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Book Review – The Rational Guide To Planning with Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007

Posted by denglishbi on March 4, 2008

Just finished another book by Nick Barclay and Adrian Downes titled The Rational Guide To Planning with Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007.  This book was a quick read and very informative.  This covers the third portion of the PerformancePoint Server product, Planning.  This was another excellent read and a great addition to the other book they wrote, The Rational Guide To Planning with Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007.  It is concise and has really good tech tips, notes, and caution items.  This book basically included a HOL to walk you through a proof-of-concept using the AdventureWorksDW data.  It tells you how to install the software, setup the planning application and models, populate the staging and application databases with the included scripts and examples, add business rules, create form templates (and make them dynamic based on system parameters), and more.  The bonus chapters wrap-up the exercise pushing the results to the monitoring and analysis portion of PerformancePoint Server to complete the cycle and tie everything together. 

After reading their book I really feel comfortable with what the planning portion provides and have a complete understanding of how to setup the product and populate the databases.  The examples for scripts that Nick and Adrian provide were very helpful (and it is always interesting to see how other people write their T-SQL and MDX statements).  They explain the tables and stored procedures that are setup in the databases that you can utilize to get information out and how everything relates.  I could go on-and-on about the book because it was jam packed with information (and it was only 250 pages long — plus the bonus chapters that you can download and read).

The content in the book is right on and the examples are very thorough and cover nearly every portion of the application to some extent (in some areas they simply refer you to the documentation since they cannot cover everything in as much detail as they would like).  Obviously this book could have been at least three times the size to cover everything in detail, but Nick and Adrian include all of the necessary information needed to use the software.  I would give this book a 5 out of 5 stars.  I would definitely recommend adding this book to your collection.  Check out my review on their other book for PerformancePoint Server here.

The Rational Guide To Planning with Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 (Rational Guides)
by Adrian Downes, Nick Barclay

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