Gartner Research

Use a Team-Based Approach to Analyze Additional IBM License and Service T&Cs

Published: 09 February 2016

ID: G00298401

Analyst(s): Jo Ann Rosenberger, Rob Schafer, Christopher Dixon

Summary

Gartner interactions with technology procurement leaders, specific to IBM licensing, reflect that they are often unfamiliar with LI, ToU and SD documents. Failure to address the additional T&Cs contained within these documents substantially increases your noncompliance risks and unbudgeted costs.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges

Introduction

Analysis

  • Collaborate With SAMs to Identify Terms in LI, ToU and SD Documents That Must Be Evaluated by Key Stakeholders for Compliance Management
    • Explanation of LI, ToU and SD Documents
    • Example of How Identifying Terms in LI Documents That Need to Be Reviewed With SAM Teams and Shared With Key Stakeholders Can Protect an Enterprise From Noncompliance
  • Collaborate with key stakeholders to ensure planned usage complies with requirements and restrictions specified in an LI, ToU or SD document
    • Enable Business Value and Increase Agility With LI, ToU and SD Documents
    • Example of How to Align ToU Document Charge Metrics With Business Needs
  • Include a Review of the Relevant IBM Transaction Documents and Service Terms in Your Change Management Process to Determine If Hardware, Software or Technology Refreshes Will Impact Compliance Requirements
    • LI Documents Contain Terms That Affect the Change Management Process
    • Hypothetical Example of How a Server Refresh Can Affect Software License Requirements

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