By Joyce Davis, IBM Collaboration Solutions Community Manager
Last year we launched the IBM Champion program for IBM Collaboration Solutions. This program recognizes and rewards outstanding clients and business partners who evangelize IBM solutions, share knowledge, and help grow the community of users and business leaders focused on our solutions. Over the past year, I've had the pleasure of working with the 63 champions who were selected for 2011/2012. These folks spend a considerable amount of their own time, energy and resources on community efforts -- organizing and leading user group events, answering questions in forums, contributing wiki articles and applications, publishing podcasts, sharing instructional videos, and more! The dedication and commitment these champions have demonstrated over the past year has been inspiring.
In August 2012, we opened nominations (and renewals) for our 2013 set of champions. I'm proud to announce that the selection committee has chosen the following 76 individuals for our 2013 class of IBM Champions for Collaboration Solutions. They will each receive IBM Champion-branded merchandise (apparel and some cool gadgets!), increased visibility on IBM sites, invitations and discounts to IBM events, recognition at select conferences, and access to key IBM business executives and technical leaders. As I've mentioned many times, I couldn't be a luckier community manager to work with such a passionate community. I welcome this new class of champions and look forward to working together to spread social business goodness!
Meet the 2013 IBM Champions for Collaboration Solutions
Francie Tanner Koichi Hatanaka Russ Maher