PerformancePoint Server to become PerformancePoint Services for SharePoint vNext
So as many of you know I have been really getting into PerformancePoint over the past while and it’s uses and integration with SharePoint. It’s been exciting so far, and with the new SP3 updates (slated mid-calendar year 2009) on the way for PerformancePoint it will only get better.
There has been alot of interest and speculation about what features and functionality might be available in the next version of SharePoint and Office 14 including how they integrate and interact with other Microsoft products (and lots of whispers of NDA’s for those of us who may or may not have played with the next version of SharePoint – Can’t tell you anything specific other than it’s freaking exciting and awesome… seriously) but one thing that has been confirmed and that I can tell you is that PerformancePoint Server will become PerformancePoint Services in the next version of SharePoint and the product as a stand alone system will be supported, but will most likely not be pursued independantly from the SharePoint related Services stack, sort of like how InfoPath Form Services, and Excel Web Services sit in SharePoint.
This is good news, as it decreases the total cost of ownership for customers and simplifies quite a bit.
So if you want a headstart on the next v of SharePoint start taking a look at PerformancePoint Server to understand what business value it provides and how much of it works. They even have a certification which I mentioned before: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/exams/70-556.mspx
Read more on Microsoft’s Business Intelligence solutions here: http://www.microsoft.com/bi/ and on PerformancePoint Server here: http://www.microsoft.com/business/performancepoint/default.aspx.
Looking forward to the future of SharePoint,