SharePoint 2010 Business Connectivity Services

This is Part 2 of SharePoint 2010 Business Connectivity Services focused specifically on PerformancePoint Services (PPS). Click here to view Part 1.

PerformancePoint Services is a service application in SharePoint Server 2010. Previously, in SharePoint 2007, PerformancePoint Server 2007 was not included by default and considered an "add-on" product. Microsoft now provides PPS as an integrated part of SharePoint Server 2010.

In 2007, we were given big blocks of shared services - a shared service provider (SSP). Any changes you needed to make within that SSP, you had to create a whole new SSP to bind your web applications. Now, you have the ability to take each of those individual services and connect them to web applications without having to create a new SSP. You can essentially pick and choose a la carte what you want to use.

These new specific solutions inside of SharePoint are no longer existing as silos, but as pieces that can be glued together.

With PPS, you can expose all the data points from all the different systems and use Business Connectivity Services (BCS) to populate and perform the reporting analysis of your data. PPS was created specifically to allow you to look at the data and make business decisions quickly and efficiently. These service applications are providing a single point in time solution to web applications. For developers, it's done as a WCF service.

BCS is a component for creating rich reports that executives and business leaders can use to make decisions on inside of SharePoint 2010 to ultimately better lead and manage their business. Before you start creating a PerformancePoint Services Report, you have to already be measuring business data whether it be scorecards, KP's or other business metrics.

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