Dashboards in SharePoint 2010
PerformancePoint is a tool that helps a business monitor and analyze its performance. It can
help you understand company and regional goals across your entire organization. This way,
there is a clear understanding of the strategy that your business is taking to reach its objectives.
Taking this information on their company’s strategies, employees can quickly adjust their work
habits to align with the company’s goals.
As a Business Intelligence developer, you will use PerformancePoint to design KPIs (key per-
formance indicators), scorecards, reports, and dashboards so your business users can have a
quick overview of how well their business is doing. Your business users can easily view what
you have created from SharePoint 2010, which they are likely already used to opening every
morning when they arrive at work.
PerformancePoint 2010 has come a long way since the previous version and is now fully
integrated into SharePoint 2010. It no longer functions as a stand-alone server, as it did in
PerformancePoint 2007. Because of this new integration, SharePoint serves as the repository for
all things PerformancePoint. Data connections, KPIs, scorecards, reports, and dashboards are all
stored on the SharePoint server. PerformancePoint acts like any other service in SharePoint server,
which allows it to take advantage of many SharePoint features like scalability, collaboration,
backup, and recovery.
One of the most interesting new features of PerformancePoint 2010 is the Decomposition Tree.
Many of the chart types will allow you to right-click and view the Decomposition Tree, which
allows you to see the driving forces behind the values you are viewing. Figure 37-1 shows a
Decomposition Tree that displays the paths to how company sales occurred.
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