Enrolling in the Business Intelligence competency means that you can:

  • Grow your organization’s market share by delivering BI solutions at a lower cost than other solution providers
  • Help your customers build more effective business strategies, and drive services revenue—by taking advantage of the technology investments your customers already have.
  • Capitalise on opportunities to cross-sell Microsoft technologies, such as Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft SharePoint Server, and the Microsoft Office suite.

As we look to launch the new version of SQL Server, code name “Denali”, and regular product releases for SQL Azure, we will significantly update the content available for partners as well as the technical and training resources.

In big-picture terms, the opportunities are unprecedented. Microsoft research shows that BI continues to be a top spending priority for chief information officers (CIOs). In addition, Microsoft is prioritising its Business Intelligence partners by adding additional resources and benefits to this partner set in the coming year.  Bookmark the Business Intelligence competency page for more information as it becomes available.

To earn the Business Intelligence competency, visit the Partner Membership Centre where you can view your competency assets, associate MCP(s) to your organisation, submit customer references, and track your overall competency status.  Refer to the sidebar at the top of this email for other resources that can help you gain the BI competency today!

For the months of November and December we are helping partners meet the requirements for this competency by running Exam Preparation training sessions at no charge and providing exam vouchers. If you are interested in achieving this competency by 31 December 2011, please email sarahar@microsoft.com I will send you a Competency Development Funds Application form. This will need to be returned to me by 20 November 2011 to participate in this great saving.

Sarah Arnold