The ecosystem around Microsoft Power BI is growing fast – consultancies and software vendors are adopting the platform to offer added value in visuals, apps, connectors and data management tools.

bi-survey.com has launched an innovative market overview with the clear goal of offering our visitors the fastest and most intelligent way to browse through the Power BI ecosystem and find added value as well as the right partner for their initiatives.

For vendors and consultancies: If you are active around Power BI and offer consulting, training, other services or a software solution directly integrated in Power BI (e.g., a visual) or a software solution that leverages Power BI, you should be included in our market overview (official partner status at Microsoft is not required).

North America, Middle East and Benelux are the next focus regions

Your entry is free of charge!

Please fill out our questionnaire and register at:
http://bi-survey.com/power-bi-map-questionnaire

Q&A for vendors

What is the difference between the powerBImap browser and the powerBImap?

The powerBImap browser is an interactive tool offered on the website and includes ALL participants of the Power BI ecosystem. It allows visitors to select, browse, sort and search intuitively by vendor, product and success story. The data in the browser is collected top-down from different sources and combined with data from the questionnaire completed by the vendors themselves. BARC only corrects obviously false or misleading information.

 

The powerBImap is a static PDF, showing the analysts’ view of the Power BI ecosystem – at a certain point of time for a certain region. It integrates the most important and most visible vendors based on analyst research. The team defining the powerBImap comprises experts from different markets across the world including the United States, Europe and Asia. The powerBImap is updated on a regular basis throughout the year. The 2020 version for German speaking countries has already been released. Editions for North America, the Middle East and Benelux are currently being prepared.

How often is powerBImap updated?

We update the powerBImap browser (software, consultant, success story) as well as the webinar database every 2-3 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.

Which content is regional in a regional edition of the map?

Generally, the left “yellow” part of the map with the solutions is global, while the right part with the consultancies is local and changes almost completely for each regional edition of the map. That means if you are part of the solutions, you will be included in other regional editions without any need for additional registration. Some exceptions might apply (e.g., for software solutions only available in a particular language or supporting a local need, such as local financial standards).

Why should I fill out the questionnaire?

Depending on your market visibility, you might be included in the powerBImap even without actively completing the questionnaire. Nevertheless, the questionnaire allows you to add important information. For example, you can provide a more precise definition of what you offer as well as additional metadata such as the countries/regions where you offer your services, screenshots of your products and success stories for consultancies. The questionnaire ensures that we know which market segments you want to position yourself in. This additional information increases the probability that visitors to the site will find you when searching for a solution provider or add-on for Power BI. Additionally, you can promote your webinars for free.

What does the website offer?

The website consists of three innovative browser objects: Solutions, Consultants and Success Stories. Depending on the data you provide, you will be visible in one, two or all three browser objects. Additionally, the website includes a (non-technical) blog about market developments in the Power BI ecosystem and an overview of webinars around the Power BI platform 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 product (solution) browser structured?
The main sections are Visuals, Dashboards, Apps, Data Management and Connectors.

  • Visuals are extensions to the Power BI visual library
  • Dashboards are pre-configured reports for different subject areas
  • Data Management covers all tools to organize the data for reports in Power BI
  • Connectors are data connectors to different source systems
  • Apps are applications that use Power BI as a front end

How is the Consultant object structured?
The Consultant 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 and region.

What are the criteria for being included in the powerBImap browser?

Any software vendor or consultancy that offers products and services around 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 powerBImap (analysts’ view)?

The main criteria for software add-ons are status at Microsoft (Power BI certified, Co-selling), innovation and quality of the product, depth of Microsoft integration and market visibility (presence in marketing, partnerships, #of customers, #of success stories). For consultancies, 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 only be used for the powerBImap browser and 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 powerBImap funded?

The initial phase of the launch is funded by 9 sponsors as well as by our enthusiasm for the fast-moving BI and reporting market. Different sponsorship models will be added at a later stage. Nevertheless, your entry in the powerBImap is completely independent from sponsorship activities. powerBImap is based on the strong principle of showing a complete and unbiased picture of the Power BI ecosystem.

Who is behind powerBImap?

powerBImap is an initiative 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”). 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 powerBImap.

Does powerBImap have official status at Microsoft?

No, this is an independent activity. 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 powerBImap as complementary to the market overviews provided directly by Microsoft.

Can I become a sponsor of the powerBImap?

Yes, we offer various sponsorship options. These currently include main sponsorship and banner ads with further options to come. Please contact Isabella Schlereth at ischlereth@barc.de or call +49-931-8806510 for more details.

Feel free to contact powerbimap@bi-survey.com if you have any further questions.

Donald Farmer
powerBImap North America
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Stefan Sexl
powerBImap Europe
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Norman Manley
powerBImap Benelux
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