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Confirm Contract Governance and Follow Four Other Essential Compliance Checkpoints When Managing IBM Software

Published: 14 March 2014

ID: G00259908

Analyst(s): Frank DeSalvo, Jo Ann Rosenberger


An effective IBM software negotiation checklist must capture governing agreements, T&Cs, usage policies and license counting rules. We detail the importance of IBM License Information, contract governance hierarchy, and backup and temporary use policies for robust contract management and compliance.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Checkpoint 1
    • Request IBM Governing Agreement Versions and Compare Them With Your Records to Confirm Compliance
  • Checkpoint 2
    • Request the License Information Document That Governs All New and Renewal Products
  • Checkpoint 3
    • Request All Transaction Documents Applicable to Your Program

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  • Checkpoint 4
    • Review IBM Policies and Collaborate With Stakeholders to Ensure Planned Usage Is Allowed
  • Checkpoint 5
    • Execute Changes and Special Terms in Contract Addendums and Amendments

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