IBM software customers should be on their guard following changes to the fine print of the giant’s Passport Advantage program.
IBM reworded part of Passport Advantage late last year, The Reg has learned, putting more onus on the customer than ever before to keep clear and accurate records of their software use.
The changes mean that should you receive an IBM audit and cannot produce such records, you could be liable for a full two-years’ maintenance back payment — on top of paying for the software license.
Under the terms of the old Passport Advantage, a customer found to be out of compliance following an audit would be liable for software subscription and support “for the lesser of the duration of such excess use or two years”.
Now, however, Passport Advantage states: