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Archive for January 23rd, 2009

PerformancePoint Server (PPS) v2 now Office 14 SharePoint Portal Server

Posted by denglishbi on January 23, 2009

Yesterday I was informed that the next release of PerformancePoint Server (version 2) will now become part of the next release of SharePoint Server Enterprise (Office 14).  This was not public information yet and unfortunately it was leaked a little earlier “Just call me Office 14 SharePoint PerformancePoint Services”.  This did cause a little outbreak in the forums “PPS Planning is being discontinued”. 

Microsoft has decided to include the rich analytics of PPS Monitoring & Analytics for its customers to expand on the existing dashboard and KPI features that exist in MOSS 2007 today.  This is great news for existing MOSS Enterprise customers since starting today they will be able to get PerformancePoint Server at no additional cost.

This summer there will be a service pack (SP) 3 released for PPS 2007, but after that no further development will be done with the Planning portion of the product.  That is bad news for the consulting and vendors (Orange Peel) that focused on the Planning portion.  Like Chris Webb “So, farewell then PerformancePoint Planning”, I also did not dive fully into the Planning portion yet, but I was optimistic that it would eventually become a mature product.  It definitely looked promising and it completed the Performance Management lifecycle process.  I was eventually going to get my certification 70-556 TS: Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007, Applications, but I guess I will hold off now and wait for the SharePoint Office 14 equivalent since this test was 80 to 90% focused on Planning.

I am assuming this is part of the big “Microsoft Reports Second-Quarter Results” announcement yesterday and now the economy downfall is finally forcing Microsoft to start to make some tough decisions.

So with v2 of the PPS product (and I am not talking about Project Portfolio Server) WSS customers will be out of luck.  This will now become fully baked into the Enterprise version of SharePoint like the existing dashboard, KPI, and Excel Services features.  It does sound like there will be a very drastic reduction in the CAL licensing, but I will leave that to the licensing experts.  With the Office 14 release in H1 2010, which will be followed up by the SQL Server 2008 Feature Update ‘”Kilimanjaro”, it sounds like the advanced analytics of ProClarity (like Decomposition Tree and Performance Map) will be finally incorporated into the productSmile

For some additional insight and thoughts take a look at Peter Koller’s posting here – PerformancePoint is no more.

UPDATE: Here is the official announcement and a video you can check out – Microsoft BI Strategy UpdateTake a few minutes and watch this video with Guy Weismantel, Director of Microsoft BI. In it, Guy explains these changes and the future value Microsoft customers will gain from this strategy. (link to video)

UPDATE (1/28/2009): For additional information in regards to this announcement check out this posting in the PerformancePoint M&A Forums – Microsoft Business Intelligence Announcement Q&A.

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