Q.What is the “new” Destination z?

A."Destination z" is a community consisting of Systems z users, educators, business partners and IBMers. Together, this consortium forms alliance designed to educate customers and prospects on the latest System z technology, trends and resources.

Q.Who can join Destination z?

A.Membership in Destination z is open to System z customers, IBMers, IBM business partners and qualifying academic institutions (educators and students).

Individuals – Go to: www.destinationz.org/join

Corporate business partners wishing to join should be current members of IBM PartnerWorld and should have demonstrated competency in developing or moving new workloads to the mainframe and have identifiable offerings to assist customers in the implementation of Mainframe solutions. Business partner members are required to contribute at least one publicly usable customer reference per year and should be willing to be listed as partners on public web pages and collateral. Business partner members should emphasize their affiliation to Destination z as a primary and critical relationship.

Corporate Business Partner membership – Go to: www.ibm.com/partnerworld/wps/pub/systems/z/dzenroll

Academic members should be current participants in the IBM Academic Initiative and should have implemented or plan to implement System z oriented curricula. Academic members should also be willing to be listed as participants in the Academic Initiative on Destination z Web pages and collateral.

Academic institutions – Go to: http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/z/destinationz/enroll.html

Q.What is the value of Destination z to IBM business partners?

A.Destination z allows business partners to collaborate with other appropriate business partners, while providing a resource for communicating with IBM Mainframe customers. The Destination z also provides visibility for business partners in the mainframe community.

Q.What is the value of Destination z to academic institutions?

A.Destination z can assist academic institutions by assisting them to gain access to subject matter experts in the mainframe market. Destination z will allow academic members to identify student internship and job potential.

Q.What is the value of IBM Destination z for IBM customers?

A.IBM Destination z will provide a portal to a collaborative community consisting of exclusive content, social mediums, including blogs and a forum, the Dz Insider email newsletter, discounts on industry conferences and more.