Microsoft PerformancePoint Server basics: Strengths, weaknesses and the bottom line

Microsoft released Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 last year as its main offering in the competitive business intelligence (BI) and corporate performance management (CPM) software market. While PerformancePoint Server has ranked well in analyst studies such as Gartner's Magic Quadrant for BI software, the product is structured differently than some other BI platforms, making it a bit confusing to understand and compare in the overall BI market. So, SearchDataManagement.com caught up with Craig Utley, independent expert and author of the recent book Business Intelligence with Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 -- and asked him to cover the basics and more.

In this 20-minute podcast, appropriate for both business and IT professionals, listeners will:

  • Find out Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007's place in the BI and CPM markets, including how it compares with other BI platforms
  • Learn more about PerformancePoint Server's strengths and weaknesses -- and find out how organizations are using the product
  • Get the basics on pricing, find out how PerformancePoint Server fits into the Microsoft product line (including what it replaces) and learn how it integrates with other technologies

The author of a new Microsoft PerformancePoint Server 2007 book addresses FAQs, strengths, weaknesses and how the technology fits into the business intelligence software market.

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About the expert: Craig Utley is an independent expert, consultant and author, whose most recent book Business Intelligence with Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007, was published in January. Utley is a mentor with Solid Quality Mentors and a former Program Manager on the SQL Server Customer Advisory Team at Microsoft. He has been working with Microsoft's BI products since the beta of SQL Server 7, helping to author Microsoft's first data warehousing course and teaching it at Microsoft and many other companies. Utley now helps companies implement BI programs and systems using Microsoft and related technologies, covering all aspects from architecture and design to implementation and training. He is also involved in the .NET space, and was a C# MVP. He speaks regularly at conferences and events, and is a member of the INETA Speakers Bureau. Learn more about Utley at ciobriefings.com.

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This was first published in April 2008

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