Thursday, September 20, 2007

Microsoft Solution Provides Innovative, Easy-to-Use Performance Management Capabilities: Q&A

 Microsoft seeks to expand and democratize another market segment...

PressPass: What is Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007?

Caren: Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 is a performance management application that customers can use to develop strategies, set plans and goals expressed as metrics and key performance indicators, cascade them across the organization to groups and individuals, and enable people to track business results day in and day out, letting them understand and analyze whether and why their business plans are off course or above target.

The ease of use of the application enables very broad usage – our target is to reach 5-10 times the number of people of a traditional performance management application. The flexibility of PerformancePoint Server 2007 allows it to span functions and business units – enabling sales, finance and operations to operate in their own way, but always be on the same page.

Unlike traditional business intelligence offerings, which tend to focus on historical information, Office Performance Point Server 2007 is much more about helping manage the business into the future – that is, taking a forward view by setting goals that look out a quarter, a year, or several years – then helping people play a role in developing plans and contribute to business results.

Microsoft Solution Provides Innovative, Easy-to-Use Performance Management Capabilities: Q&A: Chris Caren, general manager of Office Business Applications, discusses how Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 can help businesses large and small – and their employees – use Microsoft Business Intelligence broadly to better manage their business.

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