Book: How to Measure Anything: Finding the Value of ‘Intangibles’ in Business and SharePoint Server 2010

Douglas W. Hubbard wrote a popular book on management and performance measurement, How to Measure Anything: Finding the Value of ‘Intangibles’ in Business Hubbard begins the book this way, expressing the value of measuring anything. He says, “When you can measure what you are speaking about, and express it in numbers, you know something about…

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Data in the cloud! DataMarket Add-In for Excel and Excel Services

There are some exciting things happening around Microsoft cloud services. One of the services is Windows Azure marketplace DataMarket, a cloud service that helps end users who need data for business analysis and decision making. You can conveniently consume the data you subscribe to directly in such Microsoft Office applications as Microsoft Excel 2010 and…

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Configuring a SharePoint Server 2010 farm for business intelligence by using NTLM

SharePoint 2010 Products introduce significant improvements in how identity is managed in the platform, as I’ve discussed in recent blog posts:  Configuring Kerberos Authentication for Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Products and Configuring extranet access for PerformancePoint Services 2010. NTLM authentication is an alternative to Kerberos authentication. NTLM is less strong, but in many production and test…

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Reporting Services Performance Improvement in SharePoint Integrated Mode in SQL Server 2008 R2

As you may already know, you can upload or publish report server content types to a SharePoint library and then view and manage those documents from a SharePoint site. This is after you install the Reporting Services Add-in on Microsoft SharePoint Server and configure for integration. Carl Rabeler, Senior Program Manager on the SQL Server Customer Advisory…

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Configuring extranet access for PerformancePoint Services 2010

Do you have users that need access to your data, but aren’t in your intranet? A new white paper, Configuring extranet access for PerformancePoint Services 2010, describes architectural considerations for deploying PerformancePoint Services in an extranet environment. The paper provides a detailed walkthrough of the recommended architecture that uses Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) server as…

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Book excerpt: SharePoint Development and Governance Using COBIT 4.1: A Practical Approach

This post is an effort to highlight book excerpts on a specific method for applying governance to your SharePoint Server deployment. There is also a section about preparing for SharePoint in the Cloud. The following quote, from the book  SharePoint Deployment and Governance Using COBIT 4.1: A Practical Approach by David Chenault, defines the importance…

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Book review: PerformancePoint Services 2010 Unleashed

The four authors of PerformancePoint Services 2010 Unleashed have done a splendid job of giving PerformancePoint 2010 the attention that a fully integrated SharePoint service application, dedicated to business intelligence, deserves. SharePoint Server 2010 helps users to create KPIs, scorecards, reports, and dashboards that meet team and organizational needs.  The following are areas that I…

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White paper update: Configuring Kerberos Authentication for Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Products

In July, we published a white paper on how to configure Kerberos authentication end-to-end in several SQL Server and SharePoint 2010 business intelligence environments. The overview of this white paper is in the TechNet article here. We have updated the white paper in the following ways: Additional information regarding Kerberos constrained delegation and protocol transitioning. Additional information regarding Kerberos token…

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Three integrated business intelligence solutions

The following is a summary of recently published business intelligence solutions and the corresponding solution download link. The solutions include Microsoft Office, SharePoint 2010, and SQL Server 2008. Self-Service Analytics: Sales Solution This business intelligence (BI) solution scenario describes the steps that employees of the fictional company Contoso take as they analyze sales and promotions data and share that…

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White paper: Configuring Kerberos authentication for SharePoint 2010 and SQL Server 2008 R2 products

Hello, this is Norm, IT Pro writer for business intelligence in Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Products. Kerberos is often used in business intelligence solutions to establish secure access to external data sources such as Microsoft SQL Server. Last week, a new white paper was published that gives instructions to configure Kerberos authentication in a multi-server environment…

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