Writing a book is hard. That’s why I write book Forewords. I do know that having passion is important to writing a good book. Passion carries you the distance, through the nights and weekends required to finish the book. Passion also drives the quality and depth of the book. Your authors have passion to spare. You’ll see this and feel this as you read through Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007.
Performance management software is a relatively recent passion at Microsoft. We started our business intelligence journey with SQL Server Analysis Services (originally called SQL Server OLAP Services) and Microsoft Excel. We started there because we feel there is a logical evolution of BI in companies. That path starts with ‘‘sound data.’’ If companies or organizations can’t provide their employees and partners with data that is clean, integrated, consistent, and fresh, they are not able to provide the foundation for good decision making. At Microsoft, SQL Server is where structured data lives.
Once you believe you have sound data, the next step on our recommended path is to focus on personal and team insights. Your employees have the best sense ofwhat is going on at ‘‘street level’’ in your organization. They frequently have hunches about the state of the business; more than upper management, they see daily what is working and what is not working. Insights come from hunches combined with data and experience. If your people can access the sound data you have built, using a tool they already know, they will form insights from their hunches and experience. If they can share those insights with others via a platform like SharePoint, your company will grow and improve.
eBay Hacks, 2nd Edition: Tips & Tools for Bidding, Buying, and Selling Whatever you call it--an online auction house, the world's largest flea market, or a vast social experiment--no metaphor completely describes the huge trading community that is eBay. Underneath it all, eBay is also a computer program and a complex socio-economic system, requiring experience, finesse, and the right tools to master.
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