2012 IBM Beacon Awards Overview

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2012 IBM Beacon Awards Overview

September 2011



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Program Overview


The Beacon Awards is a statement of IBM’s public recognition of an
elite group of its business partners to the channel community and IT
marketplace



The IBM Beacon Awards recognize the best solutions IBM Business Partners deliver across
our business and around the world.


The Beacon Award is synonymous with excellence and innovation in the IT industry.


Advance and Premier Business Partners are eligible to nominate solutions for awards
.


The Beacon Awards celebrated it’s 12
th

year in market this year



Value:


Winning a Beacon Award can result in worldwide industry recognition and promotional
opportunities that can increase visibility.


Winners consider the award as recognition that can help them create competitive
advantages, with more business, and raise their profile in the industry.



Eligibility:


IBM Business Partners that are Advanced and Premier members of PartnerWorld


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Web facing starting point...

https://www
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304.ibm.com/partnerworld/wps/servlet/ContentHandler/pw_com_prb_beacon

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2012 Beacon Award Benefits


Benefits for all Beacon Award Winners/Finalists


Complimentary registration to an exclusive IBM event


Promotion of winners and finalists on the PartnerWorld Web site


Use of Beacon Award marks for one year


Crystal trophy



Winners will also receive:


Press and analyst support


Videotaped testimonial to be distributed through IBM communications
channels


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2012 Beacon Award Categories

Smarter Computing:



Smarter Computing: Cloud Computing Innovation


Cloud Builder


Smarter Computing: Cloud Computing Innovation


Cloud Application Provider


Smarter Computing: Cloud Computing Innovation
--

Cloud Services Solution Provider


Smarter Computing: Outstanding Business Analytics Innovation


Smarter Computing: Outstanding Information Management Innovation


Smarter Computing: Outstanding Systems Storage Solution


Smarter Computing: Outstanding Optimized Solutions on Enterprise Servers for
Business Innovation and Economic Benefit


Smarter Computing: Outstanding Optimized Workload Solution


System x and
BladeCenter


Smarter Computing: Outstanding Optimized Workload Solution


Power Systems



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2012 Beacon Award Categories

Smarter Solutions:



Outstanding Business Agility Solution


Outstanding Business Transformation through Becoming a Social Business


Outstanding Integrated Service Management Solution


Outstanding Security Solution


Outstanding Services Solution with Global Technology Services


Outstanding Software Innovation


Outstanding Integrated Hardware, Software and Services Innovation


Outstanding Competitive Solution


Outstanding Solution for Midsize Businesses



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2012 Beacon Award Categories

Smarter Industries:



Best Industry Solution for Banking


Best Industry Solution for Communications


Best Industry Solution for Energy & Utilities


Best Industry Solution for Government


Best Industry Solution for Healthcare


Best Industry Solution for Insurance


Best Industry Solution for Retail


Technical Excellence:



Outstanding Technical Vitality




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Key Requirements


Select which Award you want to nominate



Complete your profile and nomination form



Complete a minimum of 1 reference



Submit

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Key 2012 Beacon Awards Eligibility Rules

Below are some of the key guidelines for IBM Business Partners who want to submit a nomination for a
Beacon Award:


IBM Business Partners must be Advanced or Premier IBM PartnerWorld participants as of October 28, 2011
11:59 pm EDT


Nominations must be submitted in English. [Please note the solution may be developed in any language,
but the entry itself must be submitted in the English language.]


The nomination deadline is November 1, 2011 at 11:59 pm EDT (New York).


Solutions nominated in prior years that were not selected as Beacon Award winners or finalists may be
nominated for consideration provided they were substantially improved in 2011. Solutions that have already
been recognized as Beacon Award winners in previous years are not eligible.


The same solution can not be submitted for multiple awards.


IBM Business Partners can submit nominations for a maximum of three awards


Each award submission must include a completed nomination form and a minimum of at least one customer
reference. Your nomination will be considered complete and eligible for judging once both components are
received.


IBM’s decisions are final. IBM reserves the right to modify or eliminate categories and the stated procedures
and/or criteria in whole or in part at any time without notice.


Judging of the Beacon Awards is conducted by a panel of internal and external judges.


The judging period will conclude in mid
-
December and winners and finalists will be notified immediately
thereafter.


Eligible solutions must have been implemented within the last 12 months.


If you have questions or require additional information, please contact
beacons@us.ibm.com
.


Complete list of all Eligibility Rules:
https://www
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304.ibm.com/partnerworld/wps/servlet/ContentHandler/pw_com_prb_beacon_eligibility


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Questions


If you have questions or require additional information, please
contact
beacons@us.ibm.com
.



Link to Beacon Award 2011 website:
https://www
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304.ibm.com/partnerworld/wps/servlet/ContentHandler/pw_co
m_prb_beacon