The purpose of this class is simple!
To show you how to contain and possibly reduce your z/OS software costs! Because software is the largest cost of running z/OS, it’s the area where you can make the largest savings. But z/OS also runs your business, so you need to protect your service levels. This class shows you how to get the most value from the broad array of cost saving technologies that IBM and other vendors make available to you, without doing anything that will adversely affect the service you provide.
What will I learn from this three-day class?
Fully understand and choose among IBM’s many pricing mechanisms.
- IBM offers a bewildering array of software pricing options – AWLC, AEWLC, WLC, EWLC, MWLC, zNALC, zELC, PSLC, ULC, SALC, VU, OOCoD, zIPLA, SVC, TTO, TUP, MWP, zCAP, zWPC, CMLC, and the newest addition, Container Pricing. Do you and your contract administrator understand these options and how you can leverage them to minimize your bills?
- Are you familiar with all of the methods and products for capping your workloads to take maximum advantage of sub-capacity pricing?
- Do the technical staff that control your mainframe configuration fully understand the potential impacts of their actions on the monthly billing?
- Do your performance analysts tune the system to reduce software costs? And are your tuning efforts aimed at the intervals that drive your bills?
- Have you been keeping track of the almost yearly announcements of pricing changes and new options?
- Are you getting the best deal from your non-IBM software vendors? Many now support sub-capacity pricing, but only if you ask for it.
- Have you ever been audited by a software vendor? We can teach you how to avoid costly mistakes.
If you said ‘no’ to any of these questions, then you should attend this class and start saving money.
Where is the disconnect?
We constantly hear from customers that there is a disconnect between the system programmers that manage the systems, and the finance people that negotiate the software contracts with IBM and their other vendors. This might have been acceptable in the past, but recent IBM pricing options make it imperative that your technical and financial staff work together if you are to achieve the potential savings.
This class is specifically designed so that every participating organization could send two people: a system programmer/performance manager/capacity manager, and the contract administrator. The technician will learn about the alphabet soup of pricing mechanisms that the contract administrator has to wade through on a daily basis. The contract person will learn about what controls the technician has at their disposal to control the capacity consumption of the system. These go hand-in-hand and can’t be divided into different responsibilities.
What is the class objective?
We’ll layout all of the current IBM pricing options for z/OS software products and when to use them, how to choose the right one for each product, how system or configuration changes impact your ability to keep within your contract, how hardware changes affect the software contracts, and how the system technical staff can ensure that the software contracts are providing the best value for the money.
Here’s an idea of what we’ll cover.
- Description of all pricing options and types of contracts: AWLC, AEWLC, WLC, EWLC, MWLC, zNALC, zELC, PSLC, ULC, SALC, VU, OOCoD, zIPLA, SVC, TTO, TUP, MWP, zCAP, zWPC, CMLC, Container Pricing, and more
- Understanding IBM’s pricing tools and references: SCRT, PLEXCALC, VU Converter, zPCR, LSPR, zSoftCap, and zBNA
- zIIPs, zEDC, and other specialty engines and how they affect pricing
- The differences between MIPS, MSUs, service units, and CPU time and solid technical advice about how to get the maximum number of MIPS from your CPCs
- The relationship between the pricing contract and how the system is run
- CPU capacity and consumption variability
- Sub-capacity pricing, rolling 4-hour average (R4HA), and capping mechanisms
- In-depth focus on MWP – the newest pricing option for mobile workloads
- zCAP – another new pricing option to allow new workloads without increasing costs
- zWPC – and one more new pricing option for cloud-based workloads
- The game-changing impact of Country Multiplex Pricing on any company with more than one CPC or more than one site.
- Review of ISV products that help you achieve your performance commitments while intelligently managing the capacity available to each LPAR
- Changing your configuration to minimize software costs
- Real world hints and tips and gotchas to watch out for
- Java, COBOL, PL/I, and SAS considerations for optimizing the CPU efficiency of your heavy CPU consumers
- What to do AFTER the contract has been signed
- How to avoid costly penalties from software audits
How do I know if this class is right for me?
If you’re a z/OS System Programmer, performance analyst, capacity planner, or contract/chargeback/procurement administration, this class is for you. To get the best value from this class, students should have a general knowledge of your hardware configuration (number of CPCs, number of MSUs, type of CPCs, number of CPs and zIIPs), your major subsystems (CICS, IMS, DB2, etc.), and the current types of contracts with IBM. If you would like to bring bring RMF or CMF reports, and SCRT reports to the class, we will be happy to discuss your questions, either in the class or on a one-to-one basis. We will be glad to sign non-disclosure agreements for any confidential reports that you want us to review.
If your systems have been outsourced, or if you are the outsourcer, this course is for you too. Unless, of course, neither the provider nor the customer care about costs :).
Take action. Save money on your z/OS software bills!
Did you know, very few classes are taught by the people who actually develop them?
Cheryl, who has 50 years experience in mainframes, is best known for her Cheryl Watson’s Tuning Letter, and her award winning conference presentations. She has developed and taught classes in performance management, capacity planning, outsourcing, chargeback, workload manager, and parallel sysplex.
Frank Kyne, who has 35 years experience in mainframes, is best known for his work in IBM’s ITSO organization as well as writing and creating over 80 Redbooks. He was a very popular class developer and teacher for the ITSO workshops given around the world. IBM customers frequently requested Frank for resolving parallel sysplex problems. He is currently the editor of Cheryl Watson’s Tuning Letter, gives award winning conference presentations, and has a suitcase full of Irish jokes.
What’s the class schedule?
Depending on the specific client requirements, this is a 3- or 4-day class,and will run from 9 am to 5 pm each day. Please note that we recommend that you plan on staying until the last part of class on the final day because you’ll miss too much if you leave early.
What’s the cost of the class?
The cost of the class is depends on the duration and location. Customers can bring as many students as they wish and as will fit comfortably in the customer-provided classroom. Additional staff members may attend remotely via web-conference, however, due to the highly interactive nature of the class, we strongly recommend attending in person if at all possible.