IBM United States
Software Announcement 201-200
July 10, 2001
IBM Simplifies Acquisition Model for Distributed Software
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 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 iSeries and IBM 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
A common structure for acquiring IBM distributed software products,
including, but not limited to, DB2®, WebSphere, Lotus®, and Tivoli
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
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
section for a list of all related announcements.
Planned Availability Date
September 1, 2001
The announcement of IBM's new distributed software sales model
encompasses a series of announcements that include:
, dated July 10, 2001 (Tivoli Systems Participates in the IBM
Passport Advantage Program to Simplify Product Acquisition)
, dated July 10, 2001 (IBM Simplifies Acquisition
Model for Distributed Software)
, dated July 10, 2001 (IBM Simplifies and Enhances the IBM
International Passport Advantage Agreement)
, dated July 10, 2001 (Selected Program Features Withdrawn from
, dated July 10, 2001 (Revised Support Line Terms and
Conditions Complement the New Acquisition Model for Distributed Software)
, dated July 10, 2001 (Changes to Distributed Software Products
Acquired Outside of Passport Advantage)
, dated July 10, 2001 (Software Withdrawal: Passport Advantage
II Part Numbers)
pSeries and iSeries, are trademarks of International Business Machines
WebSphere and the e-business logo are trademarks of International
Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or
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.
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