Cognos Licensing, Cognos Support, and Renewals Blogs
Below is the good, bad and the ugly of what we have learned so far and what we are still learning about Cognos support, Cognos licensing and renewals blogs. To search for a specific topic, use the search bar to the right.
Steps to Mitigate Your Risk of Failing an IBM Cognos License Audit
Do you currently own IBM Cognos BI, TM1, or SPSS licenses? As a Business Analytics Coach at Lodestar Solutions, I[...]
Cognos BI Information Distribution Licenses – Now Available as Named User
Lodestar wants to draw your attention to an exciting new option for IBM Cognos BI customers. In the past, the Cognos BI Information[...]
Cloud Basics: Little Hazy On Cloud Computing? We Clear The Confusion
Working with my business analytics clients as a coach, I am often asked questions like, “Should we be on the[...]
Reducing Cognos Licenses – Will I still be in compliance?
Reducing Cognos Licenses can be tricky and we understand that the needs of your business change overtime, whether it’s due[...]
IBM Cognos Support Renewal – What the Heck Do I Own?
It’s that time of year when many of you are receiving quotes from IBM for your IBM Cognos support renewal. [...]
7 Mistakes When Renewing Software Support Licenses
7 mistakes organizations make in renewing software support licenses: Every year, software vendors send you a bill for support. In[...]
IBM Cognos Licensing Audit – Steps For Compliance
Licensing audits for any software can become a very stressful time for administrators as they scramble to provide information and pray they are in compliance. Below are a few steps to help ensure that you are in compliance if IBM Cognos decides to audit you.
Save money on IBM Support Renewals
For many of you, it is support renewal time with IBM Cognos but do you even see the bill to review it? Does the invoice go to accounts payable and they just pay the bill? You may not realize a brief review of your bill could save you thousands of dollars. Here are some steps Lodestar Solutions can help you with:
How Much Does IBM Cognos Support Cost When I Purchase Cognos?
IBM doesn’t haven on official statement on the break out of support as a percentage of the purchase price. In fact, IBM typically will respond that the first year of support is included in the purchase price. This response does not help when the client is trying to apply the rules of accounting and needs to break out the cost. So let’s take a look at the costs.
Buying Benefits: VAR Versus OEM Vendors
Most Business Intelligence vendors have a number of distribution channels. They sell direct, thru Value Added Resellers (VARs), and thru Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). OEM is a misleading term for a company that has a special relationship with the Business Intelligence Vendor. OEMs are manufacturers of hardware or software who resell another company's product under their own name and branding.
Allocating Software Maintenance Costs From Purchase Price
Most of the major software vendors sell their licenses and include the first year of support and maintenance. As a client, your accounting department will probably ask you to separate out the cost of support and maintenance from the license cost. So, you ask your vendor to break it out and they may respond that there is no break out as it’s included. Let’s discuss why the accountants need it separated in the first place. Accountants are governed by the AICPA guidelines, SOP 98-1 that basically states that they need to allocate the costs of maintenance out of the purchase. They then need to expense the maintenance where the license is capitalized and therefore amortized over a number of years.
Changes to IBM Passport Advantage Program
I learned recently that IBM removed the hurdle faced by many clients to qualify for a Passport Advantage (PA) program over the Passport Advantage Express (PAE) licensing program. The hurdle was that to qualify for PA, you needed your initial purchase to equate to 500 points. If you are just using IBM Cognos this is a substantial purchase, so most clients only qualified for PAE sites. PAE is like having Silver Status on an airline while the version PA is like having Platinum Status.
What the Heck is an IBM Cognos PVU?
A PVU (Processor Value Unit) is a unit of measure used by IBM to determine the usage on the server. Technically, a PVU license is assigned to the Analytic Server, meaning there is a cost per core processor. Simple enough right? Not so fast. The PVU value assigned to each core depends on hardware. Not all core processors are treated alike. It’s kind of like being taxed a little higher for a luxury automobile, the better the performance the higher the tax. A server’s PVU count is defined by the brand, model and number of physical processors running in the server and the number of core chips per processor. In order to calculate the number of PVUs, it also is necessary to refer to IBM’s PVU-per-core ratings for current processor technologies, which are updated on IBM’s website here .
Ibm Passport Advantage Agreement Changes
IBM Cognos purchases are governed by the IBM Passport Advantage terms. IBM recently announced enhancements to the IBM International Passport Advantage Agreement which are designed principally to support the expanding offerings available under the program. Changes automatically become effective on July 18, 2011, unless you notify IBM in writing prior to that date, that you disagree with the change.
Why The IBM Cognos Support Renewal Rate Increase?
Did you get your IBM Cognos support renewal bill recently and fall off your chair? Well pick yourself up off the floor because I can help. You, my friend, are a victim of a not so efficient process … but not to worry. With a few easy steps and understanding the situation, it can be resolved. The issue arises primarily for older “Cognos” clients who purchased a large number of licenses initially and negotiated a heck of a deal. Cognos, prior to IBM, typically charged clients 20% of their purchase price for year 2 of support. So, if you negotiated steep discounts on the software purchase you would benefit from a lower support bill in future years. Depending on the contract, the support cost did increase over the years but typically around 5-10%.
How to Understand IBM Cognos Licensing
Did you recently inherit responsibility for IBM Cognos licensing? Are you a power user that isn’t sure what you own? Yes, when you first look at the licenses available from IBM Cognos, it gets a little overwhelming … but it’s like when you walk into a deli and they will customize a sandwich for you. IBM Cognos offers a number of different licenses to meet your needs.
Buying Cognos Licenses – IBM Reseller or IBM Direct?
As an IBM Cognos Premier Reseller, Lodestar Solutions takes the time to fully understand the ever changing licensing structure from IBM Cognos. We educate our clients on the licensing thru webinars, blogs and personal conversations. Below are some key benefits to working with a Reseller like Lodestar Solutions.
Should I continue IBM Cognos Support?
I am repeatedly asked by clients whether they should continue IBM Cognos Support. I am a big believer in maintaining IBM Cognos Support as there are a number of benefits. Many benefits clients don’t even know exist. There are three basic levels of IBM Cognos Support - Standard, Advantage, and Premier. Most clients have Standard Support, so I’ll focus on the benefits associated with standard support.
What You Should Know About IBM Cognos 10 Licensing
The base functionality of C10 is very similar to C8, so upgrades will be pretty painless; however Cognos added functionality that is SWEET. My favorite was the Business Insight functionality. Enhanced consumers and higher will be able to create their own workspace where they can analyze and interact with the information displayed through a dashboard unique to them.
Benefits to Upgrading Your IBM Cognos Planning Licenses
IBM recently announced a major licensing change in their IBM Cognos Planning licensing. Clients that are on 8.4.1 of IBM Cognos Planning and own Contributor, will receive an equivalent license for IBM Cognos TM1 Contributor. This is great news for clients looking to complement Planning with TM1. With this licensing change, they are requiring all IBM Cognos Planning clients to be on the latest Cognos Planning Enterprise Licensing Model to download 8.4.1. Clients who purchased Cognos Planning or Adaytum Planning prior to the IBM acquisition may be affected and be required to modify their IBM Cognos licensing. For all older Planning clients, there are a lot of benefits to upgrading your licenses.