Q: Can any PartnerWorld member submit a nomination regardless of member level?
A: Yes. The Beacon Awards are open to any PartnerWorld member level, eg. Member, Advanced or Premier.
Q: May I nominate my company for multiple Beacon Awards?
A: Yes. There is no limit to how many nominations a Business Partner may submit. However, each nomination requires a unique and different customer reference.
Q: Do I need to have a customer reference in order for my nomination to be properly considered by the judges?
A: Yes. All nominations must include at least one customer reference. The reference acts as a demonstration of your nominated solution in action, which is a key requirement for all nominated solutions. A nomination with two or three customer references may be judged of greater value than a comparable nomination with a single customer reference.
Q: Does my customer reference need to be publicly referenceable?
A: No. Your customer reference does not need to be publicly referenceable. References are housed in an IBM internal client reference database. Unless you have selected a reference for publication on PartnerWorld, it will remain internal only. When submitting your reference, please select how the reference can be used. Any usage requests will filter through the reference owner.
Q: Is my client reference eligible for PartnerWorld points?
A: Yes. However, you must make that selection on the client reference form and provide the required client contact information in order for IBM to verify the reference.
Q: Can IBM be used as my client reference?
A: No. IBM is not eligible to be used by any IBM Business Partner as their client reference.
Q: Has there been a change in the way customer references are handled this year?
A: No. Just like last year you will be linked to the PartnerWorld customer reference submission form to submit your reference. If you have any questions, please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: Can I use a customer reference that has already been published in the IBM customer reference database this year?
A: Yes. However, it has to have been published in 2013. To do this, simply follow the instructions on the nomination website.
Q: What is the best way to complete the Beacon Award nomination process?
A: There are four steps to submitting a nomination: Step 1: Select your award. Step 2: Fill out the nomination form. Step 3. Complete the customer reference form. Step 4: Submit your nomination.
Q: Can I edit my nomination form?
A: You can edit a "Draft" nomination as much as needed, but once you submit it, you can no longer make changes. Please remember to submit your draft nomination before the awards closing date or else the nomination will not be marked completed and therefore will not continue to be judged for a Beacon Award.
Q: I have created a draft nomination that I would like to delete. Can I delete it myself?
A: Yes. As long as it is still in draft form. Simply go to your "Work on my nominations" page and delete it. However, you cannot delete a submitted nomination.
Q: How do I know if my award nomination has been submitted properly?
A: You will receive a confirmation email that your nomination is in process. You can also view your submitted nominations at any time using the "Work on my nominations" link available on the Beacon Award nominations website.
Q: How will I know if I have won a Beacon Award? When will I be notified if I have won?
A: At the conclusion of the judging process, you will receive an official email notifying you of your selection as a winner or finalist. One winner and two finalists will be selected for each award by a panel of judges who are experts in their fields. We expect notifications to go out in early January 2014.
Q: If I am a Beacon Award Winner or Finalist can other country enterprises, in our worldwide organization, use the Beacon Award Mark?
A: Yes. Effective with the 2013 awards, all country enterprises associated with your worldwide enterprise are eligible to use the Beacon Award Mark. However, they must follow the usage guidelines outlined on the PartnerWorld website.
Beacon Laureate Award and Choice Awards
Q: What is the Beacon Laureate Award?
A: The IBM Beacon Laureate Award recognizes Business Partners who have consistently demonstrated exemplary achievement in a Beacon Award category year over year. Business Partners can not nominate themselves for a Beacon Laureate Award. Winners are determined by their current and past success as a Beacon Award Winner/Finalist and selected by IBM. Learn more about this prestigious award.
Q. What are IBM's Choice Awards? How do I nominate my company?
A. IBM will honor Business Partners from each geography who have demonstrated business excellence in delivering IBM-based solutions to our mutual clients. The IBM Business Partners who win these awards exhibit IBM values in all client interactions and achieve common business goals, resulting in superior customer satisfaction and mutually significant business impact. The IBM Choice Awards will be selected by an IBM panel and requires no completed nomination forms by Business Partners. Self nominations by IBM Business Partners will not be accepted for the IBM Choice Awards.