IBM Passport Advantage Agreement (IPAA) Version 11: What You Need to Know

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IBM has just published the latest version of its Passport Advantage Agreement (IPAA) – version 11. This agreement comes into effect today for new customers and will take effect for existing customers on May 1, 2023. In this blog post, we’ll go over the key changes in IPAA version 11 to help you stay up-to-date.

License Verification

Clients are now required to create, retain, and provide IBM with a report of deployed programs and supporting documentation (collectively known as Deployment Data) upon request with 30 days’ advance notice. This report must be in the format requested by IBM and should be generated using records, system tools output, and other system information.

S&S Verification

If a client requests to renew expiring S&S for a lesser quantity of IBM Program uses and installations, they must provide system-generated documentation to IBM that verifies the current uses and installations of the IBM Program. If this documentation is not received by IBM at least 30 days prior to the S&S renewal date, the client must renew all expiring quantities.

Change in IPAA Notification

In the future, IBM will be notifying customers of any modifications to the IPAA by posting a notice on the IBM Terms web page ( instead of sending email notifications. To ensure you receive direct notification of any such modifications, you must subscribe to the IBM Terms web page.

Reporting for Products No Longer Eligible for Sub-capacity

For EPs that no longer meet Sub-Capacity Licensing requirements and for which the client would like to continue to license under Sub-Capacity Licensing terms, they must submit a migration plan to IBM for review and approval. During this migration, the client must maintain the version of ILMT that supported the EP and continue to generate ILMT reports. With IBM’s prior written consent, the client may manually manage and track such EPs in accordance with Full-Capacity Reporting.

Added Container Licensing

IBM requires the use of IBM License Services (ILS) to run quarterly reports and maintain those reports for 2 years. Manual reporting is no longer permitted.

Added Subscription Licenses

With the new version of the IPAA, customers now have the flexibility to determine the term length of their subscription license to better meet their business needs. However, they may not terminate before the end of the subscription term.

Added Government and Academic Volume Options

In addition to these changes, IPAA version 11 has added Government and Academic Volume Options.

In conclusion, IPAA version 11 brings several significant changes to the agreement. We hope this blog post has helped you understand the fundamental changes and how they may impact your business. You’ll find more info here if you have any questions or need further clarification.

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