2013 IBM Collaboration Solutions Award Announcements!
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Here is an article that is always a pleasure to write -- news many of our IBM Business Partners have been waiting for – the 2013 IBM Collaboration Solutions Award Announcements!
This year marks our 19th year recognizing IBM Business Partners for their outstanding contributions to our customers. Receiving an IBM Collaboration Solutions Award is a moment that signifies dedication and all the long hours invested that led up to the extraordinary results. With the award comes the admiration and respect of other Business Partners, and -- most importantly - - the confidence of customers.
Each year we receive a great number of nominations worthy of consideration, and it takes multiple panels of judges - including members of the analyst community to select our top finalists.
In 2013, we are recognizing IBM Business Partners in 14 categories. Today we announced the winners and finalists in the five (5) solution categories. They are:
• Social Business Solution in the Cloud,
• Social Business Application Development,
• a Smarter Workforce,
• an Exceptional Customer Experience
• Social Business solution to any mobile device
For the Better Business Results through Social Business in the Cloud award.
This award is presented to an IBM Business Partner who offers the most innovative Social Business Solution in the Cloud and who has helped their clients become a social business in the cloud.
The finalists for this category are: ASI Informatique (France) ; Intelecom UK Ltd (United Kingdom) ; SBS SEIDOR (Spain)
and the winner is: Intelecom UK Limited. Intelecom has developed a Conferencing Application that makes integrated outbound voice conferencing available directly from IBM SmartCloud for Social Business. Currently used at a leading university, the application enables remote students to participate in academic lectures, uniting students across the world with shared resources and communication platform.
For the Innovation in Social Business Application Development award.
This award is presented to a Business Partner who provides the best solution for creating an Exceptional Customer Experience or a Smarter Workforce through the use of IBM Collaboration Solutions (ICS) application development tools.
The finalists for this category are: GEDYS IntraWare (Germany) ; INTRANET Software & Consulting (Austria) ; ISW Development Pty Ltd (Australia)
and the winner is: ISW Development. Kudos Badges for IBM Connections from ISW Development is a flexible gamification engine that provides achievements and rewards to help organizations dramatically improve their user engagement and adoption of IBM Connections.
For the Create a Smarter Workforce award
This award is presented to a Business Partner who has leveraged social business technologies to build and/or deploy a social business solution or platform that helps organizations of all sizes to create a more effective workforce.
The finalists for this category are: Base22 (USA) ; Gemini Systems (USA) ; Social Smart Software, an iEnterprises company (USA)
and the winner is: Gemini Systems. The Gemini Systems Wakefern LINK, a comprehensive Smarter Workforce solution in the retail industry, enables exceptional collaboration among employees, increased productivity and improved sentiment and insights, to drive value to the business and its customers.
For the Create an Exceptional Customer Experience award.
This award recognizes Business Partners who help their customers create and deliver an exceptional customer experience that is engaging, and interactive, with relevant content to help drive brand loyalty, advocacy, and revenue by building deeper relationships with their customers.
The finalists for this category are: Ascendant Technology (United States) ; Prolifics (United States) ; TECLA.IT (Italy)
and the winner is: TECLA. TECLA offers a solution that deploys websites that have been integrated with leading social networks to communicate more effectively with consumers. By asking site users to share data in order to receive regular newsletters, enter online competitions, download applications and sign up for events, TECLA’s customer was able to compile a comprehensive database of consumer profiles.
For the Extending Social Collaboration to Mobile Devices award
This award recognizes a Business Partner who delivers the most innovative Social Business solution to any mobile device, including tablets, unlocking creativity everywhere.
The finalists for this category are: e-Jan Networks Co. (Japan) ; i-Enterprises (USA) ; Teamstudio (USA)
and the winner is: Teamstudio. Teamstudio Unplugged allows mobile access to IBM Notes and Domino-based Enterprise applications, with or without connectivity. The solution provides a familiar Notes client experience with an optimized UI for intuitive mobile use on iOS, Android and Blackberry devices.
We would now like to take this time to announce our 2013 Distinguished Business Achievement award finalists.
This award honors the top IBM Business Partners from each region. IBM Business Partners considered in this space significantly impact IBM Collaboration Solutions' (ICS) position in the marketplace and are considered rising stars amongst their peers.
We will be announcing the winners and re-announce some of the finalists LIVE at Connect 2013 during Business Partner Development Day on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at the Walt Disney Swan.
Stay tuned for the announcement of Innovative Leadership by a VAD award winner and finalists at Business Partner Development Day on Sunday, Jan 27, and for the Best of Show and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) award to be announced on Monday at the Opening General Session. For the winners and finalists announced today, Catherine Stone will be in touch with you in the coming days with more information.
Thank you again for your commitment, your loyalty and for the many outstanding nominations we received this year.
Congratulations! See you at Connect 2013!