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For all PPS fans out there, rejoice! Service pack 3 is now available!  Thanks to my buddy Alan Koo (http://alan-koo.blogspot.com/) who just gave me the news!

Here’s the scoop (taken from the Readme):

PerformancePoint Server 2007 SP3 includes the following new features, changes, and improvements:

Monitoring and Analytics

New features, enhancements or fixes:

  • Improved messaging when a filter or other selection returns no rows or columns in an analytic grid.
  • You can now install PerformancePoint Monitoring Server and PerformancePoint Dashboard Designer on a machine that has .NET 3.5 already installed.
  • Improved handling of scrolling on very large dashboard pages from within Dashboard Designer.
  • Improved handling of zone adjustments in Dashboard Designer.
  • Improved usability of the PerformancePoint Server Web Parts
  • Improved Time Intelligence calendar control. This enables easier filtering on dates.
  • Better handling for connecting to SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) 2008 reports and for displaying SSRS multi-select filter reports.
  • Better handling when display conditions and stacked zones are both in use.
  • Excel Services report views now load into Dashboard Designer, even with no SharePoint root site.
  • Improved analytic chart, show details, and scorecard formatting when exporting to Microsoft Office Excel.
  • Improved drill-through functionality on analytic reports.
  • Font-size changes in scorecards are appropriately displayed in published dashboards.
  • Better handling of scorecard KPIs when using named sets.
  • Improved integration with Excel Services: Excel Services reports display properly in dashboards. Empty cells no longer prevent the dashboard author from connecting to the data source in Dashboard Designer.
  • Better migration support: analytic charts and grids that are created with SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services data can be updated to use SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services data.
  • Improved integration with SharePoint: Now you can use the edit mode in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server or Windows SharePoint Services to add a SharePoint Web Part to a PerformancePoint dashboard; SharePoint style sheets no longer override cell-level font size and font-family settings.
  • Improved integration with ProClarity: PerformancePoint Server filters passed to ProClarity reports retain the correct hierarchical order. Sorting of columns in a ProClarity report that is displayed in a PerformancePoint Web Part is now more effective.
  • Customers can now upload their own custom Help into PerformancePoint Web Parts.


New features:

  • Submitting line-item details with assignments. This new feature enables users to add, edit, view, and submit line item details. They can also view the submitted line-item details in reports.
  • Adjusting security with the PPSCmd utility. This feature enables users to lower security changes within PPSCMD.  For example, it is now possible to move security from Read/Write to Read Only within the PPSCMD utility.
  • Extending the calendar beyond 25 years. This feature enables users to manually change the maximum limit of future years to a value greater than 25 and less than or equal to 200.

Follow in after the link:

* PerformancePoint Server 2007 SP3 (x86) <http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=90c596a5-aca4-4ded-9072-facf834bc0c6> .

* PerformancePoint Server 2007 SP3 (x64) <http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=3ad75ae5-d2cd-4953-87cf-5f74d79804c6> .

* Documentación: Service Pack 3 for Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 <http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc514367.aspx> .

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Even after the wipeout, I’m still getting into the Performancepoint Planning wave. I truly believe this IS a great product, and would have given the industry a run for its’ money with version 2. But alas, that was not meant to be. Still, we (I include all Performancepoint folks out there) have clients with the solution and we continue to support it. During the run of this blog, I’ll probably talk about my experiences and “horror!” stories that hopefully will help (or entertain) you during my dive into the interesting world of Performancepoint Planning.

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