IBM has a huge portfolio of products,
we help clients navigate this complexity

The most common and high value products are usually those which are PVU and RVU based. This makes counting very important when it comes to classification of the correct PVU/RVU per server. If this is done incorrectly the licensing position will be inaccurate.
As with many publishers the impact of virtualization with IBM is huge. This can be both positive and negative. Understanding and leveraging the value behind sub-capacity licensing can produce significant savings for many organizations. However when using either the ILMT (IBM License Metric Tool) or TAD 4 D tool does present additional complexities.

In addition to these common metrics there is also a wealth of complex models employed by IBM,
and many of these cannot be optimized using standard SAM tools. Knowing what data you need
to collect, performing analysis and reconciling this with the contractual terms requires deep vendor knowledge and requires a dedicated IBM specialist.

Although it is not an easy task, the opportunity with IBM, if managed correctly can be very fruitful.
With a detailed understanding of what software is deployed, your entitlements and the smartest way
to allocate and manage your software can often result in a substantial reduction in maintenance costs
and exposure to risk. This should be on the top of the agenda for any customer with a substantial investment in IBM.


✓ Commercial & contractual optimization
✓ IBM Audit ready & prepared
✓ Continuous compliance
✓ Effective cost management
✓ Better procurement via improved knowledge
✓ IBM risks mitigated


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IBM risk mitigation of £3.3M

IBM agreed that Livingstone approach was correct, which reduced the client’s license requirement by around 20%.  This not only mitigated the £3.3m risk, but also gave the client the option to drop support completely.

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IBM is removing RSVP pricing on over 7,000 products

Back in April 2020, IBM very quietly announced some changes to its pricing structure. So quietly in fact, that almost no one seemed to notice, which is a surprise considering the significance of these changes. Here at Livingstone we…continue reading.

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