Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 top 10 benefits

Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 is a complete performance management (PM) application that business people can use to more effectively plan and manage their company. Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 includes business scorecarding, analytics, and planning. These capabilities enable companies to improve performance across the organization by providing business insights to all employees. Such insights help employees make better, faster, and more relevant decisions.

1 Complete and integrated performance management application.

Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 is a single, integrated performance management application that provides comprehensive functionality including scorecarding, analytics, and planning. Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 is designed to improve operational and financial performance in all aspects of the business across departments and all levels of the organization.

   
2 Pervasive performance management that reaches all business users.

Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 is designed to reach all business users by providing a user experience in the familiar and easy-to-use Microsoft Office system, including Microsoft Office Excel, Office Outlook, and Office SharePoint. In addition, with the scalability and high-performance of the Microsoft SQL Server Business Intelligence platform, organizations can afford to deliver the right information to the broadest number of employees so they can make better, faster, and more relevant decisions.

   
3 Enhanced partnership between IT and business.

The Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 Business Modeler is a unique design and modeling component that enhances the partnership between IT and business analysts. While IT provides the infrastructure and security for crucial business applications, Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 Business Modeler enables business analysts to use their insight and knowledge of the business to manage roles, workflows, business rules, and information. Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 also features user friendly design and wizards that business people can use to setup their own business definitions, run queries, and create personalized scorecards without the need for IT support.

   
4 Flexible design to handle real-world complexity.

Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 uses a model-driven approach that helps users create corporate models for scorecards, analytics, and plans. These models allow maximum flexibility and can adapt to unique department-level performance management requirements. Hierarchical models’ structures can accommodate unique departmental business models that synchronize with those above and below them in the organization structure, across departments, and up to the corporate level for a consistent view of organizational performance.

   
5 Built on the Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Business Intelligence platform.

Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 takes advantage of the enterprise-grade reliability, high performance, and scalability of the SQL Server 2005 Business Intelligence platform. SQL Server 2005 delivers comprehensive capabilities for data integration and transformation (Integration Services); analytical query, calculation, and data mining (Analysis Services); and reporting (Reporting Services). These capabilities enable people at all levels of the organization to transform disparate enterprise data into shared information they can use to make decisions and take actions that improve business outcomes.

   
6 Advanced analytic and visualization capabilities.

Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 helps business users make better, faster decisions by providing advanced analytic and data visualization capabilities that are both intuitive and easy-to-use. Business people can use Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 to more easily interact with analytic information and better understand what is happening in the business.

   
7 Aligned and integrated corporate planning.

Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 has robust planning, budgeting, and forecasting capabilities. Centrally managed administration enables budget analysts to build models that contain the business rules, assumptions, calculations, and other business drivers that create the framework for plans and budgets for all levels of the organization. These models propagate budget forms based on Office Excel for line managers to enter their data. These models ensure consistently applied business rules and assumptions that align to overall corporate goals.

   
8 Reduced time and effort involved in planning and budgeting.

Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 provides powerful workflow and collaboration functionality that streamlines planning, budgeting, and forecasting cycle times. Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 enables business users to configure rules that manage processes such as assigning tasks, managing budget creation, monitoring the status of submissions, and approvals. Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 also simplifies the consolidation of multiple submitted budgets into a corporate rollup, greatly reducing the time and effort normally required.

   
9 Aligned business activities across the enterprise to corporate strategy.

Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 enables every employee—executives, managers, and front-line employees—to align their performance with overall corporate strategy. Every employee can use metrics, key performance indicators (KPIs), reports delivered to every desktop through intuitive scorecards, and the familiar, easy-to-use Microsoft Office environment to manage the business understanding of how their performance aligns with personal and departmental goals and objectives.

   
10 Cross enterprise view.

Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 provides a complete perspective of business performance across enterprise functions such as finance, operations, sales, and human resources. Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 utilizes SQL Server 2005 Business Intelligence platform to integrate information from across disparate enterprise systems and business functions to provide all users with a more strategic and forward-looking view of the business.

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