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Book Review – Business Intelligence with Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007

Posted by denglishbi on February 23, 2008

I just finished reading Craig Utley’s book titled Business Intelligence with Microsoft Office PerfomancePoint Server 2007.  This is a really quick read and it is a really good resource for someone that is not familiar with the product and is wondering what is included.  This starts out with a quick introduction to business intelligence and then dives into the product and talks about the two main components, Monitoring and Analyzing along with Planning.  If you are not familiar with ProClarity there is a good section in the book explaining the majority of the reporting options (grids, charts, decomposition trees, perspective charts, and performance maps) within ProClarity and how they work. 

The book also explains how to configure the dashboard and utilize filters to be able to dynamically change the data within the scorecard, charts, and reports.  There is a chapter in regards to deployment and how to properly configure the different Windows services.  At the end of the book it discusses Excel PivotTables and PivotCharts and how to use SSRS to report against a cube.

Overall I would probably give the book a 4 on a 1 to 5 scale (5 being the highest rating).  There are some grammatical mistakes, but no technical mistakes that I saw.  I didn’t like having to flip between pages to view the screenshots that were being explained throughout the reading.  It seemed like the majority of the images were always on the next page which is always a pain when you are reading a book.  This is a really introductory book in regards to the PerformancePoint Server product (no deep dives in regards to the technology), but it goes through each portion of the product and explains how they all work.  I also thought that the book was a little overpriced (49.99 retail, but Amazon has it listed for 31.49) for the content, but I would definitely recommend it if you want to get up-to-speed with how the product works and what functionality you get.

Business Intelligence with Microsoft® Office PerformancePoint Server 2007
by Craig Utley

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