PerformancePoint Server 2007 with Service Pack 2 (SP2)

PerformancePoint Server 2007 with Service Pack 2 (SP2) includes enhancements such as improved query performance, support for SQL Server 2008, increased compatibility with Windows Server 2008, including support for Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, and more filtering capabilities for PerformancePoint dashboards. These enhancements boost the already robust capabilities of PerformancePoint Server 2007. For more information on Service Pack 2, see Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 on TechNet.

Need to Print PPS Dashboards and don’t want all the HTML and SPS Stuff?

In 50% of our projects, we are asked if there are any options for printing a PerformancePoint Dashboard.  The reason for this is when our customers want to print a dashboard, they want a rich looking report without all the SharePoint clutter.   Also, they want to print easily to different paper sizes or orientations.   PerformancePoint Server just doesn’t have a good option for this through Internet Explorer.

The screenshot below is a prototype we have been working on as an Add-On to PerformancePoint Server 2007.   We should have it done within a month or so and available for a small purchase price.  Email me if you are interested.



SharePoint 2009 Conference – Day 4

SharePoint upgrade from 2007 to 2010 is a fairly straightforward process in comparison to the Performance Point 2007 to 2010 migration. Performance Point pages will migrate to 2010, however, all dashboards will be broken. The recommended solution is to repost a new dashboard on top of the old once. Data sources should migrate by default, however, it is highly recommended to verify all data connections manually after upgrade. Also, user permissions will require manual intervention, especially if Kerberos authentication model was been previously used. Since all objects will be stored in a SharePoint list, Microsoft also recommends going in to it and re-organizing items in a more useful way after migration.

Visio Services has been announced with support for external data sources. This gives those uses who are used to advanced Visio diagrams with data feeds from Excel, SQL and Workflow to publish their diagrams to SharePoint 2010 as 1st class citizens.

SharePoint 2009 Conference – Day 3

Performance Point 2010 is completely redesigned in order to play nice with SharePoint. This actually introduces a very interesting workflow for authoring PPS dashboards. All PPS objects are stored in a SharePoint List and are manageable in there. For example you can create new a Data Source connection as a new SharePoint list item. Some other common tasks are now doable without Performance Point designer.

Microsoft SharePoint 2010 supports alternative browsers such as Firefox and Safari. This is a bold move and I hope that Reporting, Excel, Visio, and Performance Point Services on SharePoint do that as well.  I imagine the joy of all Mac users when MOSS 2010 becomes available to them.  

Silverlight Bing Maps control has been announced. It is in CTP stage right now and only available to Microsoft TAP program subscribers. From what I saw during the presentation, this is the next step forward in maps/geo extensibility.

Microsoft Business Intelligence and Healthcare

Great scenario using Microsoft Business Intelligence solutions in the healthcare space.   In the United States we talk and talk about healthcare for everyone but really if we just provide better insight into operations, we can have great productivity gains.   Healthcare is burden down with a lot of process and oversight, but again providing a personalized business intelligence solution will provide better transparency to all and in return reducing costs in the overall system.  Check out the video after the jump.