AppFusions has been a business partner with IBM officially for almost 7 months, and more actively 6 months. The first month we planned our working steps with each other, lining up plans to make it happen.


The Labyrinth Called IBM

One of the best things to receive in email -- or life -- is "You're approved!"

When it comes to working with IBM, that especially means alot in the early days as your traverse the labyrinth of IBM processes, not quite sure of what you got yourself into, or which way you are or are not going, or which part of the process is more special than the next.

I mean, you sorta know - but whatever you know is followed by reams that you do not know (you discover) - and the journey continues, seemingly endless. I do know that.

Overall, it's phenomenal to experience and pretty exciting, both what you know and don't know. And regardless, the IBMers have relentlessly guided us in great ways - and things are moving along pretty well it seems. 

In short - IBM is one amazing engine.


One Day The Maze Makes Sense

Happy to say that I think we are finally figuring out the maze a bit, with amazement and appreciation for what all the steps mean (that make no sense at the beginning - but later, start to, more).

Hmmm - life is like that too. So is entrepreneurship!

In time, I think I have grown an appreciation for how they work with partners and customers on the outside, the information that is shared is enormous (can't keep up), and pretty excited about our future efforts working together.


Seek first to understand then to be understood...

Today, we reached a first step of being understood by IBM, with an official technical validation email:

Congratulations! You have successfully completed the qualification process for the Ready for IBM Lotus software mark and are now eligible to take advantage of a wide range of attractive benefits.
...

The Ready for IBM Lotus software mark signifies to your customers that your product is production-ready and accepted by IBM as Ready for IBM Lotus software.

As a benefit, by receiving the Ready for IBM Lotus software mark, your solution will be displayed and marketed to customers in the IBM Lotus Business Solutions Catalog and the IBM Global Solutions Directory.


Technical Validation Sessions

We actually knew this before.

Last Friday, David Simpson had a special technical validation review gotomeeting session, where he underwent hands-on technical demos of the new integration applications, as well as their underpinnings.

Usually you are tested one at a time, but IBM development went through the validation process of all three in one go. 


You're Approved!

The following AppFusions solutions were approved/validated, and so now we have this great new badge associated with these solutions!  Thanks IBM!

Now they are REALLY available for customers - and that feels good!

Integration Solution

IBM
Sametime

IBM
Connections

Atlassian
Product

IBM Business Solutions
Catalog

Atlassian Plugin
Exchange

AppFusions
Website

IBM Sametime in JIRA

Sametime 8.5.1

NA

JIRA 5+

Posted here

Posted here

More Info

IBM Sametime in Confluence

Sametime 8.5.1

NA

Confluence 4.X

Posted here

Posted here

More info

JIRA+ Enterprise
Activity in IBM Connections

NA

IBM Connections 
3.0.1 

JIRA 5+

Posted here 

Posted here

More info


Great job!

Great job David! Definitely, you get today's gold star!

The first of many validations to come though!

Wait till they see what's in the hopper ... only gets better!