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PerformancePoint Services overview (SharePoint Server 2010)

Published: May 8, 2010

PerformancePoint Services in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 is a performance management service that you can use to monitor and analyze your business. By providing flexible, easy-to-use tools for building dashboards, scorecards, and key performance indicators (KPIs), PerformancePoint Services can help individuals across an organization make informed business decisions that align with companywide objectives and strategy. Dashboards, scorecards, KPIs, and reports help drive accountability. Integrated analytics help workers quickly move from monitoring information to analyzing it, and where appropriate, sharing it throughout the organization. Before PerformancePoint Services became part of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010, Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 was a standalone server. Now the functionality of Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 is available as an integrated part of the Office SharePoint Server Enterprise license. PerformancePoint Services retains much of the same features and functionality as its predecessor while including additional benefits, enhancements, and new functionality.

note Note:

An upgrade wizard is now available, that moves database objects from the previous version, PerformancePoint Server 2007, to PerformancePoint Services.

PerformancePoint Services

The following is an overview of features for PerformancePoint Services.

  • Create interactive and context driven dashboards with scorecards, analytic reports and filters. Reports also integrate with SQL Server Reporting Services and Excel Services.

  • Create scorecards that bring together data from multiple data sources (including Analysis Services, SQL Server, SharePoint lists and Excel Services) to track and monitor key drivers of your business.

  • Use interactive analytic reports to identify driving forces and root causes, and apply filters to personalize your reports.

  • Integrate your business intelligence applications and information with other powerful SharePoint Server features, such as collaboration and content management.

New features and enhancements

The following is an overview of new features and enhancements.

  • PerformancePoint is a service in SharePoint Server. Dashboards and dashboard items are stored and secured within SharePoint Server lists and libraries, providing you with a single security and repository framework. The new architecture also takes advantage of SharePoint Server security framework, scalability, collaboration, backup and restore, and disaster recovery capabilities. You can also include and link PerformancePoint Services Web Parts together with other SharePoint Server Web Parts on the same page. The new architecture also streamlines security models that simplify access to report data.

  • The visualization Decomposition Tree is a new report type that you can use to quickly and visually break down higher-level data values from a multi-dimensional data set in order to understand the driving forces behind those values. The Decomposition Tree is available in scorecards and analytic reports rendered in your dashboards.

  • The KPI Details report is a new report type that displays contextually relevant information about KPIs, metrics, rows, columns, and cells within a scorecard. The KPI Details report works as a Web Part that links to a scorecard or individual KPI and can be added to dashboards or any SharePoint Server page.

  • Scorecards have been enhanced to make it easy for you to drill down and quickly access more detailed information. PerformancePoint scorecards also offer more flexible layout options, dynamic hierarchies, and calculated KPI features. Using this enhanced functionality, you can now create custom metrics that use multiple data sources. You also can sort, filter, and view variances between actual and target values to help you identify concerns or risks.

  • With Better Time Intelligence filtering capabilities you can create and use dynamic time filters that are always up to date. Other improved filters enhance the ability for dashboard users to quickly focus in on information that is most relevant.

  • SharePoint Web Parts can include and link to PerformancePoint Web Parts on the same page.

  • It’s easier to author and publish dashboard items using Dashboard Designer.

  • There is increased support for accessibility compliance in individual reports and scorecards.

  • Analytic reports have been enhanced to support value filtering, new chart types, and server-based conditional formatting.

  • Support for SQL Server Analysis Services 2008 and SQL Server 2008.

Retired features

PerformancePoint Services no longer supports Trend Charts, PivotTable reports, PivotChart reports, Analysis Services 2000, and 32-bit server architecture.

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