Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 CTP available now

Following up on several earlier posts by Charlie Maitland and probably soon to appear all around the BI-related blogosphere, the CTP for PPS is available now! At least I can see it through the Microsoft Connect program. Can’t wait to install a copy and start exploring what’s there – Microsoft seems to be up to something really big here.

11 thoughts on “Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 CTP available now

  1. Afonso

    Hi there,

    Have you installed performancepoint? Have you followed all steps that you have at the document with 35 pages??
    And windows server 2003? it’s obvious we need active directory and iis, or not?

    Best Regards,
    Afonso Correia

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  2. Stéphane-Robert Langer Post author

    Alfonso,

    Indeed. The document is lengthy but fairly easy to follow. The only couple issues I had were related to skipping some of the steps outlined in it;-) the prerequisites are the following:
    • Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1
    • .NET Framework 2.0
    • Windows Installer 3.1
    • SQL Server 2005 SP2 – CTP November 2006
    • SharePoint Services
    • Internet Information Services (IIS) 6.0
    • ASP.NET version 2.0

    Best regards,

    SR

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  3. stansmith

    Hi

    I’m just diving into performancepoint, and would appreciate recommendations to any good resources out there. I was looking at the microsoft connect site, and noticed there is a mention of hands on labs; but, could not find any labs for download. I was wondering if you might know how I can get a hold of these labs. Thank you in advance.

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  4. Stéphane-Robert Langer Post author

    stansmith,
    That’s actually a really good question – I can’t seem to find a trace of any such documentation either. There used to be “lab” pdf files up to CTP2 but not thereafter as far as I can tell. I can recommend a few blogs about PPS, though – assuming you don’t know about them already: “Establish. Execute. Evolve.” by Adrian Downes, Intelligent Insight on PerformancePoint by Ben Tamblyn and The PerformancePoint Team Blog.

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  5. Ganesh

    Hi Stéphane,

    How are you ?
    I read your post on the Performance Point Blog >>>
    http://performancepoint07.blogspot.com/2007/05/setting-up-alpine-ski-house-sample-app.html

    We have recently enetered into the MS PPS-2007 domain and in oder to know more about this Microsoft product, I’m trying to run the Alpine Ski House sample application.
    Now the error thrown by the script is EXACTLY the same as to what you’ve posted on the above blog. But, I couldn’t find any solution for that. Were you able to solve the problem ? If you were successful in doin that, it will be nice if you could guide me on how to solve that niggling problem.

    Cheers !!
    -Ganesh

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  6. Ganesh

    Hey Stéphane,
    Thanks for your quick reply mate.
    I did alright with the installation … it went further to staging DB creation and all and gave some error (regarding temporary storage) at the end.
    But, I treid deployment in the Modeler and its alright.
    Thanks again for your help. You are a champ !! :)

    Anyways … what are your thoughts abt the MS-Perf.PointServer07 ?
    Did ya guys end up using it or just trail and evaluation thing ?

    cheers !!
    – Nesh

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  7. Stéphane-Robert Langer Post author

    Ganesh: I’m glad you could get past this issue.
    We chose not to go forward with PerformancePoint (for now). The driver for looking into it was the monitoring module, which is IMHO not mature yet (for an example of what I mean by a mature comparable feature set, check out Tableau Software). The planning module has some serious benefits to offer, but we don’t have the bandwidth to go through an implementation right now. All in all, PPS does seem like a wonderful toolbox but would require a significant time investment to turn it into an actual solution. The ETL process for PPS-P alone will probably keep you busy for a while… Again, I think Microsoft came up with a really promising feature set – it was just not appropriate for our situation.

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  8. Ganesh

    Yeah Stéphane,
    Completely agree with you on that.
    I’ve worked on Microstrategy before and though it was mainly a reporting thing and not much of a planning tool … it was a TOOLBOX that you mentioned.
    Planning Module as you said demands plenty of time in design and its not straightforward as well.
    But anyways bosses here want me to keep analysing it so, have no other option to go on for a while.
    Thanks a ton for your help mate !!
    P.S. : Looking at the Tableau thingy as well mate.
    Cheers
    – Ganesh

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  9. Puneet Sud

    HELLO

    I need your help on performance point server. I have installed pps on standalone on my server with sql server OAK-IPLAB-SP but when i try to add the users in pps it gives message ‘ no records found’.

    When I take oak-iplab-sp\officeserver it gives me the message on the configuration i.e ‘ Sql sever instance sp2 should be running’ though it has been installed already while checking it on add and remove command.

    My users are in active directory.

    Kindly help me soon

    Regards

    Puneet Sud

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