The contractual elements described above are not intended to replace compliance with non-contractual “best practices”, including due diligence to the system integrator and the delivery team it intends to deploy for the project and a competitive procurement process. However, if you employ a vendor in the implementation of a system integration project, ensuring strong contractual protection and strong rights and remedies are critical elements in reducing risk and achieving successful outcomes for customers. 17.3 All assistance contracts for a partial year (benefit period less than 12 (12) months include an additional adjustment [***] and/or requests for a payment period other than the advance payment of twelve (12) months in advance include an additional adjustment [***]. If you purchase project services or consulting services directly from Cisco in accordance with an Advanced Services Specification (“SOW”) and you do not have an Advanced Services Framework Agreement or other SOW-based Services Framework Agreement with Cisco, these Performance Terms are subject to the terms set forth in SOW`s Effective SOW Agreement, which is included in and is part of the SOW by that reference. 1.3 Cisco Branded Services means services identified as technical and advanced services, provided by integrators under the Purchase and Resale Program and available under www.cisco.com/go/cspp . . .