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MicroStrategy

201 Ratings

MicroStrategy

201 Ratings
Score 7.4 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

MicroStrategy

It is appropriate when wishing to show big data to a group that needs to make informed decisions quickly, and that does not have a technical background and cannot get bogged down in percentages and technicalities. For those that want it, however, Microstrategy provides gridded reports that make detailed examination of data easy. Both are simple to create

Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

MicroStrategy
6.5
Pixel Perfect reports
MicroStrategy
6.4
Customizable dashboards
MicroStrategy
6.8
Report Formatting Templates
MicroStrategy
6.2

Ad-hoc Reporting

MicroStrategy
7.7
Drill-down analysis
MicroStrategy
8.6
Formatting capabilities
MicroStrategy
7.5
Integration with R or other statistical packages
MicroStrategy
6.2
Report sharing and collaboration
MicroStrategy
8.6

Report Output and Scheduling

MicroStrategy
7.6
Publish to Web
MicroStrategy
7.9
Publish to PDF
MicroStrategy
8.0
Report Versioning
MicroStrategy
7.1
Report Delivery Scheduling
MicroStrategy
7.8
Delivery to Remote Servers
MicroStrategy
7.0

Data Discovery and Visualization

MicroStrategy
7.4
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
MicroStrategy
7.6
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
MicroStrategy
7.3
Predictive Analytics
MicroStrategy
7.3

Access Control and Security

MicroStrategy
8.4
Multi-User Support (named login)
MicroStrategy
8.2
Role-Based Security Model
MicroStrategy
8.2
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
7.7
Dedicated iOS Application
MicroStrategy
8.0
Dedicated Android Application
MicroStrategy
8.1
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
MicroStrategy
7.3

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

  • Visual Insight is a very good tool for data discovery and for create quick dashboard presentation. This is is basically a online web based portal where you have capability to quickly slice & dice the data . Also it provides you options to create derived metrics & derived attribute (MSTR 10) with various mathematical or statistical functions. One of the major mention would be the map based data visualization where you can plot data based on Latitude & Longitude.Also with MSTR 10 following limitations were removed i) using hyperlink ii) HTML 5 is implemented instead of Flash ,so easy to be rendered in mobile too iii) Adding images is possible for hardcoding company logo & symbols
  • Drilling Capabilities. This requires some good backend data modeling. Once you bring in all the facts and dimensions you are supposed to establish relationship between them & create hierarchies. Then it would be easy to drill more & more. For example - Device hierarchy - (Device Used by User--> Browser-->Operating System)
  • Data Source Connectivity.
  • Enterprise Manager is basically BI to BI environment which is used by administrators or executives to track reporting usage, report performance,developer efficiency or frequency of usage & thousands of other statistics which proves to be very helpful in monitoring the efficiency of the whole environment. Once you set up Enterprise miner( which is a bit tricky) you will be able to access all the in built documents or you can custom built dashboard based on your usage

Cons

  • There are many tools and products in the whole Analytics suite, I find this cumbersome and would like to see all these tools brought together
  • There is no version control built into the product. Versioning seems outdated and the principle way of handling versions is outdated and I think should be remodeled.
  • To a new user, learning the entirety of all MicroStrategy products is difficult and can take a long time to adapt to.

Likelihood to Renew

MicroStrategy9.9
Based on 27 answers
It didn't meet the team's needs.

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
From our experience, Microstrategy is very well supported. Whenever we have issues, they are resolved quickly

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
Will require a technical and knowledgeable team.

Breadth of Deployment

We just started this project so we are still in development, but it will potentially scale to hundreds of users.

Alternatives Considered

Microstrategy has a more centralized vision, the new version is making an approach to Tableau or Power BI in the data preparation and fast creation of data visualization. QlikView is maybe similar in the vision to centralize the administration. Microstrategy analytics is the response of these tools to Tableau's self service preparation of analysis.

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

MicroStrategy7.1
Based on 14 answers
The range of data sources is pretty wide, it is practically using enormous amount of different sources. Platform is able to smoothly bring in multiple data sources simultaneously, combining, preparing, and transforming these as per business needs. It takes a definite time to update its values until its ETL process completes or it has to be done manually.

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

  • No comment since MicroStrategy was already implemented prior to my employment.

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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