One of the most common questions we get at the Champion program is "What are you looking for that makes a person an IBM Champion?" This is a more complicated question than it seems. To begin with, most of the IBM Champions are actually nominated by the community - almost 60% of Champions have their name submitted by one of their peers from an online community or at work. The other nominations are either from people self-nominating, or through IBM recommendations. Generally IBMers support the nominations that have been submitted... [More]
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Having spoken at an IDUG conference for the 38th time this time around,
Phil is about as old to IDUG as he is to DB2 as a technology. In this
video, he recounts his experience of working with IDUG and talks about
what sets this group apart from the others.
Ultimately, IBM Champions advocate for the community of
technical professionals using IBM solutions, services,
or products. In that role, IBM Champions will
collectively represent the spectrum of IBM products
and technologies, including:
Welcome to The IBM Champion Program Blog Find an IBM Champion Nominate an IBM Champion Talk to Us! The IBM Champion program recognizes innovative thought leaders in the technical
community — and rewards these contributors by amplifying
their voice and increasing their sphere of influence. An IBM Champion is an
IT professional, business leader, developer, or educator who influences and mentors others
to help them make best use of IBM software, solutions, and services. IBM
Champions are not... [More]
As director of data management and information delivery and the chief data architect at BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Frank Brooks is in the middle of a world where data, technology and rules are constantly changing. Since joining BlueCross in 1986, when “no one knew what ‘data management’ meant,” Frank has been instrumental in creating and implementing numerous data management strategies.
Today, he heads a team of 125 professionals charged with database administration, data integration, business intelligence, information management (IM)... [More]
UPDATE 1/30/2012: The IBM Champion nomination period for Rational software occurred from January 4-27, 2011! Thank you for nominating such outstanding candidates. We look forward to announcing our 2012 champions this Spring. If you'd like to participate in the 2013 nominations, see our program description below and look for opportunities to share your expertise with your technical peers this year.. ORIGINAL POST: Do you know a fan of Rational software who is telling the world about it? Then they might have what it takes to be an IBM Champion.... [More]
What happens when IBM Champions talk about their career
paths? Since May, I've interviewed 13
different IBM Champions with my partner-in-crime, David Pittman. We ask
each Champion about their work, their background and what’s shaping their industry.
Inevitably, these conversations turn towards community . Several of our Champions hold leadership roles in their
respective user groups, and nearly all of them mentioned how valuable the
groups are throughout their careers. Champion for DB2 Julian
Stuhler explained, “We’ve got people who are... [More]
IOD has come and gone, but the amount of great things that happened there are well worth re-iterating. Personally speaking, it was my first IOD, as well as my first trip to Vegas. Lots of firsts going into the conference. I was told to wear comfortable shoes, be prepared to walk a lot, and to be ready for all the great things that were going to happen. An attendee put it best as we were both waiting for our shuttle to the Mandalay Bay. 'They [IBM] do a good job, but its big, and its crazy.' I was going to pull double duty at IOD. Part... [More]