Barry again and comes highly recommended.
Steve Collington
Barry has been a great asset to the IT/Procurement functions bringing real expertise around SAM Services. He has helped positively influence a number of global software negotiations along with building a strong...Read more
Barry has been a great asset to the IT/Procurement functions bringing real expertise around SAM Services. He has helped positively influence a number of global software negotiations along with building a strong understanding of SAM practices and procedures within the business. He's been great to work with and I would strongly recommend him for any organisation who wish to implement a leading SAM function.
Yameen Rashid
I can recommend Barry without hesitation, as someone who has a huge amount expertise in software asset management. He is able to cut through the complexity to get to what's needed and he is a great negotiator. As such,...Read more
I can recommend Barry without hesitation, as someone who has a huge amount expertise in software asset management. He is able to cut through the complexity to get to what's needed and he is a great negotiator. As such, he has saved large sums of money for those he works for. I hope to work with Barry for a long time to come.
Matt Cross
I've found Barry to be both responsive and thorough in his work and has definitely helped us successfully manage software assets.
Stephen Woolston
Barry is an expert in Software Licensing, he undertook a piece of work to review our license requirements and was quickly able to allocate licenses across our estate where they had previously been incorrectly allocated...Read more
Barry is an expert in Software Licensing, he undertook a piece of work to review our license requirements and was quickly able to allocate licenses across our estate where they had previously been incorrectly allocated and removed the requirement to procure further licenses. I would recommend Barry to anyone who requires an independent license review of their estate.
Dean Dudley
I worked closely with Barry when he was undertaking software licensing engagements with various clients over the last five years. These involved audit defence, licence reconciliation and optimisation and recommending...Read more
I worked closely with Barry when he was undertaking software licensing engagements with various clients over the last five years. These involved audit defence, licence reconciliation and optimisation and recommending best practice approaches to to licence management. Barry brings commercial acumen and licensing expertise together, to help clients reduce costs, and minimise unexpected audit bills. Throughout all engagements, Barry displayed his professionalism, knowledge and extensive experience of software licensing and asset management, repeatedly demonstrating why he is regarded as one of the top consultants in the business.
Gillian Leicester
I have worked with Barry on numerous SAM and licensing assignments. From this I have gathered that his strong technical, commercial and licensing knowledge are a clear asset, but what really sets him apart is his...Read more
I have worked with Barry on numerous SAM and licensing assignments. From this I have gathered that his strong technical, commercial and licensing knowledge are a clear asset, but what really sets him apart is his practical compassion towards operations, stakeholder relationship management and ability to build relevant, long-term benefits for the organisations that he works with. He brings this all together whilst adding to the overall SAM proposition in the companies he works for. A rare mix of skills to find and an even rarer set to see executed in the practice of this discipline. This leaves me able to say with confidence, that Barry is one of the “best in the biz”, and he is for sure somebody who I would want as part of a SAM function I was working in.
Stephen Williams
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