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The IBM Champion Program Expands for Automation in 2022 – Meet a Few Champions

By DAVID Jenness posted Fri March 25, 2022 10:28 AM


The IBM Champions program recognizes innovative thought leaders and supports them in their work by giving exclusive access to IBM product launches, helps spread their voice, and build deeper connections with product and development teams. In return, IBM benefits by having articulate, experienced experts who can bring new perspectives to the conversation around Automation. In 2022, Automation expanded its number of IBM Champions to 139.

You probably know a few Champions already. Many are Business Partners who have stepped up to speak on behalf of Automation and its capacity for Innovation.

For example, Pooja Jain (Director AI) and Eric Ducos (CTO) are two new IBM Champions who led a design team at IBM Business Partner Salient Process in the first IBM Build-A-Bot Challenge in summer of 2021. Their entry was not only a finalist, but Pooja and Eric were featured in IBM Community Festival in November, talking about their innovative AI-powered solution using IBM RPA, ODM and BAW. Have a look at what they built!

You’ve no doubt heard of James Taylor, CEO of IBM Business Partner Decision Management Solutions. James is one of the leading exponents of Decision Management. He is co-author of an article that appeared in Harvard Business Review last October, “Managing AI Decision-Making Tools.”  James has a lot of experience helping IBM Customers get more value out of Machine Learning by using Decision Management tools. He’s also got a great perspective on the right way to design and deploy Automation solutions. Here is his talk with IBM’s Bill Lobig about how IBM customers can use Process Mining and Decision Modeling to identify the best use cases.


Salem Hadim (Vice president, Business Automation) and Arup Datta (Head of Process Management) are two IBM Champions who assembled a team at IBM Business Partner Prolifics to respond to IBM’s second Build-a-Bot Challenge in 2022. They focused on a thorny issue in U.S. healthcare: the tedious pre-authorization process for surgeries and other health services.  When the judges were done looking at all 35 entries, Prolifics IntelliDocs was announced the winner. Here is a short highlight video of the application.

In the next installment, we'll look at some IBM Champion customers and their activities to promote the Art of Automation. 

Our Automation IBM Champions are IT professionals, business leaders, developers, practitioners, executives, educators, and influencers who work with our existing and future clients to help them get the most out of IBM's solutions. The program will open for new nominations in 2023 towards the end of the year, when you’ll be able to nominate yourself, if you’re interested in joining. In the meantime, if you are evangelizing for IBM Automation, I want to know about it. Put your links in the Comment section below.

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