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ILMT no longer a Get Out of Jail Free Card in IBM audits

Don’t get caught in a trap, ensure you’re compliant This article has been contributed by Eric Chiu of H W Fisher’s IT Asset Consulting practice (FIAC) Customers can still be fined for violating IBM’s Sub-Capacity licensing terms even after deploying the ILMT tool. This article takes a look at the areas on which organisations must focus to ensure license compliance. Background The...

Secret IT Manager: Our IBM Audit Experience

Firstly, apologies for not writing an article in so long; we’ve been extremely busy dealing with a recent IBM ‘review’. We learnt an awful lot during and post review, and I wanted to share my experiences with you. Obviously, I’m going to keep a number of details secret and not reveal my identity. It’s a shame really; I write a number of articles and technical documentation for other elements...

IBM auditors target compliance revenue per customer – Three strategies to tackle IBM software waste head-on

IBM audits are being used to prop up license revenue targets – not to protect IP One striking trend we see in modern audit activity is that software audits are NOT about reducing non-compliance. It is right and proper that a company should protect their intellectual property and prevent exploitation. But it is clear from research with the Campaign for Clear Licensing (CCL) that software publishers...

IBM v the IRS: The audit – what can we learn?

IBM v the IRS: The audit
Image by Bettina Nørgaard from Pixabay This story of an audit that found its way into court last year is, originally, from 2013 but only recently came to light…and it’s a doozy! What happened? According to a whistle-blower (a former IBM employee), IBM fraudulently created a $91 million non-compliance penalty during a software audit in order to force an eventual renewal of $265 million. Not only...

Podcast Episode 45: Whether IBM is dying or pivoting – audits are getting more desperate

IBM = Big Blue
Big Blue – dying or pivoting – either way audits are getting more aggressive Ahead of our Australian conference in a couple of weeks time I spoke with Eric Chiu of HW Fisher and Glynn Thomas of Software Sense on IBM Licensing and IBM’s current approach to audits (Meet both Glynn and Eric in Sydney in November). Whether IBM is dying or pivoting – Audits are getting more desperate Topics...

Beginner’s guide to IBM software audits

IBM software audit
Eric Chiu is our go to guy on IBM licensing. In this video I picked his brains on IBM software audits. Subjects covered: Who starts an IBM audit? IBM audit activity levels and key targets IBM sub-capacity – the low hanging fruit for IBM revenue What is sub-capacity? IBM License Measurement Tool (ILMT) The role of Deloitte and KPMG IBM online resources Come and meet Eric and other audit defence...

IBM – The Dark Horse of Software Audits?

Are Companies Underestimating IBM Audits? I recently interviewed Alan Swahn, VP of Product Management at Flexera Software. We discussed IBM Licensing and the IBM audit program. Q. Why IBM? Shouldn’t companies spend more time focusing on Microsoft, Adobe or Oracle audit compliance? Many of IBM’s customers are facing significant software audit risk, as IBM has implemented a comprehensive audit program....

IBM increase prices to promote cloud usage

IBM increase prices to promote cloud
This article “IBM increase prices to promote cloud usage” was contributed by Piaras MacDonnell, founding partner of LicenseHawk. We reported back in June that IBM announced they’re “removing the entitled discounts for a select number of products traditionally deployed on-premises”. The announcement was made through the IBM notification system at the end of April with IBM Business...

Community Survey: Software Publisher Audits during COVID-19

Software Audits during Covid-19
Software Publisher Audits during COVID-19 Have software publisher audits stepped up as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak? Auditing customers is a tried and tested means of generating revenue for software publishers during a downturn – but has the threat of audits materialised? Please share your views via our audit census here: https://itamreview.wufoo.com/forms/covid-audit-census/ The aim of the...

Software vendor financial results #2 (Autodesk, IBM, Oracle, Salesforce, SAP, VMware)

Software vendor financial results
Software vendor financial results can be more interesting for ITAM & SAM managers than they might first appear. Looking at how the software vendors are performing on a quarterly and annual basis can give the savvy organisation some good insight. Who is likely to increase audits? Where might good discounts be found? What upcoming business model changes might impact us? Hints to potential answers...