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Microsoft Business Intelligence Tools for Excel Analysts by Bernard Wehbe, Jared Decker, Michael Alexander

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Chapter 16: Leveraging PerformancePoint Services

In This Chapter

  • Accessing the strengths and limitations of PerformancePoint
  • Designing a dashboard through the Authoring Dashboard
  • Viewing a dashboard with the PerformancePoint dashboard

In this chapter, we discuss the Authoring Dashboard — the tools and concepts that are necessary to create and edit dashboards with Dashboard Designer — and using PerformancePoint — which allows you to interact with your report.

note.eps In this chapter, we use the AdventureWorks Analysis Services Tutorial sample database Installed with SQL Server Analysis Services.

The capabilities within PerformancePoint are geared toward someone with knowledge of databases and other relevant technologies. But if you have the appropriate permissions to a SharePoint site with PerformancePoint enabled, you can also leverage many of its capabilities.

Why PerformancePoint?

Over the years, Microsoft consistently releases impressive database software with its SQL Server family of products, while retaining its leadership position in the office productivity category. Somewhere in between these two product families is a specialized data tools vacuum that Microsoft has addressed with PerformancePoint. From the perspective of end users, this specialized area could be described as a Web-based application that facilitates both general reporting of business intelligence data as well ...

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