IBM Effective License Position & Optimization Service
Challenge: How to build an Effective License Position for IBM software?
Understanding your Effective License Position for any major vendor (including Microsoft, Oracle and SAP) needs a combination of the right technology (like Certero for Enterprise SAM) and Software Asset Management skills to find, upload and interpret license entitlements, which in the case of IBM can be extremely complex.
Certero is here to help you with both the most effective solutions for discovering and inventorying all IBM software across the network and the skilled professionals to help you bring clarity to your software usage and licensing rights. It’s the fastest way to build an ELP for a enterprise software publisher like IBM.
Solution: Certero Effective License Position & Optimization Service for IBM
+ Step 1: Discovery, Inventory & Software Usage Metering
With Certero, you enjoy:
Wider coverage of your estate – not only your server estate but also your desktop estate detecting software, which is licensed by the user-based licensing metric (this licensing metric is used widely but often not tracked as it should be). This is a distinct advantage over other SAM tools or even ILMT.
The same data an IBM auditor would have access to – don’t get caught out or surprised by data you wouldn’t otherwise know about, but could have a major impact on your audit outcome.
+ Step 2: Clarity on IBM License Entitlements
Ensure all your entitlement, not just Passport Advantage is factored in. We do this by looking at your contracts and your Proofs of Entitlement as well as exploring IBM software which may be provided under IBM Managed Service contracts as well as other service provider contracts and IBM software provided bundled under third party contracts.
Ensure all the entitlement shows in a single place. Certero for IBM supports a vast number of IBM part numbers and a very simple method of entering the entitlements giving you a single place for all these to be housed. This is easily interrogated using our market-leading reporting engine.
+ Step 3: Creating the Effective License Position
With the help of Certero and consultants, we:
Ensure you are working IBM licensing to your advantage by correctly applying bundles and other classifications to your inventory. This has been known to reduce maintenance bills by at least 5% by just addressing one aspect of IBM licensing and in extreme cases reduce the amount of chargeable IBM software by half.
Provide you with a current IBM Effective Licensing Position which can be maintained easily on an ongoing basis tracking where this changes.
Support you in mitigating risks drawing on our considerable experience in practical ways to improve our IBM licensing position. Decommissioning IBM software is only one of a number of ways of doing this. There are a number of other options and tactics which we can support you with.
+ Step 4: Recommendations for Optimization
- Options that may exist to deploy in a more cost-efficient manner
- Processes improvements based on observations during the engagement
- Potential software re-harvesting opportunities
- Suggested vendor negotiation tactics if appropriate