IBM Z recognizes and rewards the engagement and collaboration of our partners. The program offers partners tiered designations with incremental and progressive benefits based on their investment in developing solutions using the IBM Z platform and advancing the ecosystem.

Levels of participation

The program provides 2 participation levels each with multiple tiers, based on installed capacity of the system(s). Partners are assessed for participation on tier criteria for new requests and system upgrades. 

Systems of 45 MSUs or less


Systems of more than 45 MSUs


Benefits will be determined at time of purchase and effective for 36-months assuming the ISV consistently meets the program requirements and tier criteria.  ISVs will have the opportunity annually to increase benefits if they are able to meet the next tier's criteria.


  • IBM Z System installed Capacity (MSUs) includes any loaned capacity
  • Installed capacity of the aggregated MSUs if more than one system - cumulative MSUs
  • zPDT systems not subject to program tiers
  • Review our Acquisition & Merger Policy

Participation Requirements

Information for joining the program


How the program works  


Program Criteria

Assessment definitions for Program Tiers 




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