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Review the current licensing scheme for Notes/Domino, Sametime and Connections

Since in the next six months or so everything will be handover to HCL, this is a good opportunity to review the existing licensing scheme for Notes/Domino, Sametime and Connections. In particular, the following points need to be considered :

  1. The use of CPU Monitoring Software (i.e : ILMT). Ideally each product should be able to monitor the resource allocated to each server without having to install additional monitoring software / server and this should be enabled by default.
  2. A flexible PVU & CAL Licensing (assuming HCL decided to continue using the PVU & CAL scheme) where you can adjust your server resource and the number of user you need on a monthly basis and be charged accordingly. See idea https://domino.ideas.aha.io/ideas/DOMINO-I-199
  3. If you are offering any "free entitlement", make sure that they did not cause any technical difficulties if customer decided to deploy the in "mixed-license" environment. For example Sametime Chat + Audio/Video or Connections Files/Profiles + Full License.
  4. If you can please simplify the variant for example Connections have multiple type of license depending on what additional component is installed.
  5. Make sure to be very clear on the side effect of each license type, For example : Domino Express means you cannot have > 1000 users, CEO means you have to buy license every employee that use a computer
  6. If you can, provide community edition of your software. If possible, provide an "official docker image" for softwares like Connections and Sametime that is very cumbersome to install.


Tinus Riyanto - Prisma Global Solusi

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    16 Mar 19:24

    There are over 1,000 part numbers today for just Notes & Domino.  I like #1 a lot.  Everyone uses virtualization now but ILMT is awful.  The complexity and difficulty of compliance today raises the TCO. Certainly simpler is better.