It’s been quite a while since the PerformancePoint Blog has been updated. We’ve taken a look at what we’ve done with the blog so far, and what we’d like to do going forward. Starting with this month, May 2011, you will be able to expect a new, stronger heartbeat of content being published.

Each month, one of our Product team Program Managers will take the reigns of the blog and guide you through a particular topic. We’ll also be adding a few posts each month to our sister blog The Excel Blog, and we’ll make sure they work together to give compelling content to get the most out of Microsoft’s Business Intelligence products.

I am proud to kick off May with the first of many monthly themes to come. This month is all about getting to know our business intelligence capabilities again. On the PerformancePoint Services blog, I’ll be focusing on what PerformancePoint is, how PerformancePoint Services has changed since PerformancePoint Server and how you can put it to work for your business. On the Excel blog, we’ll take a look at, Pivot Tables, Pivot Charts,  Power Pivot and using Excel Services with SharePoint in dashboard scenarios.

One important aspect of this new focus on blogging is that we really want to communicate with our customers. We’ll be publishing new content each week, and hope that you use blog comments and Twitter to ask questions, provide feedback and engage with our team.

At Microsoft we are always planning what’s next. Your feedback and conversation is vital to molding that vision. Through the blog, we’ll help you understand our products better, get a better understanding of what you’d like to see us do with our products, and hopefully help you solve an issue or two along the way.

My name is Jason Burns and I am proud to be the first Program Manager to take over the blog and deliver great content to you. I’ve been on the PerformancePoint product team for about four years. Dashboards, KPIs and Scorecards in particular are my specialty, but I am well versed in all aspects of the product.

I’ll be focusing on re-introducing you to PerformancePoint and helping you understand it’s features, capabilities and the scenarios that it provides real value to. At the end of the month I’ll wrap up what we’ve discussed, provide links to resources to get to know the topics further, and then hand the blog over to Kevin Donovan to tell you everything you need to know about Office 2010 Service Pack 1’s impact on PerformancePoint.

Thank you for reading,

Jason Burns

Contact via Twitter @ @officebi