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International Business Machines Corporation, abbreviated IBM and nicknamed "Big Blue" (for its official corporate color), is a multinational computer technology and consulting corporation headquartered in Armonk, New York, United States. The company is one of the few information technology companies with a continuous history dating back to the 19th century. IBM manufactures and sells computer hardware and software, and offers infrastructure services, hosting services, and consulting services in areas ranging from mainframe computers to nanotechnology.

IBM acquired the Lotus Development Corporation in 1995, the Tivoli Systems in 1996 and Rational in 2003.

IBM Volume Licensing Program

  Passport Advantage Express (PAX) Passport Advantage (Passport)
Type of program Transactional Contractual
Minimum purchase requirements No minimum 500 point initial purchase. Enter program at Level D.
Minimum reorder requirements No
Signed contract No
Forecasting required No
Length of Program Perpetual
Upgrade protection The first year of Software Maintenance is included with the licence
Technical Support 24 x 7 Technical Support is a part of Software Maintenance
Media Free ESD included with licence purchase. Physical media sold seperately.

Passport Advantage Express (PAX)

IBM Passport Advantage Express includes software from IBM’s DB2, Websphere, Lotus, Tivoli and Rational software brands.  Unlike Passport Advantage’s tiered pricing program, Passport Advantage Express is a transactional program consisting of one pricing tier.  Since this program is a transactional program, accumulation of points will not result in a level change at the customer’s IBM anniversary date.

Passport Advantage Express is best suited for the single-site, midsized organization that prefers to remain unencumbered by a further-reaching relationship.  Software Maintenance is included with all licenses purchased under Passport Advantage Express – providing the customer with full technical support and timely upgrades on their purchases. 

Passport Advantage (Passport)

IBM Passport Advantage includes software from IBM's DB2, WebSphere , Lotus, Tivoli and Rational software brands. Passport Advantage options are now available under a single perpetual agreement that doesn't expire or have to be periodically renewed. If you continue to make purchases under the program, you may qualify for price levels for each transaction (called "Transaction SVP Levels" or "TSVP") that are better than your established Relationship Suggested Volume Price (or "RSVP") Level-the larger the transactions, the better the TSVP. Automatic annual recalculation of your RSVP based on previous 12-month purchase history is possible.

Relationship SVP (RSVP) Level

For a new customer, the RSVP Level is determined by your initial purchase. The date of that initial purchase, rounded up to the first day of the following month in most cases, determines your Anniversary. The Anniversary is used to determine the Software Maintenance renewal date, as well as the annual date on which your RSVP will be reviewed. At each Anniversary, your purchases for the previous 12 months are automatically reviewed and the new RSVP Level is established according to how many Passport Advantage points were acquired during that period. These points are then referred to as the "carry over" points and are used to help determine if you are eligible for an improvement in your RSVP Level.

Passport Advantage Point Levels
D 500 - 999
E 1,000 - 2,499
F 2,500 - 4,999
G 5,000 - 9,999
H 10,000+