Performance Point Server

I haven’t been posting as much recently as I have been focusing on getting the Microsoft Performance Point Server certification. This is gained by passing exam 70-556, and on passing, awards you with the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Performance Point Server certification.

Performance Point Server is a product based on the Proclarity platform of Business Intelligence products. Proclarity has been developing Business Intelligence products over the Microsoft stack since 1995, and in April 2006, was bought out by Microsoft.

Microsoft has now integrated these applications more closely with its own Business Intelligence tools and has released them under a new application suite called Performance Point Server.

The exam covers a wide range of topics relating to PPS – installation, configuration, configuring dimensions, models, rules and dashboards.

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Business Objects Certification – May 2008 Update

For all those that are looking to gain the BusinessObjects certification, BusinessObjects have prepared a short webinar consisting of 16 slides and lasting just over eight minutes. (Note that the webinar does take a while to download).

This should give you plenty of information on how to prepare for the certification.

Many members of the Business Objects community have been contributing useful information and tips on certification via the Business Objects Forum. Track through the following post to read all comments relating to certification.

As mentioned in one of my previous posts, it appears that the SABE501 exam is finally available via the Pearson Vue site. It has a prerequisite – you must have passed the SABE201, SABE301 and SABE401 exams and have attained the BOCP – BOE certification. As this exam relates to XI 3.0, I am not sure that there will be many takers for this exam at this stage. I may consider taking this exam 6-12 months from now.

A few people have asked if it is possible to pass these exams without having taken the classroom or e-learning based training. I believe it is possible to do this. I’ve previously highlighted three or fourPDF documents which are available from the Business Objects website which will help you gain certification. Note however, that the self study method will require a great deal of commitment and practical experience.

Good luck!

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