PerformancePoint Boot Camp

I’ve been working with PerformancePoint Server 2007 Planning on nearly a daily basis at the office since May of 2007, but up until recently I had not had the opportunity to attend any formal training.  I’m happy to say that I was fortunate enough to attend PPS Bootcamp the first week of December, 2007,  in Waltham, Massachusetts.  There was a concern that I would not gain much from the class since I had already been working with the product for seven months, but I was able to convince the powers to be and I was allowed to attend.  The class was hosted at New Horizons and Hitachi Consulting instructed the class.  The class was called HC-550 PerformancePoint Boot Camp.  It was four days long and covered PPS architecture, Planning Business Modeler, Planning Forms and Reports, and Monitoring and Analytics (M&A).  So basically, Planning lasted three days with a little over one day devoted to M&A.  My PPS experiences prior to this class had mostly focused on data integration aspects, so the class was well worth my time.  The manual was comprehensive and the hands-on lab assignments were beneficial.  If you have the opportunity to attend one of these classes I would recommend it.  I believe this was either the first or one of the first PPS Boot Camps taught by Hitachi Consulting.  The instructor did a good job presenting the materials and she had a solid Microsoft BI architecture background.

Go to these links to find a class in January or February.  Looks like there are classes scheduled in Seattle, Washington; Chicago, Illinois; Atlanta, Georgia; Waltham, Massachusetts; and Washington D.C.  Also included in the links are class itenararies.

http://www.imginc.com/Education/Pages/ClassDetails.aspx?c=2375
http://www.unitedtraining.com/CourseInfo/Outlines.aspx?CourseNumber=HC550

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PerformancePoint Server 2007 Planning software upgrade

Earlier this week we upgraded Microsoft PerformancePoint Server 2007 Planning from CTP 4 (Community Technology Preview) to the latest RTM version (Released to Manufacturing).  The upgrade itself was relatively painless.  We had to uninstall PeformancePoint from the servers and client before installing the new version.  We followed this document from Microsoft Technet:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb838730.aspx

For the most part, we followed the document with just a few deviations.  After running PPLSrv.msi, we also ran the configuration wizard.  The document doesn’t mention the configuration wizard.

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