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License Metric Tool (LMT)

Help businesses measure and monitor software usage

License Metric Tool (LMT) helps you manage license allocation services on supported systems. LMT recognizes and monitors the products that are in use on your system. With LMT, you can maintain an up-to-date inventory of your software assets, gather information about your hardware, and ensure the license compliance of your organization. You can also monitor your IBM products under full and sub-capacity licensing terms to understand their consumption and optimize your license costs. Indeed, LMT helps you maintain an inventory of the core-based software deployed for your Full Capacity or Virtualization (Sub-) Capacity environment and measures the licenses required by software Product. It is intended to help you manage your software licensing requirements, and help you maintain an audit-ready posture. 


License Compliance

LMT helps organizations ensure they are using their purchased licenses and comply with software vendors’ licensing agreements.

Cost Optimization

LMT helps organizations optimize their license usage, reducing the need to purchase additional licenses.

Risk Management

LMT helps organizations identify license compliance risks and take actions to mitigate them.

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Software discovery and identification

LMT scans your infrastructure to determine what software is installed on the monitored computers.

Signature discovery

LMT includes a catalog of your software products along with a set of rules called signatures. The signatures are matched against the results of the scan.


The reports contain detailed information about the computers in your infrastructure and the software items that are installed on the computers. 

License compliance

LMT calculates the maximum core capacity of the server that is available to the installed IBM software. The application also determines the number of PVUs or processor-core entitlements that are required. 

License usage monitoring

You can generate PVU and RVU MAPC audit reports that show the product and processor value units. The audit reports can be printed or viewed in the application.

Insight generation

LMT provides a clear picture of exactly how you’re using IBM software, and that can give you important insight into how to optimize your business.

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How Cresco Can Help

Installation and Configuration

Cresco helps organizations install and configure the LMT server, providing software trainings and technical support.

Capacity Optimization

Cresco helps with capacity optimization by analyzing your hardware and software

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While both LMT and BigFix Inventory are used for managing software assets, they serve different purposes. LMT is specifically designed for tracking and managing software licenses, while BigFix Inventory provides a more general software inventory solution.

If a client does not maintain LMT or HCL BigFix Inventory, they may not be eligible for Sub-Capacity licensing. This could lead to non-compliance with software licensing terms and policies, resulting in penalties during an audit.

Auditors are seeking compliance with software licensing terms and policies. They measure the consumption of licenses and Software and support (S&S) for deployed programs and check that this is within the licensed limits of the client.

LMT plays a crucial role in audits as it measures the consumption of specific software metrics. The use of LMT or HCL BigFix Inventory is one of the eligibility requirements for Sub-Capacity licensing.

LMT provides detailed reports on software usage, allowing organizations to determine accurately whether they are operating under full capacity or sub-capacity licensing. This ensures that organizations only pay for the capacity they are using, potentially leading to significant cost savings.

In an LMT deployment, BigFix provides the infrastructure scanning capabilities that LMT relies on to track software usage. This includes identifying the software products in use, the number of licenses consumed, and the systems on which the software is installed.

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