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					What is PerformancePoint Services? Most of the time it happens that the metrics that
make up your key performance indicators are not simple values from a data source. In
SharePoint Server 2007 PerformancePoint Services, you could create two kinds of
KPI metrics: Simple single value metrics from any supported data source or Complex
multiple value metrics from a single Analysis Services data source using MDX. Now
things are even easier with Performance Point Services in SharePoint 2010. Let us
check what is it? PerformancePoint Services in SharePoint Server 2010 is a
performance management service that you can use to monitor and analyze your
business. By providing flexible, easy-to-use tools for building dashboards, scorecards,
reports, and key performance indicators (KPIs), PerformancePoint Services can help
everyone across an organization make informed business decisions that align with
companywide objectives and strategy. Scorecards, dashboards, and KPIs help drive
accountability. Integrated analytics help employees move quickly from monitoring
information to analyzing it and, when appropriate, sharing it throughout the
organization. Prior to the addition of PerformancePoint Services to SharePoint Server,
Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 functioned as a standalone server.
Now PerformancePoint functionality is available as an integrated part of the
SharePoint Server Enterprise license, as is the case with Excel Services in Microsoft
SharePoint Server 2010. The popular features of earlier versions of PerformancePoint
Services are preserved along with numerous enhancements and additional
functionality. New PerformancePoint Services features PerformancePoint Services
now can utilize SharePoint Server scalability, collaboration, backup and recovery, and
disaster recovery capabilities. Dashboards and dashboard items are stored and secured
within SharePoint lists and libraries, providing you with a single security and
repository framework. New features and enhancements of SharePoint 2010
PerformancePoint Services 鈥?With PerformancePoint Services, functioning as a
service in SharePoint Server, dashboards and dashboard items are stored and secured
within SharePoint lists and libraries, providing you with a single security and
repository framework. The new architecture also takes advantage of SharePoint
Server scalability, collaboration, backup and recovery, and disaster recovery
capabilities. You also can include and link PerformancePoint Services Web Parts with
other SharePoint Server Web Parts on the same page. The new architecture also
streamlines security models that simplify access to report data. 鈥 ?The
Decomposition Tree is a new visualization report type available in PerformancePoint
Services. You can use it to quickly and visually break down higher-level data values
from a multi-dimensional data set to understand the driving forces behind those values.
The Decomposition Tree is available in scorecards and analytic reports and ultimately
in dashboards. 鈥?You can access more detailed business information with improved
scorecards. Scorecards have been enhanced to make it easy for you to drill down and
quickly access more detailed information. PerformancePoint scorecards also offer
more flexible layout options, dynamic hierarchies, and calculated KPI features. Using
this enhanced functionality, you can now create custom metrics that use multiple data
sources. You can also sort, filter, and view variances between actual and target values
to help you identify concerns or risks. 鈥 ?Better Time Intelligence filtering
capabilities that you can use to create and use dynamic time filters that are always up
to date. Other improved filters improve the ability for dashboard users to quickly
focus in on information that is most relevant. 鈥?Ability to include and link
PerformancePoint Services Web Parts together with other PerformancePoint Services
Web parts on the same page. 鈥?Easier to author and publish dashboard items by
using Dashboard Designer. 鈥 ?SQL Server Analysis Services 2008 support.
鈥?Increased support for accessibility compliance in individual reports and scorecards.
鈥?The KPI Details report is a new report type that displays contextually relevant
information about KPIs, metrics, rows, columns, and cells within a scorecard. The
KPI Details report works as a Web part that links to a scorecard or individual KPI to
show relevant metadata to the end user in SharePoint Server. This Web part can be
added to PerformancePoint dashboards or any SharePoint Server page. 鈥?Create
analytics reports to better understand underlying business forces behind the results.
Analytic reports have been enhanced to support value filtering, new chart types, and
server-based conditional formatting. To conclude, PerformancePoint Services, by
becoming tightly integrated with SharePoint Server 2010, takes advantage of many
enterprise-level SharePoint Server 2010 features. Unfortunately, SharePoint
Foundation 2010 doesn 鈥檛 include this feature. There are still many choices in
SharePoint family of products that include SharePoint Server 2010, SharePoint
Foundation, SharePoint Server 2007 and associated free SharePoint web parts and
templates.

				
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