This morning, IBM officially kicked off Impact 2011
, with an opening general session
hosted by comedian Larry Miller, and appearances by IBM executives John Iwata, Nancy Pearson, David Farrell, Marie Wieck, among other guests.� The session focused both on IBM's history of innovation, and on how this history positions IBM to help business become more agile in today's marketplace.� If you missed the keynote, you can check out the replay on Impact TV
.� In addition, stay tuned to Impact TV throughout the day for live interviews, conference insights, and more.
For IBM Business Partners, the conference actually started yesterday, with the Impact 2011 Business Partner Summit
.� The Business Partner summit provided partners with a series of sessions and keynote presentations tailored to help them optimize growth and deliver results.� Business Partners also got a preview of Impact product announcements, such as IBM's new Business Process Management platform
, as well as insight into how they might expect these announcements to impact their businesses in the coming year.� A full list of announcements from the Business Partner Summit, as well as presentations from the Summit breakout sessions, is available on PartnerWorld
One of the biggest announcements of the Business Partner Summit was official recognition of the 2011 Impact Business Partner Award winners.� The awards recognize Business Partners who have demonstrated excellence in delivering business value solutions to our clients based on their integrations with WebSphere software.� The 2011 Impact Business Partner Award winners are as follows:
Impact 2011 Distributor Excellence Award
Winner: Tech Data GmbH and Co-Azlan
Finalist: Arrow ECS
Finalist: Nippon Information and Communication
Impact 2011 Best of Show Award
Winner: Zobrist Consulting Group
Impact 2011 Cloud Innovation Award
Winner: Haddon Hill Group
Finalist: Ascendant Technology
Impact 2011 Business Process Management Award
Winner: PRAGMA S.A.
Finalist: Tata Consultancy Services
Impact 2011 Smart SOA Award
Winner: Miracle Software Systems
Finalist: ASSIST Consultores
Impact 2011 Smarter Decision Management Award
Winner: Leveraging Technology
Finalist: Virtual Agility
Congratulations to all of the 2011 Impact Award winners and finalists!
And finally, for those of you who could not make it to Impact this year, you can get all of the details on these and other announcements with our WebSphere Business Partner Webcast
, live from the conference in Las Vegas.� The webcast will feature Nancy Pearson, Vice President of Marketing for WebSphere, BPM and SOA, and David Wilson, Worldwide WebSphere Business Partners, General Business and Enablement.� The two will share their impressions of the conference, speak with partners in attendance, and inform you of what's new and exciting from WebSphere and IBM's Business Partner Programs.� Here's the details:
Date: Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Time: 10:30 a.m. PST - 12:00 p.m. PST
Interested partners will need to register
in order to attend. � Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email with the call-in information and e-meeting details.
Looking forward to seeing you at the Business Partner Summit next year!� In addition, don't forget to attend the Impact Business Partner Reception, Tuesday from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. PDT in the Palazzo Ballroom on Level 5.
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