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Executive Perspective Partner Experience Worldwide

Celebrating 20 years of excellence: 2019 IBM Beacon Awards

IBM Business Partners are intensely committed to the future. That’s what makes the IBM Partner Ecosystem one of the strongest programs of its kind. It’s that time of year again to shine a spotlight on your exceptional new solutions through the 2019 IBM Beacon Awards program, the highest recognition given by the IBM Partner Ecosystem.

This year’s program is especially remarkable as the 20th anniversary of the IBM Beacon Awards. Technology has changed tremendously in the past two decades, but what has not changed is the innovativeness of our IBM Business Partners, who continue to be leaders in their respective industries. We are excited to celebrate our award winners while commemorating 20 years of overall leadership and excellence from the IBM Business Partner Ecosystem.

The deadline is November 13, only a couple of weeks away, so click here to get started today!

Past winners know that the IBM Beacon Awards are a prestigious marker of excellence. For example, 2018 winner Flagship Solutions Group is a “true blue partner”—they have participated in the IBM Beacon Awards program since 2011 and have been honored as a finalist or winner in all but one of those years.

“We feel that the IBM Beacon Awards are a key way to demonstrate Flagship’s value to IBM and to validate the high-quality solutions that we develop. Flagship has evolved significantly over the last decade and participating (and being recognized) in the Beacon Awards has reinforced that we are heading in the right direction to support our customers.”
—Mark Wyllie, CEO of Flagship Solutions Group

As you can see, winning an IBM Beacon Award can be a powerful way to participate in IBM’s storied tradition of constant innovation.

An array of benefits for Beacon Award winners
The elegant crystal trophy is only the beginning. The 2019 winners will receive a complimentary hotel package and registration for the invitation-only PartnerWorld at Think event in San Francisco. Your registration for PartnerWorld also gives you full access to Think 2019—IBM’s premier client conference—where you can explore the latest technology that is changing the planet. Join us in San Francisco from February 11 – 15 to take advantage of both events.

In line with our goal of offering IBM Business Partners increased opportunities for exposure in the marketplace, IBM Beacon Award winners will also get a marketing kit to share news of their success, including a promotional video created by IBM marketing professionals. Check out the videos of past winners here. Winning an IBM Beacon Award will give you powerful tools to increase your firm’s visibility.

Take a look back at all that you’ve accomplished in 2018. What solutions deserve the spotlight? Wouldn’t it be great to celebrate the upcoming year with an impressive new trophy on your office shelf, and an “IBM Beacon Award winner” badge on your website?

Don’t wait: the deadline to submit IBM Beacon Award nominations is November 13, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. EST.
Now is the time to review your client projects and put your best efforts in the spotlight.

Jacqueline Woods (@jacwoods2020)
Chief Marketing Officer
IBM Partner Ecosystem

Jacqueline Woods is Chief Marketing Officer, IBM Global Business Partners. She drives worldwide marketing efforts around IBM’s channel business, with a focus on growing business partner momentum in IBM Cloud and Cognitive technologies.

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