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Validation Program for z/OS
Benefits of the Validation Program for z/OS (no-charge)
The Validation Program for z/OS provides an ISV with 60-days of remote access at no charge to a z/OS system hosted at the IBM Innovation Center in Dallas, Texas. This is a world-wide program offering. If your country can not participate via the online sign up process, then an IBM staff member will be in touch with you upon receipt of your application to process it via alternative means.
The Validation Program provides a generally available standard z/OS remote development configuration which includes products like DB2, Websphere Application Server (WAS), CICS and Websphere MQ. Additional software, or differing levels of software (either Operating System or middleware) that is different from the specific listed software is out of the scope of this program, and the ISV is directed to the Remote Development Program offerings.
The Validation Program for z/OS is intended for an experienced ISV to validate their product against new versions and releases of IBM software. As such, the Program only includes limited technical assistance through email. Additional assistance may only be available for a consulting fee. For further information concerning consulting, please contact the z/OS Support team at the IBM Innovation Center, Dallas by sending email to ETPAdmin@us.ibm.com.
Note: There are a limited number of engagements available for this offering. Each application will be processed on a first come, first served basis and remote access systems will be provided based on the resources available in the hosting environment at the time of the request.
ISV must be a member of PartnerWorld and entitled to System z benefits.
ISV must be developing either a new application or upgrading an existing application to a newer version or release of z/OS and/or IBM middleware like CICS, DB2, WAS, IMS (see standard configuration linked below).
ISV must have prior experience with z/OS and middleware running on z/OS. The Validation Program for z/OS only includes limited technical assistance through email.
Priority will be given on a first come/first served basis.
ISV must register the new or updated application in the Global Solutions Directory or update the GSD with the latest information about the product.
ISV is eligible to utilize the no-charge Validation Program for z/OS one time per calendar year per PartnerWorld worldwide enterprise ID.