Every once in a while, all ITAM managers face challenges when managing IBM licensing. To help you on your way, we have gathered 5 practical & useful tips from our webinar on managing IBM licensing in ServiceNow SAM.
Tip 2 of 5: A single IBM software product can be licensed by multiple metrics
Read all five tips on IBM licensing challenges:
- Pay what you use & Use what you pay!
- A single IBM software product can be licensed by multiple metrics
- Don’t forget about your bundling!
- Even customers with only 1 IBM product, need to be careful with Sub-capacity!
- IBM IASP – what is it and are you eligible for it?
IBM uses over 150 different licensing metrics, such as, for example, core based (PVU), user based or capacity based. One single product however, can be licensed by multiple metrics. So, always check your Proof of Entitlement (PoE) to see which metric you bought. You can even choose which metric is the best fit for your environment, before you buy the product!
Once you understand what metric you have licensed, check the IBM License Information Document for specific consumption measuring. This contains license charge metrics, bundled SW data (supporting programs + conditions), and other product specific conditions, which can vary significantly between software versions.
The IBM License Information Document is the most important document for your IBM product, apart from the Passport Advantage Agreement.
Curious to learn more about managing IBM licensing in ServiceNow SAM?