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Our BI CoP (Community of Practice) is currently having a refresher of SharePoint 2010 during the month of June and it’s my turn to show some of the BI capabilities on offer. Other than Excel and Visio Services, PowerPivot and PivotViewer, SharePoint has a great tool called Dashboard Designer (part of Performance Point).

Instead of using the Contoso or Adventure works datasets to build out my dashboard, I went for a dataset I came across last year which revolves around Tri-nations rugby players. Quite interesting (if you like rugby that is). I used this same dataset when I showed PivotViewer at Tech-Ed Africa 2010 and received some good feedback.

Dashboard Designer allows you to create a host of different objects including KPIs, Filters, Reports, Dashboards, Indicators and Scorecards. Dashboards are the containers and allow you to link up the other object types in one location. Once deployed, a Web Part page will display your dashboard. The only downside to this approach is that if you want to include document libraries and team discussions (as an example) into your dashboard, Dashboard Designer will overwrite those web parts the next time the dashboard is deployed.

Now, you can easily get around this dilemma by not using the dashboard component in Dashboard Designer but instead create a new Web Part page from scratch. One can then quickly include your published Performance Point content in these web parts as well as your document libraries, custom lists or team discussions. One trick, you need to create connections between your different web parts in order for filters to work or for additional reports to be generated once a user clicks on a particular item. Note: connections would also need to be setup in Dashboard Designer.

Here is what my dashboard looks like when you access it for the first time:

Once the user clicks on a player position or KPI, additional reports are displayed:

I’ve even embedded the new Strategy Companion Analyzer Scorecard component:

And finally a little fun with my team discussions. I’ve included some classic one-liners from our coach, Pieter de Villiers.

With just a little bit of luck Oregan Hoskins will see this dashboard and recruit me as a data analyst for the up-and-coming Rugby World Cup!

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