So what does this mean for our partners? It means you have a chance to connect with our experts and best bloggers via the web. This gives you instant access to news, partner updates and marketing programs. And best of all, the community will feature pointers to our new sales plays and incentives to help you gain business.
Beyond letting partners have access to IBM’ssubject matter experts partners can personalizetheir profiles and technology needs and connect with other IBMpartners. This is a great way to share information and your questions with other partners who may be facing some of the same issues you are.
The idea of an online exchangewith 1,100 global partners came from IBM looking at ways to brainstorm new ways to grow profitably.The result is PartnerWorld Communities, which connects more than100,000 IBM partners worldwide. The partners can drill down on interestareas such as emerging business, cloud computing, greentechnology, and economic stimulus projects. As stimulus spendingaccelerates smart energy projects, partners can collaborate instantlyon how to implement energy-related makeovers.
To jump start the community, IBM is offering 60 online education classes on building smarterinfrastructure through PartnerWorld, which is based on LotusConnections technology. Members can operate in a secure network and getaccess to blogs, forums, private team spaces such as web meeting rooms,live chat RSS feeds and other social technologies.
I also have a new blog on the PartnerWorld Communities and I invite you to visit it.
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