What is Ready for IBM Data and AI?

The Ready for IBM Data and AI initiative offers technical validation for Business Partner and ISV solutions that integrate or interoperate with IBM Cloud products in hybrid data management; unified governance and integration; or data science and business analytics.

Steps to achieve Ready for IBM Data and AI validation

Step 1: Join PartnerWorld

The first step is to become an IBM Business Partner and join PartnerWorld. It’s free, and PartnerWorld offers many benefits to help you develop and sell your solutions. If you are already a member, go to step 2.

Step 2: Nominate your solution

Create an entry in the Global Solution Directory. Once the entry is approved by IBM, sign in to IBM PartnerWorld; access your solution; select "manage your solution;" then "nominate your solution." Choose Ready for IBM Data and AI  and the specific technology (e.g. Db2).

Already have a solution? Go to step 3.

Step 3: Validate your solution

We will send you a link to the solution validation portal when we receive your nomination. For help in obtaining IBM products for testing and advice on best practices, access the certification guides on IBM Developer Works.

Request a validation form by sending an email to: m0f9q1b3e7h8s0b3@ibm-analytics.slack.com

Step 4: Go to market

Once your solution validation is approved, you will be contacted to accept the entitlement and download the mark. Use it widely on collateral and your website. You’ll be contacted for inclusion in additional programs by the Ready for IBM Data and AI team.

As a Ready for IBM Data and AI solution Business Partner:

Your solution will appear in the Ready for IBM Data and AI Business Partner Solution Showcase

  • You will receive credit for the appropriate IBM Competency.
  • The Ready for IBM Data and AI Mark will let clients and prospects know that your solution complies with IBM's technical integration standards.
  • You can receive assistance from our technical experts with product integration, product features and roadmaps.
  • Help on joint technical collateral, white papers or solution pages for your website.

When we work together to expand our joint solution relationship, you will be eligible for:

  • Cooperation on joint GTM, such as such as webinars, events, and production quality demo videos.
  • Listing your solution description and logo on ibm.com product pages with a link to your site for referrals.
  • Entering your solution into the IBM Marketplace and optional Cloud Catalog.
  • Publishing joint use cases in IBM communities and web sites.

Validations are available today for the products listed below

We accept any of the following for technical validation: documentation of your test results; a link to your website where you state support; a client reference; or a demo of your solution working with our product. 

Data Science and Business Analytics

  • Cognos Analytics
  • Planning Analytics
  • Watson Studio
  • Watson Machine Learning
  • Watson OpenScale
  • Watson Explorer

Hybrid Data Management

  • Db2
  • Db2 Warehouse
  • Db2 BigSQL
  • Integrated Analytics System (IIAS)
  • Db2 Event Store
  • Cloud Pak for Data
  • Cloud Pak for Data System


  • Watson Knowledge Catalog
  • Infosphere Information Server
  • Information Governance Catalog
  • Infosphere Master Data Management

Contact us for more information

Send an email to: m0f9q1b3e7h8s0b3@ibm-analytics.slack.com 

And, you will receive a prompt reply from a member of our Ready for IBM Data and AI team.