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• Web Page: An ordinary web page can also be used to display data on a dashboard. While this
can be as simple as displaying an Internet site within your dashboard, the real purpose of this
report type is to act as a jack-of-all-trades for PerformancePoint reporting. When dashboard
components, like reports, are connected to other components, like filters and scorecards,
the parameters selected in those connections are passed to the connected component in the
Request.Params collection. This allows a custom ASPX page to be deployed that accepts filter
and selection values to display arbitrary data in HTML format.
Each of these reports is rendered on the dashboard page using a web part that manages the connection with
other parts of the dashboard.
PerformancePoint SharePoint Components
Now that you’re familiar with the basic concepts of a business intelligence solution, let’s take a look at how these
pieces are put together in a SharePoint site.
PPS Content Types
A content type in SharePoint defines all of the metadata about how a particular type of list item or library document
will be handled by SharePoint. This includes a list of the fields associated with the object and any custom actions it
might support. In the case of PerformancePoint, the following content types are defined to enable its functionality:
PerformancePoint Data Source
With the exception of data sources, all of these content types define items in a SharePoint list. Data sources are
stored as documents in a library because they are stored as Office or Universal Data Connection (UDC) files or as
PerformancePoint data source files. Bear in mind that these items represent the definition of the object, not an
end-user-viewable object. These items can be edited using the Dashboard Designer but don’t display any content on
their own. Only when a dashboard is “deployed” is it compiled into a set of ASPX pages that can be viewed by users.
A major advantage of PerformancePoint Services over PerformancePoint Server 2007 is the use of content types.
With content types, all of the functionality of SharePoint is now available for use with PerformancePoint artifacts.
This includes participating in workflows, using information rights management policies, and including PPS objects
in any list or library where the PPS features and content types are active. You are no longer constrained to using
a special site definition with a predefined structure for your PPS solutions.
List and Library Templates
PerformancePoint defines list and library templates designed to store PerformancePoint artifacts:
PerformancePoint Content List—Lists based on this template are used to store all of the
PPS components listed earlier in “PPS Content Types” except for Data Sources.
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