CANYON CONSULTING INC. Vendor Management and Software Licensing Audit Professionals
CANYON CONSULTING INC. Vendor Management and Software Licensing Audit Professionals

Health Check

Staying in Compliance with Canyon Consulting’s Health Check Program

 

Whether you have already been audited, or you are currently using Canyon for Audit Defense or Pre-Auditing services, your company will benefit from ongoing services designed to help you stay in compliance. The Health Check service line will support increased operational efficiencies, lower licensing and labor costs, provide more effective asset management,  and allow for risk reduction related to software management and vendor relations.

Canyon’s Health Check Program is a suite of managed services which include the following:

 

1. IBM License Metric Tool (ILMT) Services for PVU based products

 

  • Canyon will ensure the proper installation, operation and management of the ILMT in your environment.IBM contractually requires that the ILMT monitor all servers that run your PVU based products on an ongoing basis.

 

  • We will manage the process around ILMT reporting to support compliance with the terms and conditions for sub-capacity pricing, including the generation of detailed quarterly reports and management of the required reporting history.

 

2. Consulting Services to Optimize the Renewal Process , Mitigate Costs and Support Business Objectives

 

  • A key objective of implementing Canyon’s Health Check Program is to achieve a lower cost renewal that still addresses your needs.During the annual IBM PPA Renewal process, there are usually several ways to reduce the cost of IBM support, and these reductions can often be substantial. Savings can also be realized between renewals.

 

  • Health Check includes full reviews of software deployments and licensing twice a year, once in conjunction with the annual renewal process and a second full review at the 6 month mark.  Some parameters are also checked quarterly as part of the requirement for quarterly audit reports. 

 

  • Canyon will determine whether all products licensed are actually in use and if licensed products are providing the intended business value.We will also identify areas in which software gaps have been generated through changes in product usage since the last review.

 

  • Canyon will make recommendations to reduce exposure and costs based on unused licenses or licensing gaps; We will determine optimal licensing metrics, identify lower cost substitutions and help negotiate renewal contracts based your Health Check data and our knowledge of currently available products, experience regarding appropriate time periods for renewal, understanding of changes in terms and conditions for vendor licensing agreements, and awareness of market trends and new product development.

 

3. Software Asset Management – Use Health Check to Manage Change and Maintain Compliance

 

  • Staying in compliance requires a structure and set of procedures to track and evaluate changes in products and usage.Changes in data center activities, staffing, hardware deployment, development projects and corporate structure can lead to non-compliance with vendor licensing terms and conditions.

 

  • As part of the Health Check Program, Canyon will help you implement best practices and the most efficient tools for tracking changes in software usage that could lead to unbudgeted costs in an audit or renewal process.

 

  • Once a set of procedures has been customized for your use, Canyon will help ensure that you are effectively tracking all changes that could impact compliance.

 

 

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