Upcoming IBM Bundle Library change - July 17 update

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  • July 17, 2019 update:
    • We've now concluded our review of 1-Level IBM bundle tests and the updated content will be released as follows:
      • FlexNet Manager Suite Cloud - July 29th, 2019
      • FlexNet Manager Suite on premises - August 22nd, 2019
        • Please note, if you're on FlexNet Manager Suite 2018 R2 or earlier release, you'll need to apply a patch before importing the new bundle library.  More information about the patch (and how to obtain it) is available in this announcement.
    • As a reminder, once you import the new bundle library and reconciliation process has run, you'll see new license recommendations for IBM Bundle products. The old recommendations based on multi-level bundles will be removed. You'll then be able to either accept or ignore the recommendations based on your current process.

 

  • June 25th, 2019 update:
    • I've been receiving many inquiries about the release date for this library change. Because of a delay in completing our testing, we've pushed it to July. 
  • Why?
    • We've undertaken extensive testing, including testing against the last two releases (2018 R2 and 2019 R1). Because we're still reviewing our results this week, we've decided to push the update in order to finalize our review. The good news is the results are meeting our expectations, so this change will happen in the next couple of weeks.

 

IBM Bundle Library content structure change

After extensive consultations with various stakeholders, including customers, partners and Flexera Professional Services, we're making a change to our IBM multi-product bundle library structure.

Background

IBM multi-product licenses are typically bundles of multiple applications. In many cases, these license bundles might be a component of another license bundle. As a result, a single license may represent many applications via sub-bundle relationships as illustrated below: 

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Management of this structure is challenging due to a potentially large number of components, which can often be installed across multiple devices.  FlexNet Manager Suite automatically identifies IBM bundle licenses by matching inventory against applications identified on a single device.

Some customers prefer to create their own IBM Bundle licenses, especially when applications of the bundle license are installed on multiple devices.  Based on our research and discussions, we've decided to update the IBM multi-product or bundle license library in order to improve usability of our content.

What is changing?

The IBM bundle library content will be revised and will result in a change in the number of applications that are part of a bundle license. In many cases, you'll see fewer application components in the IBM bundle license. Based on stakeholder feedback, this will make it easier to understand IBM bundle licenses and assist IBM license administrators to manage components included in IBM bundle licenses.

When will this change take place?

The changes to the bundle library will be effective with the first update of the FlexNet Manager Suite content in June 2019.

How will this change impact me?

All customers with IBM multi product licenses will see new license recommendations based on the new IBM bundle library content. 

  • If you've configured FlexNet manager Suite to automatically accept FlexNet Manager Suite’s IBM bundle identification, you can continue to accept IBM bundle identification
  • If your configuration currently ignores our bundle identification, and you chose to manually create their IBM Bundle licenses, you might now wish inspect the new proposed license changes from our revised content and reduce or even eliminate manual work of configuring IBM Bundles 

You can configure these settings in the Purchases tab of the System Settings page.

If you have any questions regarding this change, please contact Customer Support, your Customer Success Manager or contact us on Flexera Community.

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