Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
The site created has all of the lists and libraries needed to deploy a complete PerformancePoint solution.
It also contains informational content describing the site’s purpose, which you can delete when you no longer need it.
Creating a Dashboard Designer Workspace
All of the objects we create for our solution will be stored in a Dashboard Designer Workspace file, which is stored
on your local desktop with a DDWX file extension. This file acts as an offline store for these objects until you are ready
to publish them to SharePoint. The workspace file is similar to a Visual Studio solution file in that it allows you to
organize, edit, and manage all of the components of your solution in one place.
Because the Dashboard Designer is a one-click Windows application, there is no executable to download and
install on the desktop. The easiest way to install it is simply to use it and then save a file. We will do this as part of the
next section.
Creating a Data Source
Now let’s create a data source from which to retrieve business data for our dashboard:
Navigate to the BI Center site, and click on the Data Connections library link in the Quick
menu to the left. This will take you to the data source library for the solution.
From the ribbon menu at the top of the page, select Files New Document
PerformancePoint Data Source. (See Figure 6-28 .)
Figure 6-28. Adding a PerformancePoint data source
This will launch the Dashboard Designer. If this is the first time you’ve used it, you’ll see messages and progress
bars indicating that it’s installing. The Web browser might ask you to authorize the installation. Finally, the designer
will be shown with an empty workspace and the “Select a Data Source Template” dialog displayed, as shown in
Figure 6-29 .
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