FAQs: The IBM Insights Forum

What is the icanmakeitbetter platform?

icanmakeitbetter is an online customer insights platform that allows our clients to gather feedback, innovate and conduct research amongst their customers. For more information on this tool, go to https://www.icanmakeitbetter.com/.

What is the relationship between IBM and icanmakeitbetter?

IBM has partnered with icanmakeitbetter to create this community located online at https://iif.icanmakeitbetter.com/.

How do customers participate?

Qualified users simply go online to visit The IBM Insights Forum, https://iif.icanmakeitbetter.com/, then click Sign In to create an account. Creating an account is easy. Simply enter a Username, Email Address and Password and you’re part of the community! NOTE: Not everyone will qualify and not everyone will be invited to all activities or areas of the community.

Once users have created an account, they may post ideas, participate in surveys and join public and private discussions/focus groups. From time to time, we may invite specific users to participate in product development, innovation and research sessions based upon your community activity, survey responses and user profile information.

Do community members ever get incentives?

Yes, this community often offers incentives for private (and sometimes public) surveys and focus groups. Incentives are typically distributed as giveaway contests or on a pay-per-feedback basis – e.g., complete a survey, get a $10 gift card. If an incentive is offered for a given survey or focus group, the amount and method of distribution will be clearly stated in the invite email, or at the start of the survey. If no incentive is mentioned, then none is offered. NOTE: This community is about improving our products and services for you, and allowing you to interact with your peers. We want this to be fun, interactive and rewarding. We also want to be fair and pay you for your valuable time. However we do not want this to simply be a monetary transaction – that will create the wrong type of community that you won’t enjoy. So, the more you participate in paid and unpaid activities the better the community is and the more we can invite you to activities that will be of interest to you based upon your previous feedback. Thank you for making this community better!

PLEASE NOTE: Incentives are sent manually, after reviewing the quality and validity of responses. This means that incentives are distributed via email and will typically be sent within two weeks of the day the survey/focus group closes. Incentives are NOT sent at the moment of survey completion. Thanks in advance for your patience.

Who is reading and listening to this feedback?

Feedback posted on The IBM Insights Forum goes directly to IBM stakeholders. With the help of icanmakeitbetter, these stakeholders are listening to each and every idea, survey and focus group response!

Why should customers participate?

For current and potential customers – customer feedback on this platform will go directly to IBM and help affect the future of the products and services they offer their customers. This is your chance to be heard and possibly affect the future of the products and services available to you!

In addition, you will be able to interact with other leaders, like you, to learn from one another about best practices and other topics that are relevant to your profession.

Who owns the Intellectual Property?

icanmakeitbetter assigns all IP to IBM, the “business user.” Everyone who joins the community must agree to the community Terms & Conditions with a manual opt-in. They can be referenced here: https://www.icanmakeitbetter.com/terms-and-conditions.

IBM may use your anonymous input in a variety of materials with multiple audiences to explain what IT leaders are doing or thinking about when it comes to infrastructure, big data and analytics, and other areas of information technology.

How many surveys do I have to complete?

We encourage you to participate in as many studies as you are invited to; however, you do not need to complete a set number of surveys.

How long will I have to complete each survey?

You will typically have anywhere from 72 hours to two weeks to complete each survey.