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Performance Point 2007 and ProClarity Licensing
As many of you know Whitehaven has gone digital today amongst quite a lot of confusion. I must admit I am struggling to to see the point of staying analog and quite what the fuss is about given that a freeview box costs as little as £20. The story around Performance Point and ProClarity still seems to...
17 Oct 2007
Barriers to upgrading to SQL Server 2008
Most IT Professionals like to use the latest (stable) version of a product, so what’s holding up your adoption of SQL Server 2008? Hardware. If you are moving from SQL Server 2000 to 2008 that’s probably going to mean a new server as you’ll probably want to move to 64 bit hardware and that could be tricky...
20 Oct 2008
Hierarchies avoid arguments
Just when you thought you had heard the last of hierarchies there's another post. This one is a little different - it's about managing confrontation and arguments, not with the code in the SQL server CLR but with other humans! In a hierarchy you navigate upwards to see information at a summary level...
10 Sep 2007
Hindsight is a wonderful thing
It’s time to spring clean the blog as I have realised that a few of my older posts have been overtaken by events and could be misleading if they were acted upon now. For example: SQL Server 2008 is now supported on VMWare and other virtualisation platforms as part of the Windows Server Virtualization...
10 Mar 2009
Performance Point Server 2007 Performance
If you call your flagship business intelligence product Performance Point then it might be a good idea to make sure it performs! Because the product is essentially a suite of front end applications (which is why it's under the office umbrella) it is only going to be as good as what's behind it. At the...
22 Oct 2007
Analysis Services and Excel Pivot Tables
Excel is the number one business intelligence tool; It fronts Hyperion, Cognos Financial Planning, and of course SQL Server Analysis Services and Performance Point Server Planning. In Office 2007 there is now excel services so that information workers can park their work on SharePoint where it...
12 Feb 2008
Successful Performance Point
I did a post a couple of months ago on what makes a successful BI project which includes the use of Microsoft Office Performance Point Server. To summarise: Business sponsorship form the board Recognition of business need Partnership between business users and the IT department Culture of analysis...
6 Dec 2007
Performance Point Server resources.
I am easily confused and Performance Point is confusing. Even finding where the the resources are for using it can be tricky. TechNet has got a site with lots of online help on maintaining Performance Point while MSDN has a site dedicated to design models in it. I am not sure that MSDN...
17 Dec 2007
End User/ Self Service BI
The idea of letting users design their own BI fills many experts with equal dread and delight. On the one hand users know exactly what they want and the IT professional is freed from the drudgery of endlessly tinkering with content. On the other end users don’t really understand the intricacies...
16 Jan 2009
Dashboard Decisions SharePoint or Performance Point?
When it comes to dashboards, Microsoft’s business intelligence stack seems to have some overlap in it, so how can you decide what to use when? Dashboards are an overused term, so what I am talking about here is the ability to provide an interactive instrument panel for all or part of your business...
15 Sep 2008
SQL Server BI Everywhere
Nearly everything Microsoft brings out these days has a SQL Server back-end, except Exchange as Eileen will tell you. I got asked about cubes in Project Enterprise server recently and managed to resolve an issue with the data not being updated due to a connection problem. In a similar vein, I have...
22 Jan 2008
the BI Sematic Model in SQL Server Denali ctp3
Some sort of semantic model is needed in every BI solution but what is it and why do I need one? It’s a view of the data store(s) you want to work on for business intelligence which adds additional information that can be stored in the individual tables themselves. For example how are the...
25 Jul 2011
Management Reporter - the new FRx
One of the worst reporting headaches is producing output for the finance department. The reports need to meet strict standards, be penny perfect, and the end user always wants the report to be in excel. With reporting services in SQL Server 2005 this could be done by the IT department...
25 Feb 2008
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the TechNet Forum
Forums (fora for Latin geeks) date back to well before Microsoft and even Frankie Howerd. TechNet has a raft of forums on almost every Microsoft technology as it affects IT professionals where you can get and give help. Both MVP's and Microsoft product guys keep watch on these so you can...
9 Jan 2008
Performance Point Server - Counting the Cost
I am ploughing through my inbox now I am not on the road anymore, and I have picked up quite a lot of flak around the costs of Performance Point. I have passed specific queries on to the licensing guys, but the sort of thing I was getting both on-line and off-line form the TechNet road shows was...
12 Dec 2007
Performance Point 2007
16 October will be the UK launch for Performance Point 2007 which is going to illicit three reactions: Fantabidozoo it's out at last! Oh oh Microsoft have released another thingy that costs half as much as our whatsit so let's get marketing to tell everyone that it doesn't scale for the enterprise and...
30 Aug 2007
Performance Point Server Planning Dependency on SQL Server Enterprise Edition
Sorry about the catchy title, but I wanted to clarify why the planning component of Performance Point Server in turn depends on SQL Server Enterprise edition. I pointed out in my recent TechNet presentations that Performance Point doesn't make use of the cube write-back feature of analysis services,...
10 Dec 2007
Cast and Convert
In SQL server the Cast and Convert functions change one type of data to another. A pod cast is the art of converting knowledge into sounds so that's the tenuous link for this post. Pod casting is not something I have ever tried, but the security expert on our team, Steve Lamb sees himself as the next...
11 Sep 2007
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