The Embedded Solution Agreement (ESA) allows you to embed IBM software, IBM as-a-service offerings and/or IBM developer tools, in your pre-existing solution and retail this innovative solution to your end users.

You may apply for a software license or purchase entitlements to the offerings to embed within your solution.

Download the enablement presentation to learn more about the IBM Embedded Solution Agreement.

What is an Embedded Solution Agreement?

A transaction vehicle that allows you to combine an IBM standalone offering and your value-added service, to create a commercially available solution with your branding, distinct from the IBM standalone offering.

Please Note: ESA replaces Application Specific Licensing (ASL) for new business.

What is the Value Add requirement?

The Value Add requirement includes your company’s owned or licensed intellectual property or services that add significant new functionality or capability to the IBM Standalone offering when you integrate such intellectual property or service with the Product to create an Embedded Solution with your branding.

Who should be interested in an Embedded Solution Agreement and why?


The Embedded Solution Agreement is applicable to Solution Providers and Integrators, including ISVs, SI’s, SW vendors, developers, and technology partners.