Altius Power Platform Director wins FastTrack Recognized Solution Architect award

Altius Power Platform Director wins FastTrack Recognized Solution Architect award

Recently, Altius Power Platform Practice Director James Dales won a significant recognition from Microsoft. We caught up with him to find out the details.


Tell us a little more about this prestigious award.

It is called the FastTrack Recognized Solution Architect (FTRSA) program, honouring the “best of the best Power Platform architects across the globe”, of which five were recognised in the Power BI category. The award goes to those who consistently exhibit deep architecture expertise and create high quality solutions for customers.

The awards take place at the Microsoft Business Applications Summit, which has been moved from Dallas, Texas to online on 6th May, 2020. Anyone is welcome to register!

What was the selection process like for this award?

Candidates must be nominated, and are then assessed on the following criteria:

  • Depth of technical capability and current product knowledge
  • Adherence to recommended best practice
  • Degree of complexity associated with the customer implementation
  • Quality of architecture design and fit for customer need

I had to reference work completed with multiple customers, ones with the most complicated and biggest Power BI deployments. Some of the work we’ve done with these customers include working with large data sets, promoting self-service within the organisation, and creating Power BI custom visuals.

What is the significance of this award to Microsoft?

It allows Microsoft to identify who the “go to” partners are with the most amount of experience to give customers confidence that they are recognising the best partners in their space.

In Altius’s case, my receiving this award means Altius is at the top of our game in terms of Power BI deployment within organisations, particularly with handling large data sets. We also have a team specialised in creating custom visuals, which extend the capabilities of Power BI through custom coding.

Can you also tell us about the contributor’s programme you’ve been included in at Microsoft HQ in Seattle?

This is a program I am involved in which allows us to communicate to the Power BI engineering team particular challenges our customers are having and then to develop new functionality into Power BI to address them. Being involved in this may be one of the key reasons why I have gained visibility at Microsoft HQ and won the FastTrack Recognized Solution Architect award.

Some of the key features that we have built were released in December 2019, and can be found here.

What does this award mean for you and your career?

It feels great to be recognised in this space for all the work that myself and my incredible team have put in to be the best in class in Power BI. I’m incredibly proud to have led the Power BI team as the Lead Architect to implement these solutions and make a difference for our customers. I’m looking forward to seeing what doors this will open in the future.