The 2012 IBM Impact Business Partner Awards Are Now Open for Nominations
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The sixth annual IBM Impact Business Partner Awards are now open for nominations. The Awards recognize IBM Business Partners who have demonstrated excellence in delivering business value solutions to our clients based on their integrations with WebSphere software. Here are this year's categories:
Best of Show Award
The Impact Best of Show Award is specifically for sponsors of the IBM Impact Conference – Exhibitor level and above. The award recognizes the best demonstration of a solution that illustrates the unique power of using IBM WebSphere offerings. The solution being demonstrated must be currently offered to customers. Final evaluation takes place at the Impact Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada during the IBM Impact conference.
Business Process Management Award
This award recognizes the IBM Business Partner solution that utilizes Business Process Management (BPM) to help customers improve their efficiency, flexibility, and control of their key business processes across the enterprise. The solution should also demonstrate how it discovers insights that enable innovation, provides maximum value of business interactions, and optimizes productivity and resources.
Cloud Innovation Award
This award recognizes the IBM Business Partner that exhibits the most innovative solution that either utilizes WebSphere offerings to deliver that solution via the Cloud, or utilizes WebSphere offerings to create a cloud-based solution delivery of behalf of a customer. The solution should demonstrate the value that WebSphere offerings provided in the solution.
Distributor Excellence Award
The Distributor Excellence Award recognizes High Value-Add Distributors who are leading the charge in building their Business Partners’ ability to leverage IBM SOA and WebSphere software capabilities in creative, leading-edge, exciting ways.
Software Solution Award - NEW!
This award recognizes the IBM Business Partner that has improved customer satisfaction, taken control of thier sales cycle and/or increased sales, profit and market reach by embedding and selling WebSphere as an integrated component of their solution. The Business Partner must be a member of IBM's ASL or OEM programs delivering the solution under and ASL/OEM agreement.
Smart SOA Award
This award recognizes the IBM Business Partner solution that delivers the best SOA based solution which helps customers create sustainable differentiation, achieve agility and realize business value. Using WebSphere Application Infrastructure and Application Integration products as its foundation, the solution must demonstrate exploitation of IBM’s SOA capabilities to solve traditional business challenges in non-traditional ways.
Smarter Decision Management Award
This award recognizes the IBM Business Partner solution utilizing IBM WebSphere software component(s) that has enabled customers to achieve new levels of smarter decision management through improved planning and scheduling optimization, high-performance visualization, business events or automated risk- and opportunity-based rule decision systems.
Nominations close at 11:55 p.m. EST on March 30, 2012, and can be submitted via the 2012 IBM Impact Business Partner Awards page on PartnerWorld. Winners will be notified on or before April 16, 2012.
The awards will be announced and presented during Business Partner Summit at Impact 2012 on Sunday, April 29, 2012, except for the Impact Best of Show award, which will be announced during the IBM Impact 2012 General Session.
For more information about Impact 2012, read my post Impact 2012 Preview: Everything IBM Business Partners Need to Know Right Now or visit the Impact 2012 website.
Update 3/28/12: The deadline for award nominations has been extended to April 5, 2012 at 11:55 p.m. EST.