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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:
- 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.
RSVP for the event here, and then tune in live on May 3 at 11 AM EST (10 AM CST). You can follow along on Twitter by following @IBMPowerSystems.
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
Moderator: Alison Butterill
Panelists: IBM Champions Steve Pitcher, Tom Huntington, and Trevor Perry
Link to Register: http://bit.ly/IBMichat
Follow along LIVE on Twitter from @IBMPowerSystems and use #IBMi to join the conversation!
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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?
Badging in the news
Interested in the ongoing conversation around badging? Here are some recent articles you might find interesting:
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We announced the program at InterConnect and now nominations are OPEN for the IBM Champions program for Cloud. Take the next steps now.
- Read about the program and the call for nominations.
- See Sandy's take on the IBM Cloud Champion program.
- Then nominate, nominate, nominate!
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.
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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.
Congratulations to Gabriella and Theo!
December 16th Webcast:
Ring in the holidays and the New Year by joining us as we share all the new capabilities of the next major releases of IBM Connections and IBM Docs!
You’ll see how you can build cool new team sights with the new capabilities in communities, take your enterprise file sync and share to the next level with the new capabilities in Files and IBM Docs, and boost your productivity with the latest enhancements to the activity stream and type ahead search – just to name a few. And once you see it, we know you won’t be able to get enough of the new themes and look and feel. We won’t just tell you about all these great new features, we’ll demo them too!
But wait, there’s more! We will hold a follow-on webcast on December 17, 2015 at 11:00am ET that we are calling “Ask the IBM Connections Project Managers”. Join all our product managers and get all your questions answered – not only about next major releases, but whatever is on your mind. Its your ‘all access’ to the our experts, so you won't want to miss it!! Register for the Dec 17th webcast now.
Title: What’s Coming in the Next Major Release of
IBM Connections & IBM Docs (On-Premises)
Date: Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Time: 11:00 AM Eastern Standard Time
Duration: 1 hour
Click Here to Register Now!
December 17th Webcast:
As Senior Product Manager in IBM Social Software, Baan focuses on IBM Connections and IBM Connections Mobile as well as the overall mobile strategy for social collaboration at IBM. Baan is engaged with customers and partners to further enhance the products and articulate the IBM Social Software strategy. Baan has more than 20 years of experience at IBM, she has held various roles in services, marketing and product management.
As Senior Product Manager in IBM Social Software, René works with worldwide customers and partners to communicate IBM’s Social Software strategy and to engage in active dialogues on key business challenges. René has more than 20 years of experience as Product Manager for enterprise software. Throughout his career he managed a range of products from web hosting, B2B online marketing, and software offerings including web content, document, enterprise content, and business process management.
Jim Puckett is a Product Manager for IBM Connections within IBM Social Software . In his current role, Jim is focused on marketing strategy, deployment, integration and understanding customer requirements. Jim initially joined IBM in 1999 working in the Lotus Technical Support organization supporting a variety of products from the Lotus portfolio. In his spare time, Jim enjoys playing golf and traveling.
Title: Ask the IBM Connections Project Managers
Date: Thursday, December 17, 2015
Time: 11:00 AM Eastern Standard Time
Duration: 1 hour
Join all the IBM Connections Product Managers and get all your questions answered – not only about the next major releases, but whatever is on your mind. No presentation…no slides…just your questions! Its your ‘all access’ to our experts, so you won't want to miss it!!
Click Here to Register Now!
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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.
- Use of the exclusive IBM Champion logo and designation on public profiles
- Recognition and promotion via IBM's social channels
- Exclusive communities and feedback opportunities
- Conference discounts, VIP access at events
- IBM Champion Logo Merchandise to help identify them as special to IBM
- IBM Champion open badges to share across networking and web sites
* 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.
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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
Join us in the EXPO Booth 811
Sunday Night - Welcome Reception - See Verse and Connection Demos
Monday Night - EXPO Reception - See Verse and Connection Demos
Tuesday Night - EXPO Reception - Meet & Greet with Jason Silva
Wednesday Night - Special Event featuring Maroon 5
Social Business Breakout Sessions:
|ESS + Cloud
||Collaboration + Data
Adopting Cloud with Confidence: Taming the Regulatory Dragons
Speakers: Dave Dutcher, Dave Durazzano
Session No: BSS-1259
Monday, Oct 26 from 4:00 – 5:00 PM
Drive innovation by connecting your collaboration and data apps in the Cloud
Speakers: Luis Benitez, Heidi Ambler
Session No: BSS-1244
Monday, Oct 26 from 2:30 – 3:30 PM Mandalay Bay SCC - Level 2 Breakers L
|Engagement + Analytics
||Engagement + Analytics
Customer Panel: Accelerating social adoption through deeper engagement and transparency to insights
Speakers: Suzanne Livingston, Clients TBD
Session No: BSS-1215
Tuesday, Oct 27 from 1:00 – 2:00 PM Mandalay Bay SCC- Level 2 Lagoon AB
Driving mobile, data- and analytics-rich employee engagement
Speakers: Heidi Ambler, Luis Benitez
Session No: BSS-1260
Tuesday, Oct 27 from 4:00 – 5:00 PM Mandalay Bay SCC - Level 2 Breakers L
|eMail + Analytics
||Collaboration + Cloud
Reimagine the Way You Work: The NextGeneration Mail and Social Experience
Speakers: Rene Schimmer, Andy Yiu Session No: BSS-1274
Wednesday, Oct 28 from 2:30 – 3:30 PM Mandalay Bay SCC - Level 2 Breakers L
Collaborate with confidence: How to secure your documents and content in the cloud
Speakers: Jim Puckett & Luis Benitez Session No:BSS-3635
Wednesday, Oct 28 from 4:00 – 5:00 PM Mandalay Bay SCC - Level 2 Breakers L
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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
Join us for a webcast to hear from IBM’s Ken Parmelee on how you can rapidly, securely and cost effectively deliver a portfolio of enterprise mobile applications.
Register for the webcast: Three Essential Ingredients to Build and Deploy Mobile Applications
Date: Wednesday, 23rd July 2014
Time: 1:00 p.m. (ET)
During the webcast, Ken will share how IBM MobileFirst provides Business Partners with a complete mobile lifecycle solution to grow their offering portfolios, expand their client base, and leverage the pull of IBM in the mobile marketplace. He will also cover an exciting new route-to-market for IBM Business Partners, IBM Cloud Marketplace, which offers an ideal environment for Business Partners to monetize their solutions as cloud services for the enterprise and engage with customers with personalized offers.
We hope you will join us!
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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:
- IBM Social Business (AKA Lotus, ICS, ESS) – closing October 31
- IBM Middleware (AKA Tivoli, Rational, WebSphere) – closing October 31
- IBM Power Systems – nominations extended through November 20
The time is now: Nominate an influencer using the description and nomination tips in the original announcement.
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IBM is exploring innovative ways to assist clients with solving their technical support problems. To supplement searching for documentation or a fix, or opening a Service Request, we are designing a new support experience that will efficiently find answers to your support questions.
As we design this new experience, we need to know what support questions you would ask about WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment. Each question helps us learn your language and form the relationships needed to provide you the best answer.
You can contribute to our project by submitting questions you have encountered while using WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment. We encourage you to share this link with anyone and everyone who you know uses WebSphere Application Server, who might have questions to contribute.
Click Here http://qa.softwaresupportnext.com/?product=SSAW57&source=champs
Please help us spread the word!
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I had the honor of attending two independently run user group meetings in Europe recently: ICS User Group in Bremen, Germany, and Engage User Group in Ghent, Belgium. Both conferences are organized by IBM Champions, Stafan Sucker and Theo Heselmans, respectively. I am thrilled that I got to go and support them, and the 40+ IBM Champions who were speaking at the conferences, either one or both of them.
It was an amazing experience to see the commitment and passion in the community, from the organizers, the sponsors who make these user group conferences possible, the speakers, and the attendees. There was high-quality content being presented, and people learned new things. New friendships were made, and barriers broken down. That's what this is all about.
Between the two conferences, there was a very fun mode of transportation, fondly referred to as "the beer bus". I admit to not drinking a single beer ;-) (what I did drink will remain a mystery to those not on the bus) Needless to say that as the miles passed, the jokes got funnier, the dancing got better, and the noise level got louder. 7 hours in a closed environment with some of the best the ICS community has to offer: unforgettable.
So that's my short and sweet intro. I'll let you discover for yourselves how the conference went with some social metrics, and some links to other peoples' reports and photo streams:
A BIG THANK YOU! to hosts Stefan Sucker and Theo Heselmans for their hospitality and attention to detail. The community truly appreciates your efforts.
Number of Champions speaking
ICSUG = 15
EngageUG = 30
Some social buzz during the conference:
Links: (this is by no means a comprehensive list, but merely the ones I could easily find on twitter today - feel free to comment links to others you find)
Amanda's Storify: https://storify.com/IBMChampions/ibm-champions-rock-user-groups
The major innovation with the big data revolution has been to optimize how quickly data can be analyzed versus how quickly data can be poured into a database. This turns large data stores into gold mines of data insights rather than expensive, forgotten data archives.
Why is this important?
Because we now have so much more useful data around our businesses. Social media has a big part to play in this, as does every system of engagement within the organization.
Large, secure relational databases like IBM DB2 are taking this into account through innovations that offer unmatched reporting, analytics speed and efficiency with the flexibility of multi-platform software to increase your operational efficiency.
Recently, Dr Iqbal Goralwalla from Triton Consulting discussed these new innovations in a webcast with John Park, IBM DB2 Product Manager.
Listen to the webcast now
Learn more about DB2 with BLU Acceleration
More on Dr Iqbal Goralwalla
Join me in congratulating both the new and returning
Follow this link for a listing of all the Information Management Champions: https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/data/champions/
Follow the Information Management Champions on twitter here: https://twitter.com/bethflood/lists/ibmchampions
For up to date Champion happenings, follow @IBMChampions
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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.
IBM Champion Open Badges
The IBM open badge program
Why IBM open badges
Mozilla Open Badge standard