What is Ready for Cloud?

The Ready for IBM Cloud program is designed to maximize value for our customers by working with Cloud Solution and Service Providers and Independent Software Vendors (ISVs). You can validate your solution or service with IBM Cloud Infrastructure, Platform, and Private Cloud offerings. We have an open ecosystem and all IBM Business Partners with cloud solutions and services are encouraged to join.

Steps to achieve Ready for Cloud 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 (GSD). Once the entry is approved by IBM, sign in to IBM PartnerWorld; access your solution; select "manage your solution;" then "nominate your solution." Select 'Ready for IBM Cloud' from the list of available solution validations, click "Submit."

Step 3: Validate your solution

We will send you a link to the solution validation portal when we receive your nomination via Step 2.

Technical details on the integration of your solution with the specific IBM product in the IBM Cloud portfolio and a formal review of these details will be required, including a brief web-based demonstration session to review the solution working with the IBM product.

Step 4: Go to market

Once your solution validation is approved, you will be contacted to accept the entitlement and download the mark. Use the mark widely on collateral and your website.

Benefits for Business Partners

You'll have access to even more benefits and programs

  • Your Global Solution Directory entry will be linked to the Ready for IBM Business Partner Showcase. Both databases are searchable within IBM PartnerWorld and externally from any browser.
  • We will publish your solution validation in our Ecosystem Portal for IBM sellers and technical staff.
  • Our technical team will provide help with questions on product integration, product features and roadmaps.

Best of all, you will be able to use the mark on your web site and collateral

  • We can help you create joint collateral, white papers or solution pages for your website.
  • We will work with you on lead generation activities, such as webinars, events, social media and demo videos.
  • Clients and prospects will know that your solution complies with IBM's technical integration standards.
  • Our Ready for Business Partners have increased web traffic as much as 250% by using the mark.

Benefits for your clients

  • Assurance that your solution complies with the published technical criteria
  • Easier access to validated Business Partner products and solutions