How often are the maps updated?
We update the AzureAnalyticsMap and PowerBIMap browser (software, service partners, success story) as well as the webinar database every 1-2 weeks. Thats means it can take a few days until your entries will be visible. If you already have an entry and you want to change or extend that, e.g. with a new product or additional content, feel free to do that any time.
What does the websites offer?
The websites consists of three innovative browser objects: Solutions, Service Partners and Success Stories. Depending on the data you provide, you will be visible in one, two or all three browser objects. Additionally, the websites includes a (non-technical) blog about market developments in the ecosystem and an overview of webinars around the Azure and Power BI ecosystem as well as some helpful links. Within the questionnaire, you will find a form to add and promote your webinars and success stories.
How is the Service Partner bowser structured?
The Service Partner browser allows you to sort, select and search consulting vendors by multiple criteria such as country (home country as well as countries in which services are delivered), service offering, further Microsoft competencies, other BI products supported and many more.
How is the Success Story browser structured?
The Success Story library allows visitors to search customer stories by name, country, industry, primary function (e.g. Finance) and region. Additionally, the “value” field shows the major value driver (the motivation for the customer to implement the solution).
What are the criteria for being included in the browser?
Any software vendor or consultancy that offers products and services around Azure Analytics and/or Power BI is welcome to add their profile. An official partnership status with Microsoft is not required. BARC reserves the right to exclude vendors that provide misleading or false information.
What are the criteria for being included in the Maps (analysts’ view)?
The main criteria for software add-ons are status at Microsoft (Microsoft preferred solution, Power BI certified, Co-selling status), innovation and quality of the product, depth of Microsoft integration and market visibility (presence in marketing, partnerships, #of customers, #of success stories). For service partners, the criteria are status at Microsoft (especially Data Platform and Data Analytics certification), #of success stories, market visibility (presence in marketing, speaker engagements, community engagements) and special expertise.
What happens with my data?
The data you provide will not be sold to or shared with any third party. The servers on which the data is stored are based in Europe. BARC GmbH – established in 1999 and headquartered in Germany – is the leading European BI analyst company and follows the strong European data privacy regulations.
How is the project funded?
The initial phase of the launch was funded by 9 sponsors as well as by our enthusiasm for the fast-moving BI and reporting market. Additionally there are different sponsorship models for vendors and consultancies. Nevertheless, your entry in the Azure and PowerBIMap is completely independent from sponsorship activities. The project is based on the strong principle of showing a complete and unbiased picture of the ecosystem.
Who is behind the project?
AzureAnalyticsMap and PowerBIMap are initiatives of BARC, the best known BI software market analyst in Europe. Each year, BARC publishes “The BI & Analytics Survey”, the largest independent survey on the use of BI systems worldwide (formerly known as “The BI Survey” and “OlapReport”). The 2020 edition will mark its 20th anniversary. Stefan Sexl, chief editor of PowerBIMap, is a fellow of the BARC Institute and former co-founder of one of the major European Microsoft BI and Power BI consultancies. Additionally, a network of experts around the world with long-time experience in the Microsoft BI market space will be providing their expertise.
For North America – the largest software market in the world (and the market with the highest number of Power BI partners) – we are honored to welcome Donald Farmer, former “face of Microsoft BI” in Redmond, as our partner and main contributor for the future development of the project.
Does the project have official status at Microsoft?
No, this is an independent activity, although Microsoft is one of the sponsors. That is why vendors without official partner status can also be included. We see ourselves as a platform that adds significant value to the ecosystem and consider AzureAnalyticsMap and PowerBIMap as complementary to the market overviews provided directly by Microsoft.
Can I become a sponsor of the Maps?
Yes, we offer various sponsorship options. These currently include main sponsorship and banner ads with further options to come. Please contact Isabella Schlereth at email@example.com
or call +49-931-8806510 for more details.
Feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org
if you have any further questions.
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