5 Ways To Become An IBM Champion (Oct 15 Deadline)

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GreaterIBMers, are you a technical expert or educator who actively blogs, speaks at conferences or events, or authors books or magazine articles?  Or do you know someone who does?  If so, we invite you to learn more about the IBM Champion program.

Nominations are open through October 15, 2013 -  we’d love to see Greater IBMers nominated for this program!

5 Ways To Become An IBM Champion

An IBM Champion is an IT professional, business leader, developer, or educator who makes exceptional contributions to the technical community and influences and mentors others to help them make best use of IBM software, solutions, and services. The IBM Champion program recognizes these innovative thought leaders and rewards these contributors by amplifying their voices and increasing their spheres of influence.  An IBM Champion is not an IBM employee. IBM Champions can live in any country.

Here are five ways YOU can become an IBM Champion:

QUALIFICATIONS Examples
1 – Evangelize and advocate for IBM
  • Speaks at conferences, user group meetings, IBM events
  • Uses social media channels to help spread the word about IBM solutions and increase positive sentiment towards IBM
  • Helps IBM share specific messages around launches and announcements
  • Work within their own company or their customers’ companies to encourage continued use of IBM technology
  • Help customers make the most of the IBM technology that is installed (use of expanded features, broader adoption, and more)
  • Explores ways to reach outside the current community sphere to reach new audiences.
  • Partners with IBM about how to become better evangelists
2 – Share knowledge and expertise
  • Participates in online forums, answering questions and sharing expertise
  • Shares expertise through instructional videos, podcasts, interviews, and other support/teaching sessions
  • Shares knowledge via white papers, Redbooks, wikis, and/or wiki articles
  • Provide feedback and suggestions on IBM certification exams
  • Provide feedback and suggestions on product usability and documentation
  • Participate in usability activities to improve IBM products
  • Helps IBM improve on products and solutions by actively participating in beta programs, usability studies and other types of research
  • Organizes or connects people in their network to find support for issues
3 – Help grow and nurture the community
  • Uses social media channels (blogs, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Connections, podcasting, and others) to drive awareness to community topics and events
  • Starts, leads and/or participates in local user group meetings and events
  • Participates in community webcasts and meetings
  • Helps mentor new community members and drive them to community sites
  • Guides community members so they know how to leverage information in the community (that is, help new people know where to go for help)
  • Participates in or leads activities to encourage sustained community activity and contributions
  • Implements new and innovative ways of growing the community
  • Communicates honestly, openly, professionally, and respectfully (for example, keeps private conversations private or complies with NDAs)
4 – Expand reach across the IBM portfolio
  • Finds ways to expand customer adoption of broad set of IBM capabilities
  • Integrates solutions across the IBM portfolio
  • Leverages IBM’s breadth of technologies to augment brand specific products
5 – Present feedback, both negative and positive, in a constructive and professional manner
  • Provides feedback in appropriate forums such as a design partner programs, or private discussions with target IBM contact who can affect or implement changes
  • Reaches out to appropriate contacts within IBM to share criticism or suggestions using clear concise, professional language
  • Any challenges, issues or problems you wish to resolve with IBM should be discussed with the appropriate IBM personnel in a private venue. Sharing frustrations in a public or social venue on issues that may reflect negatively on IBM, business partners and/or negatively impact revenue streams is not appropriate.

Nominations will be open until October 15th. The announcement of the new set of champions (including renewals) is currently planned for late November or early December.
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- Posted by Julie Yamamoto, Program Manager, The Greater IBM Connection

The Center for CIO Leadership Launches New Blog

The Center for CIO Leadership is an international, cross-industry peer community solely focused on the advancement of business competencies for technology professionals through peer insights and connections, education, and research. It provides CIOs from around the world with access to a global community of academic and practitioner experts, peer CIOs, and business leaders with a common goal of advancing the CIO profession and providing professional development.

And now it has its own brand new blog – check it out!.

Focused on advancing the CIO profession through global thought leadership, research, education, and outreach, the Center develops practical insights, sponsors a global learning community, promotes peer-to-peer mentoring, and fosters greater understanding of IT among business leaders and executive influencers. It was founded by IBM to achieve these goals as an open, collaborative network of executives and institutions from around the world. The world’s leading CIOs are actively taking a role to shape their future in this unique, collaborative community. Explore the new blog!

And then let us know what you think, in the Leave a Reply field.

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The CIO Leadership and Innovation

The CIO Innovation Lab

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- Posted by Regan Kelly. This post is part of our theme of Emerging Trends for the month of May, 2013.

How Consumer Trends Are Being Influenced by Social Media (Infographic)

Today’s consumer is likely to be on social media, and the activity on those sites affects their decision making when it comes to purchasing. In this infographic from Mashable.com, take a look at the statistics that support this trend.

Social-Media-Stats

from Mashable.com

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How has the rise of social media changed how you do business? Let us know in the Leave a Reply field below.

Posted by Regan Kelly

Do YOU Have What It Takes to Be an IBM Champion?

DeveloperWorks program showcases excellence in IT

Greater IBMers, are you a terrific WebSphere developer or expert? Do you blog, write articles, actively participate in forums, etc.? Are you interested in speaking at Impact 2013? In other words, are you a strong advocate of IBM’s capabilities? Or do you know someone who is?

IBM Champion program logo

Do you have what it takes?

If so, we invite you to learn more about the IBM Champion program.

To Nominate a Champion, visit: https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/champion/ or contact Daphne de Flavia (deflavia@us.ibm.com) for more details. Nominations are open August 15 – October 15, 2012. We’d love to see Greater IBMers nominated for this program!

What is an IBM Champion?

An IBM Champion is an IT professional, business leader, developer, or educator who makes exceptional contributions to the technical community and influences and mentors others to help them make best use of IBM software, solutions, and services. The IBM Champion program recognizes these innovative thought leaders and rewards these contributors by amplifying their voices and increasing their spheres of influence.

An IBM Champion is not an IBM employee. IBM Champions can live in any country.

Contributions can come in a variety of forms, and popular contributions include blogging, speaking at conferences or events, moderating forums, leading user groups, and authoring books or magazines. Educators can also become IBM Champions; for example, academic faculty can become IBM Champions by including IBM products and technologies in their courses’ curricula and encouraging students to build skills and expertise in these areas.

Benefits of being selected as an IBM Champion

IBM Champions retain their title for one year, after which they can apply for renewal. In addition to merchandise customized with the IBM Champion logo, they also receive:

  • Visibility, recognition, and networking opportunities at IBM events and conferences
  • Special access to product development teams
  • Invitations and discounts to events and conferences
  • Online recognition (via their Lotus Connections profiles) on developerWorks, with a special designation of “IBM Champion” and a listing of notable achievements

Greater IBMers who become IBM Champions will enjoy added benefits of having their activities featured on The Greater IBM Connection community site.