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...
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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...
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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 database professionals need to be well versed in all the available storage options, from RDBMS to pureXML and beyond, and understand when it makes sense to implement each. He suggests the same is true of the new BLU technology: "Its obvious that not everything is right for BLU. But some things are absolutely right for it. Getting it right will be our challenge."
James Taylor live blogged all sessions at the launch event but in one post centered around BLU Acceleration he explains the technical improvements announced: “10TB of data is compressed to 1TB in memory. The use of a column store means that only 10GB is accessed and data skipping focused on 1Gb. This is spread across many cores so each only handles 32MB and the single Instruction Multiple Data processing means that even this is handled more quickly."
Mike Martin from BTRG live-tweeted the event, and pointed to how the announcement dovetails to the current industry trends: “IT Mega trends: growing scale/lower barrier to entry, increased complexity/consumabilty, fast pace, contextual overload”
This is a listing of the 2012 WebSphere Champions, and how to find them in prominent social networks.
If you are interested in contacting a Champion personally, please use the "Talk to Us" links provided.
If you have questions or comments this is the section to do it. Just post a question in the comments below and we will answer them in a timely manner.
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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 questions and more:
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.
IBM Champions on How Companies are Succeeding with IBM i
Topic: How Companies are Succeeding with IBM i
Date/Time: Tues, May 3 at 11 AM EST
Follow along LIVE on Twitter from @IBMPowerSystems and use #IBMi to join the conversation!
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. The IBM Champion program is an exclusive group of IT professionals, developers, and business leaders external to IBM who are passionate about IBM's software, solutions, and services and who demonstrate extraordinary advocacy through sharing their knowledge and expertise and supporting others.
IBM is very excited to be announcing our newest IBM Champion program for Cloud*. Nominations for the 2016 IBM Cloud Champions will open very soon, so bookmark this blog for more information and a link to the nomination form. Nominations for the 2016 IBM Cloud Champions program are open to clients, business partners, and consultants worldwide. Candidates may be nominated by another individual or they may self-nominate.
IBM Champion Program Nomination Guidelines
The IBM Champion program requires IBM advocacy and influence outside one's own organization or customer engagements specific to IBM Cloud software, solutions, and services. We also seek individuals that have significant contributions in at least 2-3 areas as defined below. Note that these are guidelines rather than specific requirements, but they should give you the idea of the level of contribution most of the IBM Champions have prior to being selected. We encourage you to nominate anyone, yourself included, you feel is an active, strong advocate for IBM Cloud.
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 Champion Benefits
Benefits to the selected IBM Champions include the following - and we're always exploring new benefits.
* IBM Cloud includes software, solutions and services from Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS), including SoftLayer (IaaS), Bluemix (PaaS), (SaaS), UrbanCode (DevOps), and others.
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:
* 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
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If you haven’t nominated your colleagues (or yourself) for IBM Champion, now’s the time. Nominations are open in these areas, but closing soon.
Who & When:
The time is now: Nominate an influencer using the description and nomination tips in the original announcement.
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I'd like to call your attention to some very special sessions on Social Business at IBM Insight.
TECHNOLOGY TRANSCENDENCE | Giving your Collaboration Tools a Brain
Jason Silva host of National Geographic's Brain Games will lead a conversation about the potential to extend collaboration with technologies like cognitive computing, increasing our potential as indivi
duals and changing the way we work together.
Rob Koplowitz from I
BM will discuss how IBM is applying the power of Watson and other technologies to make teams and people more productive, and better connected to the insights, content and files they need to succeed at work.
Finally, an IBM customer will be asked about their experiences so far with advanced collaboration.
DON'T MISS IT! - IBM INSIGHT and SOCIAL BUSINESS ACTIVITIES Don’t Miss It - Social Business Super Session
Wednesday, Oct 28 at 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Mandalay Bay, South Convention Center South Seas F Ballroom
Social Business Breakout Sessions:
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I write this post with mixed feelings. The past year and a half of being the IBM Champion Program Manager (AKA Champion Wrangler) has been nothing short of amazing for me, and I've truly enjoyed working with the wonderful IBM Champion managers in each of the different product areas: Beth Flood, Sarah Cogley, Linda Grigoleit, Oliver Heinz, Tracey Burton. Over the past year I watched as we became a team, working toward the same goals, ensuring that the IBM Champion program continued. Protecting the integrity of the logo and what it stands for. Finding new benefits. Making the right connections for and with the community.
I've also enjoyed getting to meet so many of the IBM Champions across all the different product lines. Those interactions were the highlight of my job! So as you can imagine, I'm a little sad that I'm about to say goodbye to this role.
There are two pieces of good news though:
1) I'm not going very far.
2) I have a really GREAT replacement already lined up.
So where am I going?
I "grew up" in the part of IBM formerly known as Lotus. I've bled yellow for 15 years in various roles, from Technical Writer to Agile Development Manager. I've coveted the ESS Community Manager role for many years, since my good friend Joyce Davis held it, in fact. When Oliver made his move out of that role, I finally had the opportunity to go for the job I have wanted for the last 4 years! What a great opportunity! Because of my time in the YellowVerse, and my role as the IBM Champion Program Manager, I already have established relationships with many of the community members, so I was a natural fit for this position! I'm thrilled that my new manager, Penny Hill, gave me the opportunity to make this move. It feels like I'm going back to the mothership.
In this new role, I'll be responsible for supporting User Groups, who are the life and soul of our community, as well as customer councils, the digital community, and of course, the IBM Champions for ESS. You will see me at many User Group meetings in the ESS community, and I'll be working closely with the other IBM Champion managers, and our new "head wrangler" to ensure that the IBM Champion program thrives.
Who's the new IBM Champion "Wrangler" ?
Meet Libby Ingrassia! Some of you might recognize that name. While she’s new to being an IBMer, Libby has a long history with IBM software, including time as an IBM certified instructor and business partner and frequent speaker at both IBM and user group events. At that time, Libby’s focus was in collaboration software: she wrote certification books for Notes and Domino, ran e-Pro Magazine, and helped launch the site that is now SocialBizUG.org.
Libby returns to the IBM community after taking time off to finish a graduate degree and have her now-2 ½ year old twins, as well as taking some time working as a high school English teacher, communications director, and as managing editor of a local lifestyle magazine.You can find her on Twitter @notesgirl.
No, that doesn't mean you get to hunt IBM Champions! What it means is that nominations are now open, so you can nominate IBM Champions for the following areas:
When: From September 14 - October 31
Do you know someone who deserves to be an IBM Champion?
The IBM Champion program recognizes innovative thought leaders in the technical community. An IBM Champion is an IT professional, business leader, or educator who influences and mentors others to help them make the best use of IBM software, solutions, and services, shares knowledge and expertise, and helps nurture and grow the community. The program recognizes participants' contributions over the past year in a variety of ways, including conference discounts, VIP access, and logo merchandise, exclusive communities and feedback opportunities, and recognition and promotion via IBM's social channels.
Contributions can come in a variety of forms, and popular contributions include blogging, speaking at conferences or events, moderating forums, leading user groups, and authoring books or magazines. Educators can also become IBM Champions; for example, academic faculty may become IBM Champions by including IBM products and technologies in course curricula and encouraging students to build skills and expertise in these areas.
Take the opportunity to nominate an influencer of IBM Social Business, IBM Power, or IBM Middleware, now. Nominations for the 2016 IBM Champion program will be accepted through Midnight Eastern Time, October 31st 2015.
Nominations for IBM Champion are open to candidates worldwide, and candidates can be self-nominated or nominated by another individual. IBM employees are not eligible for nomination.
Tips for a solid nomination:
As many of the IBM Champions know, our industry is very skewed when it comes to gender, looking at our IBM Champion program as a representative group, we can clearly see that there is a lack of balance between male and female. While there are things we can do to support our current women in technology, and encourage them to become IBM Champions, I'm excited to tell you that I've also been working on a program that might help with that balance further down the road.
IBM is excited to sponsor a Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program in New York City this year! Girls Who Code is a national non-profit dedicated to empowering teenage girls to pursue a career in technical roles. I was lucky enough to be chosen to be the program manager for this partnership, and what a fun ride it's been so far! As it's IBM's first time to sponsor Girls Who Code, I'm blazing a trail, which is something that gets me out of bed in the mornings. We all want to make a difference in the world, and I'm thrilled that I get to make a difference by helping young women, who might ordinarily not have the opportunity, to see the potential of a tech career.
As a woman in tech, this subject is near and dear to my heart, and this year I'm celebrating 15 years with IBM. I've held roles as lead technical writer, development manager, program manager, and most recently moved into a marketing role to run business programs for IBM's Cloud Ecosystem, including the IBM Champion Program. My advice to women starting out in their careers in tech:
There's nothing a man can do better than you. The barrier is breaking down the stereotypes that make others believe that statement not to be true. By not allowing these stereotypes to limit us is how we will eventually lose them.
So with that, I'm really excited to see the plan coming together for our program. In addition to the already robust curriculum provided by Girls Who Code, IBM's sponsorship of the program includes a range of amazing women from IBM who will spend an hour in the classroom for the speaker series, talking to the girls on subjects ranging from career development, to testing, to inventing, to leadership. The girls will take a field trip to IBM Watson's headquarters in NYC, where they will get a tour of the facility, get to interact with Watson, and have lunch in Chef Watson's cafeteria. We'll also be demonstrating the power of IBM's Bluemix platform with a workshop where they will build an application on Bluemix. We're providing IBM mentors to each of the girls, and will have a face-to-face event for the girls to get to know their mentors, and using IBM's MentorPlace tool to communicate during the program and beyond.
We hope that IBM's support of women in technology, via our sponsorship of Girls Who Code, and other initiatives, will build a pipeline of strong, confident women, who will eventually be the next wave of women in technology at IBM, or as our customers and business partners, perhaps even IBM Champions, and will help close the gender gap in our industry.
Let's get coding, ladies!
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In case you missed the announcement this past week on developerWorks, I wanted to point it out here, and congratulate all of the new and returning IBM Champions for Information Management 2015!
You can find a full listing of them here: https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/data/champions/
On a personal note, having been in the role of World Wide IBM Champion Program Manager for just over a year, it's been a great experience watching the IBM Champions in action at conferences and user groups, reading your blogs, and interacting with you on social media. You're inspirational to be around, an you've all been very kind to "the new kid", and for that I'm grateful.
IBM Champion program
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.
Learn more about the IBM Champion program.
Get a Twitter list of IBM Champions for Information Management.
See the IBM Champions on YouTube.
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The IBM Champions are all set to rock IDUG in Philadelphia next week, May 4 - 8. I'm excited to be celebrating Star Wars Day (May the Fourth be with you), in the company of so many
IBM Champions know that knowledge is useless unless it's shared!
Here's a link to the full agenda: http://www.idug.org/p/cm/ld/fid=720
And below is a listing of all of the IBM Champion sessions, by day and time. Remember to download the IDUG Mobile App, and add these sessions to your daily plan!
Monday, May 4
Tuesday, May 5
Wednesday, May 6
Thursday, May 7th
Friday, May 8th