IBM announces new AIOps solutions to automate software license compliance


IT business leaders have reported that IT asset management has become complex, costly and time-consuming for businesses as they continue to adopt a hybrid and multi-cloud strategy with software and applications that they run in public, private, and local environments. A Flexera study found that 34 percent of a typical IT spending budget goes to software and SaaS applications, but nearly half of respondents cited that they need to focus on how to better manage these products and improve product payback. underused or not used. Because of this, companies can face significant cost penalties if licenses are found to be non-compliant or whether they overuse or underuse resources.

The challenge is compounded by the skills hole many companies face. According to Gartner, responding IT executives cited talent availability as the top adoption risk for the majority of IT automation technologies (75%). Companies need IT skills to administer automation technologies.

To help organizations overcome these challenges, IBM and Flexera have developed integrations with Turbonomic ARM and Flexera One to help visualize their IT health from on-premise to SaaS to cloud. Companies can then automate the manual tasks of optimizing software licenses and resources. Turbonomic ARM is designed to continuously monitor and help improve application performance and governance by dynamically allocating resources across multi-cloud and hybrid environments to reduce costs. The combination of Turbonomic ARM with software license data, usage data and Flexera One information is designed to help companies mitigate the risk of software non-compliance penalties to minimize surprise bills. The integrated solution also helps identify areas of under-utilization so companies can find ways to balance overall costs and help ensure their resources are being optimized for performance.

“IT professionals have what is in theory a simple mandate, to preserve and improve IT operations. But in the face of labor shortages, geographic disruptions, security threats, spikes in demand, environmental pressures and much more, we know that assembly this mandate is anything but simple, in fact the complexity is increasing. greater,” said Dinesh Nirmal, General Manager of IBM Automation. “IBM’s collaboration with Flexera adds to our automation portfolio and complements our strategic acquisitions of Turbonomic and Instana, as well as years of AI research and development to supply organizations with a one-stop-shop for IT and IT automation capabilities. business designed to meet these complex challenges.”

“Through this collaboration, we have the possibility to offer customers a seamless experience using an AI-driven technology value optimization solution,” said Jim Ryan, President and CEO of Flexera. “Flexera and IBM are providing a dashboard with real-time insights and informed cost optimization. Now we can help our customers right-size their software portfolio, with applications deployed across multiple clouds, data centers and architectures.”

In addition to new integrations with Turbonomic ARM, IBM is also launching Flexera One with IBM Observability to offer organizations a comprehensive solution, backed by IBM support and service level agreements, to monitor and visualize their entire software estate. , applications and infrastructure in cloud and on-premises environments. Flexera One with IBM Observability will be available as a SaaS solution on March 18, 2022.

Additionally, IBM Software customers can now use Flexera One’s IT asset management component with IBM Observability or Flexera’s Flexera One as a certified option to cope their IBM software licenses alongside other vendors with a unmarried solution.

Flexera One with IBM Observability or Flexera One as a certified option to administer your IBM software licenses alongside other vendors with a unmarried solution.

Last year, IBM acquired Turbonomic to provide enterprises with full-stack application observability and management to ensure performance, minimize costs and optimize resources such as containers, virtual machines, servers, storage, networking and databases. Organizations such as Grupo Capita use Turbonomic to assure application performance.

“Turbonomic’s automation platform enables us as a business to become a more agile service provider,” said Jerry Aherne, Director of Infrastructure Operations at The Capita Group. “It has enabled us to make informed proactive divisions that ensure application performance comes first and foremost while ensuring costs are kept to a minimum.”

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