Harvey Jones has become the first partner in South Africa to offer formal Microsoft PerformancePoint Server training. The training involved participants from all over South Africa, giving them a chance to get up to speed with one of Microsoft's most compelling new offerings.

The training, held at the Harvey Jones offices in Rivonia, was set up to coincide with the company's highly successful product launch of  PerformancePoint Server (PPS), done in conjunction with Microsoft South Africa and Solver. The course was designed to give participants an introduction to the complete process workflow in PPS Planning.
"Through a combination of demonstrations and hands-on exercises, we taught participants how to set up a complete budget process from scratch," says Erwin Bisschops, senior solutions architect at Harvey Jones. "This included tasks such as creating Applications, Dimensions and Models, Business Roles, Input Templates, Business Rules, and setting up the Process Work Flow.
"We had limited places on the initial training schedule, which ensured a positive response from invited attendees, and the benefit of having input from an experienced resource in the delivery of budgeting and consolidation solutions. We also added value in familiarisation with the product, and in understanding the business context in which it is to be used."
For delivery of the training, Harvey Jones leveraged its exclusive relationship with Solver, a US-based Microsoft Gold Partner seen as a global leader in PerformancePoint Server implementations.
Since its pre-beta versions in 2005, Solver has been involved with the Microsoft business intelligence suite, supporting Microsoft with a team of consultants and subject matter experts at headquarters in Redmond, Washington, assisting with internal implementations and providing developers with feedback.
Solver is also a business partner of Harvey Jones and has offices in the US and Europe.
"We believe PerformancePoint Server will in time come to be seen as one of Microsoft's most important solutions for the corporate market," says Keith Jones, MD of Harvey Jones. "It aggregates much that is critical for Microsoft customers, and begins to merge the worlds of the Internet and business intelligence.
"It will confer significant competitive advantage and rapid return on investment for companies which have to focus on either content management or business intelligence, and we look forward to working with our many customers in both domains."