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    Software Urbanism: A lever to negotiate with ISVs

    13 March 2017
    “Software urbanism” is a methodology designed to make sure that all software installed within your IT infrastructure brings the most added value possible. In a previous article, Jacky Hofbauer reviewed the direct impact of software urbanism on costs associated with the localization of the software on your mainframe infrastructure. But costs are also greatly influenced by the type of contracts you signed and your software portfolio. According to Giga Information Group (now Forrester), software costs are seven times greater than hardware costs. Thus, software has become the central target for cost-reduction strategies. Gartner confirms this in a recent study on Software Asset Management (SAM): A SAM project requires a specific process: Map the software Analyze the functional coverage List equivalent software that could replace existing software Create a calendar of software contract termination dates Detect potential overlaps Estimate migration efforts Solutions dedicated to SAM, such as IBM’s Tivoli and CA’s Unified Infrastructure Management, are available today from different vendors. These tools enable you to conduct a quick software-portfolio study by collecting the necessary information: What software is currently installed on my infrastructure? Which software is being used effectively? What are the licensing/contract costs for each product? With this information, you can identify four scenarios: 1 2 3 4 Scenario Software is: Installed Used effectively Under contract Software is: Installed Used effectively Not under contract Software is: Installed Not used Under contract Software is: Not installed Not used Under contract Action required Keep up negotiations for discount Solve compliance issues Remove the software and cancel contract Cancel maintenance With this clear overview of your situation in hand, five different strategies are possible: Retire – Remove the unused software from your infrastructure Reduce – Prepare to retire little-used software by restricting access for new users Re-host – Isolate expensive and capacity-consuming software on a dedicated LPAR (logical partition) Renegotiate – Adapt the licensing model to your actual usage Replace/rationalize – Remove duplicates or migrate to more affordable products For the negotiation and replacement/rationalization strategies, you can decide between two different approaches: The holistic approach A (generic) holistic approach consists of choosing a single software vendor to cover all your needs so as to obtain more discounts and pricing stability. This approach has both pros and cons: Pros: Increased power of negotiation Larger volume leading to more discounts Long-term contracts result in more discounts Greater protection against potential price increases Suitable for quick consolidation in case of merger or acquisition Cons: Choices are limited to three major independent software vendors (ISVs): IBM, BMC Software and CA Technologies Cost-effective, but less technically adapted to needs This approach is contract-driven. This means you are making a long-term engagement with the ISV, which can be risky in a perpetually changing computing world. My best advice is to define the end point as soon as possible and to anticipate and plan the renegotiation before the end of the contract. In case of a migration, the impact on your activity will be high and you need to be prepared for it. The case-by-case

    Software Urbanism to control costs

    24 January 2017
    Information Technology (IT) is rather young in human history. If you compare this sector with industry, IT is just at the beginning of its development. To illustrate this infancy, let’s consider the evolution of IT jobs. With the multiplication of tasks and jobs left to IT, teams grew in number but also in complexity. New fields of expertise emerged to cover these growing needs. Nowadays, a Fortune 500 company has hundreds of software products running on its infrastructure. More and more data are collected, processed, stored, combined, analyzed, distributed… The amount has grown by a factor of 10 in only 6 years. For decades, companies’ infrastructures grew with the urgency of fulfilling business needs, but due to the infancy of IT, some organizational rules remained absent. The consequences are variable: Duplication of software covering the same needs Loss of knowledge on software dependencies Software that is no longer used but still maintained within the infrastructure Software with overdue/expired contracts remains installed Risks for future evolutions are hard to estimate which increases the probability of project failures This situation is easily understandable: First, a system programmer does not have the time nor the responsibility to follow the lifecycle and the contracts of the software in use. Second, for a small organization, the lack of visibility on infrastructure has a smaller impact on the business. As the organization continues to grow and the amount of software increases, technological dependencies arise as contracts with ISVs are cancelled or changed. The problem only becomes relevant over time as the organization grows larger, as employees with infrastructure knowledge and skills retire or leave the company. Third, IT was originally considered as a support department, but that changed. When computers arrived, no one questioned their usefulness and significant computing investments were made. The benefits in terms of competitiveness and productivity, especially for administrative tasks, were obvious. But as time passed, IT became an opportunity to create value and, as a result, investments had to be justified and profitability became a new priority. To control costs and evolution of information systems, companies adopted a strategic “software urbanism”. Its purpose is to build an organized structure for information systems that will lead to higher performance, flexibility and profitability. This approach consists of creating an inventory of current solutions and analyzing how they are addressing specific business needs, their connections with external software, and their potential. With this information, rationalization becomes possible and IT resources are enhanced. Let’s now consider software urbanism as it is applied to mainframe management. As reducing IT costs is still a major priority for many IT departments, the mainframe is often put under the spotlight as it represents 30 percent of the software costs of a company. Viewed as an easy way to quickly reduce IT costs, the mainframe still remains critical for a business. In this situation, software urbanism is a great way to optimize costs without threatening the platform as it is simply a tool to improve how you organize allocation of

    New version software: AutoSoftCapping 4.0

    16 January 2017
    Cost Control: New version software to get the most out of country multiplex pricing IBM Clients Can Maximize Cost Reduction Potential of CMP with AutoSoftCapping V4.0     PARIS, FRANCE, January 16, 2017– To support its clients in getting the most out of Country Multiplex Pricing (CMP), zCost Management announces today the release of CMP-ready version 4.0 of its mainframe software AutoSoftCapping. This solution is designed to help IBM clients control their Monthly License Charges and improve quality of service with a resource sharing system. Country Multiplex Pricing (CMP) is a sub-capacity pricing mechanism for z/OS and z/TPF that allows clients to use their z Systems capacity within a given country. As such, a Multiplex is the collection of all eligible IBM z Systems machines or sysplexes or both within a single country measured as one machine for purposes of software sub-capacity reporting. In essence, IBM has created a country-wide z Systems platform and removed many of the previous reporting methodologies limitations. “More and more IBM clients are planning their migration to Country Multiplex Pricing to lower their mainframe costs. Some of our clients are expecting a reduction of 15 to 25% of their MLC. With AutoSoftCapping version 4.0 offering a new operating mode for CMP, they can obtain an extra 5% to 10% reduction.”, said Jacky Hofbauer, CSO and President of zCost Management. “With the new “Flying MSU” feature, resources are exchanged across all of the machines which means that MSUs are always at the right place, at the right moment and for the right price.” Mainframe departments are facing a delicate dilemma. IT budgets are shrinking but business needs require growing resources. Respecting SLAs with less and less budget is a challenging task for mainframe experts. “Our mission at zCost Management is to help customers to optimize their z/IT resources while reducing, controlling and analyzing their z/IT budgets. Version 4.0 of our ASC solution is a strategic response to customers’ inevitable requirements based on new IBM announcements.” said Jacky Hofbauer.   About AutoSoftCapping® AutoSoftCapping, or ASC, automatically and dynamically adjusts clients’ defined capacity levels while ensuring quality of service, resulting in a lower Monthly License Charge bill. Furthermore, AutoSoftCapping offers user-friendly and in-depth web reporting to track activity and quickly identify opportunities for improvement. The combination of task automation and detailed activity monitoring frees precious time for mainframe experts to focus on other, high value-added, activities. About the company zCost Management SAS is a French software manufacturer specializing in cost control on mainframes for the past 10 years. Headquarters are in La Turballe, Bretagne, and their software solutions are distributed worldwide through various offices and a large distribution network. zCost Management team is dedicated to the support and development of the mainframe ecosystem and works tirelessly to support customers with the efficient running of their Mainframe activity. Their close relationship with IBM enables them to test their products in a complex environment on new hardware releases, such as a z13 with 80 LPARs # # # If you

    WELCOME TO MUNICH: JUNE 13-17

    24 May 2016
    IBM STG Technical Universities 5-day Event in Munich  Germany –   2016, June 13-17   Learn more… Don’t miss  our conferences:                 On Wednesday at 10:00 am in room ROM Mobile pricing & influencing your billing peak Abstract: “Safeguard the right MSUs are in the right place, at the right time and for the right cost together with MWP (Mobile) by IBM and AutoSoftCapping (ASC) by zCost Management.” On Thursday at 8:00 am in room ROM “MLC reductions using zCost/ASC – a large bank’s user experiences” Abstract: Discover how an ASC user achieved a MLC cost control project then how they get benefits from all IBM Pricing Evolutions as MWP and now CMP thanks to the ISV reactivity (zCost Management) here the Full Agenda

    About Us

    Created in 2006, zCost Management is an ISV specialized in cost control and capacity planning on System z.

    The company is founded by engineers and project managers with strong experience in the behavior and the constraints of complex systems.

    The goal is to develop software products and to manage projects that allow companies to optimize their z/IT resources while reducing, controlling and following their z/IT budgets.

    We are also adressing Capacity & Perfomance Management from the beginning of 2015 by offering the Dino Explorer Suite from 4Bears in the European market.

    The Management Team

    Jacky HOFBAUER President & CSO

    Bruno KOCH
    CEO

    Laura WESTERWELLER
    DACH Sales Manager

    Nicolas FRANCOIS
    Sales Manager

    Frederic NJOH EBOA
    Channel Manager

    Melissa Leroy

    Mélissa LEROY
    Head of Marketing

    Christophe CHEVEREAU
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    Alain DELAROCHE
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    We address these 3 topics

    • Capacity Planning
    • Cost Control
    • Capacity and Performance Management

    with our following solutions

    • CCPTool
    • AutoSofCapping
    • Dino Explorer Suite
    • Expertise and Services

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    Our business-oriented products, AutoSoftCapping© and CCP-Tool©, address the new challenges IT and purchase managers nowadays face. We also provide technical expertise to help customers build their IT strategy and achieve their cost control goals.

    Expertise

    Involved in more than 100 capacity planning and cost control projects, we have got an acknowledged expertise in these topics thanks to mature and reliable products.

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    Our software suite provides you with solutions to reduce and control your IBM Monthly License Charge costs, optimize your Mainframe resources, and comply with your Service Level Agreements as well as your budget commitments.