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  • 1. Lotus Awards 2006 – All you need to know! Nominations close midnight November 15, 2005 Lotus Awards website: html Nominations for the IBM Beacon Awards and the twelfth Annual Lotus Awards are open. The Lotus Awards will honor winners and finalists who have dedicated their time and energy to building innovative solutions using IBM Lotus software. Winners and finalists will be invited to a special reception at Lotusphere and recognized throughout the Lotusphere conference held January 22 - 26th in Orlando, Florida. Lotus Awards 2006 winners will enjoy additional rewards not available before. This year IBM will provide all winners with agency consulting funds and follow up telemarketing to help promote their winning solution to the marketplace. Many options will be available depending on agency recommendations. For example, a Business Partner can select a seminar or webcast or a focused sales event followed by a Telemarketing effort. Or perhaps advertising is the best option. IBM will work with the Business Partner to determine the best fit. In addition there are many other benefits Lotus Awards winners enjoy including: • the Lotus Awards crystal • the use of the Lotus Awards logo for one year • a framed certificate • announcement on Lotus landing page for Winners and Finalists which provides awareness to the IBM community as well as other partners • inclusion in an IBM press release and an IBM Lotus Award Press Kit • interviews during the calendar year posted in the Lotus landing page • selected spot in the monthly live sales web conference entitled IBM Business Partner Presents • Lotusphere recognition including buttons, announcements during the Opening General Session, Business Partner Reception, exclusive cocktail reception with IBM and Lotus Executives, the Lotus Awards Newsletter, signage on the Lotusphere Showcase pedestal, and much more Here is what our Business Partners are saying about winning a Lotus Award: …Within the company, winning the award certainly gave our team a strong sense of pride -- strengthening our already close-knit team. 1
  • 2. Externally, we have found that doors open a little easier…establishing credibility as a premier player in the Lotus and IBM Workplace arena has been considerably easier. A third benefit is the level of access to senior IBM contacts…these meetings have allowed us to build relationships with individuals who have further introduced us to other individuals within the IBM family of business partners Jim Vaselopulos, Vice President, PSC Group, LLC Lotus Awards Frequently Asked Questions What are Lotus Awards? The Lotus Awards Program is designed to recognize IBM Business Partners who have dedicated their time and energy to building innovative solutions using IBM Lotus, Workplace and WebSphere Portal software. How does a Partner participate in this program? Partner solutions are nominated through the following website:$StaticContent/ Welcome Customers and IBMers as well as the partner can nominate a Business Partner solution for a Lotus Award. I am on the link above which is the IBM PartnerWorld Beacon Awards 2006 website. I thought I was nominating my solution for a Lotus Awards? Beacon Awards and Lotus Awards are two recognition programs in one. Beacon Awards is a corporate program which recognizes IBM Business Partners in several areas; systems and technology, software, services, industry, ISVs, and many others. Lotus Awards are specific only to Lotus Business Partners. The following website shows all of the IBM PartnerWorld Beacon Awards Program categories. Within the Software category you will see Best Lotus Software Solution as one of the options listed:$StaticContent/ AwardCategories 2
  • 3. Am I nominating my solution for a PartnerWorld Beacon Award or for a Lotus Award? You are nominating your solution for both awards. One entry or Nomination Form entitles you to participate in both programs. There is one caveat. Lotus Awards are open to all Business Partner levels (Member, Advanced, Premier) whereas Beacon Awards is only open Advanced and Premier level members. As a Member level Business Partner your entry will be submitted only to the Lotus Awards committee. As an Advanced or Premier Partner your entry will be submitted to both the Lotus Awards and PartnerWorld Beacon Awards committees. How do I nominate the Partner’s Solution? A Nomination Form on the website above has to be completed in order to participate in the program. It can be completed by the Business Partner, an IBMer or a customer. There are two different links on the landing page$StaticContent/ Welcome one link for a Business Partner / IBMer nomination and a separate one for a customer nomination. An IBMer or Business Partner wanting to submit a Nomination will need to register with the site and request a User ID and Password. This is not necessary for a customer nomination. How do I get started? Let’s go through the process. On the Nomination Site link$StaticContent/ Welcome scroll down to see the options for creating a Nomination Form, whether your are a Business Partner / IBMer or a customer. Let’s use the example of a Business Partner / IBMer. Go to the link “Complete Nomination Form” where you will begin the process of nominating the solution. Enter the site with your User Name and Password. If you don’t have a User Name and Password, please use the register now link to register. You will be placed into the Nomination Form website where you can view Guidelines, Judging Criteria, Categories, and Frequently Asked Questions on the left navigation panel. There is also an option for requesting support if needed and a sample completed Nomination Form. To get started creating your Nomination go to “Create New Nomination.” The very first tab is the Award Category. Select the fourth option, “Best Lotus Software Solution” and immediately you will see the category description. Completing the Nomination Form enters your solution into the Beacon Awards Program. 3
  • 4. The second section of the Award Category tab is the Lotus award category section. It is here that you select which Lotus Award your solution best fits into. As you select an Award, the description will appear below. What is the timeframe for submitting my solution? All entries must be submitted no later than Tuesday, November 15, 2005 at 11:55 p.m., Eastern Standard Time (New York). You can work with your nomination and save it in “Draft” form as long as you submit your final entry by the deadline date. Who is eligible to participate in the Lotus Awards Program? Any Business Partner, regardless of level (Member, Advanced, Premier) is eligible to participate in the Lotus Awards Program. Beacon Awards is only for Advanced and Premier Business Partners. However, the same Nomination Form enters your solution into either or both awards. Can I nominate for more than one award? Yes, just as long as the solutions are different. You cannot nominate the same solution for more than one award. You can also nominate different solutions for one award. Do I need Customer References? Customer References are required for all but the CTO Awards. Who can I contact if I have any questions? You can contact the Lotus Awards 2006 Program Managers: Brittany Atkins 1-860-656-7624 Maria Nolet 617-693-1628 4