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IBM Eliminates Sub-Capacity Licensing for Windows 2008 Servers

Microsoft recently ended support for all servers running Windows 2008, Windows 2008 R2, and Windows 7 operating systems.  After support ended, IBM announced that after Q3 2020, it would no longer support its IBM License Metric Tool (“ILMT”) on any computer running those operating systems.  IBM also announced that computers running those operating systems would…

201909.19
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An Audit by Another Name: IBM’s new IASP Program

This year, IBM announced that it was going to present certain customers with the opportunity to participate in its new IBM Authorized SAM Partner Services (“IASP”).  In a recent webinar that it co-0presented with KPMG, one of its approved IASP partners, IBM described the opportunity as an “alternative to an IBM audit.”  For IBM customers…

201905.03
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Eight lessons learned representing clients in IBM Audits

IBM regularly informs customers selected for an IBM license review or software audit that it reviews the license position of all of its customers worldwide. That means if your company has not participated in a software license review with IBM, the odds are very high that such a review will be forthcoming at some time…

201901.04
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New ILMT Policy Could Increase Financial Exposure in IBM Audits

IBM may be making it more difficult for IBM customers to qualify for sub-capacity licensing in virtualized environments.  As many companies who have been audited by IBM have learned, it is sometimes difficult to demonstrate that the company has met all the criteria necessary to avoid licensing the full capacity of the virtualized environment. With…

201712.26
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How to Mitigate Five IBM Licensing Risks

Because IBM products like WebSphere, DB2, Tivoli, Informix, and Lotus Notes are expensive, and companies cannot always easily or quickly verify compliance, companies are facing substantial unbudgeted financial risks associated with IBM licensing. For example, if a company is trying to license under IBM’s Sub-Capacity license rules and fails to adhere to all of the…

201711.07
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How to Mitigate Five IBM Licensing Risks CLE*

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Because IBM products like WebSphere, DB2, Tivoli, Informix, and Lotus Notes are expensive, and companies cannot always easily or quickly verify compliance, companies are facing substantial unbudgeted financial risks associated with IBM licensing. For example, if a company is trying to license under IBM’s Sub-Capacity license rules and fails to adhere to all of the…

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IBM Introduces Sub-Capacity Licensing Benefits for z/VM Version 6

On July 17, 2017, IBM announced that it would allow customers running z/VM Version 6, Release 3 or higher to license the product on a sub-capacity basis.  Under the sub-capacity licensing arrangement, IBM customers can purchase licenses for a fraction of the full machine capacity, which can often reduce costs and increase flexibility.  However, companies…

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Customers Using Software Recently Acquired by IBM Should Proceed with Caution

In 2015, IBM acquired no fewer than 11 software and services companies.  Many software customers are surprised that after IBM purchases a company, IBM often significantly changes the license terms of the products.  For some customers that have purchased unlimited or site licensing with the prior software publishers, IBM’s changes can be surprising and expensive….

201701.10
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How to Assist Clients with Estimating Expenses

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Julie Machal-Fulks, Texas Lawyer, January 2017 Helpful Tips to Manage the Cost of Annual Budgets and Corporate Transactions For many corporations, the end of the year signifies that it is time to look to the coming year and identify a corporate or department budget for technology expenditures. Additionally, throughout the year, attorneys are often asked to advise clients on potential technology expenses related to…