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Planned withdrawal of IBM Power Systems and IBM Storage Systems Specialties

The current IBM Power Systems and Storage Systems Specialty and Elite offerings are to be withdrawn from market on 31 December 2016

If you are a participant in these current IBM Specialty and Specialty Elite offerings during 4Q 2016, then your status will expire on 31 December 2016 and all benefits associated with these offerings will cease no later than 31 March 2017.

IBM will place you into an equivalent level in the IBM PartnerWorld competencies. You will be provided with a "grace period" to allow you time to complete any competency requirements which may be missing. During this period, you will become eligible to receive the benefits associated with the competency level for which you were placed by IBM.

As determined by your achievement, you may be promoted during this grace period and could move from the competency Specialist level to Expert level. Complete the requirements as detailed at the IBM PartnerWorld competency web pages as quickly as possible. If you are unable to meet the requirements of the competency, your level will be reset at the end of the grace period to a point that is supported by your achievements.

How will my IBM Specialty / Elite benefits be affected?

You will be entitled to start using the IBM Systems competency mark from 1 January 2017.

Further information regarding the criteria for the IBM Systems hardware competency offerings will be provided at the IBM PartnerWorld competency web pages and via IBM PartnerWorld communications.

The IBM Power Systems Specialty recognizes and rewards IBM Business Partners who make a significant investment in skills and certifications, have acquired and completed client references, and have achieved market differentiation by successfully selling and deploying solutions based on IBM Power Systems.

The Power Systems Specialty is for authorized Power Systems Business Partners who want to improve their success in selling IBM Power Systems solutions. Meeting the eligibility criteria gives you access to a comprehensive set of benefits that can be leveraged to help drive significant growth in your IBM Power Systems revenues.

Two achievement categories are offered in select geographies: Specialty and Specialty Elite. Power Systems Specialty Elite is for those Business Partners who demonstrate more proficient skills, showcase more client references and meet higher revenue targets. You will be offered greater levels of support and benefits as outlined in your local announcement letters.

Get started with the Power Systems specialty

You must apply for the specialty to participate. Your company must meet the specified criteria through eligible certifications and verified client references, and achieve the minimum annual IBM Power Systems revenue requirements.

The Power Systems Specialty enrollment is open and is available to Business Partners in many locations around the world. For more information about the criteria required to attain the specialty, please refer to your local announcement letter.

  • show hide arrowIBM STG Specialty Achievement Certificate

    Title: IBM PartnerWorld STG Specialty Business Partner Certificate
    Geography: Worldwide
    IMT's: All
    Date: July 23, 2014
    Notice to:

    • IBM Business Partners: Solution Providers, Resellers
    • IBM Channel Reps
    • IBM Distributors
    • From: WW STG Channels Marketing


      IBM Launches new Specialty Business Partner Certificate

      IBM announces the introduction of the new IBM Systems and Technology Group Specialty Achievement certificate to recognize IBM Specialty Business Partners and help them promote their IBM Specialty achievement. The new certificate is part of the "Business Partner Identity System", along with the IBM Specialty Business Partner mark.

      The new Certificate is designed to help IBM STG Specialty Business Partners showcase their strong market presence, technical strengths and enhanced capabilities, as gained through thorough and rigorous education and enablement.

      The new Certificate is available through Business Partner Certificate Generator Tool and can be created in A4 or 8.5X11 letter formats to accommodate global formatting requirements.

      As an IBM STG Specialty Business Partner, you are now eligible to use the new "IBM STG Specialty Achievement" certificate in your marketing collateral, office space, and company web pages and with any other marketing project to promote you IBM STG Specialty Achievement status.

      If you have any questions, please contact PartnerWorld Contact Services. For more details on IBM STG Specialty program, please visit IBM Specialty website.

  • show hide arrowIBM STG Specialty - Business Partner Marks

    Business Partners that earn a Power Systems Specialty are eligible to use the IBM Business Partner mark. Use the mark on web pages and collateral to promote this achievement. Marks can be downloaded from the Business Partner Certificate Generator Tool.

    Sample marks:


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