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Alan Forbes is now an IBM Champion!
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VitalSigns    

We are very proud to announce that our own Alan Forbes was named a 2017 IBM Champion for Collaboration Solutions. This is a great honor given to only a select number of thought leaders in the technical community. VitalSigns, an innovative monitoring solution for existing ICS environments, helped Alan to achieve the prestige status of IBM Champion.

Alan will be speaking about the newest VitalSigns release at the upcoming 2017  IBM Connect Conference, this February in San Francisco.

The pie chart below shows the distribution of IBM Champion around the world. We’re so excited to have such a diverse set of advocates!

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These individuals are non-IBMers who evangelize IBM solutions, share their knowledge and help grow the community of professionals who are focused on social business and IBM’s Social Solutions. IBM Champions spend a considerable amount of their own time, energy and resources on community efforts — organizing and leading user group events, answering questions in forums, contributing wiki articles and applications, publishing podcasts, sharing instructional videos and more!

As a reward, IBM Champions receive IBM Champion branded merchandise as well as invitations and discounts to IBM conferences. They are highlighted online and recognized at live events. IBM Champions are also granted access to key IBM business executives and technical leaders to share their opinions, learn about strategic plans and ask questions. In addition, they may be offered various speaking opportunities that enable them to raise their visibility and broaden their sphere of influence.

We’re looking forward to working with this fantastic group of community leaders!



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