A Power Champion, Again
In case you missed it on Twitter (@robmcnelly), Rob McNelly was recently selected as part of the 2017 class of IBM Power Champions.
Along with 13 others, I was first honored as an IBM Power Champion in 2011. When the Power Champions program relaunched last year, I was recognized again.
For 2017, there are a total of 41 Champions, 27 of whom are returning Champions. Read more here:
After reviewing and evaluating the contributions of our applicants, IBM is happy to announce the 2017 IBM Champions for Power!
The IBM Champion program recognizes innovative thought leaders in the technical community—and rewards these contributors by amplifying their voice and increasing their sphere of influence. An IBM Champion is an IT professional, business leader, developer, or educator who influences and mentors others to help them make best use of IBM software, solutions, and services.
These individuals evangelize IBM solutions, share their knowledge and help grow the community of professionals who are focused on IBM Power. 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.
My employer, Meridian IT, also made mention of it.
Here's the complete list of 2017 IBM Power Champions:
Shrirang "Ranga" Deshpande
Jeroen Van Lommel
Even though I don't do it for the accolades, being recognized along with so many other accomplished people never gets old. Hopefully I'll continue to merit being included in this prestigious group. In any event, as POWER9 gets ready to launch, and with POWER10 in the planning stages, I look forward to many more years of evangelizing IBM Power Systems running AIX, Linux and IBM i.
Rob McNelly is a senior AIX solutions architect doing pre-sales and post-sales support for IBM Premier Business Partner Meridian IT Inc.
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