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IBM Collaboration Solutions Awards 2014

Guidelines

Please adhere to the following guidelines:

*Note: Business Partners must be have an exhibit / booth on the IBM Connect 2014 Solutions Showcase floor to demonstrate their solution(s) for final evaluation of the Best of Show and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) award on Sunday January 26, 2014 in the afternoon.

IBM Collaboration Solutions welcomes ALL PartnerWorld member levels Business Partners: Member, Advanced and Premier Business.

1.Nominations must be submitted in English language format only.

2.Nomination deadline for categories listed below is January 8, 2014 at 11:55 P.M. Eastern Standard Time (New York).
  • Best of Show and Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
3.Please complete all questions on the nomination form. If an asterisk (*) appears next to a field, the information is required and must be completed in order to submit the nomination, except for the Attachment fields on Step Four. On that tab, please ensure you attach at least a nomination form and also your company logo if at all possible.

4.Nominations can be saved as a draft. You can make changes to any nomination saved as a draft. Once the nomination has been submitted, you will not be allowed to edit the nomination.

5.All nominations must be submitted for judging consideration. Nominations saved as draft will not be judged.

6.IBM Business Partners must indicate their company's consent to submit the nomination by providing the name and title of an authorized representative from their company. IBM employees nominating an IBM Business Partner must provide the name and title of an authorized representative from the IBM Business Partner company as proof of identity and consent to the nomination.

7.Shrink wrapped products must have commercially shipped as of December 1, 2013 in order to qualify. If you would like the judges to review an executable demo, please provide a Web address along with instructions on how to access the demo on the nomination form. These instructions may be provided in the 'Additional Information' field above the URL question.

8.Please do not send confidential information.

9.If you require assistance in completing your nomination form in English, please contact catherine_stone@us.ibm.com

10.PartnerWord ID and Password is needed to login to submit a nomination.

11.You must be an IBM Business Partner for your nomination to be considered for an award. 2014 ICS Awards open to all PartnerWorld Business Partner member levels (Member, Advanced and Premier Business Partners).

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12.Business Partners may nominate different solutions for more than one category, but NOT THE SAME SOLUTION for multiple categories, unless they are also nominating for the Best of Show and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) award, judged on site at IBM Connect 2014 Solutions Showcase on Sunday, January 26, 2014 in the afternoon in Orlando, Florida.

13.One final piece of advice, here is the information the judges look for:
  • Demos - Please provide/attach a demo of your solution, if available. If a demo is not available, screenshots and presentations are an alternative. Not required.
  • The elegance of the solution, not just a compilation of every product feature, but how those features were utilized to provide a valuable, easy-to-use solution for the end-user.
  • The creativity of the solution -- utilizing our software in innovative ways and cutting-edge solution areas.
  • Return On Investment statements backed up with figures (amount of money saved or percent improved)
  • Productivity statements
  • Repeatable solutions
  • Concise nominations, no spec sheets or product feature lists
  • Solutions that utilize the most current releases of our products
  • Good customer references

If you have questions or need further information, please contact catherine_stone@us.ibm.com.