We are IBM Support
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.
Our philosophy is to help you succeed through partnership, innovation and honesty. We aspire to reflect these traits with every interaction:
- Advocacy - we're your partners; your success is our success.
- Quality - we employ industry-leading skills to provide you with efficient and innovative solutions.
- Trust - we're open and honest, acting with your best interest in mind.
Our goal is to make your experience with IBM Support simple, seamless, and effective, so you can focus less on issues and more on how our products and services will help your business.
We have infused our tools and processes with IBM Watson to deliver this cognitive support experience to you. See the changes Watson for Support has made.
Our strategy is to continually evolve the support you receive by infusing our tools and processes with cognitive features - fueled by knowledge and driven by insights. These cognitive abilities are going to:
- Simplify your experience with IBM Support
- Improve our interactions with you
- Deliver value to you from expanded insights
“Support is supposed to be the easiest process that clients have when engaging with any company.
I have a question, I want an answer. I have a problem, I want a solution.”
Bob McDonald, Vice President, IBM Support Transformation (watch video)
IBM Support is enterprise-ready and available around the clock and around the world to help you keep your cognitive businesses running smoothly.
The IBM Support offerings framework consists of the following elements:
- IBM Support Community
- IBM Enterprise Support
- IBM Preferred Care
- IBM Support for Developers
- IBM Support for Business Partners
Set up IBM Support
Getting setup to engage with IBM Support is as easy as 1-2-3.
Click the NEXT button to proceed through each step.
Your IBM Support journey begins with the creation of an IBM ID. Get yours today.
- Go to Create your IBM account .
The My IBM registration form displays.
- Complete the form, create a password, and click Continue.
- Review the information about email and communications. Check the boxes if appropriate.
- Click Submit.
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As part of the ongoing transformation in support to improve your experience, we are working to consolidate our entitlement system under one roof. Until this task is complete, you will need to register your products using different systems. Please select one of the following paths to register your IBM product:
|IBM Software (on-prem & SaaS)||IBM Hardware||IBM Cloud|
If you have purchased On-premises Software or Software as a Service, register your products here to access the IBM Support Community in order to submit online cases.
If you have purchased Hardware, register your products here to access the Support registrations system in order to submit online cases.
If you have purchased IBM Cloud Services, register your products here to access the IBM Cloud console in order to submit online cases.
Stay informed with automated alerts using the MyNotifications support subscription service.
We know it's hard to stay informed. That's why we have a system that will e-mail you when new fixes or alerts come out. You create a profile indicating what kinds of information you're interested in, so you only receive the information you're looking for.
My Notifications allows you to receive security advisories and alerts that maintenance fixes are available.
Note: For System z, information about Security / Integrity APARs and the ability to receive notifications can be found at System integrity .
If you can't find your IBM product in My Notifications, refer to your product documentation or ask your IBM Support team for the best way to stay informed of critical support updates.
Get products and fixes
Learn how to try, download, manage, and upgrade IBM products, services and fixes, and how to extend an expiring support contract.
Get and manage
products and fixes
Product upgrades ensure that you can take advantage of performance, security, usability and innovative technology built into the products you already own. We recommend you install product updates and fixes regularly to avoid encountering product defects that have been corrected.
Download your products and fixes or view and manage your entitlements from the locations in the table below.
Please note: you may require separate IDs for full product downloads vs. fixes.
Subscribe to MyNotifications to customize your alerts for available fixes and upgrades.
Upgrade products or
extend expiring Support
You can access your product and support entitlements until the End of Support (EOS) date is reached for your product or service. You should be aware of your End of Support date(s) so you can plan on:
Upgrading to the next version
Upgrading will provide you the most current features and functionality to help you on your cognitive journey. Most upgrades are already included in your subscription. Review the Get and manage product fixes section to find your product upgrades.
When you choose to upgrade or migrate, we can help. Review our IBM Services for more details.
Some products are eligible for Continuing Support which provides the ability to open cases with our support professionals after the End of Support date is reached, but not to receive new product fixes.
Refer to the IBM Lifecycle page for specific product eligibility. Click to review the Continuing Support policy .
If you can’t upgrade or won’t be able to upgrade before the End of Support date, we may offer Service Extensions to allow you to continue to engage with our support professionals and get product fixes after your End of Support date is reached.
Here is a summary of where you can find your End of Support dates, and associated Service Extension offerings:
|Product or service type||Get End of Support dates||Get Service Extensions|
|Cloud services||IBM Cloud Lifecycle||N/A|
System Storage software
Power Systems software
IBM Z software
|All Hardware||Contact Hardware Support in your country||Hardware Service Extensions|
Try IBM products
Discover our innovative new technology and see how they fit your business requirements. Our trials include free editions or trial plans. They allow custom or pre-configured options, with available hands-on tutorials. Check out the following programs for available product and service trials:
IBM software trials
Download a trial version or start with products on cloud. Gain free, hands-on experience.
IBM Z trial program
Try the latest IBM Z capabilities today at zero cost, and with no installation required.
Get help with
Our support platform helps ensure that you get the level of help you need, when you need it.
We know you want to find answers as quickly as possible. IBM Support strives to digitize the knowledge obtained through our engagements with you so that the information is available through our cognitive support solutions.
Chat with Watson
Get answers to frequently asked questions. This feature is currently available for select products and is coming to all products.
- Go to the IBM Support Community - Products page
- Enter the name of your product into the search bar and select your product
- Click on the Chat with Support button to begin
Search for answers
Search our knowledge base for technical and support articles, notes, community content and more.
- Go to the IBM Support Portal
- Enter your product into the search bar and select your Product support page
- Use the Search bar on the corresponding page to discover documents, tools and content relative to your product
Open a case
We are here for you when you need us.
IBM Support business hours reflect normal country business hours in your time zone. For example, 8:00am to 5:00pm in North America or 9:00am to 6:00pm in some parts of Asia and Europe, Monday through Friday, excluding national or statutory holidays. Off shift hours (for eligible offerings with 24x7 response) are defined as all other hours outside of normal country business hours. See the IBM Product Support Details page for product-specific business hour variances (if any).
You can open a case from the web , chat, or phone. Our support professionals provide assistance in local language for most major countries, however support for Severity 1 cases will be provided in English with the local language accommodated when possible - see the IBM Product Support Details page for product-specific language variances (if any). Review our Severity Descriptions to determine which severity to assign to your case.
Note: You can reopen a closed case within 30 days from the closure date. After that time, you will need a Support Agent to reopen your closed case within 90 days from the closure date. After 90 days, a case can no longer be reopened.
Open a case from the web
We want to ensure you open a case that will go to the right team the first time. To that end, the following steps will help guide you to the right place to open your case.
- Go to the IBM Support Portal
- Enter your product into the search bar and select your Product support page
- Use the corresponding tool on the destination Product page to open your request for assistance:
Open a case from a chat
Sometimes you have a quick question, would like a quick update, or you simply prefer chat as your communication option. Either way, we have you covered.
- Go to the IBM Support Community - Product page
- Enter your product into the search bar and select your product
- Click on the Chat with Support button to begin (if this button does not appear, then Chat is not available for your product)
- Once signed in, you can request the following:
- open a case
- check case status
- talk to an agent
Open a case from the phone
Our support teams are monitoring the phones ready to assist when you call.
- Visit the IBM Product Support Details page to see if your product is listed and use the phone number provide to contact support.
- If your product is not listed, go to the IBM Directory of worldwide contacts , click your country and use the phone number listed in the Technical Support section on the page.
IBM will use commercially reasonable efforts to respond to cases raised by your authorized contacts within the criteria specified for your offering. Our initial response may result in resolution of your request, or it will form the basis for determining what additional actions may be required to resolve your request. Be sure you and your support professional agree on what the next action is and when the next checkpoint will be. Cases opened outside Business Hours that do not qualify for 24x7 response will be responded to the next business day. Select a product area for the Response Goals for your offering.
IBM has additional IBM Enterprise Support and Preferred Care options to support your needs. Please review the items below for more details.
Escalate a case
If at any point in our service process you feel we are not meeting your needs, you may call our attention to your case by taking the following action(s):
- Be certain to explain the business impact of your problem to the support professional working your case.
- Ask the support professional to speak to his or her manager or contact a duty manager from the IBM Directory of worldwide contacts . An IBM Support manager will work with our technical staff to ensure your request is being handled appropriately.
- Raise the Severity Level of the case, if applicable.
- If further escalation is required, then nominate the case as a Complaint or Critical Situation ("CritSit") by asking a member of your IBM Client team or IBM Sales team to do so on your behalf.
Grow your skills
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If you are a business partner, explore our IBM PartnerWorld University to build specialized capabilities that will help you resolve business problems for your clients.
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Learn more about
The following sections outline additional reference material to complement your IBM Support experience.
IBM product reference documents
The following sections are provided as pointers to specific pages that can provide important information regarding your IBM offerings.
IBM product support details
The product support details page will provide you with product specific information regarding your support experience such as contact information, hours of operation, language support and more.
IBM Appliance support guide
This guide (formerly known as the IBM Appliance Support Handbook) is designed to provide you with the reference materials you may need should you require IBM service and support for IBM Appliances. Actual terms and conditions are found in the license materials and IBM agreements for your appliance.
IBM Cloud service guide
This guide (formerly known as the IBM Cloud Service Support Handbook) is designed to provide you with important information regarding the service and support for your IBM Cloud services.
IBM support policies
These official support policy documents serve to clarify how to engage with IBM Support to provide you with a smooth experience.
IBM support lifecycle policy
You are covered over the entire lifecycle of an IBM software product, from when the product is available for purchase to the time the product is no longer supported. Using the information on this page, you will be able to effectively plan your software investment, without any breaks in support.
IBM support for containers policy
Containers are the new fabric for cloud native applications, bringing simplicity in packaging and portability to developers. However, container images by themselves do not address key enterprise needs for production workloads. To run enterprise workloads in production, our clients need much more than base container images.
IBM support for open source and third party software policy
Open source and third party software or code is included or bundled with some of our IBM offerings. This code is included for your convenience, but is not considered part of the IBM program. These non-IBM programs are licensed directly by their providers. You agree to use the non-IBM programs under the provider's terms and conditions. These are provided in the IBM licensing agreement which accompanies the IBM offering at time of purchase.
IBM secure engineering policy
Secure Engineering is an important element of the overall IBM security strategy. It is reflected in our internal initiative that works to address the dynamic nature of security in our development process. IBM uses various methods to communicate security vulnerability information to customers. We use Security Bulletins when publicly disclosing security vulnerabilities discovered in IBM offerings and leverages alternative tools and processes, where appropriate (i.e., for System z, managed and cloud-based services), for more targeted and discrete communications with entitled customers.
IBM Support general information
The following sections provide additional details about IBM Support processes and procedures.
General guidelines and limitations
To ensure your expectations with IBM Support delivery is as clear as possible, the following page serves as an addendum to this guide.
Questions handled by support
IBM Support is always ready and willing to provide you with assistance when called upon; therefore, it is important to be clear which types of issues IBM Support is structured to provide you assistance with and which issues it is not.
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