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IBM price adjustments for software effective January 1, 2021


As in previous years, IBM announces a price adjustment for its software portfolio at the beginning of the new year. This will also affect the Informix and Db2 products, new licenses and renewals. The price adjustment is for sales within the Federal Republic of Germany, usually an increase of about 3%.

Price Change(s): 2021 Global Price Harmonization
Announcement Number: 321-014
Announcement Date: Sep 8 2020
Effective Date: Jan 01 2021


Effective January 1, 2021, IBM® is making modest price changes which will improve worldwide price harmonization across the software product portfolio.
Passport Advantage® Express Suggested Retail Prices (SRP) and Passport Advantage Suggested Volume Prices (SVP), as applicable, for the following categories of products, are included in this announcement:

  • Passport Advantage Eligible Products from Cloud and Cognitive Software.
  • Media and documentation packs associated with the Passport Advantage Eligible Products.
  • Selected other non-Passport Advantage Products.

For most products, the following price harmonization changes will apply:

  • 3% increase Worldwide with the following exceptions;
  • 5% Australia, Brazil, Canada, Norway, Sweden, South Africa, and United Kingdom
  • 10% India

For a small number of products, price harmonization adjustments will deviate slightly from the assumptions above. In some cases there will be a higher price increase or a price reduction, but overall most of the price changes will not exceed plus or minus 5%.

For affected eligible products and their associated media and documentation packs, price harmonization changes include Software License and 12-months Software Subscription & Support (S&S), Software S&S Renewal, Software S&S Reinstatement, and Trade up License and 12-months Software S&S and term licensing models.

Price changes are applicable for Software S&S Renewals pertaining to coverage period beginning on or after January 1, 2021 regardless of when payment is received.

Announced pricing will be available on September 8, 2020 from IBM or from your IBM Business Partner.

You can find the original IBM Announcement by following this link:

Announcement Number: 321-0146 - Price Change(s): 2021 Global Price Harmonization


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