Over on the Australian Microsoft Australian Partner blog, Sarah Arnold has announced that there are special offers available to partners to support their application for Silver Competency in Business Intelligence
Customers are becoming more interested in business intelligence in education because of the potential it holds in helping improve student performance. Whether that means analysis of data for a single institution, or system-wide analysis, there are lots of projects starting up to look at learning, pastoral, assessment, engagement or financial data (or a mix of all of these) in schools, TAFEs and universities. And over the next few years, as increasing power is devolved to schools, TAFEs and universities by legal changes, this will accelerate.
From a Microsoft perspective, now’s a key time for us to focus on Business Intelligence too, with the launch the new version of SQL Server, code name “Denali”, and regular product releases for SQL Azure around the corner.
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) globally and nationally. In addition, Microsoft is prioritising its Business Intelligence partners by adding additional resources and benefits for these partners 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.
For the months of November and December we are helping Australian Microsoft 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 Sarah Arnold and she’ll send you a Competency Development Funds Application form. This will need to be returned to Sarah by 20 November 2011 to participate.