Microsoft BI PerformancePoint
Microsoft business intelligence [BI] software recently updated
it's performance management software suite Office PerformancePoint
Central to the suite is a a new planning module which allows users
to create budgets, plans and scorecards, and use these to measure
Microsoft Business Intelligence Architecture
Microsoft BI is delivered through three layers or workloads:
- data warehousing
- reporting and analysis
- performance management.
Together, these components provide a consolidated, comprehensive
data source and tools to help improve decision making.
Microsoft BI is designed to help decision makers at all levels
of the organization have confidence that their decisions support
your company’s goals and initiatives.
This module is tightly integrated with the suite's Business Scorecard
Monitoring functionality and its analytics capabilities [based on
The integration helps automate the entire corporate performance
management (CPM) lifecycle.
There is also tight integration with Office and SQL Server, which
will help distribute performance management functionality across
Setting, monitoring and analysing strategies and budgets is a common
process and having this full lifecycle functionality reduces the
time to develop these processes from months to weeks or even days.
Microsoft Office PerformancePoint™ Server 2007 helps improve
operational and financial performance across all departments and
all levels of the organization.
- Monitor progress
- Analyze what is driving variances
- Plan your business from budgeting to creating management reports.
- Schedule metrics, key performance indicators (KPIs), and reports
delivered to every desktop through intuitive scorecards, dashboards,
and MS Office 2007.
- Understand how performance can align with personal and departmental
goals and objectives.
The suite has been priced to encourage widespread adoption, with
prices starting from £13,420 for the server and £130
per client access licence.
IDC forecast that PerformancePoint Server 2007 could be "very
disruptive" for the established performance management market.
Especially in the midmarket, going right up against Oracles
BI Standard Edition One. This a space Microsoft has not played
in previously, which could prove interesting on the sales front.
The next version of Microsoft SQL Server, featuring enhanced BI
and data warehousing functionality, is due during the second quarter
A Service Pack for PerformancePoint Server 2007 would be launched
next year to ensure it supports SQL 2008.
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