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MicroStrategy

195 Ratings

MicroStrategy

195 Ratings
Score 7.4 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

MicroStrategy

MicroStrategy Analytics can pull in just about any data source and answer meaningful business questions. I also believe MicroStrategy Analytics is the leader in providing a big data solution for BI. Tableau would not be able to handle the loads of data I throw at it. I do not think MicroStrategy Analytics is recommended for any small scale solution, but rather a large one

Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

MicroStrategy
6.7
Pixel Perfect reports
MicroStrategy
6.8
Customizable dashboards
MicroStrategy
7.0
Report Formatting Templates
MicroStrategy
6.4

Ad-hoc Reporting

MicroStrategy
7.8
Drill-down analysis
MicroStrategy
8.6
Formatting capabilities
MicroStrategy
7.5
Integration with R or other statistical packages
MicroStrategy
6.6
Report sharing and collaboration
MicroStrategy
8.5

Report Output and Scheduling

MicroStrategy
7.6
Publish to Web
MicroStrategy
8.0
Publish to PDF
MicroStrategy
8.1
Report Versioning
MicroStrategy
7.2
Report Delivery Scheduling
MicroStrategy
7.9
Delivery to Remote Servers
MicroStrategy
7.0

Data Discovery and Visualization

MicroStrategy
7.5
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
MicroStrategy
7.7
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
MicroStrategy
7.5
Predictive Analytics
MicroStrategy
7.3

Access Control and Security

MicroStrategy
8.5
Multi-User Support (named login)
MicroStrategy
8.3
Role-Based Security Model
MicroStrategy
8.3
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
MicroStrategy
9.0
Single Sign-On (SSO)
MicroStrategy
8.5

Mobile Capabilities

MicroStrategy
7.8
Responsive Design for Web Access
MicroStrategy
7.8
Dedicated iOS Application
MicroStrategy
8.0
Dedicated Android Application
MicroStrategy
8.2
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
MicroStrategy
7.4

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

MicroStrategy
7.7
REST API
MicroStrategy
8.0
Javascript API
MicroStrategy
6.5
iFrames
MicroStrategy
8.0
Java API
MicroStrategy
8.0
Themeable User Interface (UI)
MicroStrategy
8.0
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
MicroStrategy
7.5

Pros

  • Extremely fast and reliable sql generation, report and document development.
  • Flexibility and integration with nearly all data sources.
  • Self reliant product, many out of the box products that allow easy maintenance, development, and monitoring.
  • Cost of product is more reasonable than many other in its class.
  • Reports and documents produced can be pixel perfect and allow for extremely custom dashboards and scorecards.

Cons

  • Our team of business analysts needed a nimble tool for ad hoc analytics. MicroStrategy required greater technical knowledge than our typical user possessed and the process of creating a new view was extremely cumbersome and time-consuming.
  • We regularly needed to combine data from our warehouse with other data sources. While MicroStrategy has this capability, the level of technical knowledge required was beyond that of a typical business analyst and took too long. Part of the challenge was that our IT department imposed tight governance on the introduction of new data into the warehouse (which is common), so the minimum SLA on this process was 4 hours. This is simply not acceptable when a senior executive needs analysis for a decision right away. While I cannot fault MicroStrategy for our company's IT governance policy, they should add the capability to combine data from the warehouse with data outside the warehouse without requiring that it be added to the warehouse.
  • While MicroStrategy has some light-weight and reasonably priced user licenses, the capabilities we needed for ad hoc analysis required a far more expensive user license.

Likelihood to Renew

MicroStrategy9.9
Based on 27 answers
MicroStrategy, for the use by our company, was WAY overkill for their needs, both in functionality and price. It can be a great tool, but their licensing scheme is frustratingly painful and expensive for the quality of software they provide. If your company does not want to pay a DBA or DB Developer to write optimized T-SQL or queries, then by all means MicroStrategy may be your answer. For the price, you could pay an employee who knows your data and writes much more optimized T-SQL, and utilize the great features of MSFT Excel to slice and dice your data - this would work for 90% or more of the companies who want a great data warehouse. As far as the current implementation of the data warehouse, so much investment and time went into rolling out MicroStrategy that, unless there was a major data structure change, it does not make sense to recreate all the reports in Excel.

Usability

MicroStrategy7.0
Based on 3 answers
It is difficult to learn, but once you figure it out through training, it becomes simpler and the reasons for it's complexity becomes apparent.

Reliability and Availability

MicroStrategy10.0
Based on 1 answer
I've never had an issue with MicroStrategy not being available due to MicroStrategy application malfunction. It is very robust and only failures I've seen were due to user error or the platform the machine running the service failed some how.

Performance

MicroStrategy10.0
Based on 1 answer
Being able to customize the performance based on the business need is extremely powerful. Proper configuration and understanding of the usage pattern is key, if the technical ability of the architect is not at top level, then the product will not be configured correctly which will lead to poor performance.

Support

MicroStrategy10.0
Based on 3 answers
If the staff does not know they answer they either find it out at some point, or put in a feature request. I have never been left hanging or been given an answer that is unsatisfactory to the solution. Even if there was no current solution, I was still told the logical reason and why.

Online Training

MicroStrategy7.8
Based on 4 answers
The MicroStrategy training is incredible, they have great online teachers. I was fortunate to be learning MicroStrategy while also implementing a project from scratch. This helped to solidify a lot of the concepts and be able to ask questions about real world problems in addition to class room exercises.

Implementation

MicroStrategy8.0
Based on 3 answers
Implementation is not easy, but also not difficult. With enough training on how to create a schema, and with the proper data warehouse schema the implementation can be very quick. If there are a lot of unknowns in the beginning phase of modeling, that can greatly extend the overall time taken for a fully implemented project.

Breadth of Deployment

Our customers are mainly internal to the business having a user base in the hundreds. The types of users who are active with MicroStrategy range from business analysts to software developers.

Alternatives Considered

Speed, visually, and sales process - MicroStrategy outranked Cognos by far.

Collaboration and Sharing

MicroStrategy7.6
Based on 14 answers
This capability really easy and handy to support especially if you have to provide limited access to virtual person or an intern. Data sharing and using inbuilt features are really easy and gives a lot of options. Subscriptions to reports and read/write capabilities are also helpful in terms of flexing up for modifications under reports.

Data Integration

MicroStrategy7.2
Based on 14 answers
I don't need to use different sources but I've tried it and was very easy of use.

Scalability

MicroStrategy10.0
Based on 1 answer
This software is extremely scaleable, one can add more core servers which performs as a load balancing. The configurations available to manage usage patterns and daily activity are as high a caliber as any other enterprise level software. This product can be installed on both a windows and unix platform allow for integration on a budget.

Return on Investment

  • Good returns considering integrated objects and reports for multiple mediums
  • Not sure but cost of development seemed a little higher which is also an outcome of lack of good development vendors or resources. Not a concern over MSTR as a tool.
  • Deployment to mobile or distribute sharing is an advantage as object oriented architecture reduces rework and maintenance steps.

Pricing Details

MicroStrategy

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
MicroStrategy Editions & Modules
MicroStrategy
On-premise Edition
Desktop
$6001
1. per named user
SaaS Edition
Web
$6001
Web
$300,0002
Mobile
$6003
Mobile
$300,0004
1. per named user
2. per CPU core
3. per named user
4. per CPU core
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