Cost Analyzer Release 1.2 extends the benefit of MLC cost management to executives. Management dashboards provide a transparent and insightful view of MLC costs versus budget, and historical perspective which can be used to manage down the cost of MLC software.
A new Software contract reporting tool revolutionizes cost utilization reporting. This new tool in Cost Analyzer provides a comprehensive look at your cost data from the perspective of both your actual usage and your projected spending for the entire duration of the contract. Both historical and projected monthly MLC data can also be compared against budgeted allocations.
The Software Contract Summary Report is a dashboard that
- Current and projected contract cost summary
- Average MSUs used over time
- MLC costs by billing month, both historical and projected
- Cost variance from budget by billing month, for historical and projected months
Active linkages enable drilling down from the dashboard reports to see primary cost drivers, such as LPARs, MLC products and workloads. There is also an MLC cost management effectiveness metric for tracking how you are doing in optimizing your MLC spend.
More enhancement details are available in the release notes, and in a quick course video on the management reporting dashboard.