IBM United States
Software Announcement 201-200
July 10, 2001

IBM Simplifies Acquisition Model for Distributed Software

 ENUS201-200.PDF (11KB)


At a Glance

With IBM's announcement of an enhanced, simplified offering for software licenses, Software Subscriptions, and technical support, you now have a common approach and structure when ordering IBM distributed software if you acquire your software through:

  • The IBM International Passport Advantage Agreement
  • IBM Business Partners who remarket iSeries and pSeries
  • IBM directly

Overview

IBM is pleased to inform you of significant enhancements to the way you acquire software licenses, Software Subscription, and technical support for IBM distributed software. This enhanced, simplified offering represents IBM's focus on establishing a common model for distributed software by converging the existing models (for example, AS/400® and RS/6000® subscription programs, Tivoli® Maintenance and Support, Passport Advantage, and others) into a common approach and structure. It is IBM's intent to also expand this model to include selected S/390® cross-platform software. Availability of such S/390 software with this new model will be announced as it becomes generally available. These improvements will begin to take effect on September 1, 2001, and will be implemented worldwide for software acquired through the IBM International Passport Advantage Agreement, IBM Business Partners who remarket IBM e(logo)server iSeries and IBM e(logo)server pSeries, and IBM directly.

The benefits of the key changes to the software and technical support acquisition model are:

  • The ability to maximize the value of your IT investments by integrating all IBM distributed software acquisitions under one easy-to-use agreement.
  • A common structure for acquiring IBM distributed software products, including, but not limited to, DB2®, WebSphere™, Lotus®, and Tivoli products.
  • The availability of Software Maintenance (Software Subscription and Technical Support) as part of the initial license acquisition, providing you with a single planning cycle and predictable budgeting for all IBM distributed software products.
  • Enhanced technical support features that allow you to easily access IBM's world-class support structure.
  • The continued ability to access new IBM software versions and releases as they become generally available.
  • Automatic notification of Software Maintenance renewals.

In addition, the following changes to IBM technical support, currently acquired separate from Passport Advantage, will be effective starting September 1, 2001. These changes complement our enhanced software acquisition model.

  • Revised terms and conditions for IBM Operational Support Services — Support Line
  • Withdrawal of IBM distributed software from technical support offerings that do not include Software Maintenance
  • Withdrawal of Lotus Incident Support and Lotus Site Support
  • Redesign of Lotus Enterprise Support

The announcement of IBM's new distributed software model encompasses a series of announcements. Refer to the Description section for a list of all related announcements.

Planned Availability Date

September 1, 2001

Description

The announcement of IBM's new distributed software sales model encompasses a series of announcements that include:

  • Software Announcement 201-203 , dated July 10, 2001 (Tivoli Systems Participates in the IBM Passport Advantage Program to Simplify Product Acquisition)
  • Software Announcement 201-200 , dated July 10, 2001 (IBM Simplifies Acquisition Model for Distributed Software)
  • Software Announcement 201-202 , dated July 10, 2001 (IBM Simplifies and Enhances the IBM International Passport Advantage Agreement)
  • Withdrawal Announcement 901-174 , dated July 10, 2001 (Selected Program Features Withdrawn from Marketing)
  • Software Announcement 601-023 , dated July 10, 2001 (Revised Support Line Terms and Conditions Complement the New Acquisition Model for Distributed Software)
  • Software Announcement 201-201 , dated July 10, 2001 (Changes to Distributed Software Products Acquired Outside of Passport Advantage)
  • Withdrawal Announcement 901-173 , dated July 10, 2001 (Software Withdrawal: Passport Advantage II Part Numbers)

Trademarks

 
pSeries and iSeries, are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation.
 
WebSphere and the e-business logo are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
AS/400, RS/6000, S/390, DB2, and AIX are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
Tivoli is a registered trademark of International Business Machines Corporation or Tivoli Systems Inc. in the United States or other countries or both.
 
Lotus is a registered trademark of Lotus Development Corporation.
 
Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.