PerformancePoint Server 2007: What is it and how can I get started?

The release of PerformancePoint Server 2007 should be of special interest for those of you who are passionate about business intelligence (BI), dashboard, and scorecard solutions.


What is it?

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).


While reading about PPS, I discovered some cool things that developers can do to extend its functionality:

How can I get started?

Here's a list of resources that can help you to learn more about the product…

Last week we published the new 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 blogs, visit the The Microsoft PerformancePoint Team Blog, Ben Tamblyn's blog, and Bruno Aziza's blog.

For other related-sites check-out…

Finally, if you want to get your hands on PPS, here are the links to the evaluation downloads…

Have fun!

Comments (5)

  1. PerformancePoint Server 2007: how to start.

  2. Pat Benton says:

    The link to this online demo does not work – PerformancePoint Server 2007 Interactive Product Introduction.

    Do you have a better URL?

  3. nitish rajkhowa says:

    hi i am working on ms performance point for the first time without much prior knowledge of bi tools. i am basically trying to generate scorecards and reports using monitoring server of performance point. i wanted to know wheather we can develop scorecards and reports on simple sql tables or do we need to use analysis services of ms sql. your prompt help is appreciated.

  4. m says:

    Is it just me? It seems many of the web cast links are not availabe anymore!!

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