FlexNet Manager for IBM

Automated License Management and License Optimization for IBM Software Products

FlexNet Manager for IBM is a scalable Software License Optimization solution that is built on the FlexNet Manager Platform. This product automates and optimizes entitlement based software license management to enable the reduction of license, maintenance and audit costs for IBM desktop and server software, while maintaining license compliance.

Understanding the Ins and Outs of IBM License Management to Drive Maximum Value Webinar
Data accepted by IBM for sub-capacity reporting

FlexNet Manager for IBM provides next generation software asset management functionality including automated license reconciliation for IBM DB2, Cognos, ILOG, InfoSphere, Lotus, Rational, Tivoli, WebSphere and other products. FlexNet Manager for IBM allows organizations to achieve the highest level of Software License Optimization maturity—Level 4, for IBM software asset management processes. FlexNet Manager for IBM is part of the FlexNet Manager Suite for Enterprises used by hundreds of enterprises to gain control of and optimize spend across their software estate.

Leverages FlexNet Manager Platform to Provide Visibility and Control

  • Provides scalable hardware and software asset management across more than 16,000 publishers and 140,000 applications, providing insight into installed software and application usage
  • Delivers purchased versus installed license reconciliation
  • Comprehensive reporting capabilities allow users to identify and evaluate areas of license compliance concern and make informed decisions that reduce license and maintenance costs
  • Out-of-the-box connectivity to Microsoft SCCM, as well as connectors for other third party inventory and configuration management tools
  • Provides connectivity to HR, Active Directory, procurement, ERP and other systems for user, computer, purchasing and organizational data

Software License Management for IBM Reduces On-going Software Costs

  • Supports a number of different IBM license models (Processor Value Unit (PVU), User Value Unit (UVU), Resource Value Unit (RVU), Authorized User, Concurrent User and Floating User)
  • Uses the IBM License Metric Tool (ILMT) as an inventory source to provide information on hardware allocations to virtual machines and hardware partitions, as well as detailed sub-capacity consumption figures for PVU-based licenses. IBM customers generally must use the ILMT when installing products in virtual environments where sub-capacity licensing is being used
  • Supports IBM’s Software Usage Analysis (SUA) tool—essentially a replacement for IBM Tivoli Asset Discovery for Distributed (Tad4D), to import usage data for IBM Processor Value Unit (PVU) licenses
  • Manages both full capacity and sub-capacity licensing
  • ILMT inventory data is imported into the FlexNet Manager Platform repository where it is correlated with purchase orders and contracts enabling a purchased versus installed license reconciliation to be performed
  • Reports license compliance and over licensed situations for IBM software
  • Connects to IBM Passport Advantage which allows it to import license entitlement data directly from the software publisher. This can give customers a level of confidence that they are 100% aligned on entitlements in case of an audit.
  • IBM Product Use Rights Library (PURL) automates the process of applying IBM license entitlements to optimize license position

Quickly Calculate Sub-capacity Licensing

  • FlexNet Manager Suite 2015 or later data, used to determine a license position on IBM software, is currently accepted by IBM for sub-capacity reporting as an alternative to IBM License Metric Tool (ILMT), Tivoli Asset Discovery for Distributed (TADd) or IBM Endpoint Manager for Software Usage Analysis (SUA). This acceptance is conditional on FlexNet Manager Suite being installed, configured and maintained correctly, and conditioned on FlexNet Manager Suite maintaining functional equivalence to ILMT. Each customer must work with Flexera Software directly to ensure that such conditions are met for such customer’s particular installation environment.
  • Calculate PVU license consumption in sub-capacity (i.e. virtual) environments
  • Provides a calculation that is independent of the IBM License Metric Tool (ILMT), but may be used in conjunction with ILMT data
  • Provides report comparing side-by-side calculation results between FlexNet Manager for IBM and ILMT

Proactively Manage Your Software Estate Using ‘What If’ Analysis

  • Provides industry-first ‘What If’ Analysis capabilities that allow organizations to see the impact of hardware and software changes on their license position, before the changes are actually made
  • Supports IBM server based license models (e.g. PVU, RVU, etc.)
  • Actions such as modifying hardware properties, moving virtual machines across hosts or installation of a new software title can be simulated, providing an estimated license position and financial impact that reflects these changes

FlexNet Manager for IBM - What If Analysis
Report on optimized license position and cost savings with FlexNet Manager for IBM

FlexNet Manager for IBM allows organizations to more effectively "use what they have and only buy what they need." Learn more about the other products in the FlexNet Manager Suite for Enterprises.

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  • Monetize and protect software
  • Monetize the Internet of Things
  • Manage software entitlements
  • Electronically deliver and update software
  • Develop software installers
  • Brands: InstallShield, FlexNet Licensing, FlexNet Operations

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