Important Changes to IBM Passport Advantage Programme

Friday 5th June 2020

Please be aware that IBM have announced changes to their Passport Advantage programme coming into effect on the 1st July 2020.

This is one of the largest programme changes IBM has made over the past few years and may impact your organisation if you are looking to purchase New On-premise IBM software in the coming months.

IBM Passport Advantage Changes:

  • The removal of entitled discounts for approx. 7,700 on-premises and perpetual parts
  • Change to entry-level (BL) pricing for Passport Advantage price bands D, E, F, G, H, I & J on 1st July 2020

No Change for Cloud Offerings or Renewals:

  • SaaS, Subscription, OEM, Term and Cloud Pak offerings are not impacted
  • Existing Renewals are not impacted
  • Existing IBM ELA customers are not affected until the time of renewal. You will then continue to negotiate and purchase with IBM directly

What Next:

If you want to understand more about the changes and whether you will be impacted on the 1st July, please contact us to arrange a call with our IBM specialist to talk you through this in more detail.

We can help you evaluate and plan a transition of your IBM portfolio to the equivalent cloud / hybrid cloud models. Further information on our Gold Partner status and IBM skills can be found here.

To book a call with one of our IBM specialists contact us on 01372 418500 or email

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