Lifecycle Management Strategies from NYC IT Consulting Firm Keep Businesses Running Smoothly

March 25th, 2015

When you’re considering something organic, it goes without saying that there is always a limited lifespan to be considered. Seasons turn, plants wither and bloom, and, most importantly, things constantly change.

While many aspects of business may seem more permanent, the reality is that similar circles and cycles are always turning. Even in your IT infrastructure, the fast-paced nature of technology means that nothing stays the same for long.

The duration of your hardware and software applications is known as a lifecycle, and it’s important to stay on top of things to ensure that you don’t create a gap in service or waste resources unintentionally. This is where our NYC IT consulting firm enters the picture.

Custom Roadmaps Lead to Ideal Results

IT asset management consulting NYCLicense management is crucial when it comes to maintaining the rights and access to he software you depend on. One aspect of the asset management strategies you’ll receive from our IT consulting team in NYC is assistance with negotiating and maintaining license agreements to fit your business’ needs.

Our team will also work with you to validate licenses and usage rights, as well as to track licenses as they progress through their lifecycle. In this way, we can help you to maintain an entitlement baseline.

Additionally, our experts can harvest and reallocate unused software. This enables you to make the most of your assets and avoid wasting resources.

You can also count on us to help you stay aware of potential risks or compliance issues, as well as potentially avoidable expenditures.

By maximizing on your software investments, Siwel can help your business to centralize your licensing and deployment process to minimize your risks and exposures.

Whether you’re in the process of licensing new software or you’re eager to ensure that you’re getting the most out of your existing resources, our team can help. To start the process by scheduling a consultation with our team, be sure to contact Siwel Consulting, Inc. online or to call us directly at (212) 691-9326 today.

IT Consulting Firm in NYC Offers Contract Advisory Services for Maximum Productivity

March 18th, 2015

Even when your business is laser focused on a single collective goal, diversity is a key element of your success. The members of your team are no doubt diverse, with individual ideas and skillsets that all play into your company’s unique set of strengths.

Similarly, your resources are diversified to address a highly varied set of needs, each of which plays a role in your productivity day to day. Your team members are one resource. Your physical servers and hardware are resources, too. Cloud storage is another essential resource for fast moving businesses.

While you already know that our IT consulting firm in NYC can help you take stock of all these resources to streamline your productivity, you may be forgetting about a frequently overlooked resource that nearly every business depends on: software.

Individualized Service Effectively Minimizes Risk for Businesses

NYC IT consulting firmNo matter what your business is setting out to accomplish, various software programs are sure to play a huge role in allowing you to tackle projects and deliver results. Unfortunately, negotiating with software publishers can prove to be a highly complex process, and failing to address or be aware of various points can put your business at risk.

Fortunately, our contract advisory services help NYC businesses to go into negotiations in a position of knowledge to take the upper hand and protect themselves against unnecessary risks. When you work with Siwel Consulting, Inc., you can count on us to:

  • Align contacts with your business’ needs and technological plans
  • Offer advice in regards to pertinent points of the contract’s terms and conditions
  • Optimize value, flexibility and benefits of the contract
  • Analyze potential risks and cost implications during contract revisions, and direct you toward alternative options
  • Work with you on strategies for negotiations
  • Participate alongside clients, or as agents for them, at the negotiating table

With Siwel on your side, you can count on having knowledge and power in your corner when you negotiate with software publishers. For more information, or to set up an initial consultation, be sure to contact us online or to call our team directly at (212) 691-9326 today.

IBM InterConnect Session Recap: IBM License Metric Tool and Sub-Capacity Licensing

March 16th, 2015

On February 22-26, Siwel Consulting attended IBM InterConnect 2015, IBM’s largest conference, in Las Vegas. There were 21,000 attendees from across the globe, and we were pleased to be a small part of it.

Dan Donovan, Siwel Senior Principal Consultant, and Mark Feinman, Siwel Application Architecture Manager, participated as subject matter experts in a session titled “Save Money and Adopt Best Practices with IBM License Metric Tool (ILMT) and IBM Sub-Capacity Licensing.” The interactive gathering was moderated by Antonio Gallotti, Product Manager for IBM License Metric Tool and IBM Endpoint Manager for Software Use Analysis. Steve Churchill, President and CEO of PreferredPartner, also joined us on the panel.

Full-capacity licensing is required for all active physical cores on a server, while sub-capacity licensing is required for a reduced number of cores that are running the IBM software as a result of a virtualization technology. For example, you can have a server with 12 physical and active cores on it. Full-capacity would require all 12 cores to be licensed. Using a virtualization technology such as VMWare, where only two cores are running the software, you would only have to license the 2 core (sub) vs. 12 cores (full).

During the hour-long discussion, the panel answered a range of questions from technical sizing to the always popular financial cost-savings. Dan piqued interest by providing real cost-avoidance based on data for three real customer sets, all using IBM’s ILMT: Small (two thousand servers); Medium (fifteen thousand servers); and Large (thirty thousand servers). We’re talking millions of dollars of savings—between the costs associated with full-capacity licensing vs. the cost of sub-capacity licensing. He emphasized the importance of applying real Passport Advantage pricing when calculating cost avoidance between full capacity and sub capacity licensing scenarios: while 5,000 PVU licenses doesn’t tell you anything, if one PVU costs $400, total cost avoidance equals $2,000,000!

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