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Ginni and Think Academy: Now on PartnerWorld University

Ginni and Think Academy: Now on PartnerWorld University

Learn how the Business Partner ecosystem is evolving to win in the Cognitive Era

At last month’s PartnerWorld Leadership Conference, IBM Chairman, President and CEO Ginni Rometty celebrated IBM Business Partners as an indispensable part of IBM’s success as a cognitive solutions and cloud platform company. To drive this point home, Ginni is focusing on Business Partners in our newest Think Academy module, Ecosystem in the Cognitive Era, available now at PartnerWorld University.

Cloud and cognitive technology are changing the ways we deliver value to our mutual clients through our Business Partners. Our clients want to work with Business Partners who can apply industry expertise and powerful technology to help solve their most pressing business challenges. The Think Academy module helps IBMers better understand and leverage our diverse ecosystem of more than 164,000 Business Partners.

In this course, Ginni talks with Business Partners about how they’re incorporating Watson to create new value with real-world applications of cognitive technology. Through these and other use cases, you’ll hear about the unique interests and challenges of different types of Business Partners and learn how IBM’s strategies, tactics and programs are being transformed to support you.

I encourage you to take advantage of this module, and to continue to differentiate yourself against your competition by exploring the library of free courses offered at PartnerWorld University. PWU is a great way to build your skills and expertise in sales, marketing, technical development and business administration. I highly encourage you to log on and begin your educational journey today.

Watch the videos with Ginni now, and please post your thoughts in the comments!

Mike Gerentine (@mgerentine)
Vice President, IBM Global Business Partners

Michael Gerentine is Vice President, Software Channel Sales, IBM Global Business Partners. He is in charge of managing software partners across the IBM channel, a global business that spans several IBM business divisions, including Watson and IBM Cloud. He helps channel partners better understand IBM's strategy, adopt new technologies and deliver solutions to clients, all while helping drive mutual sales success for the ecosystem. Previously, Michael served as Vice President of Marketing, IBM Global Business Partners, where he developed and led marketing efforts for the IBM Business Partner channel.

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