IBM Crayon Continuous Compliance Program
CONTINUOUS COMPLIANCE PROGRAM A Unique Optimisation Strategy for IBM Customers

Organisations that use IBM software on average have a 25-30% chance of being randomly audited by IBM at least once, in any given year.

With multiple brands, a large and consistently changing product catalogue and hundreds of ways to license the technology, there is an enormous variety of products and license models that require managing and optimising. This makes it very complex and potentially difficult for a customer to be compliant without expert help.

CASE STUDY Sparebank 1 Gruppen

When Sparebank 1 Gruppen, Norway's second largest banking group, received an audit notification from IBM, they teamed up with Crayon and became the world's first customer of the Crayon Continuous Compliance Program.

During the project, compliancy gaps were measured and the findings were identified and appropriately implemented. By engaging on Crayon's Continuous Compliance Program, Sparebank 1 can now be confident that their chances of receiving an audit from IBM have been dramatically reduced.

To find out more about how Sparebank 1 worked with Crayon to mitigate their risk, optimise their license entitlements and reduce complexity throughout what could have been a difficult and protracted audit process, watch the Sparebank 1 Gruppen Video Case Study.

PREFERRED IBM SAM PARTNER Crayon Continuous Compliance Program

Crayon are a Premier IBM Business Partner, a System Z Business partner and experts in IBM technology with over 230 IBM certifications worldwide. We truly understand the complexity of IBM licensing and know how to optimise it for our customers.

Through working closely with IBM, Crayon has developed a new and innovative service that guarantees continual compliance for IBM customers, whilst at the same time optimises the ROI on their IBM investments.

The Crayon Continuous Compliance Program (CCCP) is a structured framework that offers customers a unique opportunity to not only become compliant and stay compliant with their IBM technology estate, but to also dramatically reduce their chances of being audited by IBM and the consequent drain of the technical team resources needed to manage publisher audits.

Engaging on Crayon's Continuous Compliance Program, ensures ongoing and constant optimisation of your entire IBM license portfolio, by providing:

  • Quarterly Effective License Position (ELP) updates
  • IBM specialist support
  • An annual baseline
  • Access to Crayon's License Helpdesk
  • Complete ILMT and manual reporting
  • ILMT Upgrades and maintenance
  • Status and forecast meetings
IBM SAM Services How It Works

The Continuous Compliance Program consists of various services and deliverables provided on a quarterly basis to ensure you are ‘IBM Compliant’.

With the Crayon Continuous Compliance Program, we work with you, in a collaborative atmosphere and at a time convenient for you, to establish and maintain a cost optimised and legally compliant IBM software estate. 

Customer insight & software optimisation will:

  • Identify who is using what technology and how much they are using
  • Establish policies, processes and procedures
  • Reduce software asset exposure risk and unbudgeted expenditures
  • Ensure corporate policy on being compliant is documented

Optimised Software License Agreements that are:

  • Regularly evaluated and renegotiated to ensure that the organisation is getting the best value from their investment

Reduced costs & informed decision making by providing:

  • An accurate IBM Entitlement Baseline and IBM Software Inventory
  • An accurate software estate based on a reconciliation if inventory to entitlements

Crayon has worked with hundreds of mid-size to large IBM customers across the globe, such as Jernbaneverket, the Norwegian government’s agency for railway services, to provide a clear path to an optimised and compliant IBM estate. 

It’s no secret that IBM software audits are extremely time consuming with a significant risk of costs to address any issues found.

Click here to find out how Jernaneverket saved millions through working with Crayon to optimise their IBM licensing.