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POWER8™ Recertification Planning Requirements

For all IBM Power Systems authorized Business Partners


Overview

Planning information for Power 8 certification


Introduction

To market Power Systems, an IBM Business Partner must be approved to market Power Systems Scale-out and/or Enterprise systems as applicable.  As a result of the Power Systems product announcements in April and the published Statement of Direction (SOD) to bring POWER8 capability to the full Power Systems portfolio, the product skills certifications that are required to maintain approval for these products are being updated to reflect POWER8 technology. All Business Partners approved to market Power Systems must meet and report in PPS the applicable POWER8 recertification requirements target by July 31st, 2015 **.

Business Partner firms currently approved to market Power Systems at the time of this announcement must continue to meet their existing skills certification requirements by their required deadlines. In addition, these firms also have until July 31st , 2015**, to achieve and report in PPS the new recertification requirements. New IBM Business Partner firms must meet and report in PPS the new sales and technical requirements outlined in this announcement by their required deadlines specified below.

Business Partners not meeting all POWER8 skills requirements by July 31st, 2015 **, will have their approval to market the applicable product family terminated. The applicable and required certifications must be achieved and reported in PPS at the time of reapplication.


IBM Power Systems recertification requirements

Business Partner firms will need to achieve and report to IBM in PPS, no later than July 31st, 2015**, a minimum of one sales certification and a minimum of one technical certification from the list outlined below to maintain their IBM approval to market Power Systems products.


Required Power Systems sales certification
  1. IBM Certified Sales Specialist - Power Systems with POWER8 V1; Target March, 2015**

    This certification requires that the following test be passed in order to achieve the certification:

    • Power Systems with POWER8 Sales Skills V1 (test C4040-250)

    Note: As a result of the new Power Systems sales and technical certifications, the following certification tests will be withdrawn concurrently with the publication of sales test C4040-250 in March 2015**

    • Power Systems with POWER7 Common Sales Skills V2 (test C4040-122)
    • Power Systems with POWER7 Sales with AIX and Linux V2 (test C4040-123)
    • Power Systems with POWER7 Sales with IBM i V2 (test 4040-124)

    To align with the Power recertification program, the following certifications will "Expire" in PartnerWorld on July 31, 2015**

Sellers


Required Power Systems technical sales certification
  1. IBM Certified Technical Sales Specialist - Power Systems with POWER8 Scale-out V1; Target October, 2014**

    The technical sales certification for Scale-out requires the following test be passed in order to achieve the credential:

    • Power Systems with POWER8 Scale-out Technical Sales Skills V1(test C4040-251) - Target October, 2014**
  2. IBM Certified Technical Sales Specialist - Power Systems with POWER8 Enterprise V1; Target March, 2015**

    The technical sales certification for Enterprise requires the following test be passed in order to achieve the credential:

    • Power Systems with POWER8 Enterprise Technical Sales Skills V1 (test C4040-252) - Target March, 2015**

Note: As a result of the new Power Systems sales and technical certifications, the following certification tests will be withdrawn concurrently with the publication of technical tests C4040-251 and C4040-252 in March 2015**

  • Power Systems with POWER7 Common Technical Sales Skills V2 (test C4040-224)
  • Power Systems with POWER7 Technical Sales with AIX and Linux V2 (test C4040-225)
  • Power Systems with POWER7 Technical Sales with IBM i V2 (test C4040-226)

To align with the Power recertification program, the following certifications will "Expire" in PartnerWorld on July 31, 2015**

Technical Sellers

If you have any questions about this please contact PartnerWorld Contact Services (PWCS).

** All dates are estimates for planning purposes only. These dates are not guaranteed and are subject to change without notice

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