|IBM Channel Communications|
IBM North America
Interest Area: PureFlex System Products
|Date:||June 26, 2012|
|Notice to:||IBM Business Partners-- Solution Providers, Resellers, Systems Integrators and Distributors|
|From:||Channel Management and Strategy|
New IBM PureFlex System Certification Requirements and availability of the PureFlex Technical Certification Test
IBM is pleased to announce the IBM PureFlex Technical V1 (test number 000-781) certification examination is now available in Prometric Test Centers world wide. Passing this test will result in the IBM Certified Specialist PureFlex Technical Support V1 certification being awarded. This new certification covers all currently announced PureFlex System Products, features, and functions.
IBM is announcing that Distributors and Remarketers authorized for PureFlex System x86 or PureFlex System x86/POWER will need to achieve both PureFlex Sales and Technical Skills certification requirements. Distributors and Remarketers will need to have a minimum of one employee pass the PureFlex Sales V1 examination (test 000-780) as part of those requirements. This will result in the IBM Certified Specialist - PureFlex Sales V1 certification being awarded.
In addition, Distributors and Remarketers will need to have one employee pass the PureFlex Technical certification (test 000-781) which is now available. This test will result in the IBM Certified Specialist Technical Support V1 certification being awarded. Now that both the PureFlex Sales and Technical certification tests are available, Distributors and Remarketers, who are currently approved to market PureFlex System Products as of July 1, 2012, will have until December 31, 2012 to achieve PureFlex required certifications and report them to IBM's PartnerWorld Profiling System (PPS) in order to maintain authorization to sell the integrated PureFlex System and the Flex System Manager (FSM) component. Remarketers, who apply and are approved to market PureFlex System Products after July 1, 2012, will have six months from their application approval date to achieve the required PureFlex certification requirements and must report the PureFlex certification achievements to IBM's PPS in order to maintain authorization to sell the integrated PureFlex System and the Flex System Manager (FSM) component.
In addition to the above PureFlex Sales and Technical certifications, Distributors and Remarketers are required to meet the required POWER7 Sales and Technical skill certifications for IBM AIX, IBM i or PowerLinux to market the PureFlex System x86/POWER configurations that contain Power compute nodes.
Business Partners who meet the PureFlex System Sales and Technical certifications (test 000-780 and 000-781) will be authorized to market Category N4 of the PureFlex System Products Table (Z125-5505 for US and 0856 for Canada). Business Partners who meet both the PureFlex System Sales and Technical certifications (test 000-780 and 000-781) and POWER7 AIX or IBM i Sales and Technical certifications will be authorized to market PureFlex Products in Categories N5 of the PureFlex System Products Table based on their POWER7 certifications. Business Partners who meet the PowerLinux certification along with the PureFlex System certifications in this announcement will be authorized to market PureFlex Products in Categories N6 of the PureFlex System Products Table.
To register or locate a convenient test center, use the new Prometric online registration system at:
http://www.prometric.com/ibm (link resides outside of ibm.com).
Access the Professional Certifications from IBM Web site URLs below for additional information on the PureFlex System certifications including Test Preparation activities.
Please refer to the PartnerWorld certification section url below for information on how to report your employee's certification candidate testing id to PPS:
Please refer to Business Partner Announcement letter 512-197, dated April 27, 2012 for more information in the North America Certification Program and specific certification requirements for PowerLinux.
For information on the POWER7 Sales and Technical certification requirements, visit: http://www-03.ibm.com/certify/partner/mem/na/spcr.shtml#iseries
Manager, Cross Channel Management