Is your cloud solution Ready for IBM Cloud?

The Ready for IBM Cloud program is designed to maximize value for our customers by working with Cloud Solution and Service Providers and Independent Software Vendors (ISVs). You can validate your solution or service with IBM Cloud Infrastructure, Platform, and Private Cloud offerings. We have an open ecosystem and all IBM Business Partners with cloud solutions and services are encouraged to join.

The Ready for IBM Cloud initiative is designed to create wins for you, wins for our customers, and wins for IBM. By working together, we believe we create greater value for our shared customers at lower cost, which in turn benefits both Business Partners and IBM.

More details about the technical validation

The validation process involves submitting basic information about your solution, completing the checklist and conducting a solution demonstration/review. The review assumes the solution is a reference implementation (e.g., customer reference) which has been deployed in the previous 12 months.

After receiving your completed documentation, a member of the IBM Cloud team will contact you and will work with you to arrange a convenient time to review your solution. Technical details of your solution will be required to enable this formal review of the solution. The review may include a request for a brief web based demonstration of the utilization of IBM's Cloud platform services

The the IBM Cloud Architecture Center (https://developer.ibm.com/cloudarchitecture/docs/) provides general guidance on areas such as security, service management and virtualization. These are typical of the technical domain areas that will be part of the review.

Use of any IBM cloud platform will qualify you for this program. These services include IBM Cloud Infrastructure, Platform, and Private Cloud offerings.

Nominate your cloud-based solution

  1. Create your solution entry in the IBM GSD and to nominate into the Ready for IBM Cloud validation program.
    • Join IBM Partnerworld if not already a member.
    • Create your Global Solution Directory entry. You will need to log in to access. Click on "Manage Solutions." Select “Start a new solution.” Select a classification for the solution and enter the solution name. Click "Continue".
      Next on the “General” tab, enter the required information for the solution including description and other required information for the solution entry.
      Next on the “Business” tab, enter the required information for the solution including industry, countries, language and other required information for the solution entry.
      Next on the “Technical” tab, enter the required information for the solution including IBM software and platforms, and other required information for the solution entry. Click “Submit.”

       

      Note: Information you enter may be used to market your solution externally on the IBM website. You will receive an email notification of solution entry approval or request for more or edited information within one day.

      If you need more assistance, refer to this video on creating a solution in the IBM GSD:

    • From the Global Solutions Directory, select Manage Solutions. To nominate the solution to the Ready for IBM Cloud validation program - in Manage solutions, select “Nominate your solution” (do not select “Submit a solution for verification”) Select "Ready for IBM Cloud" from the list of available technical validations, click "Submit."

       In the nomination form, verify your project contact in item #1. In #2 select the appropriate IBM Cloud products as your integration option, and in #3 select your solution category. Click "Submit." 

      If you need more assistance, refer to this video on Nominating a solution for a technical validation:
  2. Complete the solution review
    The validation process involves submitting basic information about your solution, completing the checklist and conducting a solution demonstration/review. After receiving your completed documentation, a member of the IBM Cloud team will contact you and will work with you to arrange a convenient time to review your solution.
    Technical details on the integration of your solution with the specific IBM product in the IBM Cloud portfolio and a formal review of these details will be required, including a brief web-based demonstration session to review the solution working with the IBM product.
  3. Accept the agreement and get the mark 
    The license supplement outlines the legal terms and conditions for use of the Ready for IBM Cloud mark in your marketing materials. The license supplement is accessible only by the Authorized Profile Administrator (APA) of your company after you have successfully completed your validation testing. If you do not know who your APA is, contact PartnerWorld.
    • Preview supplement.
    • Sign the agreement : your company APA will receive an email with instructions to accept the licence supplement
    • Download your licensed mark - After you have successfully completed validation and accepted the required supplement, you may download the licensed trademark material.