Tech Data colleague recognised with an IBM Champion Award for supporting IBM partners

By Simon Meredith | 3rd March 2020
  • Solutions Architect joins exclusive worldwide club
  • Benefits include access to IBM experts, roadmaps and technical resources
  • Enhances Tech Data’s credibility and the difference it can make to IBM partners

Basingstoke, 03 March 2020 Tech Data (Nasdaq: TECD) has announced that Mike Potter, Solution Architect, UK at Tech Data, has been named as an IBM Champion for 2020. The IBM Champion programme recognises individuals who make extraordinary contributions by advocating IBM solutions, sharing their knowledge and expertise, and helping to nurture and grow independent communities.

In his role within Tech Data, Mike Potter is active in highlighting IBM technology, creating content and evangelising the company’s systems and solutions. He is closely-engaged in IBM communities, attending user groups and contributing valuable feedback.

Commenting on the award, Mike Potter said: “It’s a great honour to be named as an IBM Champion for 2020. IBM Champions are enthusiasts and advocates who support and mentor others to help them get the most out of IBM software, solutions, and services.

“It recognises that Tech Data is committed to supporting IBM Partners at the highest level. It gives us access to IBM subject matter experts and other IBM Champions and partners. If one of our customers is struggling with a complex implementation of IBM Storage or Power systems, for example, I will be able to reach into the Champion community to see if anyone else has experienced similar challenges. By working together, we can find the right answers.”

Andy Brown, Technical Services Director, UK at Tech Data, said that as well as Mike’s own technical prowess, the award recognises the pedigree of the whole Tech Data IBM team.

“This is a great achievement that has a wider significance in the technical community. It enhances our credibility and demonstrates how Tech Data can really make a difference for IBM partners as a preferred distribution partner. Having quality technical sales people, especially those who have been endorsed by the vendor in this way, is a great asset to the team and a huge accomplishment by Mike personally.”

As well as online IBM communities and events, IBM Champions have exclusive access to IBM roadmaps, announcements and product development teams. In return they are expected to maintain high levels of active participation and engagement in communities and communication channels.

The IBM Champion 2020 awards are based on contributions for the 2019 calendar year. There are 604 IBM Champions worldwide for 2020. These include 188 new (or returning alumni), 399 renewals, and 17 Lifetime Champions. The IBM Champion designation is valid for a one-year term, and may be renewed by IBM annually, provided the individual demonstrates continued community engagement and contributions.

More information and updates on the IBM Champion programme can be found on the IBM Developer blog and IBM’s Twitter feed – @IBMChampions twitter.

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