understanding financial liability and optimizing licenses

Lack of visibility into the IBM software installed across your estate could lead to significant unbudgeted costs. The good news is that by achieving a holistic view of your entire environment, coupled with IBM-specific data, not only will such risks be minimized, but dramatic cost savings can be achieved.

Benefits of ibm License Management

Control over IBM estate and compliance situation and risk identification within typical licensing painpoints.

Cost reduction through potential IBM environment optimization and sub-capacity licensing.

Readiness for IBM audit – during service SQUALIO helps to build and validate  ELP (Effective License Position).

Centralized up-to-date information about IBM products – purchased licenses, SKUs, agreements and technical data.

IBM license management

project timeline

1st quarter

Implementation

SQUALIO helps conducting technical implementation of solution, gather all the procurement documentation and create initial License Compliance Review.

Milestones:

  • Developed SAM goals.
  • SNOW solution is installed.
  • Agents are distributed.
  • Integratation is set up with existing IBM inventory solutions.
  • Access to the SNOW portal.
  • All the IBM licenses are collected and reperesented in SNOW License Manager.
  • Created and validated automatical ELP reports.
  • Initial legal risk assessment and recommendations.

2nd quarter

onboarding

User onboarding through SNOW user and administrator training and licensing trainings. License optimization meeting is held to follow-up on compliance position and optimization.

Milestones:

  • SNOW user training.
  • SNOW administrator training.
  • Educating in IBM licensing rules.
  • IBM licensing optimization follow-up.

3rd quarter

Customization

SQUALIO helps to customize solution – adjust reports, define alerts. SQUALIO performs repeated License Compliance Review to evaluate changes from initial review and identify further steps.

Milestones:

  • Definition of product changes.
  • Product is customized in accordance to Client needs.
  • Repeated legal risks assessment with progress evaluation.

4th quarter

process

Building processes around SNOW software and license management through the software lifecycle. License optimization meeting is held to follow-up on  compliance position and optimization.

Milestones:

  • Assessment of current procedures and policies.
  • Establishing IBM license management policies.
  • IBM licensing optimization follow-up.
  • Evaluated goals, set-up of goals for year 2.

Frequently met IBM licensing painpoints for businesses

  • IBM PVU-based product usage on virtualization environment;

  • Subcapacity licensing tracking

  • IBM License Metric Tool or BigFix Inventory coverage validation;

  • Installed IBM products outside IBM Software agreement;

  • IBM’s “all or nothing” licensing rule under Software Subscription and Support agreement;

  • Use of database clusters and disaster recovery;

  • Server hardware and core factor changes;

  • User access through multiplexing;

  • Tracking of different product groups and license metrics such as user based, PVU based and other;

  • IBM customers usually can download and install software with no limitations.

Solve your painpoints and take full advantage
from IBM license management

TAKE FULL ADVANTAGE OF SUB-CAPACITY PRICING

IBM PVU-based products are eligible to be licensed using the sub- capacity model when they are installed in virtualized environments. The sub-capacity model is typically five times cheaper than the default full capacity mode. The main reason that your organization will fail to meet sub-capacity requirements is that IBM’s mandatory License Management Tool is not deployed to a device where a PVU-based product resides.

IDENTIFY ALL PVU-BASED PRODUCTS

Snow tools identify all PVU-based software across the estate and combines the data from ILMT and installed software information across the estate to pinpoint where ILMT is either not installed or not reporting. This provides actionable intelligence to deploy the ILMT agents and ensure that all sub-capacity requirements are met.

UNDERSTAND ENTITLEMENTS AND REDUCE “ALL OR NOTHING” RISK

Because IBM’s product catalog is so large, it is a difficult task to understand what the terms are per-product and even whether a product has been renamed. Snow’s Software Recognition Service makes entitlement management far more efficient. The reconciliation of historical purchases to active entitlements is simplified through Snow License Manager.

REMOVE UNNEEDED SOFTWARE

Snow License Manager empowers the SAM team with usage information. This gives insight into whether applications are truly needed. If they are not, the product(s) can be uninstalled and licenses returned to a pool for recycling.

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Why to choose Squalio?

GOLD CERTIFIED SNOW PARTNER

Squalio is the only partner in Baltics owning Gold certification for the leading SAM tool producer Snow – a leader of Gartner MQ.

EUROPEAN TRUSTED PLAYER

We are a European trusted player and deliver worldwide. Our services are done by best practice of industry privacy, transparency, security, and compliance statements.

DEEP SAM EXPERTISE

Our experts in SAM, Licensing Optimisation and associated Software Services are delivering end to end software services and provide by default, what others provide as premium services

Gain control of the network, manage costs and plan future investments with total visibility of all hardware and Software across all platforms.