ISW Scoops Awards

Posted 4 Feb 2013

ISW, Kudos Badges Scoop Awards at IBM Connect. “It really is a testament to the hard work and great work of everyone at ISW to achieve such an accolade from IBM." 

- Ian Warner, Managing Director

Media Release:

Monday 4th February

ISW representatives have this week returned home from an incredibly successful worldwide IBM conference in the USA. An Australian IBM Premier Business Partner, ISW took out three IBM Collaboration Solutions (ICS) Awards at the IBM Connect conference in Orlando, Florida. IBM Connect, formerly Lotusphere, is IBM’s premier event for the ICS software suite. The event attracted over 5000 delegates this year.


The three awards ISW brought home to Australia are: Distinguished Business Achievement for Asia Pacific, Best of Show and Chief Technology Officer, and Innovation in Social Business Application Development.


For the second time in three years ISW received the award for Distinguished Business Achievement for Asia Pacific, the finalists in this category were two Singaporean companies, Lyv Connections Pte Ltd and Startin Point Pte Ltd. The winners across seven regional categories were announced at the Business Partner Development Day on the first Sunday of the conference. This award is touted as the being for the ‘top IBM Business Partners from each region’ who ‘significantly impact ICS’ position in the marketplace and are considered rising stars amongst their peers.’


Ian Warner, ISW’s Managing Director says, “It really is a testament to the hard work and great work of everyone at ISW to achieve such an accolade from IBM, particularly after winning in 2011 and being a finalist in 2012. We really value and appreciate this recognition from the IBM ICS community.”


At the Opening General Session on the Monday, without much delay ISW was announced as the winner of the Best of Show and Chief Technology Officer award. The award description explains the finalists as ‘visionary IBM Business Partners who are leading the technology charge by utilising cross-IBM Software Group (SWG) capabilities in innovative, leading-edge, and exciting new ways.’ ISW’s achievement of this award is attributed to Kudos Badges, a solution developed by ISW to encourage user adoption and engagement with IBM Connections.


ISW was also able to enter the conference having already been announced as winner for Innovation in Social Business Application Development, one of a handful of awards where winners were published on the Friday prior to the commencement of Connect. Again this recognition was achieved due to the success of Kudos Badges and presented to the Business Partner ‘who provides the best solution for creating an Exceptional Customer Experience or a Smarter Workforce through the use of ICS application development tools.’


Adam Brown, ISW’s Senior Executive Director says of the wins: “The IBM Connect conference became not only a great opportunity to learn and network, but a celebration for Team Kudos and our awesome clients. I have to say I am so proud to be part of the team that created Kudos Badges.”


Receiving the three awards increased Kudos Badges’ profile at the event, where for the first time ISW was an exhibitor on the Solutions Showcase Floor.


About ISW

ISW is the leading Australian IBM Partner for ICS. Certified across all six IBM software pillars as well as infrastructure, ISW provide complete solutions and support for IT projects. Established in 1996, ISW has offices in Hobart, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.


About Kudos Badges

Kudos Badges is a gamification engine that has been designed to measure, reward and drive user adoption and engagement within IBM Connections. Launched at IBM’s Lotusphere in 2012, Kudos Badges has over 200,000 active users and many more in pilot. The global customer base includes clients in Australia, South Africa, Mexico, Switzerland, USA, Germany, The Netherlands, Finland, UK, France, and India, while the Kudos Partner network has bases in Germany, The Netherlands, France, Switzerland, UK, USA and South Africa.


Mark Anderson ISW, Sandy Carter IBM, Adam Brown ISW, Andrew Welch ISW, Todd Kelsey IBM