This has been a busy week! I attended a TechNet event in Reading last night 20-Sept-06 On SharePoint the presenter was Nick Swan an MVP who also looks after the SharePoint User Group UKEileen asked me to make sure everything was ok with Nick as this was his first TechNet event for us.  I also wanted to have a look and see what features for BI and Reporting have been included in the product.  Do remember this is still in Beta.  I really enjoyed the session and listening to you all afterwards you were blown away with all the new features.  Nick has posted all the questions from the session on his blog.

When you install SharePoint SQL Express is included as a default.  SQL 2005 is recommended but there is support for SQL 2000.

There is a host of features supported for BI built in out of the box.  The main area is providing web and programmatic access to published Office Excel spreadsheets,  ease of development of Web based BI dashboards that can incorporate rich, data-bound KPI's, Web Parts and published spreadsheets.

You can create rich BI dashboards that incorporate dynamic KPI's.  There is also out of the box default websites for report access and management.

For more information on all the features go to the Microsoft Office SharePoint preview site.  There is a product overview document linked from there.  The  Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies Team Blog.  is a really good resource to look at to for release information and fixes.

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Before installing read  http://blogs.msdn.com/sharepoint/archive/2006/09/1...