October 2019 in the Zone

Don't forget! Your 2019 PGI, Server Systems Competency and Storage Systems Competency education vouchers expire on December 31, 2019! Consider the many ways to use your vouchers:

  • Enroll in a live virtual class from IBM or from one of our Global Training Partners (GTP)
  • Attend one of IBM's Technical University events
  • Purchase a Self-Paced Virtual Class (SPVC)
  • Gain experience with the latest technologies in a hands-on lab
  • Schedule a private class for all or part of your team, if you have multiple vouchers available for use

Check out the information below for more details and dates.

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On the horizon: IBM Technical University Events

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You are invited to IBM Think 2020!

Get ready to join us in May at Think 2020 for new opportunities to engage with clients, IBM executives, Business Partners like yourself, and industry-leading experts. Save the date - May 4-7, 2020, and experience the latest thinking in cloud, data and AI, enterprise services, security and more!

Your 2019 education vouchers can be used to register for Think 2020, May 4-7, 2020 in San Francisco. Registration opens soon so sign up for Think 2020 updates to be the first to know.

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Check out our Global Training Provider (GTP) offerings!

IBM's Global Training Providers offer a variety of education offerings and services around the world. Visit the IBM Skills Gateway to see which training providers and offerings are available in your region and country.

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Brought to you from IBM: Live Virtual Classes

The IBM Systems Software Education (SSE) 2019 training schedule has classes on topics such as Docker, Linux and AIX administration, Virtual I/O Server training, DevOps, Storage, and Spectrum Storage. Classes are currently scheduled through December, but don't wait to enroll! Demand for these classes typically increases in the fourth quarter because 2019 vouchers will expire on December 31.

Visit the SSE Community to see the full curriculum and individual course descriptions. These IBM live virtual classes are designed for IBM technical implementers and delivered by IBM subject matter experts. Take classes from anywhere you have an Internet connection. Seats in these classes are limited but open to Business Partners based on availability.

There is no co-pay when using vouchers for SSE classes. It's easy! Use one PGI or Competency voucher per person per class.

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Learn by doing: Hands-On Remote Labs

Hands-on labs are an excellent way to gain the knowledge you need to perform your job to the best of your ability. If you prefer an intense, hands-on experience, this may be the perfect option for you. Use your 2019 PGI and Competency vouchers to schedule the labs of interest to you. One voucher provides a soft copy of the course materials and two consecutive days of lab access.

Review the material, perform the labs, and learn today! See the list of available course labs on the attached Business Partner Voucher Registration Form, and choose the one that satisfies your needs.

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Voucher essentials

IBM Systems Vouchers: Terms and Conditions
Business Partners must adhere to the voucher terms and conditions they received when the vouchers were issued. IBM Education vouchers may only be used by an employee of the company to which they were issued. Business Partners may not transfer vouchers to customers or to another Business Partner company.

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IBM Business Partner Voucher Registration Form

Note: As an added bonus, Business Partners who use Partner Growth Incentive (PGI) vouchers for one of these options will receive a 100% discount as opposed to the normal 80% discount.