Three Wire Systems eliminated the risk of additional large
upgrade fees during the term of the new contract.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently awarded Three Wire a contract to provide disruptive software solutions from CA Technologies (CA). The contract includes the full complement of CA software solutions needed to keep CMS systems up and running, as well as five years of maintenance and education funds.

The Problem

CMS needed to renew its software licensing contract with CA Technologies. CA APM (Wily) is part of a portfolio of tools that provides a comprehensive, unified understanding of how applications and infrastructure deliver business services across physical, virtual, cloud and mainframe environment. CA Wily has proven to be an invaluable tool for troubleshooting applications such as PECOS PI, PECOS AI, MARX, and the many other applications that exist within the CMS infrastructure. CA Wily has allowed CMS to pinpoint response time peaks and enabled pinpointing of the source-cause of latency at the application level and internal to WebSphere. CA Wily has also enabled CMS to identify Oracle, Application MDB and MQ throughout points in relationship to the user’s response experience. This has been done at the Business Service level for multiple applications. CA Wily provides DBAs, developers and others with detailed and accurate information to assist in providing CMS quality services.

Performance

In response to CMS’ request for a new contract to extend maintenance for its existing CA product suite as well as the addition of additional software to assist CMS with their capacity planning requirements, Three Wire offered CMS the option to increase the overall value of the license by expanding CMS’ licensing rights for Wily and MSU mainframe licensing, as well as education funds. During the term of its expiring contract, CMS paid significant upgrade fees for expansion of their MSU licenses. By providing a 5% MSU expansion, Three Wire eliminated the risk of additional large upgrade fees during the term of the new contract. CMS can utilize these additional MSU rights anytime during the contract term without payment of additional license or maintenance fees. At the end of the contract term, CMS will retain perpetual rights to the additional MSUs for the respective products.

Additionally, Three Wire and CA expanded the licensing rights for CA APM (Wily) to address the remaining unlicensed IFLs and CPUs within the Baltimore Data Center environment. Approximately 30 IFLs are not currently covered with CMS’ existing licenses even after 20 licenses were transferred to support workload running at Companion Data Services. This eliminated CMS’ need to procure minimum quantities as workload increases because CMS can utilize the additional APM (Wily) rights during the term of the contract for no additional license or maintenance fees. At the end of the contract term, CMS will retain perpetual rights to these expanded licenses.

Finally, Three Wire provided funds for education services over the contract’s 5-year term. These education funds will be used to ensure the successful product training for these new products, thus providing CMS a complete end-to-end cost saving solution.