Welcome to the IBM Champion Program blog. We have over 400 IBM Champions in the program, and we are going to use this blog to broadcast news about the program as well as highlight deserving Champions who are doing wonderful things around the world. There are two ways to find Champions. The first is the 'Find a Champion' tab, that shows you all our IBM Champions across areas of expertise. Today, that link goes to a list of all our Champions and their profile links. Starting tomorrow, you will see a 'Find a Champion' page, that will allow... [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]
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]
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]
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]
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
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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:
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.
This is a listing of the 2012 WebSphere Champions, and how to find them in prominent social networks.
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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]
In a recent episode of the “Talking Big Data” podcast, IBM Champion Jean-Marc Blaise questions IBM big data expert Leon Katnelson on when you need a big data solution and what is the most cost-effective way to introduce technology that will allow you to analyze and pull insights from vast amounts of data.
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How much do you really understand your organization's operations, asks James Taylor of Decision Management Solutions, in the whitepaper Driving Operational Excellence with Business Analytics .
Operations for most organizations involve complex processes straddling not just the company, but suppliers and partners too. If this isn't complex enough, you can add to that mix the growing market volatility from factors such as shifting consumer demands and global competition. Companies that will win out are those who are most agile and can cope... [More]
Last week IBM made a major announcement in the data management space: a technology dubbed ‘BLU Acceleration’ that provides major performance and compression enhancements to the DB2 and Informix line of products. Many of our IBM Champions were given privileged access to the launch and have shared their views on the implications of BLU: As Philip Nelson explains, “we are being given a columnar data store integrated into the core DB2 engine, with potentially huge benefits for Business Intelligence workloads." He makes the point that... [More]
BP3's Scott Francis recently shared his perspective on the latest Forrester Wave report for Business Process Management (BPM). Among his observations are the realization by Forrester that BPM has a strong role to play in that topic du jour in the business/technology space: building better customer experiences.
Scott points out that the cloud model greatly simplifies installation and deployment and so opens the door for more widespread adoption of BPM in the enterprise. He sides with Forrester on their assessment of the IBM... [More]
We’re only hours away from launch of the 2013 IBM Impact extravaganza showcasing the latest innovations in enterprise technology. Given the current state of the industry, you can be sure there will be a lot of content around enterprise mobility and how this is impacting (excuse the pun) the tech space.
We’ll have a number of IBM Champions featured throughout the conference and we’ll be highlighting many of those contributions here on this blog. If you are at Impact, visit the Champions Corner in the Client References... [More]
Who are the IBM Champions? What does it mean to be an IBM Champion? What do they do when they are not wearing the regulation cloak and mask? Find out in this video...
Learn more about the IBM Champions program
In this interview, IBM Champion Scott Francis explains how their BPM solution helps make software “a background issue rather than a foreground issue”.
He suggests that when it comes to considering the development of a mobile BPM solution, you should look at the value this will bring, rather than looking at it as a problem. IBM Worklight, IBM BPM and BP3 work well together for the creation of mobile BPM applications.
As an example of the advantages of a mobile BPM application, he suggests that field engineers could be... [More]
IBM Champion and Lockheed Martin Senior Fellow Melvin Greer talks about the value gamification bring to solving complex problems and methods for dealing with leadership. Find Melvin on Twitter (@lead_innovate) Read Melvin’s blog
In this interview, IBM Champion Franclim Bento from Banco Espirito Santo explains the value of their BPM program. In terms of the value a BPM solution can bring, Franclim illustrates how they were able to take complex paper-driven processes with huge amounts of data and create a BPM and ECM solution that reduced processing time from hours to minutes. On the question of how you best implement a BPM solution, Franclim suggests starting small and demonstrating value on quick wins. More on Banco Espirito Santo More on IBM BPM solutions
IBM Champion Johannes Bohm-Mader explains how through banking he developed an interest in WebSphere MQ. He talks about the complexity of creating secure messaging services in high-availability environments. More on WebSphere MQ
IBM Champion John Capriotti from TBC Corporation talks about how the service component of automotive maintenance is being transformed by technology. On the one hand associates that work across automotive brands always need the latest information on every model. Creating better point-of-sale applications for the associates helps them provide a better level of service. On the other hand, cars now have many more sensors and the ability to maintain a record of their telemetrics that can be transferred to a service associate at the point of... [More]
In this interview, IBM Champion Laks Sundararajan explains how more of his clients are looking to develop applications that can service customer interactions that take place across multiple channels, including mobile and the desktop. Customers are also looking to automate processes in order to realize efficiencies. Laks points out that tools such as Worklight and WebSphere Portal are key for designing these kinds of multi-channel applications that can securely connect with backend processes. Follow Laks on Twitter @lakssundar More on... [More]
In this video, IBM Champion Andrea Fontana describes the intranet and extranet applications he develops for the Italian market, and the role of IBM technology in creating these solutions. He suggests that IBM is seen as complex, involving heavy setup, but is quick to point out that his team can realize a solution of WebSphere Portal in less than an hour. Follow Andrea on Twitter @net2action More on WebSphere Portal
In this interview at IBM Impact, Rene Crozier from Kaiser Permanente, the US healthcare provider, explains that IBM WebSphere Application Server provides stability and a manageable solution when dealing with large-scale topologies. For a healthcare provider like Kaiser, security and uptime is a key goal. One of the areas she is currently looking into is the development of mobile apps for healthcare. More on WebSphere Application Server