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Musings of a former Office Developer Evangelist

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  • Blog Post: About the changes in PerformancePoint

    If you haven't heard, Microsoft has made changes to the PerformancePoint product alignment . Basically this means PPS no longer exists as a separate product - the dashboard and analytic (M/A) components are being folded into MOSS, while Planning is being "end of life"d. Effective (almost) immediately...
  • Blog Post: Pro PerformancePoint about to hit the shelves!

    Well, it took the better part of a year, but my second book, Pro PerformancePoint Server 2007: Building Business Intelligence Solutions (Pro) (APress) should be rolling off the presses as you read this. It's almost 500 pages, and I tried to cover Microsoft's entire business intelligence "stack" - from...
  • Blog Post: Dimension Security in SQL Server Analysis Services

    I know, the mind boggles - a developer writing about security... While I was doing the research for this, I was startled by the number of articles on this topic that immediately talk about using MDX queries for dimension security. While MDX queries offer powerful fine-tuning capabilities for restricting...
  • Blog Post: Scorecards - SharePoint, SQL Server, or PerformancePoint?

    A few years ago, if you asked Microsoft how to build a scorecard, they may have shrugged. Then we released the "Business Scorecard Accelerator" - a free technology mainly designed to showcase SQL Server Analysis Services. It was so popular that Microsoft made a product out of it - Business Scorecard...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Analysis Services in ten minutes

    Analysis Services has been part of SQL Server for a while, but it's underappreciated by most. I've posted another video on Channel 9 to try to share what a powerful capability this is for understanding large volumes of aggregated data. More than just the simple demo (showing a cube, clicking through...
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