IBM is without doubt one of the leading publishers of enterprise software in the US. However, IBM also has one of the most complex and arduous systems for licensing its software, creating a potential source of financial risk from a compliance perspective.

  • Are you confident that your IBM agreements include the most favorable terms and conditions?
  • Do you know your compliance position with IBM?
  • Do you know all of the current and alternative licensing options for the products you use?

If your response to any of these questions is “no,” then Siwel can help. Siwel provides Software License Position and Contract Advisory Services to help you avoid unnecessary costs and get the most out of your IBM software investment.

Software License Position (Internal Audit)

Siwel provides Software License Position (SLP) services that help organizations conduct self-audits to maximize their license utilization and understand their compliance position with IBM. 

Our team of IBM licensing experts will review your contract terms and conditions and help establish an entitlements baseline from IBM’s Passport Advantage (PPA), software reseller and/or internal procurement records. After that, we’ll analyze usage and establish your IBM compliance position. This will identify areas of risk and allow us to propose recommendations and identify opportunities to maximize your IBM software license utilization.

The information gained from a Siwel IBM SLP engagement can make the difference between a successful audit outcome and an unsuccessful and costly one. Furthermore, it will help you negotiate a much more favorable IBM contract renewal to maximize your investment in IBM software.

Contract Advisory Services

Siwel’s Contract Advisory Services (CAS) for IBM are customized for each client’s specific needs. With over 100 years of IBM contract experience in roles as clients, publishers and auditors, Siwel’s analysts can provide you with guidance, strategy and direction about the management of your IBM contracts.

Our IBM team will provide you with recommendations for managing existing IBM contracts and align your IBM contracts to with your entitlements to meet your business requirements. We’ll provide a strategy for consolidation or elimination of overlapping IBM agreements and offer specific advice on the pertinent terms and conditions in your contracts. We can provide negotiation strategy as well as guidance with regard to upcoming IBM license purchases. Finally we can act as your agent at the negotiating table with IBM.

The information gained from a Siwel Contract Advisory Services engagement will enable your organization to better manage your IBM contracts and to be in a position of knowledge and strength as you enter into negotiations with IBM.

At the conclusion of either IBM Services engagement, we provide a detailed written analysis customized for your organization.

If you wish to speak with someone directly about this service, send us an e-mail or call us at 212-691-9326, x280.

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