Accelerate your innovation on the IBM Cloud for Financial Services with the Reimagined PartnerWorld Program

By | 2 minute read | July 22, 2020

Banking and financial services is one of the most dynamic industries in today’s market for growing and scaling with the Public Cloud. Digital transformation creates new revenue streams for new-school financial technology companies and other companies building financial technology for banks on Public Cloud. In fact, more than two-thirds of banks surveyed by IDC in 2019 had already deployed one or two applications on Public Cloud, with spending on Public Cloud services expected to continue to grow in 2020.*

With the recent announcement of updates to the IBM Cloud for Financial Services, IBM is a key player in the Public Cloud shift happening in the banking and financial services industry.

Become a Build Partner for banking and financial services

IBM Business Partners can take advantage of this growth area by joining the Build Track in the Reimagined IBM PartnerWorld Program. The Build Track is designed to offer key benefits aligned to partners that are building innovative applications on the IBM Cloud for Financial Services. From becoming an IBM PartnerWorld member to taking your solutions to market, the Build Track provides step-by-step guidance for Build partners through the PartnerWorld Program. New and existing partners can join the Build Track at no cost after joining PartnerWorld.Business Partners can get started by downloading the Build Track Guide—an easy, quick-start guide that explains how to take advantage of Build partner benefits, which include:

  • Multiple, tailored IBM Partner Package offerings that include Cloud credits for developing on the IBM public cloud, technical support, solution consultations with IBM experts and education and certification benefits
  • Role-based learning paths to increase your technical and professional skills in IBM Cloud
  • Access to the Global Solutions Directory where it’s discoverable by clients
  • The Build Banking and Financial Services Competency

Introducing the IBM Banking and Financial Services competency

IBM recently announced the creation of the new Build Banking and Financial Services Competency. This Competency recognizes IBM PartnerWorld members who demonstrate technical proficiency and client success building solutions for banking and financial services on the IBM public cloud. To achieve this Competency, Business Partners can follow a downloadable step-by-step checklist with details on technical validation and other requirements. Business Partners who achieve this Competency are eligible to receive several go-to-market benefits, including a Competency mark and certificate showcasing their achievement.For a limited time, Business Partners can “fast-track” the completion of any new Build or Service Competencies and receive associated go-to-market benefits by technically validating their solution or service. Learn more about the fast-track announcement. Several IBM Business Partners are currently undergoing technical validation to achieve the Banking and Financial Build Competency.

Once Business Partners have achieved their Build Banking and Financial Services Competency, they can also consider onboarding to the IBM Cloud for Financial Services. What’s more, once partner solutions are validated for the IBM Cloud for Financial Services, they have completed the technical validation requirements for the Banking and Financial Services Competency to showcase their achievement.

Business Partners building innovative products in banking and financial services should also consider expanding their business opportunity by joining the IBM PartnerWorld Service Track. The Service Track provides similar benefits and competencies for partners providing value-add services for banks on the IBM Cloud.

Learn more:

→ IBM Partner Build Track
→ Build Banking and Financial Services Competency


*IDC, Adoption of Public Cloud in Global Banking: Findings from IDC’s Industry CloudPath Survey, 2019, Doc # US45341619,
 July 2019