In virtual environments, there is no new requirement to use IBM`s free License Metric tool. Some customers may not be aware of this requirement because they do not use the under capacity license or because IBM has not forced the use of ILMT. Today, it is the tool of choice that defines IBM in the agreement, and IBM says it means business. The agreement assumes that customers, with the exception of small organizations that are not covered by the IBM Directive, must install and use ILMT. Regardless of whether you should use ILMT to meet sub capacity requirements, you still want a tool that allows you to track and measure the active use of IBM products in all systems in your organization, just to stay ahead of the next compliance check. End-users typically acquire their IBM licenses and services in exchange for a so-called ”Passport Advantage” (PA) agreement, and this could be the case for you if you use IBM software. But do you have a clear understanding of what is at stake in this agreement? Do you understand its effects? Do you understand what you need to know to effectively manage your software licenses? In general, you`ll find the information you need to manage your IBM compliance position in different locations, so you know what other sources of information should be considered? The first change is that IBM has combined a separate agreement on the granting of an under-capacity license or the conditions for running IBM software in virtual environments with the Passport Advantage agreement. It is not a big deal, but it is. Audit Relief Part of the audit agreement in which IBM (the supplier) undertakes not to sue the customer for the reported compliance in the audit.
Customers should keep in mind that only the past of the notified facilities is unloaded, so that any additionalcompliance (future) and any undeclared use (past and future) can be verified at any time and followed by the supplier. Other requirements are that a client with under-capacity must complete these ILMT or TADd audit reports once every 3 months and sign them electronically, keep those reports for 2 years and ”provide IBM on demand.” When the under-capacity offer was first introduced by IBM in 2005, the agreement provided for the language that a customer was required to send these audit reports to IBM quarterly. However, in November 2007, IBM abolished this requirement and defined only the requirement to execute reports, sign them quarterly and make them available on request. Now that we have drawn up historically important terminology and requirements, we should now move on to the two major changes introduced by IBM in July 2011. End-user license agreement (EULA) An agreement between the software provider and the end user. This agreement explains the rights and restrictions related to the relationship of use of the software. EXIT MEETING Introducing the auditor to the IBM compliance team on the customer`s compliance position in the presence of the customer.