In addition to our monthly SCRTPro service, we offer the following specialized evaluations to meet the needs of many of our customers.
Country Multiplex Pricing
IBM’s Country Multiplex Pricing (CMP) option provides many technical advantages to companies that have multiple processors and/or multiple data centers. It also eliminates the dreaded, time-consuming, and counter-productive sysplex aggregation requirement. However, the CMP uplift can appear off-putting and very few people actually understand how it is calculated. But the CMP uplift is going to impact your z/OS bills forever, so it is vital that you do what you can to minimize it. This offering provides detailed documentation and illustrated examples of how the uplift is determined, and why it can vary so much from month-to-month. The offering also includes an analysis of a year’s worth of your usage data and provides a report showing what your CMP uplift would have been for each three-month period over that time. Using this information and knowledge, you can determine if CMP is right for you, how to prepare for it, and what is the best time of year to switch to it. For more information, click here or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
One of the consequences of the relentless focus on cost reduction is that some companies severely limit the capacity available to test and development systems, even to the extent of shutting down the systems completely during peak times. IBM introduced the Application Development and Test (DevTest) Solution specifically to address this situation. Like all software pricing options, there are situations that the DevTest Solution is perfect for, and other situations that it is not a good fit for. Similar to Country Multiplex Pricing, the cost is based on your current activity and costs, meaning that you can influence the cost of the solution by picking the right base period. Our DevTest Solution Evaluation offering provides information to help you determine the value of IBM’s DevTest offering to your company. The offering also includes an analysis of a year’s worth of your usage data and provides reports showing what your DevTest solution cost and size would have been for each three-month period over that time. Using this information and knowledge, you can make a facts-based decision about if and when to implement a DevTest Solution. For more information, click here or email us at email@example.com.
Tailored Fit Pricing
IBM’s latest, greatest, thing in mainframe software pricing is Tailored Fit Pricing (TFP). There are two TFP options – one based on full capacity (‘Enterprise Capacity Solution’), and one based on accumulated MSU consumption for the month (‘Enterprise Consumption Solution’). This Watson & Walker evaluation offering is based on the latter. The Enterprise Consumption Solution is a fundamentally different pricing model than any of the R4HA-based options we have been living with for the last 20 years. Because it is so different, it is vital that you fully understand the benefits and disadvantages that it entails prior to making any decisions regarding it. Our TFP Evaluation offering provides a comprehensive list of considerations that should be part of the decision process for any installation that is considering switching to TFP. We also help you determine what your costs for the last year would have been if you had implemented TFP a year ago, and what your costs would be looking out into the coming year if you were to stay as you are, or if you were to switch to the Enterprise Consumption Solution. For more information, click here or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MLC to IPLA or OTC Flips
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