The Beacon Awards, an integral part of IBM’s business partner program, recognize select business partners who deliver exceptional IBM-based solutions that drive business value and transform the way clients and industries do business. This year’s awards honor achievement across two dozen solution areas – including IBM Watson, cloud, and analytics – that help bring clients into the cognitive era. Winners are selected by a panel of expert judges consisting of IBM executives, industry analysts, and media members. The IBM Beacon Awards program recognizes IBM business partners that are delivering exceptional solutions to drive business value and transform the way clients and industries operate. The 2017 awards acknowledged achievements across a range of solution areas — including IBM Watson, cloud, and analytics — to bring clients into the cognitive era.