At first glance, Redmond's new server looks like a solid solution for business intelligence.
What is Microsoft PerformancePoint Server 2007?
Is it true business intelligence or just business spending? Judging from the manner in which Microsoft went after the performance management market, it's pretty clear the company is dead serious about PerformancePoint PerformancePoint Server accompanies Forms Server, Groove Server and the other high-level, high-function server products.
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It's a unique performance management analysis server that provides business scorecards, dashboards, analytics, forecasting, planning, budgeting and enhanced reporting-among other things. On many levels, PerformancePoint is a marked departure for Microsoft. The company has often acquired products, which are then re-branded, re-tooled and retailed.
PerformancePoint Server began life as the Biz project in early The fact that this build-from-scratch approach has taken so long has had some whispering that Microsoft may be missing the boat. Products like Cognos and Hyperion are already well established in the marketplace.
However, there are several advantages to this approach. Starting from scratch means that although the feature set may have some limitations, there are also no inherited weaknesses or known flaws.
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Also, Microsoft can easily add or improve any missing parts or defects during the dev cycle. Pricey Performance As an IT manager, you often have little or no say in what financial tools are implemented in your environment. After the other "business" divisions get on board, you get something thrown in your lap. Then, it's up to you to implement this new technology.
Before you can decide if the PerformancePoint Server price tag is worthwhile, let's take a look at what it offers.
Microsoft added the code and capabilities of an acquired product to round out the mix. Microsoft acquired Proclarity Desktop for business analytics and added it to PerformancePoint Server While that development and retooling delayed the initial release, the ongoing relationship with Microsoft's BSM product and ProClarity made it an easy choice for Microsoft to acquire and integrate.
PerformancePoint Server 2007 end of support roadmap
That was only the beginning, however. PerformancePoint Server has additional planning and consolidation tools, and allows for easier integration with Microsoft Excel. Microsoft's price against competing products looks very aggressive on the retail end. With the partner licensing programs, that pricing schedule is likely to improve. While you may or may not use PerformancePoint Server yourself, as an IT manager it's important for you to know the different components and understand some of the features.
Dashboards: The dashboards are a group of scorecards and reports organized into a single view. Dashboards contain common filters that control the elements in view. In the workspace, you can create, delete and edit items.
KPIs: These are measurements or metrics used to compare actual business performance to targeted expectations. The indicators can be either financial or non-financial objects. Scorecards PPS assemblies. You can find a complete code sample here. According to this sample, you can generate export Excel and PPT reports server-side. How can I get started?
Microsoft Reveals BI Plans, Readies PerformancePoint Server
September 28, at pm. September 29, at am. Pat Benton says:. November 9, at am. Customers are able to extend their Microsoft investment and reap the benefits of an application that is easy to use and less costly to deploy than traditional solutions.
Office PerformancePoint Server provides the functionality needed for performance management including scorecards, dashboards, management reporting, analytics, planning, budgeting, forecasting, and consolidation. The application reaches all employees, across all business functions including: finance, operations, marketing, sales, and human resources.
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