Book Review: Monitoring and Analyzing with Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007

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?

4 thoughts on “Book Review: Monitoring and Analyzing with Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007

  1. Thanks for the positive words, Chris, glad you enjoyed the book. The Rational Guide to PPS Planning will be available within the next week or two… probably around 15th Jan 2008. The Rational Press site will have the most up to date details (www.rationalpress.com). Rest assured we\’ll blog about it as soon as the book is ready too.

  2. Hi Chrtis, I completely agreee with your words *smile – I also installed a performancepointserver in our company and i also have mucgh troube to understand what ms menas with that product.
    so i am very glad about your book hint – i will order that book(s) immendently……. hope to hear news from pps from you soon.
    @Nick: so i will have a look to your new book also.
    greetz from cologne germany,

  3. Hi Chris,
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    Waranya10 มกราคม 14:18

  4. Hi Chris,
    also I\’ve failed my last year resolution about PPS, so I completely agree with your comment:
    ".. 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 …"
    Conclusion: I really enjoyed this book!
    Thanks to Nick and Adrian for the good job.
    Now I\’m waiting for "The Rational Guide To Planning …"  that Amazon tonight  says me is late slightly (Shipping estimate: January 23, 2008)

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