iTech-Ed Ltd is pleased to announce that Trevor Eddolls, its CEO, has again been recognized by IBM as an IBM Champion for 2021. Trevor was first awarded IBM Champion status in 2009.
IBM said: “On behalf of IBM, it is my great pleasure to recognize you as a returning IBM Champion in 2021. Congratulations!”
“We would like to thank you for your continued leadership and contributions to the IBM technology community. This recognition is awarded based on your contributions for the 2020 calendar year. The IBM Champion designation is for a 1-year term, and may be renewed by IBM annually, provided you demonstrate continued community engagement and contributions.”
Trevor Eddolls, CEO of iTech-Ed Ltd said: “I am really proud to get this award again this year. There may not be a financial benefit to being an IBM Champion, but it’s a positive way for IBM to recognize people around the world who are helping to promote IBM’s products and help share information about those products amongst their users”.
According to IBM: “The IBM Champion program recognizes these innovative thought leaders in the technical community and rewards these contributions by amplifying their voice and increasing their sphere of influence. IBM Champions are enthusiasts and advocates: IT professionals, business leaders, developers, executives, educators, and influencers who support and mentor others to help them get the most out of IBM software, solutions, and services.”
So why is iTech-Ed Ltd’s Trevor Eddolls an IBM Champion? Well, he doesn’t work for IBM, but he does write about mainframe hardware and software. You can read his blog here. He also writes on the new TechChannel website, and often blogs on the Planet Mainframe website. He’s Editorial Director for the well-respected Arcati Mainframe Yearbook. He’s also written technical articles that have been published on the Toolbox for IT website and in a variety of journals. And Trevor Eddolls is the chair of the Virtual IMS user group and the Virtual CICS user group. He also looks after their social networking. And this work has earned Trevor Eddolls the IBM Champion accolade for the past thirteen years.
The IBM Champion designation is for a 1-year term, and may be renewed by IBM each year provided Champions can demonstrate continued community engagement and contributions.
Are IBM Champions compensated for their role? No. Do IBM Champions have any obligations to IBM? Again, the answer is no. The title recognizes their past contributions to the community only over the previous 12 months. Do IBM Champions have any formal relationship with IBM? No. IBM Champions don’t formally represent IBM nor do they speak on behalf of IBM.
But it’s not all one-sided! There are regular IBM Champions calls, where IBM and Champions share relevant information on a range of topics. IBM Champions also receive merchandise customized with the IBM Champion logo. And IBM Champions receive visibility, recognition, and networking opportunities at IBM events and conferences; and special access to product development teams, and invitations and discounts to events and conference.
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