Financial Planning Accelerator

146 days after Microsoft announced the discontinuation of the PerformancePoint Planning module, Microsoft has made the PPS Planning source code and project files available on a no-cost, individual license basis for customers and partners. It has been rebranded as Financial Planning Accelerator (FPA) and is unsupported. Interestingly, on the same web page that contains the June 18, 2009 announcement, Microsoft spotlights planning alternatives such as Clarity Systems, Calumo, and Longview Planning. I have not had a chance to work with any of these alternatives, but hope to work with one or more in the future. I’ve closed the chapter of my life working with PPS Planning and have no intention of working with it even though it’s free.

Official announcement
Financial Planning Accelerator
Microsoft is pleased to make available the Financial Planning Accelerator (FPA). The FPA is source code and project files derived from the PerformancePoint Server 2007 Planning module. Based on requests from customers and partners, we are making this code available on a no-cost, individual license.

This is unsupported source code that customers and partners can use to support or change PerformancePoint Server Planning functionality. Derived object code files can be distributed to end users with Microsoft SharePoint Server Enterprise Client Access Licenses. To obtain access to the FPA a license agreement between Microsoft and the customer or partner is required. After that agreement is in place, download instructions will be made available.

Please e-mail fpasupp@microsoft.com to request the agreement.