IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced new solutions with IT management software company, Flexera, and IBM Turbonomic Application Resource Management (ARM) to help organizations use automation to streamline IT asset management. The new solutions are aimed at helping businesses lower costs and automate the increasingly complex tasks of software license compliance and optimization.
IT business leaders have reported that IT asset management has become a complex, expensive and time-intensive task for enterprises as they continue to adopt a hybrid, multi-cloud strategy with software and applications running across public, private and on-premises environments. A Flexera Study found that 34 percent of a typical IT spend budget is on software and SaaS applications, yet nearly half of respondents cited they need to focus on how to better manage these products and improve the reclamation of underused or unused products. Because of this, enterprises can face significant cost penalties if licenses are found to be non-compliant or if they are over- or under- utilizing resources.
The challenge is exacerbated by the gap in skills that many enterprises are facing. According to Gartner®, IT executives responding cited talent availability as the main adoption risk factor for the majority of IT automation technologies (75%). Businesses need IT expertise to manage 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 estate from on-premises to SaaS to cloud. Businesses can then automate the manual tasks of software license and resource optimization. Turbonomic ARM is designed to continuously monitor and help improve application performance and governance by dynamically resourcing applications across hybrid and multi-cloud environments to reduce costs. The combination of Turbonomic ARM combined with software license data, utilization data and insights from Flexera One, is designed to help businesses mitigate the risk of penalties from software non-compliance to minimize surprise billings. The integrated solution also helps identify areas of underutilization so that enterprises can find ways to balance overall costs and help ensure their resources are being optimized for performance.