One of my new year’s resolutions last year was to learn PerformancePoint, which I’ll be honest I’ve completely failed to do. I mean, I’ve played around with it, went to an airlift and seen more presentations on it than I can shake a stick at but I’ve not done anything serious with it yet; perhaps that’s because only a few projects are actually using it at the moment and in my line of work, I only get called in at the end of a project when things have gone wrong ;-)
Anyway, to save my blushes the first time I need to work with it, Nick Barclay sent me a copy of one of the books he co-wrote with Adrian Downes on the subject, "The Rational Guide to Monitoring and Analyzing with Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007". I liked the book he and Adrian wrote on Business Scorecard Manager and a lot of the things that were good about that book can be repeated for this one too: it’s clear, it’s concise (like all the Rational Guide series), it’s well-written and it tells you just about everything you need to know. I guess no-one can claim to be a complete PerformancePoint guru simply because it’s a new product and best practices only emerge after a year or so of use in a lot of different projects, but Nick and Adrian have clearly been using the betas a lot and have already got some good practical tips to offer (such as the odd RTM bug). All in all, if you’re about to embark on your first PerformancePoint project you’ll probably want this book by your side; oh, and if you want a second opinion on it, Teo Lachev liked it too.
You can buy the book from Amazon UK here. There’s also a companion book on the planning side of PerformancePoint too coming, but I’m not sure when – Nick, Adrian, perhaps you can comment?