Continuous license support pays off

TIMETOACT supports a municipality in NRW in the correct use of the License Metric Tool in order to be optimally prepared for audits.

Keeping track of software and licenses is not easy and presents companies with challenges, especially when a license audit is due. If IBM software is used, the compliance-conforming use of the IBM License Metric Tool (ILMT) plays a decisive role. TIMETOACT ensures the adherence to IBM compliance regulations for a city administration in North Rhine-Westphalia and continuously monitors the correct licensing.

Initial situation:
  • Products are licensed according to sub-capacity licensing
  • Use of the IBM License Metric Tool (ILMT)
  • Announcement of an audit
  • Monthly checks by TIMETOACT experts to ensure compliance with IBM regulations in the run-up to the audit: ensuring all systems covered, use of the latest version of the ILMT, up-to-dateness of operating systems
Added value:
  • Early detection of overlicensing and underlicensing
  • Passing an audit without follow-ups

We already know our way around ILMT quite well. Nevertheless, we were very grateful for TIMETOACT's experience. Because consulting is a matter of trust.

Employee of the municipality

With the purchase of IBM products, the client agrees to comply with the rules for license use. Products that meet the requirements with regard to the operating system, the process technology and the virtualization environment are entitled to be licensed according to the so-called sub-capacity licensing. In this case, the IBM License Metric Tool (ILMT) must be used. The correct use of ILMT, the creation of regular reports and the complete recording of all systems is essential. 

If IBM's requirements are not met, for example when using the IBM License Metric Tool, this can be very expensive for the customer. The complex mixture of technical understanding and licensing law is an incentive for many companies to look for a partner who is familiar with the subject.

Optimal preparation is indispensable

For optimal preparation for the audit, close coordination took place between the system administrators and license managers to avoid mislicensing and to ensure the completeness of the reports. "We are very satisfied. TIMETOACT's expertise and continuous support paid off," was the city's conclusion. TIMETOACT will continue to provide service and support to maintain the ILMT infrastructure in preparation for the next audit.

Sample dashboard of the IBM License Metric tool
Sample dashboard of the IBM License Metric tool

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Stefan Reusing
TIMETOACT Software & Consulting GmbHContact