IBM develops tool to aid IT usage billing

IBM has developed software to help IT directors track the use of computing assets across different types of systems.

IBM has developed software to help IT directors track the use of computing assets across different types of systems.

Tivoli Usage and Accounting Manager is designed to provide companies and IT outsourcing providers with a simple method to bill internal departments or individual clients for the amount of computing resource they consume.

Based on technology from IBM’s January acquisition of CIMS Lab, the software provides a web-based interface that meters and bills technology use, allowing users to measure their virtual server, storage, network, software, middleware and e-mail “consumption” by company, department or individual, IBM said. 

This information can be used for billing IT services to business departments, or to provide IT directors with a breakdown of usage.

Michael Azoff, senior research analyst at Butler Group, said, “This is an area under-used by IT departments. It allows the business to assess what is being used and so rationalise their software expenditure.”

He said the tool could be useful in helping businesses avoid paying for unnecessary software.

Pricing for the IBM Usage and Accounting Manager for xSeries begins at $599 (£320) per server and $75,000 (£40,000) per mainframe in the US. UK pricing has yet to be fixed.

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