Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 planning

Microsoft Performance Management allows organizations to monitor, analyze, and plan their business as well as drive alignment, accountability, and actionable insight across the entire organization. With Office PerformancePoint Server 2007, all users can better understand differences between plans and actuals, quickly analyze root-causes, and recast plans when necessary. Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 includes robust planning, budgeting, forecasting, consolidation, and management reporting capabilities. Business analysts can centrally manage business rules, user roles, and workflows so they can easily drive plans and budget creation across and up and down the organization.

Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 has a flexible design which allows business users to build models the way they think about their business. For example, Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 unique model-to-model functionality allows operating units and departments to plan based on their unique business requirements while synchronizing their plans, budgets, and forecasts with those at the corporate level.

Also, Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 spans across the organization by integrating data from multiple enterprise systems into a single, consolidated data model. This integration ensures that all plans, budgets, forecasts, and management reports are built using the most consistent and current information.

Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 features and benefits

Improved Planning, Budgeting, and Forecasting.   For most line managers, the inability to link their departmental budgets to overall corporate strategy complicates the budgeting process. With Office PerformancePoint Server 2007, more users can now develop plans, budgets, and forecasts while easily linking them to overall strategic objectives. Collaboration and contribution is enhanced through faster and more secure distribution of forms throughout the organization. The forms are the result of the business rules, drivers, assumptions, workflow, and protection that are required to enable the entire organization to participate in a reliable yet flexible planning, budgeting, and forecasting process.

Robust Workflow and Collaboration.  The planning and budgeting processes are often highly iterative and time consuming, and they often place a large administrative burden on the Finance organization. Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 features workflow-driven processes that enable more effective collaboration and dramatically reduce the time and effort required to plan, budget, and forecast. Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 uses familiar Microsoft technologies of Microsoft Office Outlook, Office SharePoint Portal Server, and other Office applications to centrally create and manage processes such as task assignments, plan creation, budget and forecast submissions, and approvals.

Shorter Financial Reporting and Consolidation Cycles.  Statutory and management reporting are time consuming and labor intensive processes. Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 automates the process of data gathering, consolidation, and report creation and distribution. Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 takes advantage of SQL Server 2005 to integrate financial data from multiple general ledgers and reporting systems to achieve a single, integrated set of financial information from which reports can be created. Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 can also perform vital functions such as consolidation, reconciliation, currency conversions, and allocations. And Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 features robust security capabilities that protect sensitive financial information and ensure regulatory compliance by controlling who can access and modify financial information.

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