FAQs

Commonly Asked  Questions

Program Changes

Q. Why is the IBM Z Developer Discount program changing?

A. The new program provides transparency and consistency across participants while also encouraging the growth and advancement of the IBM Z ecosystem.

Q. Will further changes be made to the program?

A. The program will continuously be monitored for potential improvements based on feedback, market changes, etc. Program terms are effective for a 36-month period assuming the ISV continues to meet program requirements and tier criteria.

Q. When does the new program go into effect?

A. The program is effective for new IBM Z system requests or when existing participants upgrade their development systems. 

Assessments

Q. How do you move to a higher tier?

A. ISVs will need to meet all of the criteria for the higher tier during the annual review.  Please contact IBM to collaborate on a roadmap to the higher tier.

Q. How quickly can I move to a higher tier?

A. ISVs will have the opportunity annually to increase benefits if they are able to demonstrate meeting the next tier's criteria.

Hardware

Q. What other development platforms does IBM Z offer?

A: ISVs have several IBM Z development platform options including: 

Q. We have an z13s system in the program, when do we need to upgrade?

A. With the General Availability (GA) of the new z15 T02 systems in May 2020, the z13s becomes N-2. ISVs with z13s systems will have 12 months to upgrade. The tiered program will go into effect with the upgrade and IBM will connect with the ISV to initiate the assessment.

Q. What software discount contract term will I receive on my current N-1 system?

A. ISVs on N-1 systems will continue 12-month term contracts until they upgrade. At upgrade time the new program requirements are in effect. 

Q. We have multiple IBM Z systems in the program. How is the MSU determination made?

A. Installed capacity in MSUs for ISVs with multiple IBM Z systems, is the aggregated MSUs by installed capacity setting - the total of the MSUs for the systems. 

Software

Q. What software contract term dates are used for each of the systems if we have multiple systems?

A. The same term dates would be used for each of the systems. 

Capacity and Specialty Engine Loaners

Q. Is use of hardware loaners required - capacity and/or specialty engines..

when I purchase my system?

A. For the tiers that provide loaned capacity and or specialty engines, use of the capacity and specialty engine loaners are optional.

Q. If we decide to not to opt for loaned capacity at initial purchase, can...

we add later on if needed? 

A. Capacity loans can be added after initial system purchase. All capacity loans must be part of a capacity purchase provided at the ratio of your approved tier.  For example, you buy one unit of capacity and we loan one unit of capacity. 

Q. We have another IBM Z system in the program, can we add loaned capacity to that second system?

A. Capacity loans can be added to the ISV's other IBM Z systems in the program. All capacity loans must be part of a capacity purchase provided at the ratio of your approved tier.  For example, you buy one unit of capacity and we loan one unit of capacity. 

Q. Can we add loaned specialty engines after initial purchase?

A. For the tiers that provide loaned specialty engines, specialty engine loans can be added after initial system purchase. All Specialty engine loans must be part of a specialty engine purchase provided at the ratio of buy one, get one.  

Q. Do capacity loaners effect software billings?

A. Loaned capacity is part of installed capacity and does factor into any IBM Z software billings.

Q. Is loaned capacity factored into MSU installed capacity?

A. Yes. Loaned capacity is factored in for installed capacity.

Overview

Program Tiers, Criteria, and Benefits 

Participation Requirements

Information for joining the program.

Process

How the program works 

Program Criteria

Assessment definitions for Program Tiers   

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