ANGLEPOINT PARTNER: IBM
Anglepoint is now an IBM Premier Business Partner, and we’ve been awarded IBM's SAM Gold level accreditation. Anglepoint is the first IBM Partner in the world to be awarded the SAM Gold level.
What can IBM Baseline Services do for you? The goal of these services is to balance two things:
- The number of copies of software you have installed
- The number of copies you’re entitled to have under your license
You can see these numbers when you run a report called the “Effective License Position,” or ELP. That report can show you if:
- You’re running more copies of the software than your license allows OR
- You’re paying for more copies of the software than you actually use
We offer two types of IBM baseline services:
- The IBM License Metric Tool (ILMT): This service creates reports only on some IBM software, including software licensed by Processor Value Units (PVUs) or by Resource Value Unit Managed Activated Processor Cores (RVU MAPC).
- All IBM Licensing Products: This service creates reports on all IBM software no matter how it’s licensed. It includes PVU and RVU MAPC counts, along with other IBM products that are lumped into a single “Non-PVU” category.
What are the goals of software asset management (SAM)? For any company, the goals should be:
- Total compliance with the terms of software licenses
- Being ready for an audit at any moment
Most SAM services out there will just set up a SAM tool for you or report on your baseline SAM readiness. But if they don’t put people and processes in place to make sure your SAM data stays current, your baseline readiness can quickly get out of date.
That’s why we offer a customized plan that will help you to stay compliant and ready for an audit at all times. We can also assist you in the work of getting ready for any IBM licensing audit.
What can optimization services do for you? When your business is optimized you will be at the highest level of IBM software asset management (SAM) maturity, you’ll experience the benefits of:
- Only paying for the software you actually need
- Having your software licensed in the best way for you
- Getting the lowest or best price for your software licenses
Optimization is a service that is usually included in a full IBM Managed Service.
Do you have a large amount of IBM license entitlements? Do you have an ELA (enterprise-level agreement)? If you do, IBM requires your business to send them reports on how many copies of their software you’re actually using.
To help create these usage reports, we have a team of IBM licensing experts. They spend their time studying IBM License Information Documents (LIDs) all day. Why? So they can figure out the most effective way to determine license metric consumption.
As a result, we have helped hundreds of IBM customers set up processes to capture their IBM software usage accurately. We can help you create reports that fulfill IBM’s reporting requirements completely.
IBM® License Metric Tool (ILMT) helps IBM Passport Advantage® (PA) customers determine their full and sub-capacity processor value units (PVU) licensing requirements.
- A full-capacity license allows software to be run on all of the available computer processors at a company.
- A sub-capacity license allows you to pay less for software to run on only some of your available computer processors.
The ILMT can also report the number of your processors that are currently running the software. That helps you stay under the limit set in your license, and it keeps you ready for an audit.
The difference between full- and sub-capacity license pricing can be millions of dollars for some enterprises, so it’s crucial that you get the ILMT running on your system and create accurate reports.
Our IBM consulting services have helped hundreds of customers produce complete and accurate ILMT reports, and we can do the same for you.
Schedule an appointment with an Anglepoint IBM licensing expert today for IBM asset/license management and consulting services!
"Anglepoint's sweet spot is in helping its clients develop and successfully implement an audit strategy. All consultants we worked with were previously software compliance auditors for IBM or Oracle. They provided thought leadership, coaching, and insight into the audit teams' policies and tactics. If you need someone who will be a strategic resource to help with all facets of the audit, I would recommend Anglepoint."
"Anglepoint really took the complexity out of SAM and Flexera cloud solution that many were warning me about. Anglepoint not only got it up and running well for us, but keeps us informed of updates (if we should take them or not), offers to help with system and agent updates if needed. I now have them engaged to enter in all of our software contracts and link to install evidence so our SAM is world-class. Prices are great and expertise is awesome, they know what they are doing. I look forward to a long relationship with Anglepoint as a trusted partner in our SAM operations."
"Our experience with Anglepoint was phenomenal. Their knowledge of the vendor, the vendor's contract specifics and license nuances were immensely valuable. They were always prepared, asked insightful questions and gave us tangible data and answers.”
"Anglepoint Managed Services have solidified our SAM maturity by supporting the key capabilities with licensing expertise that we do not have in-house. Even with the political struggle of gaining ITAM support across the Enterprise, they have succeeded in adding significant value, optimizing costs and increasing data accuracy of our inventory. "
"I've been working with Anglepoint for 10 years, they have been crucial in our ability to manage our software assets. I consider them our bench, the professional in our back pocket to work through very complex licensing situations to give us guidance on how best to track. It has been a great relationship for years."
"Anglepoint has provided much-needed expertise for higher-risk scenarios over the years. They provided flexible pricing options and have delivered consistent positive results."
"Very much customer-oriented and knowledgeable with software asset management. Highly recommended if you are just starting your Journey on establishing SAM."
"The whole team has been extremely helpful throughout the whole deployment and built of our Infrastructure for BigFix. The whole process was successful because the team was always ready to assist and provide guidance where needed."
"Overall the experience has gone well. The team is engaged and when needed willing to jump in and deliver."
"Work completed on schedule and support was excellent. Reaching out to customer was for any issues or additional requirement is also appreciated."
"Supplier with the highest expertise in difficult licensing questions. Anglepoint is very proactive and pragmatic in day-to-day operations."
"The team that helped us was amazing. They were full of insights we did not even know needed. they helped us think outside the box."
"As a HP uCMDB Product administrator for the past 12 years, I have worked with Christopher Neilsen for several years. When any support or knowledge-based information was requested from Chris his responses immediate, well detailed and accurate. He has been a true professional and look forward to using him as a resource for many years to come."
"The team was extremely knowledgeable and thorough in their work. Their expertise level really showed throughout the engagement."
"Anglepoint has been a pleasure to work! They lead with courage and passion, they make their customers priorities their own. They deliver results with excellence and really live the values of our company. As such, they have been an integral part of our team over the past five years."
"I am a sourcing professional working for an organization who has been lucky enough to be audited by IBM and Oracle back-to-back. We used Anglepoint as consultants for both of these audits. Anglepoint's sweet spot is in helping its clients develop and successfully implement an audit strategy, they performed very well on both of our audits. All consultants we worked with were previously software compliance auditors for IBM or Oracle. They provided thought leadership, coaching, and insight into the audit teams' policies and tactics. If you just need someone to help you crunch the numbers you might be overpaying by using Anglepoint, but if you need someone who will be a strategic resource to help with all facets of the audit, I would recommend Anglepoint."
"Our experience with Anglepoint was phenomenal. Their knowledge of the vendor, the vendor's contract specifics and license nuances were immensely valuable. They were always prepared, asked insightful questions and gave us tangible data and answers. Our AP account team presented to our Global executive leadership team and they were able to effectively put it in business terms and enable a healthy discussion on the value of each choice we had."
"The team we worked with has excellent depth of understanding and experience in working through the details of software license entitlement calculations. They are also personable and maintain a positive relationship with our staff as they help us understand and remediate problematic software configurations. And they have provided effective coaching in working with our publishers. We feel the value for the money we've spent with them has been very good."
"I've worked with Anglepoint for 8 or more years, with them in my work life I have gained knowledge and experience I wouldn't have gotten because there was no one in my company to give the knowledge and the know-how. My successful working career is in a large part due to their ability to support my job responsibilities. I like to refer to Anglepoint as my bench of pros. I call on them whenever I can't figure out how to solve the issues I'm dealing with at the time. They have more resources to draw upon and help me get to a satisfied resolution to issue."
"Anglepoint really took the complexity out of SAM and Flexera cloud solution that many were warning me about. I knew Flexera was the tool we needed due to the breadth and trust of data. Anglepoint not only got it up and running well for us, but keeps us informed of updates (if we should take them or not), offers to help with system and agent updates if needed. I now have them engaged to enter in all of our software contracts and links to install evidence so our SAM is world-class. Prices are great and expertise is awesome, they know what they are doing. I look forward to a long relationship with Anglepoint as a trusted partner in our SAM operations."
"We could not be more satisfied with our engagement with Anglepoint in managing our IBM space. Our IBM space is fairly complex and dynamic with an array of various products that we leverage sub-capacity licenses. In the past, we spent significant time learning, training, and focus trying to understand ILMT, the bundling, and the various allowances related to terms and conditions. In addition, we had challenges keeping a role internally with someone with just this experience. We struggled to maintain a sustainable process until we engaged Anglepoint. Immediately, AP stepped in and provided guidance, direction, and cadence to ensure we were in the best position to not only meet our compliance requirements but also understand areas for optimization in the space. Every contact at Anglepoint that we've partnered w/ on the IBM review has been extremely professional, significant industry knowledge, and a partner in every sense of the word. Their work speaks for itself, and we have never had so much visibility and confidence in our effective license positions. We are so pleased w/ our IBM engagement, that we've expanded our SAM managed service to other large-risk based vendors. My only regret is we didn't start our engagement with Anglepoint sooner!"
“After engaging with the team at Anglepoint, our annual Microsoft true-up process was the easiest one yet. Each year, they help us by identifying the exact number of licenses we need to add, which frees up our internal resources. They also help us to avoid unnecessary spend by optimizing our environment with the licenses we already own.”
“With Anglepoint, we have been able to identify accurate utilization information through an easy process. Anglepoint was supportive of what we needed to accomplish while respecting my time.”
"Working with Anglepoint was a pleasure. I would recommend Anglepoint to any colleague at other organizations and will certainly look to engage them again going forward."