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SharePoint 2010 Business Intelligence Virtual Lab

Posted by denglishbi on November 18, 2010

Today I was browsing through the SharePoint 2010 general forums to see if there were any unanswered PerformancePoint questions and found one about PerformancePoint 2010 tutorial.  I replied linking back to Free Online PerformancePoint Services 2010 Training Videos and then someone later posted a reference to a new Microsoft Virtual Lab that I had not seen before MSDN Virtual Lab: Developing Business Intelligence Applications (filed under Microsoft Office SharePoint Server).  The description of this new lab (and it must have been posted this month based on the lab manual screen shots because the MonthToDate TI forumla returns November 2003 in the PerformancePoint lab) is the following:

MSDN Virtual Lab: Developing Business Intelligence Applications

After completing this lab, you will be better able to use the Chart Web Part to create graphical representations of data within SharePoint lists, use Microsoft Excel 2010 to examine and data from SQL Server Analysis Services, and publish an Excel workbook with Excel Services to make it accessible to users using a browser. You will also be able to work with a PerformancePoint Services site and the new Dashboard Designer.

I went ahead and printed out the manual and went through the lab with about 15 minutes to spare on the end (server was a bit unresponsive at times – and you get 90 minutes to complete the lab).  I have not used the Chart Web Part before, so that was something new (I stick with PerformancePoint, Reporting Services, Excel Services, etc.) and the Excel Services portion wasn’t too bad (got to add a sparkline).  The Chart Web Part does provide 3D and Tooltips, something that Excel Services doesn’t provide though…interesting.  The PerformancePoint KPI setup was a good exercise using the Time Intelligence portion of PerformancePoint as well.  All-in-all I would give the lab maybe a 7 out of 10.  There were a couple of minor typo issues in the manual on pages 28 and 41 from what I saw (one stating to map to 2009 and then tells you to type 2010 and the other saying to ‘mote’ to a URL), but overall it was very straight forward.

Definitely nice to have these available and provide you the ability to test drive the technology and get exposure to these items.  And of course it is FREE training opportunity that you can do on your own time.  So what are you waiting for, get over there and check it out.

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One Response to “SharePoint 2010 Business Intelligence Virtual Lab”

  1. Jason M said

    Awesome find!

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