Introduction to PeformancePoint Server

Updated: 2008-08-21

Microsoft Office PerformancePoint ServerĀ 2007 is a set of integrated performance management applications that you can use to monitor, analyze, and plan your business by using scorecards, dashboards, management reporting, analytics, budgeting, forecasting, and consolidation. This section explains in more detail what PerformancePoint Server is and provides links to more introductory explanations. An additional introductory site for evaluating is the PerformancePoint Server TechCenter.

PerformancePoint Server: three capabilities, one integrated solution for performance management

PerformancePoint Server builds on the familiar Microsoft Office environment and Microsoft SQL Server 2005 to deliver a comprehensive solution that includes the following three critical components of performance management.

  • Monitoring: Scorecards, dashboards, and key performance indicators (KPIs) help drive accountability and alignment across your organization.

  • Analytics: Integrated analytics help you quickly move from monitoring information to analyzing it to sharing it throughout your organization.

  • Planning: A flexible framework offers powerful business planning, budgeting, and forecasting and management reporting functionality that supports critical business processes and strategic decision-making.

Planning, Monitoring, and Analytics

The monitoring and analytics parts are both integrated into a single server application and installed together, while the PerformancePoint Server Planning applications use a separate installation and a separate end-user application. The following are summaries and links to two books written for the components; monitoring, analytics, and planning.

Monitoring and analytics

The article entitled Introducing PerformancePoint Server Monitoring provides a history, architecture and components, and elements or building blocks used in PerformancePoint Dashboard Designer.


The article entitled PerformancePoint Server 2007 Planning provides an overview of the Planning applications such as PerformancePoint Planning Administration Console, PerformancePoint Planning Business Modeler, and the PerformancePoint Add-in for Excel, and it shows how they work together to create a planning solution.