MicroStrategy is an enterprise-level product with a complete set of capabilities including enterprise reporting, self-service data preparation, native columnar database access, including Hadoop, and a strong, more recent visualization offering. MicroStrategy is an older established vendor having been founded over 25 years ago, but the company has done a very good job of keeping the product relevant with strong emphasis on visualization, big data, and mobile capabilities.
MicroStrategy is Top Rated in the mid-sized company segment.
|Most compared to:||Tableau Desktop; Microsoft BI; SAP Business Objects|
|Best fit for:||MicroStrategy is a good option for medium to large enterprises in need of a complete set of business intelligence capabilities that can grow from a single data discoverer, to many thousands of users. It includes reporting, dashboards, and data discovery and visualization across the organization. It has particularly strong mobile capabilities.|
|MicroStrategy Pros||MicroStrategy Cons|
|Excellent mobile capabilities
|Fast processing of large data volumes
MicroStrategy 10, released in June 2015, delivers a powerful lineup of new features and enhanced functionality that meets the needs of both business and IT users. With a heavy focus on business user needs, MicroStrategy 10 offers a completely redesigned HTML5 user interface and revamped data discovery workflows. Version 10 empowers business users to make sense of large data volumes and get answers to tough questions independently using powerful self-service data visualization and analytics tools. Offering complete end-to-end BI capabilities, MicroStrategy 10 makes it is possible to deploy analytics via an IT-centric, centralized metadata, or directly through business teams via decentralized deployment options.
- The MicroStrategy 10 release also introduced Desktop, a brand new data discovery interface that can be quickly downloaded on PC or Mac in minutes. MicroStrategy Desktop allows business users to connect to any data source, blend and prepare data to build dashboards for data discovery, and do ad-hoc analysis, all within minutes.
- Today, MicroStrategy continues to improve and enhance product features, usability, and documentation via quarterly release cycles, and is focused on being more responsive than ever to customers' needs.
- In 2014, MicroStrategy simplified product packaging and pricing to make licensing easier, faster, and more transparent. With the updated model, our 21 analytics and mobile products were condensed into 4 role-based offerings: Web, Mobile, Architect, and Server. The new packaging model simplifies the purchasing process while delivering more value to end-users and presenting opportunities for broader deployments.
- The MicroStrategy Community (community.microstrategy.com) is a dynamic and active online community with over 550,000 unique visitors and is accessible to anyone at no cost. MicroStrategy Readmes and the MicroStrategy YouTube channel also provide additional video and written tutorials covering most of the available functionality.