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Mobile and cloud computing: key growth areas for IBM business partners

In a recent article in Vertical Systems Reseller (VSR), Mike Riegel, VP IBM Developer Relations highlights the importance of mobile and cloud computing. Drawing on research in the 2010 IBM Tech Trends Survey of IT professionals, Mike points out how these technologies are critical to clients looking to optimize their IT strategies. This in turn has significant financial implications on the technology industry:

"Gartner also predicts a huge increase in both mobile and cloud computing, with $6.2 billion expected to be spent on mobile applications and $68.3 billion in cloud computing services in 2010 alone."

Amongst those capitalizing capitalizing on these growth areas are IBM business partners.

Citysourced build civic engagement by offering a platform where an individual can record an issue in a public space, such as vandalism, flooding, graffiti, broken street lighting etc., all via an update from a mobile device. Public officials can logon to the site and respond to these messages from the community. As Citysourced Founder & Chief Architect Jason A. Kiesel points out, "Mobile computing simply offers [government and businesses] something no desktop experience can – efficiency."

He likens the current growth in mobile to the emergence of the web 15 years ago: there is an inertia and cynicism in the IT industry around mobile technology, with many still questioning whether the space is being over-hyped. The difference this time is the rate of growth and user adoption:  mobile strategy is now not seen as a "nice to have, but as a must have.".

Akros TechLabs offer secure sign-in across mobile devices for applications where security is paramount, including online banking and health care. They see cloud and mobile computing as inextricably linked: "Mobile computing doesn’t work without cloud—and we’re seeing growing acceptance of both among customers across many industries." says CEO Sid Prasanna. Many apps developed for hand-held devices rely on cloud services – differing from the PC paradigm where most applications are run locally.

As our world becomes more interconnected, mobile and cloud computing applications are becoming commonplace throughout our lives. IBM business partners are playing a vital role in this evolution.

Read about more IBM partners in the Vertical Systems Reseller article.

IBM partners: are you a developerWorks power user?

image If you are an IBM partner that is making use of the developerWorks network to build communities and/or relationships with the IBM ecosystem, you could well be the recipient of an IBM 2011 Beacon Award.

What we’re looking for are companies that have made outstanding use of various channels available at developerWorks. For instance, you could have authored a number of articles showing how you have integrated IBM technologies into your solution. You may have created a community around an industry specialization. Perhaps you are an expert in an IBM technology area and have helped lesser mortals on our forums.

In addition we require that you show demonstrable results from the work you’ve put in.

Nomination Guidelines Specific to this award:

  • Member-level status in PartnerWorld, Advanced or Premier status not required
  • Customer references not required 
  • Nominations may also be submitted by Technology Managers and other IBM Partner Representatives

Nominations will be open from November 1 through December 10.

Winners and finalists will be honored at an exclusive IBM leadership conference in Orlando, Florida in February 2011.

Benefits for Winners and Finalists:

  • Complimentary registration to an exclusive, invitation only IBM leadership conference
  • Exclusive space in IBM’s virtual conference center to host client events
  • Promotion of your firm’s prestigious standing as a Beacon Award winner
  • Videotaped testimonial to be distributed through IBM communications channels
  • Press and analyst support
  • Reference story and case study development by IBM communications teams
  • Promotion of winners and finalists on the PartnerWorld web site
  • Use of new Beacon Award marks for one year
  • Crystal trophy

To submit a nomination, please visit the online nomination form.