Category Show-N-Tell Thursday IBM - Lotus
IBM is a business enterprise
and sells software licences for a living (For charity you need to ask a certain gentleman from Redmond
). Sometimes there are disputes between IBM's customers and IBM how many licences are in use in a certain company. In the spirit of IBM's 3rd core value - Trust and personal responsibility in all relationships - IBM typically tries to sort this out in collaboration with the customer, but from time to time that escalates into a formal compliance check. It has been reported not to be a necessary pleasant experience since for legal reasons outside audit organisations are used who might not have been tuned into IBM's approach to relationships.
In Lotus land a potential sticky point is the question how many Notes Messaging CALs
and how many Notes Enterprise CALs
(formerly known as Notes Messaging Licence
and Notes Collaboration Licence
) are in use. The difference between the two licences in a nutshell: Messaging allows eMail, Discussion, Blog, Reference and Journal; Enterprise allows any database and the use of Domino Designer (Read the full details
An audit will not accept statements like "yeah, the licences are stated as Enterprise for all, but only X percent actually use databases
What you can/should do in preparation
: add all users you think are messaging only users to a group (or a set of nested groups) and add this group to the ACLs of all databases that are not based on the IBM templates above with -No Access- level. This way you rapidly can figure out if there is any user requiring access to those applications (usually accompanied with a scream about IT messing things up).
Also be clear: IBM doesn't require an online activation, disables software when you alter the hardware or a patch failes or sneaks in controlware to check on your licence status.
And of course the way to smart collaboration
is not to downsize your licenses, but to upsize your collaboration using some of the excellent free
and commercial applications
for Domino (Bonus track for customers in Thailand and Hong Kong: Check out Comware
: This is not any legal advise or something you can cite in an argument, this are just my thoughts