Microsoft BI Dashboard Evolution

Let’s catch up to speed with Microsoft’s strategy around scorecards & dashboards, key elements of your business performance management or enterprise performance management strategy. When I blogged from the product teams around PerformancePoint Server solutions here, up until 2008, PerformancePoint Server was the stand-alone server-based solution that brought together Business Scorecard Manager (BSM), Biz Sharp (PPS Planning) and Proclarity as part of Microsoft’s EPM strategy.

When I left for Oracle, I watched very closely the Microsoft change in strategy to move those capabilities into SharePoint, now called PerformancePoint Services. The PPS blog which was PerformancePoint Server, now essentially PerformancePoint Services is great place for the latest from the product team.

Clearly, SharePoint is a very important strategic product within Microsoft. So much is being moved into SharePoint and performance management is just the latest example. I find this strategy to be fitting because we used to utilize SharePoint for our dashboard presentations anyway, publishing Proclarity reports, PPS scorecards, SSRS reports, Visio strategy maps and Excel services into SharePoint via PPS dashboards. Now that is part of the SharePoint 2010 Business Intelligence Services in SharePoint. I found this really very handy PDF graphic to help explain the services in SharePoint 2010 from a Microsoft partner’s web site based in Argentina.

So while you will use SQL Server as the database store for your relational data, multi-dimensional data and SharePoint data store, SharePoint will be your BI tool for building performance dashboards.


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