​Microsoft BI Solution Builder: Business Intelligence tools and capabilities are available

Recently, Microsoft released the BI Solution Builder (http://bisolutionbuilder.com), an online tool that you can use to find out what business intelligence capabilities are available to you based on what your organization currently owns. It’s quick and easy to use, and it can help you put your BI environment to work in short order. For example,…

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Making Sense of PerformancePoint Services

Maybe you’ve heard about PerformancePoint Services in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010, but you don’t really know too much about what it is and how it works. To help make sense of this thing called PerformancePoint Services, we recently published a few downloadable tools that might help.   PerformancePoint Services Process Diagram This is a downloadable…

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Extra! Extra! Apple iPad Users Can Now View SharePoint Business Intelligence Content

In the recent blog post, December 2011 CU for SharePoint 2010 has been released, Senior Escalation Engineer for SharePoint Stefan Goßner provides an overview of Cumulative Update 2011-12 (CU 2011-12) for SharePoint Server 2010 (thanks, Stefan!). For SharePoint business intelligence users, CU 2011-12 for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 is particularly exciting because it opens the…

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Creating PerformancePoint dashboards using Project Server data

You might have seen the new Business Intelligence Center that is available for Microsoft Project Server 2010. If you haven’t seen it or used it yet, watch this fantastic video that my teammate published. She does an excellent job of introducing you to the Business Intelligence Center and how it relates to Project Server. Video:…

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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 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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Create a Corporate Sales dashboard with PerformancePoint Services in SharePoint Server 2010

SharePoint Server 2010 offers new and expanded ways of creating business intelligence dashboards using PerformancePoint Services.  Download this complete scenario to get detailed guidance on how to create a sample Corporate Sales dashboard that uses the business intelligence capabilities in SQL Server 2008 R2, Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010, and Microsoft Office 2010. The scenario takes you step-by-step…

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PerformancePoint Services troubleshooting

I am Norm Warren, an IT Pro writer for business intelligence tools in SharePoint 2010 Products. I want to share common troubleshooting tips for PerformancePoint Services. TechNet articles and trusted blog posts are valuable sources of information on these subjects, for example: Set up and configure PerformancePoint Services (step-by-step), which will also point you to other…

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IT audits, COBIT, and using business intelligence in SharePoint 2010

I’m in the midst of an MBA, and as part of my coursework, I’ve been reviewing IT audits that are available on the web. The following two audit reports caught my attention. Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s IT audit Regional Municipality of Peel I’m particularly interested in how organizations, and their auditors, are using the Control…

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