IBM Support Offerings

Empowering you, our clients, to be successful is at the heart of everything we do at IBM Support.

Our Commitment to You

IBM Support is committed to help you become successful with your IBM products and services – across cloud, on-premises, and hybrid cloud platforms. Our team of experts helps ensure your success by consistently providing positive outcomes to your support experience and needs.

Cognitive
  • We employ predictive, Watson-infused learning features into our support tools to maximize efficiency and continually improve.
Collaborative
  • We connect across boundaries and streamline communication to provide you with a seamless support experience.
Proactive
  • We enable problem avoidance by arming you with the information you need, when you need it.
Mission-Critical
  • We provide enterprise support solutions at the speed your business requires.

IBM Enterprise Support and Preferred Care

Whether you are running a solution with IBM Cloud services, on-premises software, systems, appliances, hybrid environments, or non-IBM products, IBM Support is enterprise-ready and flexible - available around the clock and around the world - to help you keep your cognitive businesses running smoothly. Our support options are categorized into IBM Enterprise and Preferred Care:

IBM Support Community

IBM Support Community

IBM Support Community is the cognitive foundation where our support offerings are built on. It is available for use by all clients.

IBM Support Community features

IBM Watson is at the heart of our IBM Support Community. Watson is:

  1. Embedded into our innovative search and chat tools to give you faster and more effective results to find the answers you need.
  2. Infused into our case management tools to ensure issues get opened with the right information, and routed to the right skills to resolve your complex issues.
  3. Evolving every day

Note: You may require IBM Enterprise Support and Preferred Care agreements to access certain content and features.

IBM Enterprise Support

IBM Enterprise Support

IBM Enterprise Support offerings provide the foundation for production workloads. They focus on four key areas to help make you successful:

  1. Preventive support: unlock the business value of our products through comprehensive fixes and innovative product updates
  2. Production support: solve your business problems by accessing the right skills quickly and efficiently, and collaborating with our deeply skilled support professionals 24x7
  3. Cognitive support: optimize your support experience with the next-generation AI abilities of IBM Watson
  4. Omni-channel support: simplify your experience by choosing your desired support medium
    1. IBM Support Portal with integrated web, chat and forum options, or
    2. Phone – particularly for critical incidents

IBM Preferred Care

IBM Preferred Care

IBM Preferred Care expands on your Enterprise Support experience, by introducing premium offerings focused on delivering:

  1. Personalized care: build a specialized, trusted network with our designated advisors who establish personal relationships with you and your team to focus on your needs
  2. Mission-critical care: minimize your downtime and reduce the disruption of your business with expedited access to our support professionals, and proactive engagement from assigned experts
  3. Business care: gain time to concentrate on your business goals with continual proactive and adaptive planning

Comparing IBM Enterprise Support and Preferred Care

Let's help you make the right choice

IBM Support Community IBM Enterprise Support IBM Preferred Care
Web and Self-Help Support

Access to the IBM Support Community

Yes Yes Yes
Cognitive Support

Next-generation support experience with IBM Watson

Yes Yes Yes
Knowledge Base

Technical and support articles

Yes* Yes* Yes
Community of Experts

Community engagements in discussion forums

Yes Yes Yes
Preventive Support

Fixes and product updates

- Yes Yes
Production Support

24/7 collaboration with support professionals

- Yes Yes
Phone Support

Access to phone support

- Yes Yes
Mission-critical Care

Expedited access to support professionals and engagement from experts

- - Yes
Personalized Care

Designated advisors

- - Yes
Business Care

Continual proactive and adaptive planning

- - Yes
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Discover the support options that are available to you

Select a product area to find out which support offerings are available to you, and who to contact if you would like to learn more or to make a purchase:

Support for Developers

Support for Developers

The IBM Developer site provides code samples and content for developers.

You can join the IBM Developer community to:

  • Grow your skills and reputation
  • Get help from peer developers
  • Explore guided learning paths

If you need dedicated assistance from IBM developers and experts to help you code your applications or build solutions, check out our On Demand Consulting offerings for options.

If you are an IBM Business Partner looking to develop IBM solutions (or would like to become one), visit IBM Partnerworld . Learn more in the Support for Partners section below.

Additional resources:

Support for Business Partners

Support for Business Partners

We pay about $2,500 annually for the Value Package, and we were able to close a $500,000 deal because of it — that's a pretty amazing ROI from just one deal.

Tom Hughes, Alliance Manager, Ciber (view case study)

 

Support for your solutions

Create solutions and reach new clients by joining our ecosystem of partners, experts and digital marketplaces at IBM Partnerworld – developed for any business that wants to partner with IBM. Our Business Partners come from companies small and large; from those that sell IBM to those that use it; from traditional resellers to new, born-on-the-cloud companies; from solutions architects to deployment experts. We make the partnership about you — first and always.

Support for your customers

For enterprise-class, post-sales technical support for your customers, see IBM Support as a Service . We will manage your remote technical support, field services and parts logistics so you can focus on product development and growth. Support as a Service uses IBM’s Watson artificial intelligence, which makes smart recommendations by understanding and analyzing large volumes of complex technical information, enabling extraction of fast and accurate insights to make quality, cost and client experience improvements.


With the IBM Value Package and the IBM Software Access Option, you have access to exclusive resources to help you reach new customers and meet new goals.

IBM Value Package

All IBM Business Partners are eligible to purchase support via the IBM Value Package , which includes:

  • Unlimited pre-sales guidance from experts at IBM.
  • Remote technical support during commercial solution development.
  • Developer support for applications with select IBM Cloud, Systems or Software.
  • Reimbursements for training and achieving credentials through You Pass, We Pay.
  • Exclusive access to select SaaS services.
  • IBM Software Access Catalog with over 16,000 downloadable solutions.

Software Access Option

If you simply want access to solutions without the support, then the Software Access Option is for you.

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