OrbixMasters has been designed to promote excellence and deliver competitive advantage to solutions providers and systems integrators working with Orbix in particular and Distributed Object Technology in general.
The Program is based on an accreditation process, ensuring that the membership is made up of committed, articulate advocates for Distributed Object Technology. Driven by IONA's Professional Services Team, whose bona fide experience in distributed technology is extensive, OrbixMasters is a powerful network of allies. Once accepted on the Program, IONA commits to training and assisting members, working with them in a close, confidential fashion.
"The strength of IONA to date has been the level of technical excellence within the company and the matching of that experience with like-minded people and companies in the industry. Technology in a vacuum goes nowhere. We look to this program to extend the boundaries of what is possible in the distributed object technology world - bringing the future into the present today," Dr Chris Horn, Chairman, IONA Technologies.
OrbixMasters is an accredited program. Accreditation ensures excellence and confidence in the membership. As part of that process, we ask that members meet a demanding set of criteria which includes attending IONA's open enrolment education courses and maintaining industry and Orbix knowledge levels.
Once accredited, members are registered on IONA's Professional Services preferred consultants roster, and receive the OrbixMasters Certificate. OrbixMasters can also use the OrbixMasters logo on promotion materials. Membership counts.
(note - we ask that companies that join nominate employees who meet the grade - ie known to us and have been on courses etc. These names go on a register which is updated when people change jobs etc)
As a member of OrbixMasters we want to work more closely with you. This includes a number of key differentiating features which are exclusive to OrbixMasters.
While we have an excellent technical support team, this guru hot line goes beyond regular technical issues. It brings members in contact with consultants active in the specification of ongoing CORBA standards and in the implementation of distributed object technology projects. Where OrbixMasters members have questions on strategic issues, architectural developments and long term planning, this hot line will prove invaluable in providing the kind of support necessary to make the right technical decisions.
(note - we ask they provide a single point of contact and where questions are very detailed or particularly complex, we can scope the issues and prepare a competitively-rated consultancy arrangement. Procedure is a) question is acknowledged, b) Professional Services (ie Cormac) logs the questions and redirects it the relevant/available person in professional services or elsewhere if necessary. That nominated person reviews the question and may answer either in email or voice. If the question is complex or just a vague, a 20 minute conversation may be enough to point the person in the right direction, or tell them the scope of their question is pretty big and they should consider a consultancy option.)
We keep you informed on a regular basis of the initiatives both within the industry and within IONA. This information is confidential to members of OrbixMasters and touches on many important elements affecting the Object Oriented industry as well as our strategic decisions.
(note - this should work as the following. Each time IONAsphere goes out, a strategic update follows. Product/area managers responsible for the news in IONAsphere are asked to provide a short `inside' story on the news item. Also, where IONAians take part in OMG meetings/conferences/EU stuff, we ask them to prepare an `inside' report on each. Finally, we need updates on platform/software issues. We ask that recipients sign NDAs before they receive this information. Sean Baker will also need to write an editorial each time - again this can be in the form of industry commentary, reports from travels, feedback from customers. Whatever is topical and of interest from his regular work. Recipients can also request more information on the topics, so there may be some telephoning to do afterwards by the main contributors. Note also, there will not be that many members in this program so don't expect too many calls)
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Membership of OrbixMasters also entitles you to be involved in IONA's regular marketing initiatives. We are frequently invited to speak at tradeshows and seminars, to write articles and white papers for prominent publications, and to provide customer testimonials. We will incorporate OrbixMasters members into our Speakers Bureau and will actively co-write articles and customer testimonials. The limit of your involvement is only bounded by the limit of your time.
OrbixMasters and their clients are entitled to a finder's fee on Orbix software. This finder's fee is payable directly to you, or may be passed onto your client.
Following a strict evaluation process conducted by the Channels Manager in IONA, selected companies can enter our reseller program..
There are three elements to qualifying for OrbixMasters
* technical expertise
OrbixMasters is aimed at companies already using Orbix who wish to maintain and increase their knowledge of distributed object technology. We ask that committed OrbixMasters meet the following entry-level requirements:
* have attended the Advanced Orbix training course (again, which one, Ross?)
* have demonstrated proficiency in Orbix, CORBA and mainstream OO knowledge
* have 2 or more years experience in distributed object technology
As part of the program, the companies and individuals who have been trained by IONA in the use of the product, should have sufficient knowledge to carry out high quality consultancy. Members are also required to stay up-to-date with the Orbix product, attending briefing sessions and retraining where necessary.
We ask that all applicants of OrbixMasters provide two business case histories from customers with whom you have worked. Applicants may be requested to supply references from these business references.
It is in your best interests to be part of a program which boasts committed, solutions providers and consultants with a proven business track record. The success of OrbixMasters is dependent on the quality of its members and we are committed to providing the best assistance to the best companies using Orbix in the market today.
To qualify for OrbixMasters, applicants must first meet the criteria specified and be assessed by the Professional Services team. Once accepted on the Program, applicants are asked to do the following:
1. Fill in OrbixMasters Application Form (which includes company profile and business case studies)
2. Fill in the OrbixWise Catalog insertion form
3. Sign the OrbixMasters Contract.
These forms may be requested from OrbixWise Manager through one of the following contacts at the back of this brochure.
Certification is an annual process. To reapply to the program, OrbixMasters must fulfil the technical requirements as agreed with Professional Services.