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IBM Beacon Awards 2015

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Eligibility

Q: Can any IBM 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 client reference.


References

Q: Do I need to have a client reference in order for my nomination to be considered for judging?
A: Yes. All nominations must include at least one client 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 client references may be judged of greater value than a comparable nomination with a single client reference.

Q: Does my client reference need to be publicly referenceable?
A: No. Your client reference does not need to be publicly referenceable. References are held 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 IBM 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. Points are awarded only after the reference has been verified and published. The reference must be approved for external use with either clients and/or other Business Partners.

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 client references are handled this year?
A: No. Just like last year you will be linked to the IBM PartnerWorld client reference submission form to submit your reference. If you have any questions, please send an email to: beacons@us.ibm.com.

Q: Can I use a client reference that has already been published in the IBM Client Reference Database this year?
A: Yes. However, it has to have a publication date of September 1, 2013 or later. To use this type of reference, simply follow the instructions on the nomination website.

Q: Does the client reference have to be submitted in English?
A: Yes. Both the client reference and nomination have to be submitted in English.


Nomination process

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 client 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 deadline (November 21) or else the nomination will not be marked complete and will not be considered for judging.

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 has been submitted. You can also view your submitted nominations at any time using the "Work on my nominations" link available on the Beacon Award nomination 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 2015.

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 IBM 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.


Help and additional resources

Q: How do I get technical help with my nomination?
A: Please send an email to beacons@us.ibm.com and someone will contact you.

Q: Who can I contact if I have any questions about submitting my client reference?
A: Please send an email to beacons@us.ibm.com and someone will contact you.

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