IBM has attempted similar strategies in the past with its License Management Option. Both this former program and the current IASP never reached broad customer adoption as both were only available to IBM’s largest customers with enterprise-level agreements. Then, in 2019 the IASP was re-positioned via marketing claims by IASP partners as “a friendlier, non-punitive approach to compliance”.
Beginning in late 2020 a further announcement was made by Anglepoint claiming additional benefits related to the IASP by allowing additional tools for sub capacity reporting like Aspera, ServiceNow, and Snow, in addition to Flexera without the need for ILMT. Flexera has long been a possible alternative to ILMT via signing a special addendum, and it is expected that use of these additional tools will require a similar special agreement. Interestingly, none of these “secret” agreements are available in the public domain. Further, IBM labels such agreements as “highly confidential”. One must ask, just what is it that IBM is hiding from public view?
The impact of these updates in the program – made only to increase customer interest – are yet to be seen. So far, the IASP continues struggling for its very existence. Thus, constant noise attempting to promote the program appears to be having a negative effect.