In my last post, What is the Balanced Scorecard method?, I briefly describe Kaplan and Norton's Balanced Scorecard method and some examples using our software. Recently I read in a college class book, Cost Management: A Strategic Emphasis, about best practices for implementing the Balanced Scorecard method. A primary practice states:
"Ensure that the relevant portions of the scorecard are readily accessible to those responsible for the measures, but that the information is also secure, available only to those authorized to have the information."
Recently, Microsoft announced a strategic move to integrate the scorecard, dashboard, and analytic functionality in PerformancePoint Server with Office SharePoint Server Enterprise. I can't think of a better way to expose relevant portions of the scorecard to those responsible for the measures, in a secure environment. Microsoft has several business intelligence (BI) offerings throughout its software products and SharePoint seems to be a natural tool for delivering BI assets.
The primary delivery mechanism for BI assets is and will be Office SharePoint Server. Why?