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Two Secrets to Success in Managing Mainframe MLC Costs

Tom Vogel
2 minute read
Tom Vogel

Mainframe Monthly License Charge (MLC) software costs are a fact of life in the mainframe world. Some bills can reach well over $1 million per month. It’s worth it because of the amazing reliability, security, and performance that DB2, IMS, CICS, and other MLC software provides to our critical global businesses. But each year, the pricing is increased by 4 to 7 percent, without much additional benefit or revenue-generating transactions. There are secrets to success, and companies are leveraging new models for managing MLC.

Using a structured, lifecycle approach to managing monthly charges is critical. If you begin by using a facility that identifies your key drivers of peak resource usage within the last month, you can better manage those drivers. For example, you might have an application that runs hot every other month on a particular day. This might or might not drive your monthly peak that results in the basis of your charges.

After you understand your drivers of MLC, you can take action to contain them. Using a lifecycle approach is best, because managing MLC is not a one-and-done activity. After you trim your MLC, it’s imperative that you track your success and be vigilant about finding more savings opportunities. In fact, someone on your team should really be assigned to this activity.

Managing MLC is not rocket science, but it can be complicated. Using the right tools and a structured approach, you can make significant progress and save your company some big money. BMC wants to share with you two key secrets to success in managing your MLC – Register for our upcoming July 19 webinar to learn these secrets.

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About the author

Tom Vogel

Tom Vogel

Tom Vogel has enjoyed 25 years in the software industry, in various technical, marketing, and business development roles.
At IBM Corporation, Tom managed product launches for various database products on all platforms. Previously, Tom managed the marketing and communications for a host of middleware software packages, such as OpenTV interactive TV software. At Automation Anywhere in San Jose, Tom was the Director of the ERP Business, managing Business Development and Marketing for the company's rapidly growing ERP process automation and testing automation solutions. Tom is experienced in building customer and partner relationships, and has an MBA from Santa Clara University. Today, Tom is the Lead Solutions Marketing Manager for innovative mainframe cost optimization and data management offerings at BMC Software.