I was speaking with a colleague of mine Jeremy Neal. Jeremy has come over to Microsoft as part of the ProClarity acquisition and works as an OBA Solution Sales Professional (SSP). A couple of weeks back at the monthly ProClarity UK Seminar we got talking about how we can effectively provide partners with information based on building specific vertical KPI templates and accelerators.
So if you're a partner here's the definitive guide. As we quickly integrate ProClarity into the Microsoft business I'm sure these will be made available via MSDN subscription but at the moment they're easily accessible directly from the ProClarity website. There are two great resources available free to partners.
PAS comes with a library of KPI templates that represents the collective experience of ProClarity, our partners and customers. Almost 80% of the KPI's most organisations need can be deployed directly from these templates or through minor modifications. There are more than 50 templates available and they take full advantage of SQL 2005 functionality that introduces Goal, Status and Trend information extending the value of each KPI metric (in fact the Goal, Status and Trend approach is available to customers still using SQL 2000). Once defined the KPI's can be published to PAS for broad deployment and consistent interpretation. The underlying MDX can also be cut and pasted into the cube.
ProClarity has an active online community. The community comprises three areas: Central / Analyst / Best Practice. The latter two are available to customers for an annual subscription. Partners have free access.
The Analyst and Best Practice community subscriptions include access to ProClarity Application Accelerator Kits. These are examples of ProClarity applications from specific vertical markets – e.g. Retail, Healthcare.
Partners can sign up to the ProClarity Partner Program free of charge (£400 for Resellers). This provides the software and all levels of community subscription free of charge. I'd also encourage you to attend ProClarity's next UK seminar in Chertsey on December 13th. I attended the last session run by Jeremy and Andrew Sadler which was outstanding - a great opportunity for customers and partners alike to understand the ongoing Microsoft strategy around ProClarity Dashboard and Analytics.