Today is not your average Tuesday. IBM Pulse 2011
, the premier event for service management, officially kicked off yesterday morning in Las Vegas, Nevada. The conference began bright and early, with over 7,000 in attendance at an opening general session
hosted by IBM Vice President Scott Hebner. True to form, the OGS featured appearances from top IBM executives, including Steve Mills and Danny Sabbah, as well as testimonials from IBM customers, and was keynoted by an especially inspiring Dean Kamen.
But for IBM Business Partners, the conference actually started on Sunday. The Pulse Business Partner Summit
, an information-packed day designed to help Business Partners maximize performance and fine-tune go-to-market strategy, saw over 1,000 partners in attendance. Traditionally, the Business Partner Summit is also where some of the biggest IBM Business Partner news is announced: the winners of the IBM Tivoli Business Partner Awards. This year was no exception, and in 2011, the awards recognized Business Partners who have excelled in delivering exceptional business value throughout the past year.
Below is a list of the winners and finalists for the 2011 Tivoli Business Partner Awards. Congratulations to all!
Best of Show Award
Finalist: InterPro Solutions, LLC
Finalist: Cohesive Information Solutions, Inc.
Business Partner Innovation Award
Winner: Total Resource Management, Inc.
Finalist: Trend Micro, Inc.
Finalist: Pirean, Ltd.
Integrated Service Management Excellence Award
Winner: generationE Technologies
Finalist: Flagship Solutions Group, Inc.
ISM Summit Cup
Finalist: generationE Technologies
Finalist: Pirean Limited
Application Specific License Excellence Award
Winner: Johnson Controls, Inc.
Integrated Service Management Library Solution Excellence Award
Winner: CiM Maintenance, Inc.
Network Equipment Provider Excellence Award
Smarter Planet for Service Management Award
Winner: Cohesive Information Solutions
Value Added Distributor Excellence Award
Winner: Avnet Technology Solutions
With several more days of Pulse still to come, you can bet there will be more exciting announcements for IBM Business Partners -- don't miss them! If you're not attending this year, you can check out all of the action you missed via Pulse Conversations
, Pulse 2011's social hub, or watch select live and re-broadcast videos at the Pulse 2011 Livestream
site. In addition, you can also follow @TivoliPartners
for real-time Twitter updates on the conference. Stay connected!