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Feb 26, 2017 - 11:40 PM
Contractually, IBM has the right to stop offering Subscription and Support under a certain metric if they have withdrawn the item from market, so in theory a Customer will face two options, either to convert their existing licences to the new metric with IBM, or to run the particular application without support.
In the latter scenario, as long as your application stays at or below the right version (i.e. any version released before S&S stop) and no support call is logged, there should be no compliance issue assuming the licences acquired are perpetual (which will be the case for most IBM licences).
In reality, many Customers negotiate with IBM to allow extension to renew under their existing metric for a few years. However ultimately IBM will either lure (by offering significant discounts) or threaten (waiving the audit stick) the customer onto the new metric.
To give you an example, many IBM’s applications, such as the Cognos and Maximo family, tend to have far more generous terms and metrics before their acquisition by IBM (sometimes even ‘all-you-can-eat’ contracts). IBM will of course like to convert these customers unto their latest PPA metrics and terms post-acquisition.
However we have seen some of these customers managed to negotiate on original terms beyond 10 years after they are no longer offered to general public.
So bottom line is – yes IBM can do this contractually, the rest is down to your procurement’s negotiation power and tactics.