We are thrilled to announce Microsoft was selected as a winner in a number of categories for the CRN 2012 Channel Champions Awards! If you're not familiar with CRN of the Channel Champions Awards, learn more here.  Below is a list of some of the categories we were awarded first place in:

  • Business Intelligence (2011 Rank – 1): Microsoft edged out SAP, IBM, and Oracle in the BI category. CRN notes that Microsoft has been steadily gaining market traction with its business intelligence offerings and cites Microsoft’s plans for an Apache Hadoop-based service for Windows Azure as evidence of momentum moving forward.
  • Data & Information Management (2011 Rank – 1): CRN highlights the progress Microsoft has made in the data and information management space, attributing much of this success to SQL Server. Specifically, the publication praises the product for its ability to manage and analyze huge volumes of data, enabling customers to create new business opportunities.
  • Cloud Applications (2011 Rank – 1): Microsoft beat out VMware and Oracle in the cloud applications category for the second year in a row. Microsoft earned high scores on each of the support criteria including pre-sales and post-sales support, evaluation and demo equipment policies, education and enablement, and financial factors.

For a complete list of all category winners, see the CRN 2012 Channel Champs Awards. We want to thank everybody for your continued support of Microsoft Business Intelligence!