Q1: What is the IBM Business Partner Locator (BPL)?
A: The IBM Business Partner Locator is an application for clients, IBM Business Partners and IBM to access our global ecosystem of Business Partners. It supports both public and private Business Partner programs through a web-based partner profile searching solution.
Q2: Who can use it?
A: The IBM Business Partner Locator is available to clients, members of the PartnerWorld Program (all levels) and IBM employees.
Q3. What is the value to the user?
A: For Customers, the tool allows you to search for the most skilled Business Partner to meet your needs.
A: For IBM Business Partners, the tool simplifies identification and teaming with complementary Business Partners across the ecosystem. In addition, the tool enhances Customer visibility of local Business Partners with desired skill sets. Finally, the IBM Business Partner Locator minimizes risks associated with information sharing through a design emphasizing IBM Web and security requirements.
A: For team IBM, The IBM Business Partner Locator simplifies our ability to bring the right skills and solutions to Customers; it eliminates redundant tool costs, and strengthens our security around information sharing.
Q4. In which languages is IBM Business Partner Locator available?
A: IBM Business Partner Locator is available in the following 20 local languages: Canadian French, Columbian Spanish, Czech, Danish, English, Finish, French, German, Japanese, Italian, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, Traditional Chinese, and Turkish.
Q5: How do I assure that my company is properly represented in the Business Partner Locator?
A: The IBM Business Partner Locator draws information from your company profile in the PartnerWorld Profiling System (PPS). Companies can only be viewed if they have specified sharing preferences (in their PartnerWorld profile) allowing them to be searched by clients and Business Partners alike. Company profile updates, if needed, must be made by the Primary Relationship Contact (PRC) or Authorized Profile Administrator (APA).
- Visit the PartnerWorld profile Web site
- Expand the "Worldwide enterprise record"
- Choose the "Country enterprise record"
- Choose "Marketing information"
- There are two drop down boxes. Select "Yes" on the box(s) reflecting the audiences with which you want to share your profile information.
- Select "Save" and allow 24 hours for replication
Q6: I have published my company information as outlined above but we are still not appearing in the BP Locator when I search on it. What might be the problem?
A: The Partner has not updated their PPS profile for each company location. Each location profile must be updated within the past 25 months to appear in the Locator Tool otherwise the Partner will not be found.
Q7. Who can update the company profile?
A: Only the Primary Relationship Contact (PRC) or Authorized Profile Administrators (APAs) can update company information. They can also add or update employee information. View or update your company or employee information.