Each year, organizations spend billions of dollars on software. And many may not be getting the value they should from the investment. By not keeping careful track of software purchases, installation, and usage patterns, enterprises may find themselves overspending on application licenses that they don’t even use. This calls for a supporting strategy for continuous software optimization and audit.

Now the enterprises should be able to reconcile the software license usage against the actual use and inventory status, identify areas of investigation as quickly as possible, and ease the consumption of asset data management.

One of the major challenges – a lot of mainframe assets hold a dependency on IBM Db2 on z/OS and a database administrator to manage software assets which adds to the total cost of running the solution.

HCL Z Asset Optimizer is a market-leading mainframe software asset management solution for discovering and monitoring software assets on IBM System Z (Mainframe) platform. It recognizes more than 15,000 software products, discovers inventory of software assets, and monitors their usages across your z/OS environments.

And we’ve recently introduced significant enhancements to HCL Z Asset Optimizer v2.1. The highlights of the new release include –

  • Simplify Software License Reconciliation: ZAO simplifies the process of comparing software inventory & their usage information against software license information. New reports help you to identify cost optimization opportunities and software audit exposures more quickly – eliminating the tedious manual reconciliation steps. ZAO V2.1 license verification feature is specifically designed for the mainframe users, and it is an all-inclusive feature of the product.
  • Unlock Software Asset Information: ZAO captures software asset inventory and usage information along with the license information. The wealth of software asset information can now be accessed using REST APIs of ZAO V2.1. Using the APIs, you can incorporate the software asset information reliably and efficiently into your business processes and applications based on your requirements.
  • Practical Innovation to Simplify Everyday Tasks: ZAO V2.1 is available as a Docker Container image for Linux on Z. ZAO V2.1 NO longer require IBM Db2 on z/OS and DBA to manage the software asset information. You can take advantage of IBM Integrated Facility for Linux (IFL) engines to lower TCO to run the solution.

Not an HCL Mainframe customer yet? Get ready to integrate HCL ZAO (Mainframe) Solution into your business strategy.

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