Dashboards are a fundamental component of any performance management solution, and SharePoint 2010 PerformancePoint Services provides a rich set of tools and services for building highly interactive dashboard experiences that can help organizations of all sizes monitor and analyze their performance.  This new unit in the SQL Server 2008 R2 Business Intelligence Training Course (a.k.a. SQLInsights) on MSDN will introduce you to the fundamentals of performance management and how to develop powerful dashboard experiences with SharePoint 2010 PerformancePoint Services based on SQL Server 2008 R2 Analysis Services data.

Here’s an overview of what’s included:

9. Introduction to SharePoint 2010 PerformancePoint Services
Presentation: Performance Management Fundamentals with SharePoint 2010 PerformancePoint Services
Demo: Delivering an Interactive Performance Management Dashboard with SharePoint 2010 PerformancePoint Services
Presentation: Developing KPI's and Scorecards with SharePoint 2010 PerformancePoint Services
Demo: Developing KPIs and Scorecards with SharePoint 2010 PerformancePoint Services
Presentation: Developing Reports and Dashboards with SharePoint 2010 PerformancePoint Services
Demo: Developing Interactive Reports and Dashboards with SharePoint 2010 PerformancePoint Services
Hands On Lab: Building Your First Dashboard with SharePoint 2010 PerformancePoint Services

You can find SQLInsights on the MSDN Training and Certification Resources page at the following URL:

http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9761002

Watch the videos and review the hands-on labs. If you want to run the demos or hands-on labs on your own computer, download and install the offline training kit. You’ll find all the SQLInsights content in the Getting Started > BI Developers page.

Next week, we’ll publish our tenth SQLInsights unit, Introduction to Data Mining with SQL Server 2008 R2 Analysis Services. We hope SQLInsights will help you get started developing your first Microsoft BI solution. Thanks again for your interest in SQL Server 2008 R2!