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We would like to thank you for your interest in the IBM Cloud Computing Specialty Offering and we trust that your investment in this IBM Specialty Offering has given you valuable experience and insights.
As cloud computing has evolved into a primary method of delivering information technology, the need for cloud skills have become pervasive. Cloud skills and capabilities enable IBM Business Partners to help their clients think through the right cloud strategy, build cloud solutions and tap into our cloud services to leverage "as-a-service" offerings across a broad range of industries, technologies and solutions. In this environment a dedicated cloud specialty is no longer the optimal approach, which is why we are withdrawing it. Enabling our Business Partners to design, build and deliver best of breed cloud based solutions remains a key focus for IBM. Going forward, cloud computing content will be integrated across the broad range of education, certification, specialty and marketing offerings provided through IBM PartnerWorld.
Effective October 31, 2014, the IBM Cloud Computing Specialty will be withdrawn.
We understand this announcement may have implications on your business with IBM. The steps below contain important information to help you through the transition.
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Cloud Computing Specialty sunset – FAQ
The IBM cloud computing specialty rewards IBM Business Partners who make a significant investment in skills and certifications, customer references, and have the ability to successfully provide, sell, and deploy cloud applications and services. Those Business Partners meeting the eligibility criteria receive access to a comprehensive set of PartnerWorld benefits that can help drive more sales and revenue.
IBM has greatly expanded its Business Partner focus on the cloud computing opportunity and has done so through multiple PartnerWorld offerings including the Cloud Computing Specialty, Managed Service Provider (MSP) Initiative, and Ready for SmartCloud Services. The revised Cloud Computing Specialty is simplified and is consolidated into two paths covering Cloud Builder and Cloud Provider.