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Professional SharePoint 2013 Development by Paul J. Swider, Jeff Fried, Brian Wilson, Scot Hillier, Matt Ranlett, Brendon Schwartz, Reza Alirezaei

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Chapter 18

PerformancePoint Dashboards

WHAT’S IN THIS CHAPTER?

  • Exploring Microsoft’s approach to business intelligence
  • Configuring PerformancePoint Services
  • Building a dashboard
  • Extending PerformancePoint with custom data sources

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BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE

Data is the blood and heart of any organization. Businesses need data to help determine where to spend the next dollar, which customer to chase first, and which server is out of disk space. Business Intelligence (BI) is the organization’s capability to convert its data outputs into knowledge that can be used to identify new opportunities and competitive strategies.

BI technologies provide historical, current, and predictive views of business operations. Common functions of BI technologies include reporting, analytics and data mining, performance management, and more. These technologies come together to support better decision making.

Given the relative importance of data to an organization, how can Microsoft and SharePoint assist in the delivery of data to assist people in making effective business decisions? Microsoft approaches the BI conversation with a stack of tools aimed at enabling end users and enterprises. These tools range in complexity of configuration ...

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