I just love a good premature leak, don’t you? Let’s spell it together… N-D-A.
Anyhoo the announcement has now been made officially on The BI Blog along with an explanatory video from Guy Wiesmantel. PerformancePoint Server, as a standalone product, is being retired. There are two main takeaways from this announcement:
1. Monitoring & Analytics will live on and is to be incorporated into future versions of MOSS Enterprise. So M&A is staying but will be considered a part of MOSS, to be known as “PerformancePoint Services”. I would assume this embedded version of M&A will completely replace the current (and very ordinary) BI/dashboarding capabilities that are bundled with MOSS Enterprise.
2. The Planning part of the PPS product is being retired. Naturally, it will still be supported up until its end-of-life but that will be it. Aside from a to-be-released SP3 no further PPS Planning development will happen. Budgeting & forecasting functionality as is currently provided by Planning will no longer be part of the MS BI stack.