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Posted by Clarence Villanueva on April 9, 2012
A recent conversation with IBM software executives sheds more light on the topic of software audits. Responding to a blog post we published a few months ago, IBM recognized some of the challenges inherent in an IBM software audit. They proclaimed that getting through an audit, addressing these challenges, and moving towards license optimization is cemented in Software Asset Management (SAM) best practices. IBM also told us that the causes of client exposures fall into one of three categories:
Since the blog post, one of the biggest areas of concern I commonly hear from clients is their potential exposure on sub-capacity (virtualization) licensing and IBM’s License Metric Tool (ILMT). Clients initially relied on ILMT reports to collect accurate and complete information only to find out later that they may not have configured the tool correctly and/or it tends to report back inaccurate information.
And their experience with other tools isn't much better. With some of the SAM tools and services out there, it’s difficult to achieve the basics — getting a complete and accurate list of installed software, hardware details (chips, cores), virtualization details (VM machines, logical partitions — some of the areas that are more difficult for a tool to collect information for, but necessary to show what was deployed).
As a result, we're looking to focus research on sub-capacity licensing. If you're interested in sharing your experiences on sub-capacity licensing, ILMT, IBM contracts, SAM services in general, or would like to participate in any of the discussions we’re having with your peers, please feel free to reach out to us. Though many of IBM’s points on software audits were outlined in this research report and discussed on a previous teleconference, I’d invite you to email me with any questions, issues you may have encountered in your audits, or challenges to IBM’s take on the subject.
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