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Friday, December 14, 2007

PerformancePoint Server : What is it and how can I get started?

Perormance Point Server
Enterprises gather data related to line-of-business (LOB) operations. Data as-is is not useful. You need to transform it into information so you can understand your business and make decisions. PerformancePoint Server 2007 is a product that can help you to build a performance management application. It integrates with Microsoft SQL Server 2005 and helps you define a set of rules to monitor, analyze, and report information in dashboards or scorecards to help users with planning, budgeting, and forecasting. Optionally, you can use the PerformancePoint Server 2007 APIs and extend reporting to Excel, PowerPoint, and MOSS 2007. PPS is a new platform for a new set of BI Office Business Applications (OBAs).

How can I get started?

Here's a list of resources that can help you to learn more about the product…
PerformancePoint Server Developer Portal on MSDN.
This page compiles pointers to the new PerformancePoint Monitoring SDK, the PerformancePoint Planning Business Rules Development Guide, and useful links to data sheets for planning, analytics, monitoring, and management reporting.

If you want to see an online demo, you can watch the Performance Management 101 Webcast, the TechNet Webcast: Business Intelligence with Office PerformancePoint Server 2007, and the PerformancePoint Server 2007 Interactive Product Introduction.

For other related-sites check-out…

Office Online: Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server
Microsoft TechNet: Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007
Product Information:
Microsoft BI: and
Press Pass: Microsoft to Expand Its Business Intelligence Product Line: Announcing Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007

Finally, if you want to get your hands on PPS, here are the links to the evaluation downloads…
Download PerformancePoint Server 2007 Evaluation Version (x86)
Download PerformancePoint Server 2007 Evaluation Version (x64)
Have fun!

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