Hey Champions - today we have a guest blog from the IBM Certification and Training team with an invitation for you to participate in Certification Exam development. If you want to get started right away, there's some work being done with IBM Web Content Manager. If you're an expert in this area, get in touch with Joe Reinwald at jcr at us.ibm.com. Read on for more details about the general call for expertise.
Hello IBM Champions:
Are you looking for a way to enhance your presence in an IBM product Area?
Do you want to influence IBM Skills and capability across a large audience?
Would you like to expand your professional credibility and eminence?
If these questions interest you, consider engaging with the IBM Professional Certification Program. Certification Program Managers across all IBM Business Units are continuously updating and developing tests as IBM brings new products to market. This opens up a fantastic opportunity for you - the IBM Champion (or Champion Candidate) to interact directly with IBM Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) from both inside and outside IBM in your sphere of influence. When you join a test build project, you leverage your expertise in your area of product knowledge and work with other SMEs to build a high value certification test. The certification test will be leveraged to validate the skills and capabilities of IBM Clients, Business Partners, and IBM internal technical teams.
As our Certification PMs scope out a new test build effort, we will let this community know an opportunity is available in a specific product area. If you are a SME in that product area, reach out to the Certification Project manager and join the build team! In addition to directly engaging in the build of an IBM product, you will also receive an IBM Open badge high lighting your work in Certification development that you can share via Social Media (LinkedIn, Facebook, etc ...).
Additionally, where applicable, SMEs engaged in an IBM Certification development effort are "Grandfathered" in and receive the new certification as well! Monitor this community and watch for opportunities to engage. Our Certification Program mangers will keep this communication channel updated as they move forward with their projects!
Champions! If you're interested in speaking at Edge 2016, the call for speakers has been extended through June 2. The curriculum this year extends into Cloud and Cognitive, so you may have some great content to share. If so, please submit your sessions (and thanks to the Champions who have already done so!). Let me know if you DO submit a session as I'm helping the conference team track IBM Champions throughout the process.
If you're not ready to teach at this conference, but do want to learn and network, we will have the IBM Champion discount available for Champions registering at this conference. Get in touch with me or your Champion program manager for details!
After reviewing and evaluating the contributions of our applicants, we're happy to announce the 2016 IBM Champions for Analytics! We have a total of 189 Champions, with 43 new Champions, and 146 returning Champions.
These individuals are non-IBMers who evangelize IBM solutions, share their knowledge, and help grow the community of professionals who are focused on IBM Analytics. 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, IBM Champion open badges, and invitations and discounts to IBM conferences. They are highlighted online and recognized at live events. In addition, they may be offered various speaking opportunities that enable them to raise their visibility and broaden their sphere of influence.
Our response to the IBM Champion for Cloud opportunity has been great! To give those of you still working on your nominations a bit more time, we are extending our nomination period through May 20.
If you are an expert in IBM Cloud technology and sharing that expertise in user groups, speaking sessions, blogs, social media, and other areas, we're talking to YOU! Nominations are open for customers, business partners, educators, and independent experts.
Three IBM Champions who are IBM i experts will share their expertise and views on IBM i in a May 3 Google Hangout. IBM i is best known for being a secure cost-efficient platform for critical applications. Businesses running IBM i today are also using many new solutions including cloud-based services, mobile applications, and business analytics.
Panelists will address these questionsand more:
How can IBM I help business implement these new solutions and how are businesses leveraging new open industry technologies to succeed in the modern IT world?
What shifts have you seen in your business and how have you addressed those shifts with your customers?
How is IBM i 7.3 providing these business solutions, and what are the latest and greatest things IBM i can do?
What’s new with the recently announced IBM i 7.3?
How can IT executives understand IBM’s strategy and roadmap for the IBM i operating environment?
Meet the IBM Champion Panelists
Steve Pitcher is the Enterprise Systems Manager at Scotsburn Ice Cream and an Industry Analyst at MC Press Online. He's been a specialist in IBM i solutions since 2000 with an emphasis on modernization, security and collaboration products. Steve has been an IBM Champion for IBM Collaboration Solutions for the last five years and has recently been selected as an IBM Champion for Power Systems. You can reach him on Twitter @stevencpitcher.
Tom Huntington is the Executive Vice President of Technical Solutions at HelpSystems, and a 27-plus-year veteran of the company. He works with business alliances, acquisitions and large customer relationships and ensures that the HelpSystems software works with other major software and hardware vendors worldwide. He is also the author of the IBM i Marketplace Survey. Follow him on Twitter @tjhuntington.
Trevor Perry is a popular speaker and consultant on modernization and IT strategy around the globe -and occasionally at home in New York. His sessions on a united approach to IT and business strategies challenge traditional methods and lead companies as they move their IT organizations into the future. His day job is Modernization Strategist at Fresche Legacy. Find him on Twitter @ericjooka.
Allison Butterill is the moderator for this chat. She’s the Offering Manager for IBM i, and owns the responsibility for the IBM i business, including defining and guiding future directions and strategies. She’s worked in the mid-range area for more than 30 years and held a wide variety of positions at IBM, primarily with midrange servers and software. Find her on Twitter @IBMiSight.
A few months ago, we launched a badge program for IBM Champions. As you probably know by now, open badges are verifiable, flexible credentials that can display your learning and achievements.
Where we are
We began issuing badges for 2016 and, in some of our areas, for milestones or retroactively for previous years. Below, you can review some data and statistics about our IBM Champion badge program.
1053 accepted by 316 earners
IBM Champion Badge Acceptance rate: 88%
Industry standard acceptance rate: 33%
IBM acceptance rate (last 6 months): 60%
IBM acceptance rate (last month): 68%
IBM Champions badges have already generated 284,310 social media impressions.
Did you complete the form to accept your IBM Champion badge? For this year, I must have your approval before I can send your data to Acclaim and issue your badge. If you haven’t taken that step yet and you’re an IBM Champion, now’s the time! I did get an extension on issuing our badges, however, so if you thought it was too late - it's not!
Did you complete the form, but not get your badge? Let me know and I will happily troubleshoot your situation!
Have your badge(s)? Share, post, and show your achievement. Need help with this?
Are you an expert in IBM Cloud technology such as SoftLayer, Bluemix, UrbanCode, or MobileFirst? Are you an influencer, and actively sharing that expertise? Or do you know someone who meets that criteria? If so, please share the details about the IBM Champions program and nominate yourself or your colleagues.
Nominations will remain open through 6 May 2016 and inaugural IBM Cloud Champions will be named in June 2016 for a period of 18 months.
At IBM Connect, the IBM Champions program announced a new Champions award in Social Business—a Lifetime Achievement award.
This recognition, currently only awarded in the Social Business area, recognizes IBM Champions who stand above their peers for service to the community. Over multiple years, these IBM Champions consistently excel and positively impact the community. They lead by example, are passionate about sharing knowledge, and provide constructive feedback to IBM. The Lifetime Achievement award provides automatic re-nomination into the IBM Champion program for the duration of the program, plus other benefits.
For this first year of the award, two honorees were selected: Gabriella Davis and Theo Heselmans.
Gabriella is a long-standing member of the community and a prolific promoter of IBM technology. Gabriella is widely regarded as an expert in her field by peers and is known for her deeply technical expertise. She shares her knowledge generously and widely with clients through her many consulting engagements and with colleagues and the community through writing on her blog, speaking engagements at conferences and many user groups, and answering questions in the community.
Theo Heselmans, another long-stand member of the community, currently runs the largest user group event in Europe, Engage, and is widely regarded as a subject matter expert in all things ESS. In addition to all the work he does to run the Engage conference, Theo also supports and sponsors many other user groups and is a founding member of the world wide independent user group alliance.
Both Gabriella and Theo have been IBM Champions since the program started in Enterprise Social Software and are key elements in making the Social Business and Champions communities as vibrant as they are today. Based on the reactions when their names were announced, the community agrees that they were extremely deserving of the award.
After much reviewing of applications and evaluating contributions, we're happy to announce the 2016 IBM Champions for IBM Power! We have a total of 34 Champions, with 17 new Champions, and 17 returning Champions.
Congratulations to our 2016 IBM Champions for Power!
These individuals are non-IBMers who evangelize IBM solutions, share their knowledge, and help grow the community of professionals who are focused on IBM Power systems. 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!
Alberto C. Blanch
Shrirang "Ranga" Deshpande
Jeroen Van Lommel
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.
Look for an in-depth article on the IBM Champion program and profiles of some of the new IBM Champions for Power in the April issue of IBMSystems magazine.
We look forward to working with this amazing group of community leaders!
Edited: Jim Buck should have been included in the list of IBM Champions for Power Systems. He is a returning IBM Champion and we regret the error.
The IBM Champion program is pleased to announce a new benefit for IBM Champions: the IBM Champion open badge.
The IBM Champion badges are another way to display to the world your accomplishment—a way that is verifiable and based on an open technical standard. Once you accept your IBM Champion badge, you can display your accomplishment on social and networking sites. When customers, partners, or prospects see your badge, they can click to see skill tags as well as a description of what the badge means and how you earned it.
IBM Champions programs are currently issuing these badges to IBM Champions to celebrate and share your accomplishments.
2016 annual badge for all new IBM Champions
Milestone badges for 3, 5, 7, or 10 years of being an IBM Champion
Lifetime achievement badge to celebrate one or two IBM Champions each year who stands above their peers for service to the community over multiple years (currently only in the IBM Social Business Champion program).
Retroactive badges for previous years’ accomplishments (2015 badges for IBM Social Business and IBM Analytics; prior to 2015 only being issued in IBM Analytics)
What is an IBM open badge?
An Open Badge is a digital emblem that symbolizes skills and achievements. The IBM Open Badge program is leading the industry in issuing these credentials for resume-worthy activities.
IBM’s open badges are issued through Acclaim, based on the Mozilla Open Badges standard. The badges link to metadata describing your qualifications along with the process required to earn them. Making it easy for others to access this level of information lets you tell a more complete and compelling story of your achievements and is tethered to the badge issuer to validate and verify achievement.
What are the benefits of open badges?
Badges have benefits to the badge earner (you and your company), the consumer (companies looking to work with you) as well as for the badge issuer (in this case, IBM and the IBM Champion program).
You can look at the badge as a way to not only broadcast achievements but also to increase your personal brand using your skills and achievements. A recent LinkedIn study showed profiles with certifications and badges receive six times the number of profile views.
IBM open badges provide you with these benefits:
Combine your credentials to form a complete overview of your skills
Display your accomplishment in your e-mail signature
Display your qualifications on social and professional networking sites
Provide customers, clients, employers with easy, valid verification of your credentials
How will the process work?
In the next weeks, you will get an email with instructions on how to accept your IBM Champion badge(s). After you accept your badge, you’ll be able to see related skills and badges and the job market for those skills. You’ll also get instructions on how to share your badge on your social networks, websites, and email signatures.
The IBM Champion program recognizes IT professionals and business leaders in the IBM community who demonstrate extraordinary support and advocacy for our IBM Analytics* communities and solutions. Nominations for the 2016 IBM Champion program are open to clients, business partners and consultants worldwide and will be accepted through Friday, 15 January, 2016. Candidates may be nominated by another individual or they may self-nominate. Nominate yourself or someone you know now at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/IBMChampion2016
IBM Champion program Guidelines:
The IBM Champion program requires IBM advocacy and influence outside one's own organization or customer engagements specific to IBM Analytics products and solutions. We also seek individuals that have significant contributions in at least 2-3 areas as defined below.
USER GROUP RESPONSIBILITIES - Board member of a worldwide or local user group; OR Volunteer for user group committees or teams to support user group initiatives or conferences
SOCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS - Blog regularly (at least 2 times a month, 4 is recommended); OR Tweet regularly (recommend daily); OR Create/deliver related videos, podcasts or webcasts (4 recommended)
CONTENT AUTHOR - Author & publish articles (recommend at least 4), white-papers (recommend at least 2), OR books.
COMMUNITY FORUM CONTRIBUTIONS - regularly share your expertise with others by responding to questions on community forums (3-4 times a week)
SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS - Speak at several IBM, User group or IT industry events per year (3-4 recommended)
CUSTOMER REFERENCE ENGAGEMENTS - Engage with IBM to develop a customer success story and/or video based on successes at your own company; OR Engage with IBM to act as a customer reference with multiple IBM prospects/clients (in person or via phone)
PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT SUPPORT - Active participant, providing feedback to IBM in Customer Advisory Councils or Beta programs
* IBM Analytics includes products and solutions from data management, data warehousing, information integration, information governance, business intelligence, predictive analytics, prescriptive analytics, cloud data services, watson analytics, stream computing and enterprise content management
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 of my time would be spent manning the developerWorks booth. There were lots of good things that happened there, but thats for another blog post. The second reason I was going was to support the IBM Champion Program activities at IOD, given that starting in April, the program had been expanded across all of IBM. IOD still had the strongest quotient of IBM Champions however, because the program was over three years old for Information Management. So with over 100 IBM Champions in attendance, there was a lot going on.
When you think about experts in an abstract way, its easy to define them from purely a business perspective. Cristian? Oh, he's a DB2 expert. Gonzalo? Oh yea, he does a lot of work with DataStage. Bonnie Baker? Definitely database performance. Rebecca Bond? Well her twitter and developerWorks profile handle says it all. DB2Locksmith. Unfortunately Rebecca wasn't at IOD this year, but I would highly recommend you follow her and go to her with your questions. I walked in thinking of Suresh Sane as a hall of fame IDUG speaker, and Frank Fillmore as the guy who blogged about unseating Oracle at a Fortune 100 Company.
Of course, all these things are true. These people are incredibly talented, and intrinsically motivated to succeed. But at the heart of it, they are people. They are very funny, extremely approachable, and very focused on collaborating. That's the part you don't get until you interact with them.
Take Cristian. We show up at his lecture on Monday morning as soon as the keynote was over. He's up at the podium getting his laptop set up. I go and ask about the video taping and get him to sign his consent. He smiles ruefully and says 'Oh. This means I cannot create trouble now, during my talk.' Quite the contrary I told him. Having a camera means that you definitely should create trouble. It makes for better footage. He grins and then goes on to deliver a fantastic session. It's clear he really knows what he's talking about. How? He allows questions in the middle of his pitch. He answers when people go off in tangents. Because he's that good.
They're clearly well known. I suppose you would be if Aravind Krishna announces you and thanks you during the Monday morning keynote, in front of a 10K+ crowd, with tens of thousands more watching the livestream.
The best way to give you a flavor of some of these Champions is to let you hear them. Here is an interview done at IOD by our very own Scott Laningham, with IBM Champion Sheryl Larsen.
The video that we made of Cristian's speaking session at IOD is in the works. We should have it up shortly. If you'd like me to notify you when its up, either leave a comment here or ping me on my profile or tweet me.
In addition to Cristian's session we also captured sessions by Gonzalo Angelieri and Bonnie Baker. I have to say, they are all worth watching, and we will have them all up soon for your viewing pleasure.
I will leave you with a question. When it comes to technology, what content do you prefer on video vs in text form? Are interviews like this with experts interesting, or would you prefer that they cut to it and talk about the technology they know and love?