Certero for IBM

IBM asset management software provides automated discovery and inventory of all your IBM software deployments, coupled with highly advanced compliance and optimization functionality

IBM asset management software, Certero for IBM, simplifies complex licensing and usage constraints, ensuring compliance and minimizing cost.

Certero for IBM asset management software overcomes all technical and management issues to put you in full control and provide you all the evidence you need to push back against any challenge. Its intelligent, simple to use, powerful user interface and associated wizards make resolution of the component-to-product-to-bundle challenge a much easier activity.

  • Certero for IBM asset management software can be provisioned in public or private Cloud, on-premise or any hybrid combination, with full functionality and no compromise
  • Cloud deployments can be implemented in minutes – not months – helping you meet your objectives quicker and deliver value faster than with rival solutions
  • Compile comprehensive inventories of all hardware and software assets across all platforms, from mobile to mainframe to cloud
  • Works holistically and optimally with all Certero products via the Certero Management Platform, comprising one single data source, one UI and one UX
  • Powerful, interactive and customizable reporting functionality
  • Simplifies and automates complex IT hardware and software asset management processes
  • Improves IT governance and security
  • Complimented by Certero’s range of world-class services
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Clarity On Inventory

If you adopt the IBM virtualization licensing metrics known as PVUs (Processor Value Units), then the associated Terms and Conditions state you need to use an IBM tool to collect inventory; normally this is ILMT. Certero for IBM asset management software has an out-of-the-box connector to ILMT, ensuring that you do not violate your Terms and Conditions. This data can then be used by the rest of the functions in Certero for IBM, such as component-to-product-to-bundle entitlement management and ELP creation.

Certero for IBM asset management software also has its own inventory capability, which you can run alongside ILMT inventory. This will actually help you manage your ILMT deployment, by identifying whether or not it is fully deployed across your landscape: something which is very common and carries significant risk. It will also provide you with the inventory information independently so you can validate against ILMT. Certero for IBM asset management software gives you a position of strength from knowledge and puts you back in control. No longer do you have to be at the blind mercy of ILMT.

Clarity On Your Entitlement

Without entitlement you cannot perform software asset management (SAM).

Certero for IBM asset management software has the ability to manage entitlement in a highly automated manner. For example, downloading and importing Passport Advantage agreements, working out start and end date of maintenance agreements automatically, ensuring you capture PO and other supplier or procurement information. The result is a fully informed, accurate view of entitlement, which obviously includes your PVU values.

Clarity On Your Effective License Position (ELP)

Certero for IBM asset management software has the ability to connect into ILMT, as well as providing an alternative view of inventory (demonstrating if ILMT data is accurate or not). It also has in place the component-to-product-to-bundle reconciliation information, along with the required entitlement information. Thus all the necessary information is available to automatically create the ELP.

You now know where you are, in real-time. Gone are the days where you had to go through lengthy expensive processes just to create a point in time, manually-generated ELP, that may in actual fact be incorrect. We think this is a huge advancement on managing IBM software.

Licensing Model Support

Certero for IBM asset management software supports a great number of license models including PVU (Full-Capacity), PVU (Sub-Capacity), Install, Server, Virtual Server, Authorized User, Floating User, UVU, RVU, Client Device and Establishment.

If that is not enough, Certero for IBM asset management software will even allow you to define custom metrics.

Reconciliation of Component-To-Product-To-Bundle

The next great challenge which Certero for IBM asset management software helps with is reconciliation of software, primarily component-to-product-to-bundle. We have gone to great lengths to develop an intuitive, easy to use user interface which provides a quick and simple method to perform the reconciliation process.

component to product to bundle resolution making IBM software asst management simple

Virtualization and Sub-Capacity Licensing

IBM hardware can be configured in very complex ways. From full physical servers to servers being segmented with virtualization technologies (LPARs), there are also other unique configurations such as shared pools and capped shared pools. All of this makes inventory extremely difficult to collate and present in a meaningful way and has huge implications on software licensing. These are the main ‘gotchas’.

Certero for IBM asset management software can cope with all virtualization technologies, including IBM’s. It has a connector into IBM HMC (Hardware Management Console) and has all the information it needs to automate the inventory information required for an ELP to be created.

IBM Sub capacity licensing and virtualisation calculator

Did You Know?

For their most popular license metric, PVU, IBM’s licensing Terms and Conditions (International Passport Advantage Agreement Section 1.14) state that end users are required to utilize ILMT, TAD4D or Bigfix to capture inventory data which is then used for evaluating licensing requirements. However, ILMT is notoriously difficult to manage and maintain from a resource, time and cost perspective. Also, ILMT has limitations and certainly does not have the necessary functionality of a SAM tool.

But did you know that organizations are able to negotiate with IBM to gain an amendment to allow a more manageable solution to be used instead?

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Benefits

Certero for IBM asset management software automates the manual processes and data entry tasks commonly associated with rival products, providing an advanced solution that maximizes value.

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Detailed discovery and inventory of IBM software coupled with highly automated optimized license management and compliance

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Automated approach eliminates over-reliance on time consuming and error-strewn manual process and data entry tasks

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Passport Advantage data easily imported and sophisticated automation utilized to streamline the process, reduce error and generate accurate entitlement

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Comprehensive product recognition, including upgrade, downgrade, virtual environment and general product usage rights, including bundles

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Automated reconciliation of entitlement against inventoried deployment and usage data to create sub-capacity consumption reports

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Consideration of product use rights ensure a clear ELP which can be used independently or in conjunction with ILMT to provide a comparable report, thereby supporting verification and quality assurance processes

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With Certero in your corner, you’ll never lose an argument with IBM again

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Certero’s highly automated solutions minimize the need for manual intervention, improving accuracy and reducing any reliance on ineffective tools which can’t deliver, or expensive licensing consultants

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All Certero’s solutions are designed to run either independently or together holistically and optimally on the Certero Management Platform, comprising one single data source, one UI and one UX. This means administrators can reach operational competency quickly and with minimal training overhead, whilst on-going support is simplified and overall costs reduced

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Parameter driven BI reporting transforms all your raw data into useful knowledge, allowing you to manage all your IBM software assets across your entire IT estate efficiently, effectively and dynamically

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Certero’s solutions are all genuinely Cloud Ready Now

Certero for IBM has drastically improved our ability to easily and effectively manage our use of IBM software across the entire estate. The straightforward functionality and ease of reporting means the information we need for management and decision making is just a click away. We have complete confidence that we are fully in control, optimizing usage and minimizing cost.”

Brent Jarnell

IT Asset Manager, Products and Technology, Bank of New Zealand

Certero for IBM is an improvement on ILMT in that the reporting is much better and with the ability to compare it and build scenarios, you get multiple insights into the data.”

Daniel Begg

SAM Technical Specialist, Home Retail Group

The complexity of IBM licensing is almost legendary. This white paper explains the complexities of IBM licensing in detail and looks at how they can be successfully addressed.

Watch the Certero for IBM video and see what it might be able to do for you.

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