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The IBM licensing landscape is as vast as it is complex. Knowing how to optimize your IBM estate while remaining compliant can be challenging. There are more than 250 IBM license matrices - all with different connotations. 

Effective Software Asset Management (SAM) can be even harder for organizations with a mix of on and off-premises infrastructure, which is the majority in the current cloud environment.  This makes it harder to see the full licensing picture. 

Overall the biggest SAM challenge that businesses face is establishing an accurate effective licensing position, or present state which includes all agreements, entitlements and documentation, linked up with the actual usage profile of the users and then maintaining this on a regular basis. While this may seem complex, it doesn’t have to be….

CRAYON Get Help From The Global SAM & IBM Experts

Crayon is a Premier IBM Business Partner, a System Z Business partner and an expert with IBM technology.  We have over 230 IBM certifications worldwide. Crayon truly understands the complexity of IBM licensing and knows how to optimize it for our customers.

Through working closely with IBM, Crayon has developed a new and innovative service that guarantees continual compliance for IBM customers, while at the same time optimizes 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 optimization 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

Click here to find out more about The Crayon Continuous Compliance Program.

WHITEPAPER Don't Step Into The Blue With Anyone Else

Ensuring you stay compliant with your license agreements can be a mammoth task, and the implications of not doing so can have serious financial consequences.

While ensuring you are compliant with your IBM licensing agreements may feel like a leap into the unknown, Crayon is on hand to guide you to a safe landing zone

Read our Whitepaper to find out how we can help your business efficiently manage its IBM technology estate.

ON-DEMAND WEBINAR Don't Get Caught in a Free Fall

IBM is one of the most proactive auditors within the software publishing world

Crayon estimates that on average an IBM customer is audited every 3-5 years.

This on-demand webinar takes a closer look at the IBM audit process and will demonstrate the extreme value that our highly experienced SAM consultants can bring to you in easing an IBM audit.

PODCAST The IBM License Experts

IBM audits are lengthy and can be painful but we can offer extensive advice, consultancy and support to help IBM customers to optimize their licensing estate and to minimize the impact of the audit process.

In this IBM Licensing Experts podcast, Ashley Gatehouse, Global Marketing Director for Crayon Group, will be discussing some of the key questions that we are often asked around the complexity of IBM audits and licensing. 

CASE STUDY Norwegian National Rail Operator Saves Millions by Optimizing their 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.

IBM uses approximately nine different contract types to define license entitlements and usage rights and this leads to an enormous variety of products and license models.

All that makes it really complex and potentially difficult for customers to optimize and be compliant without expert help. Find out how Crayon helped Norwegian National Rail Administration, Jernbaneverket, save millions by optimizing their IBM licensing. 

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