Create Excel Dashboards in SharePoint

Posted by: Pravinkumar Dabade , on 3/1/2011, in Category SharePoint
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Abstract: In this article we will create a dashboard using Excel Data Source. This Dashboard will contain KPIs and a Scorecard. Then we will deploy this dashboard to our SharePoint Site.

In this article we will create a dashboard using Excel Data Source. This Dashboard will contain KPIs and a Scorecard. Then we will deploy this dashboard to our SharePoint Site.

The steps to create a SharePoint Site using a Template Business Intelligence Center remains the same as shown in my previous article SharePoint Dashboard with Common Filters using PerformancePoint Services 2010. I also assume you have downloaded the Dashboard Designer tool at your end. If you not yet done so, please check my previous article and check the initial few steps to learn how to do so.


This Dashboard Designer tool will help you to design the Data Sources, KPIs, Scorecards, Reports, Filters and Dashboards. The tool is shown below :

On the left hand section you will see the Workspace Browser. In this window, you will see two settings:

1) Data Connections.

a. It is used for creating a connection with different types of data sources.

b. For our demonstration, we are going to use a multidimensional Data Source that is Excel Services.

2) PerformancePoint Content –

a. Using PerformancePoint Content we can design KPIs, Filters, Reports, Dashboards, Indicators and Scorecards as shown below:

For this demonstration we are going to use Excel Data source. For this, you need to create an Excel workbook with the following data:

Save this Excel workbook on your local machine. I have saved this workbook with name ‘Book1’.

Now let’s create a Data source using our Dashboard Designer tool. For creating Excel Data source follow these steps:

Step 1: Right click Data Connections > Click on ‘New Data Source’ as shown below:

From Select a Data Source Template window, make a choice of ‘Import from Excel Workbook’ as shown below:

Import Excel Workbook

Rename this data source as “Excel DS”. Click on “Import” button. This will prompt you to browse the excel sheet which we created above. Browse your excel workbook and click on the “Open” button. In our case, I am going to open “Book1”.

You will see one dialog box on the right hand side as shown below:

Edit Data In Excel

Step 2: Click on ‘Accept Changes’ button. This will make your headers as the first row in excel sheet. Your Excel Data Source will look similar to the following:

Save your data source.

Create Scorecard and KPI’s from Excel Data Source

Now let’s create a Scorecard and KPIs from our Excel Data source, which we just created in the above steps. To do this, follow these steps:

Step 1: Right click PerformancePoint Content > New > Scorecard. From the Tabular category, choose ‘Excel Workbook’ as shown below:

Clicking on the OK button will take you to the wizard. The first step is to choose the Data source. Now let’s make a choice of ‘Excel DS’ data source which we created above. Click on ‘Next’ button.

Step 2: In the next step, let’s add two KPIs as below:

Your wizard should look similar to the one shown below:

Keep all the options default and finish the wizard. Rename your scorecard as ‘Excel Scorecard’.

Step 3: After this step, we are going to modify our Scorecard. From the ‘Details’ window on the right hand side, collapse the dimensions and drag and drop ‘State’ dimension to ‘Sales’ and ‘COGS’ KPIs as shown below:

Now drag and drop the ‘Time’ dimension on ‘Actual’ and ‘Target’ as shown below:

Now go to ‘Edit’ Ribbon and click on ‘Update’ button. Your scorecard should look similar to the following:

You are ready with your scorecard.

Create a Dashboard using Scorecard

Let’s create a Dashboard which will contain our scorecard. To create a Dashboard, follow these steps:

Right click PerformancePoint Content > New > Dashboard. Make a choice of ‘One Zone’ dashboard template from the pop-up dialog box and Drag and Drop Excel Scorecard from the ‘Details’ windows as below:

Now Save your dashboard and deploy it to SharePoint Site. After deploying it to SharePoint Site, it will look similar to the following:


In this article, we have seen how to make use of Excel workbook data for creating Excel Data Source in Dashboard Designer tool. We have also seen how to create KPIs, Scorecard and a Dashboard using Excel Data Source. For this demonstration, we have used Microsoft Excel Workbook as a source of our data for creating our Dashboard.

This article has been editorially reviewed by Suprotim Agarwal.

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Pravinkumar, works as a freelance trainer and consultant on Microsoft Technologies. He is having over 10 years of experience in IT and is also a Microsoft Certified Trainer(MCT). He has conducted various corporate trainings on all versions of .NET Technologies including .NET, SharePoint Server, Microsoft SQL Server, Silverlight, ASP.NET, Microsoft PerformancePoint Server 2007 (Monitoring). He is passionate about learning new technologies from Microsoft. You can contact Pravinkumar at dabade[dot]pravinkumar [attherate] gmail[dot]com

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Comment posted by Ryan S on Wednesday, March 9, 2011 12:42 AM
Thanks for another good article demo on dashboards!!
Comment posted by Pravinkumar on Thursday, April 21, 2011 12:49 AM
Hi Ryan,

Thanks for your comments!!
Comment posted by susy on Wednesday, November 2, 2011 1:58 PM
How about the report and indicator for this scoreboard?
Comment posted by AJ Sequeira on Saturday, May 12, 2012 6:57 AM
Fantastic explanation Sir. Take a bow. Was looking for article as simple as this and you have made my day. Thank you sir, also looking forward to see if there is a similar explanation on creating charts along with the KPI and scorecards. Please let me know if you have a blog that explains charting from my Excel data source.
Comment posted by Nelson Chamberlain on Monday, June 11, 2012 5:48 PM
Nice explanation about how to get the values hooked up with the indicators, but the COGS indicators are wrong (all red). "Good" COGS should be less than COGS Forecast, but both Pune Q1 and Mumbai Q2 show red indicators even though they both meet their requirements and should be yellow or green. I can't make it work - is COGS just not a viable item to use for indicators?
Comment posted by salman ansari on Tuesday, July 3, 2012 8:31 AM
nice article for specially for beginner like me....thanks a lot.and we are waiting more such article...
Comment posted by Rahul Nijhawan on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 4:40 AM
Great Article!
One question though! what if, in my excel workbook, Headers are not in the first row but in the second or third row!! In such cases, how to rearrange the headers in data source. Any input will be helpful as this is the problem i am facing!
Comment posted by Mark G on Friday, September 20, 2013 3:15 PM
Excellent article- this shows me exactly step by step how to do it. Can't thank you enough
Comment posted by Melvin on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 11:06 AM
Great script