Exam 70-556:

TS: Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007, Applications

Published:January 18, 2008
Language(s):English, Japanese
Audience(s):IT Professionals
Technology:Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007
Type:Proctored Exam

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Preparing for an ExamExam 70-556: TS: Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007, Applications was released in January 2008.
Audience Profile
Candidates for this exam typically work in an environment in which they are responsible for the implementation and configuration of PerformancePoint Server. Their organizations require the use of PerformancePoint Server for business analysis and integration. Candidates for this exam are expected to know how to correctly install and configure PerformancePoint Server in their organizations. Candidates should have six months to a year of experience in monitoring, analyzing, and planning the use of PerformancePoint Server in a medium-size to enterprise-size computing environment.
The qualified candidate for this exam typically:
  • Installs and maintains PerformancePoint Server 2007
  • Monitors and troubleshoots PerformancePoint Server 2007
  • Monitors, analyzes, and plans business activities that use PerformancePoint Server 2007
  • Drives alignment, accountability, and actionable insight across an entire organization
  • Drives better adoption and compliance by enabling organizations to better associate business intelligence with corporate performance
Candidates for this exam will also monitor, analyze, and plan activities that use an integrated and collaborative solution.
Credit Toward CertificationWhen you pass Exam 70-556: TS: Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007, Applications, you complete the requirements for the following certification(s):
  • Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS): TS: Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007, Applications
Note This preparation guide is subject to change at any time without prior notice and at the sole discretion of Microsoft. Microsoft exams might include adaptive testing technology and simulation items. Microsoft does not identify the format in which exams are presented. Please use this preparation guide to prepare for the exam, regardless of its format.
Skills Being MeasuredThis exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical tasks listed below.The percentages indicate the relative weight of each major topic area on the exam.The higher the percentage, the more questions you are likely to see on that content area on the exam.

The information after “This objective may include but is not limited to” is intended to further define or scope the objective by describing the types of skills and topics that may be tested for the objective. However, it is not an exhaustive list of skills and topics that could be included on the exam for a given skill area. You may be tested on other skills and topics related to the objective that are not explicitly listed here.
Configuring Dimensions (13 percent)
  • Configure the properties of predefined dimensions.
  • Configure the time dimension.
  • Configure a member property.
  • Populate dimensions and member sets.
  • Update dimension members and member set.
Configuring Models (15 percent)
  • Create a PerformancePoint Server model.
  • Configure the current period.
  • Configure model and dimension usage within sites.
  • Transfer data between models.
Configuring Business Roles and Process Management (17 percent)
  • Configure business roles.
  • Configure security for users.
  • Configure assignments.
  • Configure an approval structure.
Developing Business Rules (18 percent)
  • Develop an assignment rule.
  • Develop a definition rule.
  • Develop an allocation rule.
  • Configure template rules.
  • Configure rule execution.
Building Microsoft Office Excel Add-In Forms and Reports (15 percent)
  • Build an Excel Add-In report.
  • Configure an Excel Add-In report as a form.
  • Configure report filters.
  • Format an Excel Add-In report.
Developing Dashboards (12 percent)
  • Create a report by using the Dashboard Designer.
  • Add a data source connection.
  • Add a new Web page report.
  • Configure a Key Performance Indicator (KPI) by using the Dashboard Designer.
  • Create a scorecard.
  • Build a dashboard.
Installing PerformancePoint Server (10 percent)
  • Install the monitoring and planning services.
  • Configure a PerformancePoint application.
  • Configure the PerformancePoint 2007 server options.
  • Assign users to administrator roles.
Preparation Tools and ResourcesTo help you prepare for this exam, Microsoft Learning recommends that you have hands-on experience with the product and that you use the following training resources. These training resources do not necessarily cover all of the topics listed in the "Skills Measured" tab.
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Microsoft Online Resources
Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 Training: Review the available training options, including online training, Web-based seminars, books, and online technical documentation..
Product information: Visit the Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 Web site for detailed product information.
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