PPS is reflection of how IBM Business Partners work with IBM in a variety of ways, but also how they organize themselves. At the local level, individual employees are associated with a particular work location, and some IBM relationships depend on those employees, with their unique skills, to be at a given location. So we have individuals, some contracts, and other appropriate items tied to locations. At a higher level, a firm consists of one or more locations, one of which may be considered "headquarters" and which collectively represent the entire firm's relationship with IBM doing business in a country. Those cross-firm attributes and the list of locations are displayed in a country enterprise record. Because a firm's headquarters may be anywhere in the world, PPS will now enable relevant aspects of the relationship, such as membership level status, to be aggregated across country boundaries, reflected in a worldwide enterprise record.
The PartnerWorld Profiling System works in a hierarchy with the following logic: