Fast-track your adoption of the latest IBM Z technologies

By and Luc Vervecken | 2 minute read | May 25, 2020

Extensive encryption for data in flight and at rest.

Managing data privacy across your hybrid cloud network.

Centralized key management for data sets.

Accessing security and privacy solutions like these is a top priority for many businesses today, and organizations rely on cutting-edge technologies to protect them and their customers.

If you’ve been eager to implement the latest security solutions for IBM Z®️ and LinuxONE, IBM has launched an incentive program to help your business learn from the experts about technologies like pervasive encryption and IBM Data Privacy Passports. IBM Z Forward Acceleration Initiative is all about helping you get the most from your IBM Z investment by quickly taking advantage of the latest infrastructure security technologies. With Z Forward, you earn rewards for purchasing eligible IBM z15™ and LinuxONE systems that can be redeemed for services delivered by experienced IBM Z consultants in IBM Systems Lab Services.

IBM Z Forward Acceleration Initiative

The what

The Z Forward Acceleration Initiative is a rewards program to accelerate IT infrastructure transformation for IBM Z clients.

Services you can receive with an eligible purchase include:

  • Pervasive Encryption Readiness Assessment – to help you prepare for and develop a roadmap to adopt pervasive encryption
  • Pervasive Encryption Jumpstart Implementation – to enable pervasive encryption capabilities in your business
  • Data Privacy Passports Planning – to co-create a plan for your adoption of Data Privacy Passports
  • Data Privacy Passports Jumpstart Implementation – to help you implement your first Data Privacy Passport
  • IBM Z Encryption Key Management Services – to explore your key management strategy and direction

The who

Z Forward Acceleration Initiative is for clients purchasing eligible new IBM Z and LinuxONE systems.

Rewards services are delivered by IBM Systems Lab Services, which means you get the opportunity to work closely with technical professionals who have proven expertise on the latest IBM Z technology innovations. Lab Services teams have helped many organizations — from major banks to auto manufacturers to government agencies — take advantage of enterprise security technologies from IBM Z.

The why

Z Forward helps you reap the benefits of IBM Z security technologies more quickly by providing services as a reward for your eligible purchase. You choose the services that are right for your business, and you get to work with technical consultants who know these technologies inside and out. Bottom line: Z Forward Acceleration Initiative can help you get the most of your infrastructure investment.

“With IBM z15 we introduced a tremendous range of new capability that has energized the market and excited our clients on the business value they can unlock with the Z platform. Now with Z Forward we can help our clients accelerate their business transformation on a number of key initiatives by partnering even more closely with IBM as they adopt z15.”

— Matt Whitbourne, Program Director & Offering Lead, IBM z15

The how

You can earn Z Forward rewards upon the purchase of eligible IBM Z systems* after February 15, 2020. The more systems you purchase, the more rewards you can earn, and each reward constitutes approximately one week of services. Rewards expire one year from purchase date, and most services can be delivered remotely.

Next steps

To find out more about how you can earn rewards through IBM Z Forward Acceleration Initiative, contact your IBM representative or IBM Business Partner. Reach out to IBM Systems Lab Services if you have questions or want to learn more about our Z and LinuxONE practice.

*IBM Z Forward Acceleration Initiative rewards are earned with the purchase of eligible IBM z15 or LinuxONE III systems, including 8561-T01 and 8561-LT1 systems.