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Secure Your IBM Portfolio for Software Asset Management

Why is IBM licensing so challenging? The vendor is one of the world's largest software providers with over 30,000 software products, each with its own licensing structure. There are more than 100 license metrics, and complex algorithms that change per usage situation. This presents many difficulties for Software Asset Management, especially as IBM’s product portfolio grows more complicated with software acquisitions.

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Top 3 challenges of IBM licenses

Tracking 100+ license metrics

There is a dizzying list to track. That list includes user-based, user value units (UVU), resource value units (RVU), million service units (MSU), storage capacity units (SCU), and processor value units (PVU) — to name just a few.

Notorious PUV metrics

PVU is tricky because its calculation rules are based on the virtualization type and kind of topology, as well as hardware information.

Tricky tier-based metrics

Tier-based metrics like RVU, UVU and SCU are really difficult because they require specific data like connectors, printers and storage in terabytes, and calculate that against the numbers collected.

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ILMT has a lot of flaws
The IBM License Metric Tool is required to determine your licensing requirements for full and sub-capacity PVUs. But ILMT has a reputation for not giving a full view, and that unreliability is typically in IBM’s favor

Should you pass on Passport?
IBM has two Passport Advantage Agreements (PPA) that offer licenses, subscriptions, upgrades and support in a discount group. Sounds great, right? But Passport has issues that you need to watch for, such as not properly accounting for legacy product licenses.

You need to see Passport and non-PPA
Passport Advantage gets trickier when the account doesn’t recognize the license purchases made outside of it. You need to consolidate all of your Passport and non-Passport records into one system.

Tracking the portfolio changes
IBM is rapidly acquiring other companies. As they transition a product, you need to proactively track its name change and versioning. Under the Passport Advantage contract terms, you’re required to trace today’s “transformed” license back to the original Proof of Entitlement (PoE).

IBM Value Baskets are difficult
IBM offers an “all-you-can-eat” account, in which you can buy licenses until the account is empty, or give back licenses to refill it. The trick is knowing when the Value Basket is nearing empty, and not going over the pre-paid amount.

Varied rules for non-production servers
Each IBM product has different licensing for non-production servers. Some are free, some require full licenses, and some can use a fixed, reduced license. It’s important to look individually at every server situation.

Find your way out of the maze

Passport Advantage isn’t always reliable for tracking purchases, and ILTM will typically find audit results in favor of IBM. So what can a maze runner do?

To keep your licenses in compliance and keep your costs low, you need a strategic approach to managing your licenses, and a strategy for negotiating the differences. This is where Aspera tools and services comes in, helping you navigate the IBM labyrinth of Software Asset Management (SAM).

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Aspera solutions for the IBM license labyrinth

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Strategic Platform for SAM

The strategic platform for simplifying SAM. Aspera SmartTrack covers all the important vendors like SAP, Oracle and Microsoft, and accurately calculates complex metrics for every device: servers, clients, mobile, and cloud. Identify up to 30% savings in software licenses, and reveal high-risk compliance gaps.

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Simulate your future IBM license needs

SmartTrack Simulation finds the ideal license metric for every server environment by analyzing each “what if” scenario. SmartTrack Simulation identifies areas where installation costs outweigh the usage, simulate changes to your contract and license inventory, and forecast future licensing needs.

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Need help with your Software Asset Management program? Our in-house experts can manage some or all of your software licenses, and find the best costs at the lowest audit risk. Ask about our Managed Services for partial outsourcing or our full-service package of License Management as a Service (LaaS).

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The success of this project is the reward for designing a large-scale process of change. Alongside significant time and cost savings, we succeeded in raising awareness for software license management in the group.

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