IBM Lifetime Champion Award to Heather Cole

IBM Lifetime Champion Award to Heather Cole
IBM Lifetime Champion Award to Heather Cole
Written by Heather Cole, July 29th 2021

About Heather L Cole

If you are not familiar with Heather Cole, she transforms CEO’s and their organizations to experience hype-growth.  Her 30+ years of experience owning and growing a software reseller and implementation firm along with her life-long dedication to personal development has made her a leading high performance and technology success coach.  What’s more, Heather is not just an advisor and CEO coach, she is also a business owner, thought leader, author and speaker.  Her teachings and skills have touched the lives of thousands of people around the world via her insights in business strategy, analytics and the future of businesses during the data revolution.

As the founder of Lodestar Solutions, an IBM partner, and Heatherized, Inc. she still manages to find time to serve others as an Executive Advisor combining her diverse knowledge in Finance, IT, Law, Psychology, Sales and Marketing.  Heather is also a Certified High-Performance Coach, Licensed Attorney, Scrum Master and has over 25 years of experience in IT, Business Intelligence and Analytics.

She is a two-time best-selling author, a five-time winner of the IBM Champion Award and sits on the national board of Financial Executives International (FEI).  In her free time, Heather and her husband Gary Lafferty volunteer at Ready for Life, a charity that helps youth that age out of foster care in St. Petersburg, FL.

IBM Champion Lifetime Achievement Award

The IBM Champion Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes IBM Champions who stand above their peers for service to the community.  Over multiple years, these IBM Champions consistently excel and positively impact the community.  They lead by example, are passionate about sharing knowledge, and provide constructive feedback to IBM.

The IBM Lifetime Champion Award has only been given to 32 people throughout the world covering all aspects of IBM offerings.  The Lifetime Champion Award is a unique award within the IBM Champion Program.  IBM Champions are thought as leaders that are active in their communities to help promote technologies.  They are not IBM employees but rather clients or partners that are actively blogging, speaking, organizing events, writing books, and so much more.  Other 2021 IBM Lifetime Champions include Jean-Georges Perrin, Dave Beulke, Simon Thompson, Darren Surch and Greg Hodgkinson.

When asked about her recent Lifetime IBM Champion award, Heather said, “I am humbled to be a part of an amazing group of thought leaders and technologists.  I would be lying if I did not admit that my imposter syndrome rages when I meet with other IBM Champions, because these people play at another level.  I guess this award is the universe’s way of reminding me to Level Up and play bigger and bolder!”

What is an IBM Champion?

Want to learn what makes a great IBM Champion?  Hear from Heather Cole and other IBM Champions on this IBM video.

2021 IBM Lifetime Champions

If you consider yourself a thought leader in the IBM world, consider becoming an IBM Champion.  You can register here.

If you are interested in having Heather Cole speak at an upcoming event, conference, or webinar, connect with Heather on LinkedIn.

Congratulations to Heather and all the IBM Lifetime Champions.

Lodestar Solutions CEO Awarded IBM Information Champion for 2020

IBM Information Champion 2020
IBM Information Champion 2020
February 6th, 2020

We are proud to announce that Heather Cole the CEO of Lodestar Solutions, Inc. was nominated and selected as a 2020 IBM Information Champion. “It’s an honor to be awarded the Information Champion designation again this year. Through the IBM Information Champion program, I have met amazing people that are changing the world,” said Heather. 

What’s an IBM Champion?

An IBM Information Champion is a business partner or customer of IBM who is an IT professional, business leader, developer, executive, or educator who influences and mentors others to help them innovate with and make the best decisions around IBM software, solutions and services.

Heather Cole was given the IBM honor for her activities as a strong advocate helping people and organizations succeed at implementing analytic solutions. The award is based on being a thought leader in the technical communities in 2019.

Heather Cole’s Accomplishments

Last year in addition to numerous speaking engagements and videos where Heather entertained audiences with engaging stories and proven frameworks for success, Heather also wrote her second best-selling book, Solving the CIO Identity Crisis:  The Art of Becoming A Respected Executive Leading Innovation and Transformation. 

Time to Upgrade​

Heather enjoys coaching IBM clients on IBM Cognos Analytics, Cognos Planning Analytics and SPSS functionality and licensing.  Her goal is to influence every Cognos BI client to upgrade to Cognos Analytics and benefit from the tremendous functionality IBM has added.

Lodestar has a series of videos to help you plan your Cognos Analytics upgrade.

She also works with TM1 clients to upgrade to Cognos Planning Analytics. “If a client is still on TM1 10.2 it’s time to upgrade because it’s too risky to be on an unsupported version.  When clients upgrade to Planning Analytics, they really should consider reviewing the design of their models to leverage powerful functionality like hierarchies and Planning Analytics Workspace,” says Heather. Video on Workspace.

Build Your Analytics Roadmap

Heather is passionate about helping clients create their analytic roadmap. “Clients need to start thinking past their Cognos Business Intelligence, and TM1 implementations and start planning how to realize the benefits of Predictive Analytics with SPSS and Prescriptive Analytics with Decision Optimization.

Analytic Roadmap

As an IBM Information Champion Heather Cole loves helping clients. If you would like to setup a call to chat with Heather about your analytics roadmap or Cognos upgrades, email

Congratulations to all the 2020 IBM Champions

To view all the 2020 IBM Champions and to learn how you could become a 2021 Champion, check out the IBM developer site here