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Ready for IBM Social Business

Frequently asked questions

General

Q: What is Ready for IBM Social Business technical validation?

A: Ready for IBM Social Business is a new and enhanced technical validation for Business Partners that combines two older validations:

This new validation gives ISVs and system integrators a process to integrate their solutions with the IBM Social Business platform.


Q: What are the benefits of the Ready for IBM Social Business technical validation?

A: IBM Business Partners gain the following benefits:


Q: What are the criteria for achieving the Ready for IBM Social Business technical validation?

A: To achieve the Ready for IBM Social Business technical validation, you must meet the following criteria:

  • +Currently supported IBM Collaboration Solutions offerings


Q: How is the Ready for IBM Social Business technical validation performed?

A: Your technical validation will be performed through an IBM Innovation Center. Once you have nominated your solution, an IBM solution specialist will contact you directly to schedule a web conference. During the conference, you will have about 30 minutes to demonstrate your working solution as you described it in the nomination form.


Migration

Q: If my solution was previously validated for the old Ready for IBM Lotus software or Ready for IBM WebSphere Portal software technical validations, how do I migrate to Ready for IBM Social Business?

A: IBM PartnerWorld will send an email to all active Business Partners with currently validated solutions that have the old Ready for IBM Lotus software or Ready for IBM WebSphere Portal software mark.

The email describes important steps that you need to take to ensure your solution's proper transition to the Ready for IBM Social Business mark, including the following:

  • Accept and sign the new Ready for IBM Social Business mark license supplement by 31 Jul 2012 to enable you to migrate to the new Ready for IBM Social Business offering. Your PartnerWorld profile will list the supplement as an item that needs attention.
  • Ensure that your solution information is current in the Global Solutions Directory.

    IBM will remove the old Ready for IBM Lotus software or Ready for IBM WebSphere Portal software marks from the Global Solutions Directory and IBM Collaboration Solutions Greenhouse Solutions Catalog.
  • Start using the new Ready for IBM Social Business technical validation name and mark on your website by 31 Jul 2012. You can generate your new mark with the Business Partner Mark Generator.

Be sure to respond or take action before the listed dates. Otherwise, your participation in the Ready for IBM Social Business technical validation will become inactive.


Q: If I'm new to the Ready for IBM Social Business technical validation, what steps do I need to take to validate my solution?

A: Follow the Ready for IBM Social Business validation process.

You can also obtain a Lotus Greenhouse ID to enable you to publish your solution entries in the IBM Collaboration Solutions Catalog.


Q: If I was previously validated for the old Ready for IBM Lotus software or Ready for IBM WebSphere Portal software validations, do I need to go through the new Ready for IBM Social Business validation process for my solutions?

A: No. However, you will receive an email that includes the steps that you need to take to ensure your solution's proper transition to the Ready for IBM Social Business mark.

 

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