Monday, 17 October 2016

Become an IBM Champion - My IBM Champion Nominations for IBM Social Business Part 2

As everybody knows it's IBM Champion season again. Throughout the last year I had the privilege to participate in the IBM Champions Program. For this I am very grateful. The IBM Champions Program is an amazing program!
During the past year I noticed a number of 'contributors' of which I think deserve a nomination as IBM Champion for IBM Social Business. My three nominees below have made, in my opinion, a considerable contribution to the community during the past year.
Two of these nominees are currently not IBM Champions for IBM Social Business but definitely deserve this.
For these nominations I looked objectively at the criteria of IBM 'Who should be nominated as an IBM Champion?'.

Who should be nominated as an IBM Champion?
Well, here are the detailed criteria (also described below), but maybe what would help are some examples of people who might be IBM Champions: The person in your company who knows everything there is to know about your IBM software or hardware and makes it all work together and is always the one answering everyone’s questions. The person writing articles or books about IBM technology. The person with a blog who investigates and covers IBM technology. The person who runs the local meetup or user group covering IBM technology. The person whose Twitter stream is always sharing what they’re building with IBM technology. The person making YouTube videos about developing with IBM technology. The person who has a couple of sessions every year at IBM and user group conferences and events… Those are all people who might be IBM Champions.
The IBM Champion program requires IBM advocacy and influence outside one's own organization or customer engagements.  We also seek individuals that have significant contributions in at least 2-3 areas as defined below (significant contributions = a contribution, executed multiple times or for an extended period of time).
This can be blogging regularly, tweeting regularly (on topics relevant to our industry, but not necessarily IBM-specific tweets), speaking at multiple events in a calendar year, User Group Conference Planning Committee member (involves the execution of a conference or a part of the conference over a period of several months) or be a President or Board member of a worldwide or local user group for a period of 1 year.

My second IBM Champion Nominations for IBM Social Business.

Matteo BisiCsaba KissPatrick Kwinten

With these nominations I want to thank these nominees for their significant contribution to the community during the past year.

Take also the opportunity to nominate an influencer of IBM Social Business now. Nominations for the 2017 IBM Champion program will be accepted through November 14.
Say thank you, like I did, and Nominate an IBM Champion!
And remember, you can always nominate yourself!
If you need information about someone you want to nominate then take a look at his or her LinkedIn profile. Concerning the nomination form, just fill in what you know and submit the form!
Hopefully this blog post gives some inspiration to submit a IBM Champion nomination if you have not already done so. Why, because they deserve it!
More information of becoming a IBM Champion and about the IBM Champion Program: Webcast & info session: Become an IBM Champion

Nominate an IBM Champion : IBM Champion Program

More information about the IBM Champion Program: IBM developerWorks - Champions


  1. Thank you, John. It's very much appreciated.

  2. Thanks John ! Happy and honored to see my face in your post ! ^_^