Seventeen months after PerformancePoint Server was made available to the general public (September 2007), Microsoft has announced today (January 23, 2009) that they are discontinuing the Planning module. The Monitoring & Analytics module will be moved to Office 14 SharePoint. Planning will receive one more update with a Service Pack 3 release in mid-2009 and will be supported for existing customers.
Official Microsoft Video Announcement from Guy Weismantel
On a personal note, I am truly disappointed as I have invested a great deal of time learning the Planning module. I learned of this announcement yesterday and I spent last night reflecting over my experiences with the help of a few beers. I have been working with the software since May 2007, four months prior to the release date. I dove in head first and have read nearly four PerformancePoint books. I received my PerformancePoint certification in June 2008. I had recently begun writing a white paper on PPS Planning Data Integration using SQL Server Integration Services. As I reflect over the past two years of my career, I remind myself that it’s not all for naught. I’ve learned a great deal about Business Performance Management and Business Intelligence that will still apply to my career. Through this blog, I have met some terrific people across the globe who shared the same passion and aspirations around PerformancePoint. And for that, I am very thankful. For those of you silent readers, I hope you have found my postings useful. My blog will live on. I haven’t determined the format yet, but it will surely focus on other areas of Business Intelligence and wherever my work and life experiences may take me. You haven’t heard the last from me.
Friends and curious readers, I raise my glass, and offer a toast to new beginnings.
I will conclude with a quote from the last line in the movie, Gladiator, as I say my farewell to Planning:
“And now we are free. I will see you again… but not yet… Not yet!”
Update January 26, 2009:
Here are a couple links to published articles on the rise and fall of PerformancePoint Planning.