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Individual or organisation that procures a system, software product, or software service from a supplier. [ ISO/IEC 9126-1, ISO/IEC 15939 ]

Other Definitions

Acquirer [ ISO/IEC/IEEE 24765, ISO/IEC 12207
Stakeholder that acquires or procures a product or service from a supplier.
Acquirer [ IEEE 1058, ISO/IEC 15288
The individual or organization that specifies requirements for and accepts delivery of a new or modified software product and its documentation.


  • The acquirer may be internal or external to the supplier organization. Acquisition of a software product may involve, but does not necessarily require, a legal contract or a financial transaction between the acquirer and supplier. [ ISO/IEC/IEEE 24765 ]
  • buyer, customer, owner, purchaser are synonyms for acquirer. [ ISO/IEC/IEEE 24765 ]

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