Language Packs and the PerformancePoint add-in for Excel

Here’s an interesting behavior I saw being discussed that you may run into when launching the PPS add-in for Excel when you have (or not) language packs installed: The PerformancePoint Add-in for Excel could not be loaded. The language pack for the configured language could not be found. Please install the multilingual user interface pack…


Fun displaying SSRS (integrated) reports using PerformancePoint SQL Server Report viewer

Disclaimer: the post below was written after 24+ hours traveling to India – I was pretty much (very much) out of my mind at the time… I just spent more than a few minutes messing around with the “SQL Server Report” report viewer in PerformancePoint, and choosing correct values for the Report Server URL and…


What does an exported PerformancePoint scorecard look like in Reporting Services report designer?

I was curious what would happen when I opened an RDL file created by PerformancePoint in Report Designer, so I tried it. Here is what I discovered: 1.       For whatever reason, PPS exports RDL using the SSRS 2000 RDL spec (xmlns= When you attempt to open the report up with BIDS, you’ll be prompted to…


Minor idiosyncrasy exporting a PerformancePoint Scorecard to SQL Reporting Services

Today I started playing around with the ability to export/deploy PPS scorecards to SSRS: It’s actually a pretty cool piece of work! I did run into one problem up which I’m documenting here to save someone else some time. I wanted to deploy my report to the root of my SSRS server’s home folder, as…


How to really, really remove PPS Dashboard Designer

The Microsoft Knowledge Base article 941749 explains (among other things) how to remove PerformancePoint Dashboard Designer. However, it appeared to me that the steps (“Method 1” and “Method 2”) were semi-cosmetic : We’re really not explicitly told how to remove the actual bits from our machine. Step 4 of the article holds a clue: 4….


PerformancePoint Server 2007 Ships! (as in, you can download it)

Last week I got all excited when I saw that PPS had launched – only to discover “launch” was really a marketing thing and there were no new bits to grab. Well, last night PerformancePoint actually shipped – And I have some links for you:  To see all the stuff you can download: Eval…


Dell and Microsoft engineer BI offering

Today at SQL PASS, Dell and Microsoft announced a new set of Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing solutions. They include a stack of server hardware, storage arrays, operating system, database and analytics software, management and reporting tools. The entire solution is based on the hardware and software many customers are using right now. What is…


PPS CTP2 VPC now available, too!

Last week I mentioned that PerformacePoint CTP2 was ready for download ( Well, late last week the fine folks on the PPS team updated the site again, adding a VPC of CTP2 – It’s a big DL, but well worth it.    


PerformancePoint CTP2 now available for download

CTP2 was just released, and can be downloaded at Microsoft Connect ( Browsing thru the content, I see 32 and 64-bit versions of the product, sample data, and even training material!