Good Partner News In Cert Roadmap
Microsoft on Tuesday released its certification
and it includes some good news for partners. Exams and
credentials will map more neatly to Microsoft Partner Program competency
requirements and the same exams will qualify for both partner requirements
as well as MCP program requirements. There will also be more certs
to choose from, including five new ones for SQL Server 2005, Visual
Studio 2005 and BizTalk Server 2006.
Centeris Joins Linux-Windows Interop Fray
Another company launched this week with the intention of getting
customers with mixed Microsoft-Linux environments to stop pulling
their hair out. Centeris
is offering tools for managing and configuring Linux systems from
the Microsoft Management Console. Linux-Windows integration looks
to be an area ripe for partners to pick up services work, as competitors
including Quest have made it clear they’re looking for more
partners to help install their wares.
R2 Nears Completion
Windows Server 2003 R2 is getting ever closer to shipping, as Microsoft
week posted the second release candidate of the OS. Among the
key new features in R2 is the ability to integrate Active Directory
with other identity management systems through Web services, along
with centralized backup and better availability.
Analysts Report Strong PC Sales
This has to be good news for partners: Gartner and IDC are both
reporting that PC
sales were up 17 percent during the third quarter versus last
year. They differ slightly on exactly how many PCs were shipped,
but it appears the industry is on track to sell well over 200 million
PCs this year.
All Abuzz About BI
Microsoft is doing its best to create some buzz around the theme
of business intelligence (BI), with much of it centered on the forthcoming
release of SQL Server 2005. On Monday, Jeff Raikes hosted a Webcast
for press and analysts to talk up the theme, noting all the new
BI capabilities that will be built into various Office 12 applications.
Much sooner, on Nov. 1, the company will release Microsoft Office
Business Scorecard Manager 2005, a server-based business scorecarding
application intended to help customers track the performance of
their organizations against predefined goals. Helping your customers
implement business scorecards and other BI capabilities is yet another
way that you can position yourself as a strategic partner, not just
a technology resource. Scott Bekker has a piece
on the Raikes Webcast on our sister site, ENTmag.com.
Scary Stories of Identity Theft
I know identity theft is a huge problem -- one that your clients
should certainly be concerned about if they hold any kind of confidential
information on their customers, or even themselves. But this first-person
account of a reporter’s own experience with identity theft
-- and the thief responsible for it -- made me more concerned than
ever. “It's just so easy. I could have made a million dollars
a year easily,” the thief told the St. Petersburg Times reporter.
“Say I mow your grass, and you write me a check. I could then
empty your account in a day. All I need is that account number and
routing number." Alas, the thief had a nasty drug habit that
prevented him from really dedicating himself to his craft. Now pardon
me while I go burn all my check books.
This Week’s Break From the Grind
It takes a certain degree of insanity to stand
in a rushing river in upstate New York in late October. To do
so with not a stitch of clothes on raises it up a notch. But to
do all that with the intention of securing yourself on the brink
of Niagara Falls -- for 24 hours -- puts you in elite company indeed.
It also gets you arrested, of course.
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With that, I bid you all farewell, as this will be my last Partner
Update newsletter. I am leaving my post as editor in chief of Redmond
Channel Partner magazine at the end of this week. Scott Bekker,
currently news editor of Redmond magazine and editor of ENTmag.com,
will take over as editor in chief and will occupy this space from
here on. You’ll be in good hands with Scott, as he is a seasoned
Microsoft reporter and editor. Drop him a note of welcome and congrats
I’ll be returning to the independent life from whence I came.
It’s been a pleasure launching Redmond Channel Partner magazine
as well as this newsletter and getting to know many of you. I wish
you all the best as you seek to help customers make the most productive
use possible of the technology at their disposal. If you care to
reach me, I’ll be at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted by Paul Desmond on October 26, 2005 at 11:53 AM