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What Business Partners are saying about Think

Think 2019 is ushering in a new era. On February 12 – 15, 2019, we’re trading in the lights and high rollers of Las Vegas for the startup energy and disruptors of San Francisco. IBM leaders along with our Partner Ecosystem and clients will be showcasing new technologies and successful examples of using cloud, artificial intelligence (AI) and infrastructure across many industries. Think 2019 is the perfect place to deepen conversations with your clients. Invite them to join you at Think and learn about new IBM solutions—all while surrounded by experts from virtually every industry.

At Think 2019, you can discover the latest IBM tools and solutions you need to scale your business as well as connect with other members of the Partner Ecosystem. Join us for panels, labs and discussions around innovative technologies, including AI, blockchain, quantum computing, IBM Watson technologies and cloud. CEO Ginni Rometty and other IBM executives and scientists who will be speaking at Think 2019 will inspire you with industry knowledge, business know-how, technical teachings and life lessons.

How Business Partners see Think
All of these things sound pretty good, but I don’t want you to just take my word for it—listen to what a few of our alumni Partners from Think 2018 had to say about the event.

      • Mark III Systems really enjoyed our time at IBM Think 2018, including being honored as the 2018 IBM Beacon Laureate Winner, receiving recognition as a Beacon Award Winner and Finalist for two categories, operating a booth in the Think expo and speaking and demoing at a few breakout sessions covering topics from IBM Storage to Power Systems to Cloud to AI. As a Platinum Partner, IBM Think 2018 was the premier partnership event for us to collaborate with IBM and the IBM ecosystem around digital transformation and the rapidly changing landscape. With technologies and client expectations and priorities changing so quickly, having an event like Think, with so many different viewpoints and perspectives in one place was invaluable for us—not only to share what we’ve learned in working with clients in partnering around digital transformation stacks, but also to see what other innovators are doing out in the marketplace.” —Stan Wysocki, President, Mark III Systems


      • Think 2018 was especially exciting and valuable for me as a first-time attendee. The highlights for me were the opportunities to build relationships with other business partners, scheduled meetings with IBM marketing executives and members of the BP co-marketing support team and the immersive experience in the POWER9 showcase area. There was a session that I attended that was an invite-only for MSP partners and featured presentations by a couple of other MSPs. It was great to hear in that session how other MSPs are working with IBM to support their managed services customers. The keynotes and divisional breakouts were perfect, not only for getting the visionary messaging directly from IBM, but the ability to hear other business partners talk about how they are delivering IBM-based MSP solutions in the market added a layer of real-world business application to it.”—Josh Davis, Director of Marketing, InfoSystems


      • During Think, we met IBM Security people face to face that we had only communicated with by emails or webinars, as well as were introduced to over 20 other i2 Analyst Notebook partners—many of whom we are still continuing to do work with. In fact, the entire IBM Security team was there, and all of them including senior management took the time to better understand our company, our product and service mix, and to offer advice on the marketing of our newest i2 solution, Blue Fusion. These introductions and meetings allowed us to have a much more successful 2018 business year and created the platform for our strategic plan for 2019. So I would say to any IBM partner that is pondering Think, just GO. There is no doubt it can only improve your IBM experience.”—Bruce Parkman, Chairman, The Malcalan Group

Why you don’t want to miss Think 2019
Still wondering about the value of attending Think 2019? Read John Teltsch’s latest blog to access video testimonies from Business Partners who are excited to attend Think 2019. Think 2019 will include events at locations all over San Francisco, including the George R. Moscone Convention Center, W San Francisco, Hilton San Francisco Union Square, The InterContinental San Francisco, City View at Metreon and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

If you have vouchers from 2018, make sure you use them before they expire on December 31, 2018. We are also offering Business Partners Pending 2019 vouchers. When you’re ready to apply your 2018 or 2019 vouchers, or if you have any questions, contact the Think 2019 registration support team:

US and Canada: 800-227-4374
International: 770-359-6591
[email protected]

To learn more about vouchers, visit the IBM Systems Business Partner Education Vouchers web page.

Tim Tsao
CMO, IBM Partner Ecosystem, North America

Tim Tsao is CMO, IBM Partner Ecosystem, North America. He leads a marketing and communications team dedicated to partner ecosystem growth across IBM business units and vertical markets in North America. Prior to his current role, Tim held roles as: Chief of Staff to IBM Global CMO, Director of IBM Marketplace, Global Digital Marketing Leader for IBM Cloud, and Global Marketing Leader for MSP/CSPs.

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  1. Don Thomas

    Tim, the Skytap team is really looking forward to Think 2019! The unparalleled access to IBM product and technical SME’s as well as clients and other partners makes this a premier event. We are looking forward to sharing our Power Cloud story and how we can help migrate and modernize enterprise applications in the cloud.


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