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Executive Perspective Worldwide

PartnerWorld at Think starts now!

Hello from Las Vegas! We are live from PartnerWorld at Think—IBM’s reimagined PartnerWorld leadership conference, which started today at the MGM Grand.

It’s an exciting time here on the Vegas Strip. In the last few days, Business Partners, IBMers and clients have been arriving from all over the world to attend PartnerWorld at Think and IBM’s premiere client conference, Think 2018.

Whether you’re at the event, down the street at Think 2018 or tuning in from home, we’ll be posting a daily recap of conference activities here on Business Partner Voices to keep everyone up-to-date with the latest happenings. Remember, you can also follow along with us on Twitter for the latest updates: @IBMPartners and #PWThink.

Let’s dive right in!

Thinking together with Ginni Rometty

Business Partners who are attending PartnerWorld at Think enjoy free access to Think 2018. Many made their way to Mandalay Bay this morning to hear IBM Chairman, President and CEO Ginni Rometty deliver the Chairman’s Address. She shared her vision for the future of IBM and interviewed Lowell C. McAdam, CEO of Verizon; Michael White, CEO-designate of IBM-Maersk Joint Venture; and David McKay, President and CEO of RBC.

Getting into the zone—with the BP Zone at Think

Also at Mandalay Bay, IBM opened the Think Business Partner Zone—a space designed for Business Partners attending both Think and PartnerWorld at Think. Co-sponsored by Ingram Micro, this area features content and resources not available elsewhere at either conference, including:

      • 10 dedicated meeting rooms: Business Partners can book rooms for onsite meetings.
      • Expert Bar: Attendees can confer with subject-matter experts about the PartnerWorld program, IBM Global Financing opportunities, the co-marketing program, IBM solutions and more.
      • 30-seat theater: IBM will show a wide array of lightning talks including the winning presentations from the 2017 Watson Build Champions.
      • Networking opportunities: In addition to connecting with IBM experts, Business Partners can find a comfortable place to sit, meet with their clients and move forward with business.


Celebrating success at the IBM Beacon Awards Reception and Gala Dinner

PartnerWorld at Think kicked off in earnest this afternoon at the MGM Grand pool for the Welcome Reception.

Next, we headed to the MGM Grand Garden Arena for the Gala Dinner and Beacon Awards ceremony. John Teltsch, General Manager, Global Business Partners at IBM, and I presented the Beacon Awards. These prestigious awards recognize Business Partners who deliver exceptional solutions to drive business value and transform the way clients and industries operate.

“It’s great to have many of our Business Partners with us in Las Vegas,” said John Teltsch. “We are honored that so many invested their valuable time with us this week. We are here to thank our partners for their continued partnership with IBM.”

We had some very impressive winners this year. The IBM Beacon Awards recognized 17 different achievements across a wide range of industries and solutions. You can read John’s blog for more information on the winners.

We’re just getting started. Check back tomorrow for a recap of the first full day of activities.

Jacqueline Woods (@jacwoods2020)
Chief Marketing Officer, IBM Global Business Partners

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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