PerformancePoint Server CTP4 was released this week on Wednesday, August 15 on the Microsoft Connect Site. My main focus for PerformancePoint has been with the Planning components. There has been some notable changes for Planning in this release:
Ability to Upgrade from CTP2 to CTP4
- It is now possible to upgrade the entire system including the Planning Applications in CTP4 from CTP2
- Detailed instructions are provided in the Documentation in the PPSDeployment and PPSOperations Guide (definitely read this before upgrading)
- Note: Software prerequisites for SQL Server 2005 has changed. It requires build 3161 (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=93385)
- PPSCmd (Business Modeler command-line utility) now has the ability to deploy and reprocess model and data
- PPSCmd is also used in the upgrade process from CTP2 to CTP4
- More Business Rules Templates. Below is a snapshot of the some of the templates for Definition Rules:
- There is an important note in the documentation that states that the Excel Add-in is not production ready in CTP4
- There has been some performance improvements like the ability to download a subcube for the assignments.
- Reviewer and Approver changes are now handled through a single dialog
In terms of PerofrmancePoint Planning server there have been improvements to the performance and security. Additional details on what is new for Planning and Monitoring can be found in the "What's New" documents that comes with PerformancePoint.
I was able to upgrade one of my Virtual PC to CTP4 for Planning without installing build 3161 for SQL Server. You have to request build 3161 from Microsoft. Once I have the build I will try the upgrade again and post my results.