Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Become an IBM Champion

As everybody knows it's IBM Champion season again. Throughout the last three years 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! I am very committed to our community and try, as good as I can, to contribute to the community through visible activities as blog posts, tweets, running an international community and being a moderator in several communities. Due to the release of Domino 10 the nominations for IBM Champion this year may have faded a little into the background but there is still time enough to submit some nominations.

Who should be nominated as an IBM Champion?
Well, below are the well known detailed criteria, 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.  IBM 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.

Take the opportunity to nominate an influencer of IBM Collaboration Solutions now. Nominations for the 2019 IBM Champion program will be accepted through October 22. 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!
If you think, based on the above,  that you would like to be nominated as IBM Champion please contact me. Let me know what you contributed to the community last year and I will fill out a nomination form. If you would like to nominate me as IBM Champion ICS for 2019, I would highly appreciate it.

Below some usefull links for more information about the IBM Champion Program and the link to the nomination form.
Nominate an IBM Champion : IBM Champion Program
Nomination Form IBM Champion : Nominate an IBM Champion
More information about the IBM Champion Program: IBM developerWorks - Champions

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