September 15, 2020
All of the Partner Accelerator content and communication is posted in the IBM Communities page.
To get started, simply go to IBM Communities and create a profile to become a member. Once you’re a member of Communities, you can access the Cloud Partner Accelerator page by following the link.
Quote of the Week
"Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen." – Michael Jordan
Events & Enablement
Our Cloud Accelerator Launch Pad is here!
This self-paced tool is a great way to get a jump start on your journey as a successful IBM Cloud Business Partner. The Launch Pad helps you:
- Speed your go to market and shrink time to revenue
- Grow your business through customer acquisition
- Engage the IBM tools, resources and subject matter experts to develop a go to market plan, tailored to your specific business needs
Access the Launch Pad here
Partner Town Hall: Managing COVID Complexity in IT
Please join us in this discussion on the impact COVID-19 has had on IT. From budget and staff cuts, to workers going remote, to adoption of Cloud, we will discuss the changing environment and keys to traversing it successfully.
Time: Thursday, Sep. 17 at 2:00 pm ET
Engage Go To Market Workshop
The next ENGAGE! Go to Market Workshop is this week, September 15-17, 11:00 am - 1:30 pm EDT each day. This split schedule will enable you to stay focused while leaving plenty of time to work on your go to market plan, address work needs, and/or attend to any other matters.
This workshop features our special keynote speaker, Catherine Salazzo, VP, Ecosystem Performance Marketing, IBM. Catherine will be calling on her extensive global marketing expertise to share insights on successfully crafting brands and developing media relationships to drive customer engagement.
If you haven't been to one yet, make sure to get to this one! If you've already been to one, join us for this one and Catherine's keynote!
Register HereWant to Make Money with IBM Cloud?Introducing "Learn and Earn!”, an E-course created with specific content to enable you to co-sell/sell IBM Cloud Offerings. The course features a mix of self-paced learning and live delivery on several topics including IBM Cloud's VMware, Power, Cloud Native (Red Hat OpenShift, ROKS), and much more.
Access the course here.
We’ll be recognizing the Top 5 “Learn and Earn” candidates each month with special prizes for those that complete the course work as described in each section.
Earn a Competency moving VMware workloads to Cloud
Leverage automation with VMware and IBM Cloud and expedite results for your clients
IBM in the News
IBM plans a huge leap in superfast quantum computing by 2023
IBM has recently laid out its quantum computing development roadmap, which includes a 1,121 quibit device for release in 2023, with only a .01% error rate in computations. Many tech giants are now investing in quantum computing, and IBM is leading the effort in commercializing this technology, with the goal of building a 1 million quibit machine by 2030. As Dario Gil, the Director of IBM Research, states in the article, "WE know [the 1 million-quibit processor] is a world changing machine. It's on the short list of seminal events in the history of information technology. To build a machine like that is the grand aspiration of the field." JP Morgan Chase and ExxonMobil have already signed on to use IBM's quantum hardware technology.
Link to full article: Fortune
IBM pushes for US to limit facial recognition system exports
IBM is calling for the US Department of Commerce to limit facial recognition exports in order to prevent misuse of the technology for mass surveillance, racial profiling and other human rights violations. Some regulatory suggestions by IBM include training facial recognition systems only on data that has been provided with consent, restricting access to online image databases that can be use to train "1-to-many" facial recognition matching, and to limit "repressive regimes" from accessing this technology. IBM was a leader in exiting the facial recognition business back in June, citing that this type of technology could be used to promote racial discrimination and injustice to which IBM firmly opposes.
Link to full article: ZDNet
Coca-Cola & IBM/Red Hat partner for digital transformation
Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP), the world's largest Coca-Cola bottler based on revenue, has recently partnered with IBM/Red Hat to accelerate its digital transformation and adopt an open hybrid cloud environment. IBM will help CCEP modernize its cloud environment by leveraging Red Hat's open standards. As Peter Brickley, CIO of CCEP states in the article, "Our successful collaboration with IBM over the last few years has given us the confidence to take the next step in our strategic cloud-first digital transformation. The selection of IBM's hybrid cloud architecture with Red Hat OpenShift gives us the flexibility to optimize across different public cloud platforms according to future needs."
Link to full article: ManufacturingGlobalProgram Information
Partner Accelerator Page on PartnerWorld
Check out the dedicated Partner Accelerator page on PartnerWorld to get more information on the program and learn about upcoming events: https://www.ibm.com/partnerworld/cloud/public-cloud/incubator
Partner Accelerator Contacts:
Jeff Ballard: Market Development Lead, IBM Cloud
Khalil Ulmer: Market Development and Cloud Sales
Astrid Garay: Partner Accelerator Community Manager