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  • Blog Post: Partner Training/Readiness Resources

    Here's a wealth of useful online information around training, technical whitepapers, upcoming webcasts and demos. Also note the availability of the quick start PerformancePoint competency beta exam is available through till November 9th. Online Training Learn the basics of PerformancePoint Server...
  • Blog Post: Partner Bot

    This actually began as an idea from a couple of guys in my team Steve Marsh and Alex Smith have been pulling this together for a couple of months now. So what is it? Partner Bot is your Instant Messenger 'data digger', which quickly retrieves partner-related information and shows you where you can find...
  • Blog Post: PerformancePoint CTP 3

    OK - so it's not available yet although it should be available for download from the connect site next week. That said here's something to whet your appetite - this is a great post from Patrick Baumgartner on analytic charts in CTP3 . Technorati Tags: Monitoring , Analytics , PerformancePoint Server
  • Blog Post: Methodologies, Tools and Process, Process, Process

    Last week I was invited to Nimbus Partners Inspiring Performance conference at my beloved Emirates Stadium. As an Arsenal fan this made the whole conference even more impressive. I've been working with Nimbus for just over 12 months now - and their CEO Ian Gotts has become both a close friend and...
  • Blog Post: WebSeminar: Introducing PerformancePoint Server

    This is being run in conjunction with DM Review and well worth checking out as an introduction to MS PerformancePoint Server 2007. Obviously you also get a much more concise picture of our strategy than you'll get from my random ramblings. You can register for the event here , but here's a snippet of...
  • Blog Post: System Requirements for PerformancePoint Server - A clarification

    I published a post last week on the System Requirements for PerformancePoint Server . I need to make one clarification as Derek - very kindly pinged me an email to check. Thanks Derek This is a subject which has already confused some customers and partners who have downloaded the PerformancePoint data...
  • Blog Post: So in summary...

    I have to give Jason Morales in the PerformancePoint team in the US all the credit for this idea. He has began to pull together some great content and links from across the OBA business and distribute it to some of his key customer and partner contacts. Some of it has a distinctly North American flavour...
  • Blog Post: And for existing customers and partners...

    Two great events running in London on the 26th and Manchester on the 28th of June. PerformancePoint/ProClarity Briefing - Customer & Partner Date: Tuesday 26 th and Thursday 28th June 2007 - AM Location: Radisson Portman, London or Renaissance Hotel, Manchester This event provides the...
  • Blog Post: Why I love the blogosphere

    This morning I got a really lovely email from Raja who it seems enjoys my blog - thanks Raja. It's actually making these kinds of connections through blogging that allows for great conversations and ultimately important connections which just aren't possible 1:1. It seems my evil plan around "cash for...
  • Blog Post: Using MeetingPoint to connect @ BI Conference (May 9th-11th, 2007)

    As per my post over the weekend I've now added my profile to MeetingPoint . If you're around at BI Conference next week and keen to meet up feel free to schedule some time. It would be great to catch up. Alternatively, feel free to call me on +447854750068 or email me @ btamblyn@microsoft.com Enjoy the...
  • Blog Post: What are you reading...

    It's a question I get asked this time every year by family and friends looking to buy me book tokens for my impending birthday. So this weekend I get a phone-call from my mother in Australia and the topic of my birthday comes up. Mum: So Ben - What are you reading at the moment? Ben: Nothing in particular...
  • Blog Post: De-constructing the "Angry Cinnamon"

    So why the angry cinnamon - A good question: READ I have absolutely NO idea. A term used internally and although I don't know it's exact origin - I'm crediting Chuck Mitten who works in the Microsoft OBA Partner team in Boise. So let's break this down. BI has historically been a ‘read-only’ business...
  • Blog Post: Blogging really is like going to the gym...

    So you miss a couple of sessions at the gym, and put on a few pounds. Blogging is no different, every now and then you get busy, and blogging soon becomes a distant memory. I know it's been a while since my last post - but I've been crazy busy , and with the PerformancePoint launch imminent - there's...
  • Blog Post: Marriage

    Oracle announce the acquisition of Hyperion According to an article in the New York Times it would seem the BI world's worst kept secret is in fact true. There's a couple of interesting conundrums here. As Chris Webb suggests "surely existing Essbase users will now be questioning its future and be looking...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Partner Love-in: Valentines Day

    OK - so if you haven't booked in for the Microsoft Business Intelligence Partner Day/Love-in you're probably too late. But for those who can't make it due to the fact that you're not in the UK I'll provide a synopsis of the Gartner overview in a blog post later next week. For those of you who are...
  • Blog Post: Standardisation is Important, Microsoft is not

    This was an interesting post from Craig Schiff last week on b-eye . Craig is the former OutlookSoft CEO, and a BPM pioneer who now works for BPM Partners an independent professional services firm. Craig presented the results of the recent BPM Pulse Survey (here's a link to the webcast recording). There...
  • Blog Post: Performance Management Training and Enablement - QuickStart Programme

    This was announced internally at Microsoft just before the holidays by Jodi Maupin the OBA Partner Marketing Manager. I've reviewed some of the existing training and whilst it's not for the faint-hearted engagement on this programme will help all our partners align themselves more closely to Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: PerformancePoint Server Data Sheets

    Thanks to Patrick Husting who posted these (PDFs)which includes product data sheets: overview, analytics, monitoring, reporting, and planning. PerformancePointServer 2007 Overview - [ download ] PerformancePointServer 2007 Analytics - [ download ] PerformancePointServer 2007 Monitoring - [ download ...
  • Blog Post: TechWeb Readers' Choice Awards: Microsoft is Best Performance Management Suite Vendor

    This is a great start to the new year although I guess I'm a little surprised at this given the PerformancePoint beta was only released under CTP in December. MS BI have won the TechWeb Readers’ Choice Award for Best Customer Analytics , Best ETL Software and Best XML Database … and we haven’t even released...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Business Intelligence Conference (May 9th - 11th 2007)

    Here's some early information about Microsoft's BI conference planned for May 9th. With the release of SQL Server 2005, Business Scorecard Manager 2005, the 2007 Office system, the ProClarity acquisition and the first Community Technology Preview (CTP) release of Office PerformancePoint Server 2007,...
  • Blog Post: Best Practices: Building vertical KPI's

    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...
  • Blog Post: Business Scorecard Manager 2005 - SP1

    Good News for anyone working with BSM and thanks to Patrick Husting for the heads-up on this. As we get closer to releasing Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007, the field has asked the Business Scorecard Manager (BSM) 2005 team if Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 will be a supported...
  • Blog Post: Missing in Action

    I've been out of the office for almost a month now but certainly been busy with fatherhood I have a beautiful baby daughter and last week we released to manufacturing (RTM) both Windows Vista and the Microsoft Office System 2007. I've been running around the country presenting to partners as part...
  • Blog Post: Borrowing Key Principles from Lean Manufacturing and a couple from SteveB and Mike Pegg

    In July I spent 4 days at Microsoft's annual global conference. This year MGB (Microsoft Global Business) as it used to be called was re-branded and is now called (MGX) - the X representing an e X change of ideas. These conferences tend to be a mix of good product and solution content and field invigoration...
  • Blog Post: Get Ready for Performance Point: Biz# BETA software is available now!

    If you haven't already got access to the Biz# BETA you can log-on to the Microsoft Connect Web Site to download it as well as other white-papers and training materials that should assist you to position Microsoft's wider business intelligence and Corporate Performance Management suite. To accept this...
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