In addition, you can start exploring these Champions from this post.
So for now, here's a listing of the Champions by expertise area
Lets start with the IBM Champions for Information Management.
A little bit of history. The IBM Champion Program is an extension of the IBM Information Champion Program, which started three years ago. The program got off the ground thanks to the determination of Amit Patel, and then taken on by Beth Flood, who is the current Community Manager. I met quite a few of these folks at IOD and got a few spot interviews with them as well as full recordings of some speaking sessions. Look for upcoming blog posts with that information.
Next are the IBM Champions for Business Analytics. Many of them were at IOD and I must say that they are very approachable and extremely knowledgeable. There's a whole lot of Cognos knowledge amongst these Champions. In particular, I had the pleasure of meeting Mark Lack who was honored with IOD IBM Champion Evangelist of the Year.
Coming in next are the IBM Champions for Enterprise Content Management.
The first brand to go live with new IBM Champions once the program was expanded out to be a cross IBM initiative was Rational. Community Manager Susan Peich is doing a phenomenal job managing the relationship as well as doing great things with the Rational community on developerWorks. Rational's commitment to their IBM Champions is evident. Gina Poole, VP of Marketing for Rational announced the new Champions at Innovate 2011, to a crowd of thousands at the main tent during the keynote. The recognition was viewed by tens of thousands more, who watched livestreams and replays of the event.
Less than a month later, IBM Collaboration Solutions announced their fifty Champions at the Admin Dev conference in late June. For those stout of heart, here's a clip of Ed Brill doing the keynote. The Champion recognition is at the end of this clip. You have to make your way through it, but its worthwhile to see. Ed did a great job. For those who have questions about the Lotus program or want to reach out to the Community Manager in charge of the show, go find Joyce Davis.
For those of you looking for experts in Social Business, you need look no further. These folks clearly walk the talk. I've met a bunch of them and apart from being wickedly funny, they are very approachable (notice a theme here?) so go get to know them.
In the fourth quarter, we had STG Power Systems and Tivoli both onboard the IBM Champion Program. Colin Parris announced the IBM Champions for Power at Power Tech University on Oct 14, 2011. What was neat is that they got the Champions up on stage to say a few things about themselves. Great recognition for the Champions.
We will be using this blog to deliver news about the program overall as well as highlight great things that individuals are doing within the IBM Champions. If there are particular themes or individuals you want to hear about, or activity from a certain region, drop us a comment and we will do our best to oblige.
Brenny Ganesan (@brenny)
IBM Champion Program Manager