Introducing the 2017 IBM Champions for ICS!
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It is my absolute pleasure to announce our 2017 IBM Champions for Collaboration Solutions!
There are 123 champions in total for 2017. This is our largest year-to-year growth! To learn about how we used IBM Connections to cut down the selection committee time from 6 weeks to 3, including a major US holiday, and broadened the scope of participants on the committee, read
Of the 123, there are 44 new champions, and 79 returning champions, including two Lifetime IBM Champions.
I will also announce in the near future a new Lifetime IBM Champion for ICS. Who do you think it will be?
* = New IBM Champions for 2017
The pie chart below shows the distribution of IBM Champion around the world. We're so excited to have such a diverse set of advocates!
These individuals are non-IBMers who evangelize IBM solutions, share their knowledge and help grow the community of professionals who are focused on social business and IBM's Social Solutions. IBM Champions spend a considerable amount of their own time, energy and resources on community efforts — organizing and leading user group events, answering questions in forums, contributing wiki articles and applications, publishing podcasts, sharing instructional videos and more!
As a reward, IBM Champions receive IBM Champion branded merchandise as well as invitations and discounts to IBM conferences. They are highlighted online and recognized at live events. IBM Champions are also granted access to key IBM business executives and technical leaders to share their opinions, learn about strategic plans and ask questions. In addition, they may be offered various speaking opportunities that enable them to raise their visibility and broaden their sphere of influence.
We're looking forward to working with this fantastic group of community leaders!