By Darrin Bishop
One of the key workloads for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 is Insights. The Insights workload is all about unlocking and using your business information. The Insights workload includes key technologies and services such as PerformancePoint Services (PPS), Excel Services, Visio Services, and Business Connectivity Services (BCS). PerformancePoint Services 2010 is a key business intelligence (BI) product for Microsoft.
PerformancePoint Services 2010 provides the capability to create rich, interactive dashboards that allow Information Workers to view and work with structured and unstructured data in a secure and easy-to-consume format. Power users, BI workers, administrators, and developers can create, manage, and deploy dashboards and dashboard components (such as charts, graphs, reports, and scorecards) to SharePoint libraries. The capability to slice and dice the business data allows data to become actionable information.
Microsoft made some significant changes to PerformancePoint Services 2010 when compared to PerformancePoint Server 2007. Although users of the previous version of PPS will certainly recognize the similarity of the designer and the available dashboard components, there have been vast improvements to this latest version as a result of building the product on SharePoint Server 2010, rather than simply integrating the user interface.
This chapter provides an overview of PerformancePoint Services 2010 and ...