Now that SharePoint 2010 is on the horizon, there have been a lot of questions about what the differences are between PerformancePoint Server 2007 and PerformancePoint Services 2010. While most of the feature upgrades surround architectural changes, several changes have been made to enhance the user experience. Below are some of the upgrades that you will see in 2010.

Enterprise Deployment Scenarios

The following list highlights the greater attention to enterprise scalability of PerformancePoint Services 2010 over PerformancePoint Server 2007.

  • Scale Up
  • Scale Out
  • Common Dashboard Framework and Infrastructure
  • MOSS Installer Framework
  • Enterprise Management Scenarios
  • Familiar Administration Environment
  • Fail Over
  • Logging
  • Ease of Deployment
  • PowerShell Management Scripting
SharePoint Repository

Objects created in PerformancePoint 2010 are now stored in SharePoint lists and libraries, not in a separate database. Because of this new location, these other features come along too.

  • Single Security Model
  • Single Security Administration Environment
  • Enterprise Management Scenarios
  • Backup and Restore
  • Disaster Recovery
  • The PPS administrator’s user experience is the SharePoint user experience

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  • PerformancePoint is a SharePoint site

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Filters compatible with SharePoint filters (WSS Connection Framework)

You can now use SharePoint’s standard connection framework to hook up PerformancePoint filters to standard SharePoint web parts.

Foundation for more seamless integration

The SharePoint architecture provides the foundation to make these things possible.

  • Search, Indexing, Workflows
  • Excel Services, Visio Server, Project Server
  • Custom security implementations
Supported environments

New supported environments make it possible for PerformancePoint to run on the latest hardware, making the most out of the latest and greatest in speed and reliability.

  • PerformancePoint Services for SharePoint
  • Windows Server 2008 64-bit
  • SharePoint Server O14 Enterprise CAL
PerformancePoint 2010 Clients

These are the client browsers and operating systems that are now supported.

  • Windows XP or greater
  • Internet Explorer 7.0 or greater
  • FireFox 3.5
  • Safari 3.5 (Mac only)
Scorecards

Scorecards have undergone significant changes. The following list should contribute to some fantastic performance indications.

  • Dynamic hierarchies with navigation
  • Drill Down and Drill Up
  • Dynamic Selections, such as Children and Descendants

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  • KPIs on Columns
  • Multiple Actual Values
  • New Time Intelligence Formula Support
  • Variance
  • Calculated Metrics

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  • Scorecard hierarchies available for filters

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  • Cube formatting applied to KPIs
  • Time intelligence formula editing
  • Improved filtering
  • Sort and filter on non-numeric values
    • Improved value filtering
    • Improved status filters
    • Filter empty rows or columns
New report (KPI details)

Find out the fine details for each KPI.

  • Displays information about KPIs
    • Applied filters
    • KPI name, description, properties
    • Metrics with trend
    • Actual and target values
    • Created and modified date
    • Indicator and thresholds
    • Calculation
    • Variance
    • Scoring method and distribution graph
    • Comments
    • Person Responsible

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Pie charts

A pie chart, a highly-requested chart type, has been added for PerformancePoint 2010.

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Analytic reports
  • Value filtering in grids and charts
  • Change measure on published reports

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  • Navigation on bottom axis
  • Improved numeric formatting
    • Per-measure or per-column

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  • Analysis Services conditional formatting

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Analytic view designer

Notice the UDM organized cube layout inside the Details pane.

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Filters

Filters have come a long way in this version. Here are some of the enhancements

  • Reusable between dashboards
  • Compatible with SharePoint filters (WSS Connection Framework)
  • Time Intelligence filters for multiple data sources

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Dashboard deploy

PerformancePoint now has on-click deployment to SharePoint

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Accessibility and Globalization
  • Accessibility meets SharePoint standard
  • Scorecard Analysis Services KPIs honor client locale
  • Dashboard accessibility now meets SharePoint's standard (WCAG 2.0 AA)
New Visualization

Much like the decomposition tree from ProClarity, the one in PerformancePoint 2010 also helps customers follow a line of data to its logical conclusion.

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And that about wraps up most of the new features in PerformancePoint Services 2010. If others come to mind, I’ll be sure to add them!

Kevin Donovan, Program Manager
PerformancePoint Services