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Introduction to PerformancePoint Services
In the early years of this century, the “scorecard” became a popular business metaphor for bringing together
related pieces of information from throughout the enterprise to provide decision makers with a high-level view
of the business. Special-purpose scorecards like the “Balanced Scorecard” became popular, but there were no good
tools available to deliver them. After a few attempts at getting Excel and web-based templates deployed, Microsoft
published the Office Business Scorecard Manager 2005.
In 2006, Microsoft purchased ProClarity Corporation, thereby acquiring one of the premier business
intelligence software companies. Microsoft immediately began integrating features of ProClarity’s rich server-based
and client-based data analysis tools into its products.
When MS PerformancePoint Server was released in 2007, it contained two major modules: monitoring
and analysis (M&A) and planning. The M&A component combined the features of the Business Scorecard
Manager product with new capabilities brought in from ProClarity and saw good adoption. Use of the planning
module, however, was sparse and in 2009, Microsoft dropped it due to lack of market interest. What remained of
PerformancePoint was then rolled into the enterprise license of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007.
In fact, at that point, the MS PerformancePoint Server 2007 product could be loaded onto a MOSS server farm
(with Enterprise Client Access Licenses, or CALs) without additional licensing.
In SharePoint 2010, PerformancePoint became a fully integrated service within the SharePoint environment.
This has been carried forward to SharePoint 2013 as well. You get all of SharePoint’s administration and
content-management tools along with the analytic abilities of PerformancePoint.
PerformancePoint Services Architecture
PerformancePoint Services is implemented using service application framework of SharePoint Server. In the same
way that Excel Services and Visio Services run as separate service processes, so does PerformancePoint.
Service Components and Interfaces
Figure 6-1 shows the primary components that cooperate to provide the business intelligence experience
PerformancePoint Services makes possible.
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