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IBM Beacon Awards

2014 Beacon Awards
Congratulations to our winners
and finalists!

Best solution for a Smarter Infrastructure

IBM Cloud and Smarter Infrastructure capabilities help organizations improve visibility, control and automation across their physical and virtual enterprises so they can achieve better business outcomes. This award recognizes innovative, partner-led solutions, which leverage the latest Cloud and Smarter Infrastructure capabilities across Cloud, IT Service Management, Enterprise Endpoint and Mobility Management, Asset and Facilities Management, and Data Protection and Storage.

The winning solution will have the following characteristics:

Additional criteria:

Minimum of 1 (maximum of 3) client references is required

Demonstrate greater business impact with social business best practices

This award recognizes an IBM Business Partner who helped their customers create greater business impact as a result of deploying social business capabilities including digital experience, cloud, collaboration, and mobile. A social business embraces networks of people to create business value by engaging with their customers, partners and employees in new ways to drive sustainable competitive advantage. A social business has implemented practices which put people at the core of business processes, accelerating business value creation.

Business Partners can submit new or existing social business solutions that have delivered compelling business results by bringing together people, business processes, social tools and best practices. The Business Partner's solution must include IBM social capabilities, and the submission must include examples of measurable business results.

Special consideration will be given to solutions that:

Additional criteria:

Minimum of 1 (maximum of 3) client references required

Outstanding Business Agility in Motion solution

This award recognizes an IBM Business Partner who helps client's maximize their business performance by providing solutions that help them build an agile business environment. The nomination should describe how the Business Partner’s solution provides a "systems of interaction" approach that uses IBM WebSphere Software. Include examples but not limited to:

Additional criteria:

Minimum of 1 (maximum of 3) client references is required. The solution will be judged based on the above criteria and how it incorporates the components of the IBM WebSphere portfolio.

Outstanding Business Continuity and Resiliency services

This award recognizes innovative, Business Partner-led solutions, which extend the core value of IBM Business Continuity and Resiliency Services to support new backup and recovery capabilities for our clients.

The winner of this award will have demonstrated that they have teamed with IBM Global Technology Services to deliver innovative cloud based data backup services with IBM SmartCloud® Managed Backup or cloud based disaster recovery services with IBM SmartCloud Virtualized Server Recovery. While IBM SmartCloud Managed Backup is designed to provide data backup in a cloud based redundant infrastructure managed by IBM to help clients reduce operational risk and total cost of ownership, IBM SmartCloud Virtualized Server Recovery is designed to improve server reliability by providing server failover and faster recovery and supporting both virtualized and non-virtualized server environments. By leveraging these IBM solutions, the winner of this award helped clients mitigate IT risk, while achieving predictable operating expenses and lower capital expense requirements.

Additional criteria:

Minimum of 1 (maximum of 3) client references is required.

Outstanding Competitive solution

This award recognizes an IBM Business Partner who, through a winning market leadership strategy, has successfully displaced or won back a competitive installation. The solution should include a combination of IBM server system and/or IBM storage systems with IBM software that together, address specific customer challenges and illustrate the strength of IBM’s value proposition.

In addition, the nomination should:

Additional criteria:

Minimum of 1 (maximum of 3) client references is required. Multiple references will receive higher credits

Outstanding Innovation in Software, Systems or Product Development

This award recognizes the IBM Business Partner (VAD, Reseller, ISV, SI) solution or integration that delivers software development best practices in any of the Rational portfolio areas of: collaborative development lifecycle, requirements, coding, test, build and release, service virtualization or enterprise modernization. The winning solutions or integrations must demonstrate how it has helped customers transform the design, development or delivery of IT software or software embedded products while increasing ROI. Special consideration will be given to embracing the latest modes in software delivery; such as Jazz, DevOps, agile, or cloud computing and those solutions or integrations that are repeatable.

Additional criteria:

Minimum of 1 (maximum of 3) client references is required.

Outstanding Integrated Hardware, Software and Services solution

This award recognizes an IBM Business Partner who has delivered an innovative solution integrating IBM Hardware, Software and Services to drive customer value, increase efficiencies and drive measurable results.

The winning solution will have the following characteristics:

Additional criteria:

Minimum of 1 (maximum of 3) client references required. These references should demonstrate outstanding solutions implemented at a midmarket client within the last 12 months.

Outstanding Managed Service Provider solution for Midsize Businesses

This Beacon Award recognizes a Managed Service Provider (MSP) for excellence in serving midsize businesses employing 100-999 employees with a hosted solution in partnership with IBM. MSPs are third-party organizations that proactively manage IT resources for customers on a remote basis in four technology areas: network and telecommunications, IT hardware infrastructure, applications and security.

The winning solution will have the following characteristics:

Additional criteria:

Minimum of 1 (maximum of 3) client references is required. These references should demonstrate outstanding solutions implemented at a midmarket client within the last 12 months.

Outstanding Mobile Enterprise solution

This award recognizes an IBM Business Partner who has helped customers become a mobile enterprise, by providing business-to-employee (B2E) or business-to-consumer/business (B2C/B2B) solutions designed for mobile, first.

Nominated solutions will be comprised of IBM MobileFirst solutions, with a primary focus on the MobileFirst platform. IBM offerings that are considered as the primary basis for this award include IBM Worklight, IBM MessageSight and IBM Tealeaf CX Mobile.

Additional criteria:

Minimum of 1 (maximum of 3) client references required describing how the customer's organization has benefitted from the partner's solution designed using IBM MobileFirst.

The reference should include quantifiable benefits such as increased transaction size or volume, improved efficiency of a business process, or impact on customer satisfaction.

Special consideration will be given to business processes that have been re-imagined in the context of a mobile enterprise, such as machine-to-machine or location-based services.

Repeatable solutions should be noted and can be supported with additional references (no more than three total). If possible, a video or link to access/download an application should be included.

Outstanding Ready for IBM Security Intelligence solution

This award recognizes innovative, Business Partner-led solutions, which extend the core value of IBM Security solutions for the design, development and delivery of software and systems to support new security capabilities for our customers.

The winning solution will have the following characteristics:

Additional criteria:

Minimum of 1 (maximum of 3) client references required. These references should demonstrate outstanding solutions implemented at a midmarket client within the last 12 months.

Client reference(s) must have installed both IBM Security and Business Partner solution and be using it successfully in a production environment. Please indicate if you have created an IBM DeveloperWorks based community and include a summary list of the collateral you have generated for this solution to support both internal and external channels.

Outstanding Security Services solution

This award recognizes innovative, Business Partner-led solutions, which extend the core value of IBM Managed Security Services for the delivery of services to support new security capabilities for our customers.

The winning solution will have the following characteristics:

  • Utilizes IBM Managed Security Services to address customer requirements
  • Demonstrates how clients are able to reduce TCO and management complexity while reducing risk and enabling innovation with IBM Managed Security Services
  • Particular consideration will be given to those solutions incorporating multiple IBM Managed Security Services solutions

Additional criteria:

Minimum of 1 (maximum of 3) client references required. These references should demonstrate outstanding solutions implemented at a midmarket client within the last 12 months.

Client reference(s) must have delivered both an IBM Security and Business Partner solution and be using it successfully.

Outstanding Services Solution with Global Technology Services

This Beacon Award recognizes the Business Partner who has demonstrated their commitment with IBM Global Technology Services (GTS) through a strong collaborative relationship.

The winner of this award will have demonstrated that they have teamed with IBM Global Technology Services to drive repeatable signings and revenue with high customer satisfaction. Key measurements of success include revenue for IBM Global Technology Services, delivery of innovative solutions that contribute to a Smarter Planet and positive customer satisfaction with the services delivered.

Additional criteria:

Minimum of 1 (maximum of 3) client references is required.

Eligible IBM Global Technology Services offerings:

Outstanding solution for Midsize Businesses

This Beacon Award recognizes an IBM Business Partner for excellence in serving midsize businesses employing 100-999 employees. This Business Partner builds and delivers innovative solutions using IBM’s midmarket offerings, invests in generating demand and aligns with IBM’s strategy and resources for the midmarket.

The winning solution will have the following characteristics:

Additional criteria:

Minimum of 1 (maximum of 3) client references required. These references should demonstrate outstanding solutions implemented at a midmarket client within the last 12 months.

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