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MicroStrategy Analytics is a platform for Business Intelligence (BI) and self-service analytics. It enables organizations worldwide to analyze the vast amounts of data stored across their enterprises to make better business decisions. MicroStrategy currently has 3 versions: - MicroStrategy Analytics Enterprise: Enterprise-grade business intelligence - MicroStrategy Analytics Desktop: Free self-service visual analytics - MicroStrategy Analytics Express: Free cloud-based self-service visual analyticshttps://dudodiprj2sv7.cloudfront.net/product-logos/qq/iH/PZORMI8Q2P14.PNGIntensive and reliable toolMicrostrategy Analytics is widely used in the company across all departments. Different level of access can be provided to different level of responsible persons. It is a very easy tool to get access of past data with different reports and presenting it with the help of variety of dashboard and VIs. Data collection and analysis is an essential function of it.,Data collection/data access- The tool uses different attributes and metrics to generate data for you in a required format with required filters. Data Visualization- The tool has great function of creating Dashboards which are specially useful for higher management to review it. Data Analytics- With great amount of functions, it does most of the excel work within itself. Eliminates excel in most of the fronts.,Better user interface- The only thing that comes out is there is a high scope of modifying user interface. Currently it is not as good as Tableau in terms of user interface.,8,salesforce and Tableau,8,9,Salesforce Analytics Cloud, WebEx Meetings, SAS Advanced AnalyticsMicrostrategy , very good but..We are trying to use it across all the organization as the only tool where you can find all the data of the company, making all kind of dashboards for managers and final users. We've also made "live" dashboard showing the status of the company. The major problem is to make end users move from Excel to MS. The company leaves all this effort to the IT Team and does not make this a strategic decision.,Easy of use Has improved a lot the visualization of data Fast,For use it take a lot of time to prepare the correct data. I don't know it there is some MicroSrategy magic solution to make it faster Better comunication with client Improve dashboards, losing with competitors,9,,8,7MicroStrategy ReviewIt is being used across our health center in every department, from admin to ops to clinics. We are trying to use it with our scheduling program's data feed to solve TAT issues, staffing issues, and tracking issues. We've implemented several new policies around appointment cancellations due to findings in Microstrategy data. We also take in a feed from our EMR system for patient data research.,I think the dashboards are quite helpful to visualize on the spot data. Creation of facts and attributes is simple - I have no programming experience and was still able to create and modify these items. Scheduling reports to be run on a daily, weekly, or hourly basis is simple. It provides updated data on a timed basis with no need to go back into the program.,The graph options are not as robust as an Excel user might want. The metadata layer can sometimes be slower, and it takes a long time for reports to run. Viewing the data feed entered can be cumbersome at times, in terms of validation with reports.,8,Tableau Online,5,6,Tableau OnlineMicroStrategy - excellent tool in the right handsWe use MicroStrategy to provide a business intelligence solution for our clients. We use it to create reports and dashboards that our clients can use to analyze their business.,Customized dashboards between the desktop and web applications. Shared objects which allows reusability in a number of different reports.,Web tool still doesn't have all the customization possible in the developer application. Rigid star scheme requirements creates complications in unstructured data. I would love to see out of the box "what-if" scenario functionality.,7,7,8Integrated and efficient analytics solutionMicrostrategy is extensively used within my organization and other retail and finance clients I have worked with. MSTR is an efficient tool with numerous analytical, reporting and visualization features all clubbed in one - helps deliver grid reports, dashboards and mobile reports. We have used this for dynamic sourced reports and self analytics as well widely.,Integrated solution for delivering different types of reports through multiple mediums like web, mobile or distribution services. Unique Schema and public objects concept saves development costs by allowing reusable components and maintenance across. Having end to end MSTR implemented eliminates the need to look at different tools for in memory and visualization.,Version control and parallel development limitation- I understand it somehow conflicts the architecture specialities but point to be thought over. Visual Insights capabilities to compete with Tableau like reports. MSTR services and technical support teams response time - not always a concern but can definitely be improved.,8,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.,OBIE, Tableau Desktop and IBM Cognos,Oracle BI Foundation Suite
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January 21, 2018

MicroStrategy Review: "Intensive and reliable tool"

Score 8 out of 10
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Well suited for: Creating Dashboards- This can handle high amount of data that too good amount of data manipulation flexibility. Dashboards can be modified pretty quickly and addition of data is also easy. Mirroring same dashboards is also easy where new view can be created and can be saved. There are lot of other benefits as well in terms of accessing data easily.
Read Rishi Bavishi, CSSGB, CAPM's full review
October 25, 2017

"Microstrategy , very good but.."

Score 9 out of 10
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Very well suited for corporate reports, centralized info.
I don't find it very easy for end users not involved in the transformation of reports.
Read Gonzalo Segarra's full review
October 18, 2017

"MicroStrategy Review"

Score 8 out of 10
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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.
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March 01, 2017

"MicroStrategy - excellent tool in the right hands"

Score 7 out of 10
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Great if you have a data warehouse built as a star schema. Less useful with unstructured data.
Read Brandon Fitzpatrick's full review
October 17, 2016

MicroStrategy: "Integrated and efficient analytics solution"

Score 8 out of 10
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Better suited for:
For high volume and large number of reporting fields.
For requirements where multiple modes of report delivery is required for ex: web, mobile and emails.
Dynamic sourcing and self analytics with existing objects avoiding redevelopment efforts.
Less appropriate:
For small scale analytics considering cheaper options of analytics tools available.
Creates complexity for a uncoordinated and distributed development team considering version control and Schema integration issues.
Read Vineet Rai's full review
June 11, 2016

"MicroStrategy - Why, When & Where ??"

Score 8 out of 10
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MicroStrategy Analytics is not only a visualization layer but also data modeling tool itself. So you can bring in all your facts and dimensions and define the relationship in architect mode to build intelligent cubes. It shouldn't be mixed up with a visualization tool like Tableau which doesn't have any other capability (data architect and mining). Companies who need to use it only as a visualization layer tool shouldn't use MicroStrategy.
Read Abanish Mishra's full review
September 16, 2016

MicroStrategy Review: "MSTR good for a structured environment"

Score 5 out of 10
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MSTR is suited for a well-governed, solid data environment. While I believe that MSTR, and the rest of BI as a whole, wants to move towards a more self-service business user environment - MSTR still needs a technical staff to support that self service
Read Mark Szymula's full review
July 29, 2016

MicroStrategy Review: "Simplifying reporting needs"

Score 9 out of 10
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Microstrategy is great for organizations that are looking to empower all types of employees with the ability to retrieve relevant data for their business functions.
Read ★Alex Khamudis's full review
April 28, 2016

MicroStrategy Review: "Comprehensive enterprise BI Tool"

Score 7 out of 10
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MicroStrategy is well suited when reports have a wider audience but some parts need to be hidden from a specific audience. When there are very stringent deadlines to develop a new report or a dashboard, MicroStrategy should be avoided as it has a longer development time when compared to alternatives like Tableau. Also, when the reports are to be consumed while on the go, MicroStrategy has an edge over other alternatives.
Read Tapan Jain's full review
March 04, 2016

MicroStrategy Review: "From zero to hero."

Score 9 out of 10
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Be sure to grasp the basic concepts from the very beginning. A complete and updated ER Diagram of the data warehouse is needed. Read the manuals, as MicroStrategy is a very complex product and cannot be learned by trial and error. There is a book, which was recently published by PACKT, about the whole Business Intelligence development process: http://amzn.to/1by3HAO
Read Davide Moraschi's full review
June 27, 2016

MicroStrategy Review: "Enterprise BI Solution - Not an Analytics solution"

Score 8 out of 10
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Is well suited if an organization needs a centralized and strong BI solution for data exploration.
Read Pablo Tempone's full review
March 01, 2016

"MicroStrategy Reviewed from the Trenches"

Score 8 out of 10
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MicroStrategy is good for dashboarding and mobile. The software offers a lot of functionality right out of the box and provides the users with many options to easily get at their data.
Read Randy Kirschner's full review
March 01, 2016

"MicroStrategy - Retail made easy"

Score 10 out of 10
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I would make sure you understand what information the users will need and what level of detail is needed to ensure that the integration and setup process is configured with the end use in mind. Having examples of reports and information you already produce, where it is coming from and how it is used will help set you up correctly from the beginning avoiding timely changes later on.
Read Frank Bluemke's full review
March 01, 2016

"Microstrategy... The Macro Problem Solver"

Score 10 out of 10
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MicroStrategy is well suited for companies that have at least 100+ users with varying skill sets. It is a very versatile tool with many access levels from Pro to Analyst; depending on your experience. Features such as subscriptions, visual insight, and mobile are very well received across departments for reporting. Transactional services is useful for light collaborative needs such as notating certain records. In my opinion MicroStrategy isn't suited for companies looking for heavy financial reporting or collaborative efforts.
Overall I have been using MicroStrategy for a little over 10 years and it has proven to fit most all of my reporting needs.
Read Shawn Stephens's full review
August 17, 2015

"MicroStrategy 10 - the best in BI"

Score 10 out of 10
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For us, multi-language, multi-tenant were some key features, but obviously many questions come to mind, depending on the needs, such as platform, big data support, data-blending, data-mashups, language, customizations, etc.
Read Mario Ferrer's full review
April 08, 2015

"Ground level perspective of MicroStrategy"

Score 9 out of 10
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MicroStrategy Analytics is very well suited for small and large companies and for varying degrees of budgets. The price model is fair for the type of features and functionality out of the box. There will have to be someone dedicated to MicroStrategy and the lifecycle of the business data model. It is not a light weight product on the back end, but can be very lightweight to the end users. No-SQL allows the domain experts, people who understand the business and not technology, to analyze and dig at questions without being burdened by asking database experts for advanced SQL generation. I give this product a 9 out of 10 because it is not fully HIPAA compliant and the means to make it HIPAA compliant means we must cripple some basic functionality.
Read Paul Campbell's full review
May 11, 2015

""Enterprise" BI in Microstrategy"

Score 8 out of 10
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BI is not cheap, sometimes... In many cases the "Enterprise-ness" of MS is not necessary as many smaller competitors are gaining ground quickly (QlikView, Tableau, Birst, etc...) and would make great solutions for companies that do not require the strict rules associated with a larger organization. I would just make sure that as anyone is considering either a new BI install or change that they make sure to look at some of the "new" Big Data toting companies that can add value quickly.
Read Jonathon Frampton's full review
April 29, 2015

"Microstrategy is 'great enough' for business."

Score 8 out of 10
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You have to ask if the product you're using can handle large datasets and whether there is flexibility in the delivery of analytics? In addition, how many DBMS's does the product natively support? What is the TCO? MicroStrategy is in the upper tier for each of these questions.
Read Wm. Dexter Jones's full review
December 04, 2014

"MicroStrategy - Great for some, overkill for most."

Score 2 out of 10
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It would really depend on the size, scale and needs of your data warehouse BI tool. I would say a good rule of thumb if you have a minimum of 50 users that are going to be constantly creating/slicing/dicing your data, this may be the tool for you. If fewer, then I would suggest investing in a great data warehouse developer and Excel classes for your consumers. Also know that, even though it touts itself as a fast, self-service BI system, unless you have a skilled SQL Developer or DBA, it will be slow as molasses as it creates the tSQL for the queries itself, in a very poorly designed manner.
Read Lara Rasner's full review
February 25, 2015

"Microstrategy is not a walk in the park"

Score 6 out of 10
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Be very careful before buying the full on-site version of the product. If the sales rep says that it has minimal IT involvement, don't believe it. Ask about cloud options, the different modules that you are buying as part of their proposal, and what kind of training they are offering as part of their bid. If it's online training and not on-site, be very skeptical.
Read Justin Sharifipour's full review
June 10, 2015

"Why we work with MicroStrategy Analytics"

Score 10 out of 10
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Likelihood to Recommend

It is very good for big data.
Read Golan Nahum's full review
March 18, 2015

MicroStrategy Review: "Go Self Service Business Intelligence"

Score 9 out of 10
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It is not appropriate for small departments.
Read Olivier Sanzot's full review
February 26, 2014

MicroStrategy Review: "Fine for reporting, not for ad hoc analytics"

Score 3 out of 10
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It really depends on the use case. If the need is simply to standardize reporting, MicroStrategy might meet or even exceed expectations However, if the need is to guide executive decision-making with agile ad hoc analytics, there are other tools that are much better suited to the task.
Read Eli Chan's full review
July 09, 2014

"A partner's view of MicroStrategy Analytics"

Score 10 out of 10
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Likelihood to Recommend

Somethings to consider are: Do you want to visualize data in a controlled environment? Do you want to go mobile?
Read Andrew Smith's full review
July 09, 2014

MicroStrategy Review: "Business Analytics Can Improve Quality of Service"

Score 10 out of 10
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It is well suited for business analytics and SLA management but needs improvement in providing support to the scientific research community.
Read Salim G. Ansari's full review

Feature Scorecard Summary

Pixel Perfect reports (17)
6.4
Customizable dashboards (16)
6.8
Report Formatting Templates (17)
6.2
Drill-down analysis (16)
8.6
Formatting capabilities (17)
7.5
Integration with R or other statistical packages (11)
6.2
Report sharing and collaboration (16)
8.6
Publish to Web (16)
7.9
Publish to PDF (16)
8.0
Report Versioning (13)
7.0
Report Delivery Scheduling (16)
7.8
Delivery to Remote Servers (1)
7
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.) (14)
7.6
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization (14)
7.3
Predictive Analytics (13)
7.3
Multi-User Support (named login) (13)
8.2
Role-Based Security Model (13)
8.2
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete) (13)
9.0
Single Sign-On (SSO) (2)
8.5
Responsive Design for Web Access (14)
7.7
Dedicated iOS Application (11)
8.0
Dedicated Android Application (9)
8.1
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile (14)
7.3
REST API (1)
8
Javascript API (2)
6.5
iFrames (1)
8
Java API (1)
8
Themeable User Interface (UI) (1)
8
Customizable Platform (Open Source) (2)
7.5

About MicroStrategy

The MicroStrategy platform differs somewhat from competing platforms in that it does not include a data warehouse.

The platform integrates with a wide range of third-party data warehouses however. MicroStrategy also built a free discovery/visualization tool called MicroStrategy Analytics Desktop, which is not completely integrated with the rest of the platform. MicroStrategy has strong mobile and cloud capabilities which are differentiators for the platform. MicroStrategy's cloud offerings are unique in that they host the software in their own data centers and allow customers to keep their data on-premise to alleviate security concerns. Analytics is a platform for Business Intelligence (BI) and self-service analytics. It enables organizations worldwide to analyze the vast amounts of data stored across their enterprises to make better business decisions.

MicroStrategy currently has 3 versions:

  • MicroStrategy Analytics Enterprise: Enterprise-grade business intelligence
  • MicroStrategy Analytics Desktop: Free self-service visual analytics
  • MicroStrategy Analytics Express: Free cloud-based self-service visual analytics

MicroStrategy Competitors

Pricing

Has featureFree Trial Available?Yes
Does not have featureFree or Freemium Version Available?No
Does not have featurePremium Consulting/Integration Services Available?No
Entry-level set up fee?No
On-premise EditionPricing DetailsTerms
Desktop$600per named user
SaaS EditionPricing DetailsTerms
Web$600per named user
Web$300,000per CPU core
Mobile$600per named user
Mobile$300,000per CPU core

MicroStrategy Technical Details

Deployment Types:On-premise, SaaS
Operating Systems: Windows, Mac
Mobile Application:No