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Frequently Asked Questions: New Deal

General Q&A

Q: Why did IBM introduce the "New Deal"?

A: The "New Deal" was created to meet the ever-changing needs of academic institutions worldwide and provide total flexibility and empowerment in product selection, licensing, budgeting and contractual needs.

Q: Will the "New Deal" save me money?

A: The "New Deal" was designed to save money and cut costs. The campus licensing option eliminates the cost of purchasing incremental licenses during the year. It also eliminates the need to administer and track license use, reducing valuable time and cost from managing license compliance. The "New Deal" bundles include a built-in discount, so the more you buy, the more you save. Finally, contract riders ensure that you only purchase what you need and will result in significant savings for many institutions.

Q: What are the key components of the "New Deal"?

A: The "New Deal" consists of four key components: 1) campus licensing; 2) contract riders for student home use and hospital use; 3) product bundles for statistics, data and text mining and data collection; and, in the near future, 4) curriculum support and faculty/student recognition.

Q: Who can benefit from the "New Deal"?

A: The biggest beneficiaries will be IT administrators, professors, students and researchers. The "New Deal" is applicable for teaching, learning and non-commercial research purposes. A separate program is offered for back-office administration. Please contact your sales representative for more information.

Q: If I choose to participate in the "New Deal" will I have to sign a new agreement?

A: Yes. However, the basic terms and conditions have not changed. The new agreement simply incorporates the various aspects and provisions set forth as part of the "New Deal" Program.

Contract Riders

Q: What is the Student Home Use Rider?

A: The student home use rider allows the university to provide license copies for student home and off-campus use. The license itself will reflect the software products selected by the institution as part of the "New Deal" Program.

Q: Can the university recover licensing costs from the students and/or sell the license to the student?

A: Cost recovery for licenses provided to the students under the rider is permitted. However, licenses may not be marked-up or resold. If the university chooses to do so, it can purchase and resell the GradPack product.

Q: What if the university would prefer to have students take care of their own software requirements?

A: It is not a problem. Students can purchase one of seven GradPack options from their bookstore or from online resellers. The GradPacks parallel the campus bundles and include IBM® SPSS® Statistics Base, IBM® SPSS® Statistics Standard and IBM® SPSS® Statistics Premium, as well as IBM® SPSS® Modeler Premium and IBM® SPSS® Data Entry Premium.

Q: What is a Hospital Rider?

A: Universities that own (or partially own) a teaching hospital or medical center may elect to extend their "New Deal" license rights to the faculty and students of that entity. Use of the software is restricted to teaching purposes and non-commercial research.

Q: Can the university extend the rights to more than one hospital?

A: Yes. However, each distinct medical operating group (e.g. Hospital A, Hospital B, etc.) will need to have its own rider.

Q: Can affiliated hospitals be added under the rider?

A: Yes. They can be added under the rider, if the hospital has a material ownership interest in the affiliated medical institution.

Q: How does the Hospital Rider affect me if our current license already allows hospital use?

A: You can continue on your current licensing and pricing plan, enjoying the benefits as defined under that program. Should you choose to transition to the "New Deal" and wish to maintain the licensing provisions for the hospital, a rider would have to be added.

Q: What products will the hospital be authorized to use under the "New Deal" rider?

A: The hospital will enjoy the use of the same New deal products that are licensed by the university. Of course, the hospital can always choose to supplement this offering outside of the context of the "New Deal" parameters.

Q: What is a Virtual Computer Lab (VCL) Rider?

A: The VCL is a contract addendum and an extension of the IBM SPSS Campus Edition program. It allows universities to host their current licensed IBM SPSS products in a virtualized environment.

Q: Are there any technical restrictions regarding the virtualized environment?

A: Other than the requirements set forth in the standard software license terms and conditions, there are no additional restrictions regarding our software and the virtualized environment.

Q: Who is eligible to utilize IBM SPSS solutions via the VCL addendum?

A: Faculty and currently enrolled students are allowed to access the solutions for teaching, learning, and non-commercial use. The VCL may not be used to provide software access to alumni or front office administrators.

Q: Can the VCL be extended to university hospitals?

A: The VCL is available to university hospitals for education, training, and non-commercial research use when the Hospital Rider has also been signed.

Q: What is the difference between the Home Use Rider and the Virtual Computer Lab Rider?

A: The Home Use Rider allows students and faculty to have an instance of IBM SPSS software on their computer. The VCL Rider allows students and faculty to utilize IBM SPSS software leveraging the universities’ virtual environment. In most instances, universities that purchase the Virtual Computer Lab Rider do not need to purchase the Home Use Rider.

Q: What if I currently have the Home Use Rider and want to switch to the Virtual Computer Lab Rider?

A: When the license comes up for renewal, you will be able to lock in the appropriate option that meets your institutions’ needs.

Q: Can I purchase the Virtual Computer Lab Rider if I do not have Campus Edition licensing?

A: Your sales representative can advise you on the license structure that best meets your needs. The nature of the VCL rider allows organizations to dramatically amplify the number of users who are able to access the software application, and provide access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Campus Licensing

Q: If I purchase a Campus Edition License, am I required to purchase the specified product bundles or riders?

A: No. You may choose any combination of riders and products. We are here to meet your needs.

Q: Can I choose individual modules for the Campus Edition if I do not want the product bundles?

A: Yes You can mix and match products to create your own unique Campus Edition offering.

Q: Is there a server version of the Campus license?

A: Server versions are typically available for most products and can be purchased to complement a Campus Edition product mix. The server version is not required for campus use, but it does allow for greater processing capacity when working with large data sets or complex models.

Products and Services

Q: Can I mix and match between various product offerings, such as Campus Edition, authorized user licenses, concurrent licenses and shrink wrapped products (e.g. GradPacks)?

A: Absolutely. The strength of the "New Deal" is its ultimate flexibility to allow an institution to model its own specific needs.

Q: What is the term of a Campus license?

A: The Campus licenses are based on an annual term, aligning with how institutions typically budget and providing for year-over-year modification to the license components or riders.


Q: How does the "New Deal" affect my current consortia licensing plan?

A: It does not. The "New Deal" program is completely separate from your consortia plan. You determine how best your needs can be met. You can continue with the consortia, transition to the "New Deal," or combine the benefits of both. As consortia arrangements come up for review, aspects of the "New Deal" may be evaluated and incorporated as interest dictates.

Q: Can I purchase a set number of authorized or concurrent users, rather than take on an unlimited use agreement?

A: Yes. We have various options to choose from when selecting license types. These include authorized, concurrent, or a combination of those. Even better, you can determine which products are placed under which license types.

Q: Are there discounts for multi-year or multi-campus agreements?

A: Your account representative can help you realize the maximum economies of scale when looking at multi-campus or extended term agreements.

Q: Does the "New Deal" include subscription and support services?

A: Yes. Institutions participating in the "New Deal" will receive access to upgrades, the knowledge center and telephone support as required.

Q: How are "New Deal" products delivered?

A: Both physical and electronic (ESD) delivery of software products are supported (where applicable) as part of the "New Deal."

Q: Can a university continue with its existing contract?

A: Yes. Customers are able to continue along the guidelines already in place in terms of their product, program, licensing options, consortia benefits and support and services. The "New Deal," with its campus licensing, contract riders, and associated supporting content and material is completely optional.

Q: Can I still add "New Deal" type benefits to my existing contract?

A: Yes. Many of the "New Deal" parameters are available to augment and complement your current IBM SPSS license.