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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

PerformancePoint Services in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 enables dashboard authors and users to easily view and use a variety of report types, including analytic charts and grids, Excel Services reports, strategy maps, and many others.

After releasing Sharepoint 2010- Microsoft has also released a merged Application that is Performance Point Services – that is also a BUZZ now days.

If you have selected Microsoft BI tool to design dashboard so then you need to identify the organization’s requirement and then select the appropriate report type using Report Designer.

SAP is acquiring Sybase and its BI offering is becoming a threat for Microsoft Performance Point Services:

It might be alarming situation for Microsoft when the news is around for SAP has signed agreement to acquire Sybase” and its BI tool might be a problem for Microsoft Performance Point Services- but “tension not” and see what is going to happen next.
But Microsoft SQL Server Power Pivot is the answer to all these BI vendors along with Microsoft BI tools. But if you want to use this bullet you need to have Sharepoint 2010 enterprise and SQL Server 2008 R2 licenses under your arms.

Other Low Cost Business Intelligence Tools:
If your budget is not allowing you to go for expensive solution and  seeking some low cost  BI analysis tools rather than to buy a huge tank like Microsoft Sharepoint 2010, Cognos and SAP solution - so you can think of Tibco Spotfire , QlikView and Tableau- these are low cost BI Solution for your enterprise- but frankly speaking – our team has NOT evaluated them we might give you some technical insights or loophole of these low cost BI tools next time but we are sure they are less functional bi tools.

Now – we will elaborate some more functionality and Microsoft BI tools specially Microsoft Performance Point Designer is used to configure and deploy dashboard

Dashboard designer is tool to create bi and kpi inside sharepoint 2010, and If you want to know how to install dashboard designer so you can – Navigate to Business Intelligence Center in Sharepoint 2010 and then Click Performance Point Services and then click Run Dashboard Designer see the picture below for details:

Analytic reports are available from tool bar options to see report in different type -run time only -this means once you select Pie Chart type – so it’s for run time..

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