Here's a useful diagram outlining the server topology for PerformancePoint Planning, directly plagiarised from Patrick Husting's blog.
Just two weeks late for my last round of demos but no doubt this will make it into a future slide deck !
I've been setting up some PerformancePoint Planning demonstrations for both clients and internal knowledge transfer. As part of these demonstrations I've been loading the Account Dimension from CSV files.
There are several other ways of loading data into PerformancePoint planning dimensions and models and I'll no doubt post about the alternatives in the future.
There is a small gotcha that I'd thought I'd share. The pre-defined Account Dimension contains a member property called Account Type. This member property utlises a lookup table for the various built-in account types such as Unit, Expense etc.
The PerformancePoint CSV format requires that the first row contains the field (or rather member property) names, and optionally data types, with the remaining rows that actual data. This is slightly different for the Account Type member property, as this is a lookup field, you need to specify the key field name instead, in this case, AccountTypeMemberId.
With that known, you would be forgiven in thinking that, in order to load data against that field, you need to specify the actual AccountTypeMemberId. However, that would result in a new member property being created called 'AccountTypeMemberId' that contains the value and not the description. The proposed destination field Account Type would be left unpopulated.
Instead, to correctly load the member property, rather than use the Id, you need to specify the actual description from the lookup table. (Not the only un-intuitive feature of PerformancePoint Planning!)
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I'm out and about in the community at a couple of events in the UK over the next month or so:
- 26th Sep - UK SQL Usergroup meeting - Data Mining in practice and BI in Katmai
- 27th Sep - Business Intelligence Partner Update Day
- 16th Oct - Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 Launch
Unfortunately I'm missing the SQLBits Community Day on 6th October but if anyone is attending any of the same events as me, be sure to say hi !
I have it on good authority that the UK launch for PerformancePoint Server 2007 is 16th October 2007, a day under four weeks after the 19th September 2007 US launch.
I'm not sure if either of these dates coincide with the RTM date and whether the RTM date will be for just the 32-bit or together with the 64-bit version too. The 64-bit CTP releases have followed shortly after the 32-bit version so I guess it's fair to assume the RTM will not be any different.