MicroStrategy Analytics

MicroStrategy Analytics

Score 7.6 out of 10
MicroStrategy Analytics

Overview

What is MicroStrategy Analytics?

MicroStrategy Analytics is an enterprise business analytics and mobility platform. Key features include automatic big data analysis and reporting, data discovery and visualization, digital security credentials, and support for mobile devices.
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  • Formatting capabilities (23)
    4.9
    49%
  • Customizable dashboards (22)
    4.1
    41%
  • Report Formatting Templates (23)
    3.3
    33%
  • Pixel Perfect reports (22)
    3.1
    31%

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What is MicroStrategy Analytics?

MicroStrategy Analytics is an enterprise business analytics and mobility platform. Key features include automatic big data analysis and reporting, data discovery and visualization, digital security credentials, and support for mobile devices.

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  • No setup fee
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Features

BI Standard Reporting

Standard reporting means pre-built or canned reports available to users without having to create them.

3.5Avg 8.1

Ad-hoc Reporting

Ad-Hoc Reports are reports built by the user to meet highly specific requirements.

3.7Avg 8.0

Report Output and Scheduling

Ability to schedule and manager report output.

4.9Avg 8.3

Data Discovery and Visualization

Data Discovery and Visualization is the analysis of multiple data sources in a search for pattern and outliers and the ability to represent the data visually.

5.8Avg 8.1

Access Control and Security

Access control means being able to determine who has access to which data.

4.2Avg 8.5

Mobile Capabilities

Support for mobile devices like smartphones and tablets.

5.9Avg 7.9

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

APIs are a set of routines, protocols, and tools for used for embedding one application in another

8Avg 7.9
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Product Details

What is MicroStrategy Analytics?

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 Analytics Technical Details

Deployment TypesOn-premise, Software as a Service (SaaS), Cloud, or Web-Based
Operating SystemsWindows, Mac
Mobile ApplicationNo

Frequently Asked Questions

MicroStrategy Analytics is an enterprise business analytics and mobility platform. Key features include automatic big data analysis and reporting, data discovery and visualization, digital security credentials, and support for mobile devices.

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Reviews

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Dharmesh Shah | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
MicroStrategy is being implemented for our customers. I'm doing consulting assignment to plan design, architecture, blue prints and best practices to be followed
  • Strong semantic layer to define all the business rules and tightly coupled
  • MicroStrategy Analytics cubes are easy to create and deploy
  • MicroStrategy Analytics cubes performance is best in the industry from performance point of view
  • Slice and dice features are awesome
  • You can define hierarchy, drill up and drill down within data set
  • SDK for Customizing Analytical Applications means you can leverage metadata
  • Embedding Analytics with MicroStrategy REST API
  • Data Mining and Predictive Analytics
  • MicroStrategy Analytics desktop support waterfall model
  • Modern BI tools prefer agile methodologies
  • Correlating unstructured data sets gets challenging
We are delivering MicroStrategy Solutions since 2007. MicroStrategy Analytics is the enterprise reporting tool.
[We are a] MicroStrategy Global Consulting Partner, dedicated CoE for MicroStrategy and project Implementation across multiple domains.
Innovations:
Periscope: Retail Analytics Solution
Geolytik: Our framework for Geo Spatial Analytics
Galileo Machines: A ready to deploy dashboard
Lendics: Security Lending Analytics

Galileo Machines – Advance Analytics Solution for Manufacturing benefits
-Enhanced operational efficiency
-Precise machine failures predictions
-Faster ROI through reduced implementation cycle
-Improved quality of yield and throughput
-Increased profitability of the plan
-Reduced equipment downtime
-Reduced production cost
-Long-term strategic management of production assets

BI Platform
N/A
N/A
Supported Data Sources
N/A
N/A
BI Standard Reporting (3)
86.66666666666666%
8.7
Pixel Perfect reports
80%
8.0
Customizable dashboards
90%
9.0
Report Formatting Templates
90%
9.0
Ad-hoc Reporting (4)
87.5%
8.8
Drill-down analysis
90%
9.0
Formatting capabilities
90%
9.0
Integration with R or other statistical packages
80%
8.0
Report sharing and collaboration
90%
9.0
Report Output and Scheduling (5)
88%
8.8
Publish to Web
80%
8.0
Publish to PDF
90%
9.0
Report Versioning
90%
9.0
Report Delivery Scheduling
90%
9.0
Delivery to Remote Servers
90%
9.0
Data Discovery and Visualization (3)
93.33333333333334%
9.3
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
90%
9.0
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
90%
9.0
Predictive Analytics
100%
10.0
Access Control and Security (4)
95%
9.5
Multi-User Support (named login)
80%
8.0
Role-Based Security Model
100%
10.0
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
100%
10.0
Single Sign-On (SSO)
100%
10.0
Mobile Capabilities (3)
90%
9.0
Responsive Design for Web Access
90%
9.0
Mobile Application
90%
9.0
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
90%
9.0
Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding (6)
88.33333333333334%
8.8
REST API
90%
9.0
Javascript API
80%
8.0
iFrames
90%
9.0
Java API
90%
9.0
Themeable User Interface (UI)
90%
9.0
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
90%
9.0
  • Faster ROI through reduced implementation cycle
  • Improved quality of yield and throughput
  • Reduced equipment downtime
  • Reduced production cost
  • Long-term strategic management of production assets
  • Enhanced operational efficiency
  • Precise machine failures predictions
  • Standardized & optimized data repository resulting in better pricing strategy and increase in revenue & profitability
  • Better decision making capability and efficient on-boarding of end users through a near real-time reporting platform
  • Four major investor segmentation reports for frontline staff to get complete view of investors
  • Transformation from a Product centric organization to a Customer centric organization to become a True Global Consumer Bank

MicroStrategy Analytics's overall usability benefits
  • Proactive decisions
  • Customer satisfaction
  • Competitive advantage
  • Continuous accuracy benchmarks
  • Customized Retail service
  • Fact-driven decision making
  • Sales profile overview
  • Trend analysis
  • Reduce gap between expected and actuals

Good user community. Support team is available if you are under AMC. You get decent support after raising the support ticket. If it is product bug they will inform you and let you know which patch will resolve the same.
450
Galileo Machines – Advance Analytics Solution for Manufacturing benefits
150

MicroStrategy BI tools implementation and support skills needed

  • MicroStrategy Intelligence Server
  • MicroStrategy Architect
  • WEB SDK
  • Visualization SDK
  • Customizations Explorer
  • MicroStrategy Narrowcast Server
  • MicroStrategy Office
  • Intelligence Cubes
  • Mobile Integration

  • Global Financial Services Institution -Standardization of Open Collateral Application
  • Largest Home Improvement Specialty Retailer -Pricing Analytics
  • Leading Financial Group in Canada -Investor MDM & Analytic
  • US Based Global Bank -Generating 360°view of Customer
  • SMR Self-service- Consolidated 1400+ Senior Management Reports (SMR) documents into 8 document using MSTR MTDI Cube Feature, thus reduced development effort as well as 50+ SMR cubes reduced to 1 cube (99% reduction). SMR SS – Functionality is in Production in June enables users can build and customize, save their own reports.
  • Periscope (Retail analytics) is a predictive data mining accelerator that caters to Retail industry addressing various facets viz. sales profile, customer churn by mapping regression model to dashboard thus better understanding shoppers.
  • This framework is aimed to increase the analytical capabilities of the P&C insurance companies through creating a DWH by integrating various source data with geo spatial information. The integrated DWH with geo coordinates helps in managing natural catastrophes and improved underwriting analysis by creating reports and computing KPI's.
No
  • Advisor recommendation
  • Implementation support
  • Reduction in time-to-market for new campaigns
  • Error Reduction in customer Identification
  • Reduction in On-Boarding processing
  • Improved Underwriting Analysis by creating reports and computing KPI's

Purely depends on the business requirement and need of the hour
  • Implemented in-house
No
Change management was minimal
Better plan and prioritize the deliverables
  • Data Modelling
  • Project Architecting needs to plan properly
We measured following KPI for the success
  • Increase in Business Feeds Loads
  • Reduction in Controllers Manual Work.
  • Conversion of Manual Work into Systematic Workflows.
  • Increase in Customer Spend
  • Reduction in Service costs
  • Reduction in time-to-market for new campaigns
  • Increase in cross sell and Up sell
  • Error reduction in customer Identification
  • Existing client retained

  • Online training
Microstrategy team is very helpful to support us with the webinar and resolve open queries.
You need the right skills to configure and to do Data Modelling
Yes, we have created best practices and lesson learnt for configuring MicroStrategy Analytics used by our team
No - we have not done any customization to the interface
No - we have not done any custom code
Yes, we have created best practices and lesson learnt for configuring MicroStrategy Analytics used by our team
Yes
Premium supports give you access to latest service packs and knowledge base
No
On demand webinars and in-person seminar for the topics we needed. Support to resolve technical hurdles to make implementation successful.
  • Highly accurate customer and transaction data helped client comprehend and react to paradigm shifts, and maximize profit or minimize loss
  • Created Central information store with powerful analytics capability
  • Useful for due diligence processes or to detect potential fraud
  • Designed to accommodate and manage change
  • Streamlining and Automation of business processes for greater efficiency
  • Data Modelling
Yes
Support good mobile user interface. We have given our users access to the dashboard on mobile
MicroStrategy PreSales team is awesome
You need to plan for hardware sizing properly to get best performance
Prompt and positive response received when our team needed

MicroStrategy Pre-Sales team is awesome. Pleasure working with them.

License cost
Yes
Yes, upgrade was seamless. You need the right skills for the same.
  • Access to the latest service pack features
  • Innovation
  • Collaboration
  • Artificial Intelligence
No
No
★Alex Khamudis | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Microstrategy is currently being used by several different departments within the organization. It makes our reporting easier, where it provides the flexibility to automate much of it, as well as provide an easy to use interface for non sql savvy employees. It solves many of our reporting needs
  • Central location for reporting, makes it easier for several different departments to access different information
  • Automated reporting - allows us to schedule customized reports
  • Well formatted reports that are easy to run
  • My organization is on an older version of the tool with a lot less bells and whistles
  • If an employee is familiar with SQL enough, they can avoid using microstrategy
  • No other major cons
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.
  • aqt
Microstrategy provides us with the functions we need to manage our diverse data sets
BI Platform
N/A
N/A
Supported Data Sources
N/A
N/A
BI Standard Reporting (3)
100%
10.0
Pixel Perfect reports
100%
10.0
Customizable dashboards
100%
10.0
Report Formatting Templates
100%
10.0
Ad-hoc Reporting (4)
100%
10.0
Drill-down analysis
100%
10.0
Formatting capabilities
100%
10.0
Integration with R or other statistical packages
100%
10.0
Report sharing and collaboration
100%
10.0
Report Output and Scheduling (4)
97.5%
9.8
Publish to Web
90%
9.0
Publish to PDF
100%
10.0
Report Versioning
100%
10.0
Report Delivery Scheduling
100%
10.0
Data Discovery and Visualization (3)
100%
10.0
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
100%
10.0
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
100%
10.0
Predictive Analytics
100%
10.0
Access Control and Security (3)
100%
10.0
Multi-User Support (named login)
100%
10.0
Role-Based Security Model
100%
10.0
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
100%
10.0
Mobile Capabilities (3)
100%
10.0
Responsive Design for Web Access
100%
10.0
Mobile Application
100%
10.0
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
100%
10.0
Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding
N/A
N/A
No
  • Price
  • Product Features
  • Product Usability
  • Product Reputation
Product usability is key, as it provides ease of use for different departments within our organization. When selecting the product, its important to determine the business needs and the functions that it will provide, but its equally as important to allow day to day users to test it out and ensure that they are comfortable with it as well
From our experience, Microstrategy is very well supported. Whenever we have issues, they are resolved quickly
No
The best type of support, is solving a problem proactively, before it ever becomes a problem. With my experience in Mircrostrategy, we do not typically have any issues, and when we do, they are resolved extremely quickly.
Wm. Dexter Jones | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Microstrategy is our primary BI delivery environment and is being used for the entire organization. We have a unique business case in that our organization is the BI department for hundreds of other organizations; however, attributes, metrics, and nomenclature are different although using the same data set. In addition, our data sets are 10s to 100s of millions of rows of data. Microstrategy scales for large datasets and has just enough flexibility to address these problems.
  • Aggregate awareness.
  • The ability for the SQL generator to select the correct aggregate table, whether a hierarchy or dates, is invaluable to organizations with less mature database developer resources.
  • Delivery of reports, particularly web-based delivery.
  • Microstrategy provides the most options for report delivery, scheduling, and formats; a requirement of self-service BI.
  • Managing metadata
  • Microstrategy's architecture prefers a star schema; this can serve as a virtual ER builder and help locate possible bottlenecks in the database design.
  • Scheduling delivery; the use of schedules is very inflexible.
  • Instead of building specific delivery objects, a schedule builder (similar to MS Outlook) will push Microstrategy ahead of the competition. The schedule objects add to the maintenance.
  • FTP/sFTP delivery options.
  • Internal delivery to file systems and availing the file location to FTP is good, but often times external FTP/sFTP is required. Currently, BI engineers have to build external processes to deliver to external FTP.
  • Desktop dashboard development; it is a bit disjointed.
  • Dashboard development options are different between desktop (now called developer) and web are different. We often have developer and web open at the same time to build dashboards.
  • Architect product; still hasn't gained global acceptance for schema management.
  • More flexible cross-tab development.
  • There's an idea I have about joining data sets where there's aggregate data combined with crosstab data. The example i use is a annual budget (metric) along side monthly spend (metric). Today, the annual budget must be an attribute which means it cannot be used in calculations.
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.
As a whole Microstrategy is good in more areas than the others are great in specific ones. It is probably not #1 in any particular category of BI Tool evaluations, but they are #2 or #3 in more categories than the all of the other tools we have evaluated. We selected Microstrategy originally as a client request. As we became disenchanted with workflow and or design, our evaluation of other BI tools fell so far short of functionality in Microstrategy that it was an obvious choice (using an 80-20 rule).
MicroStrategy is the best analytics tool on the market. From database preparation to dashboard development, the suite of products is the most flexible and complete. Some of the product offerings feel disjointed as if they were developed by different consulting firms, but, for the most part, the product offers everything. A common phrase in our shop is that 'MicroStrategy makes the hard things easy and the easy things hard', but the more recent releases seem to be addressing much of this. Support is pretty good and the MicroStrategy community is very involved with the development of the product as a whole.
BI Platform
N/A
N/A
Supported Data Sources
N/A
N/A
BI Standard Reporting (3)
80%
8.0
Pixel Perfect reports
90%
9.0
Customizable dashboards
80%
8.0
Report Formatting Templates
70%
7.0
Ad-hoc Reporting (4)
80%
8.0
Drill-down analysis
90%
9.0
Formatting capabilities
60%
6.0
Integration with R or other statistical packages
90%
9.0
Report sharing and collaboration
80%
8.0
Report Output and Scheduling (4)
67.5%
6.8
Publish to Web
90%
9.0
Publish to PDF
80%
8.0
Report Versioning
60%
6.0
Report Delivery Scheduling
40%
4.0
Data Discovery and Visualization (3)
80%
8.0
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
90%
9.0
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
80%
8.0
Predictive Analytics
70%
7.0
Access Control and Security (3)
70%
7.0
Multi-User Support (named login)
70%
7.0
Role-Based Security Model
70%
7.0
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
70%
7.0
Mobile Capabilities (3)
90%
9.0
Responsive Design for Web Access
70%
7.0
Mobile Application
100%
10.0
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
100%
10.0
Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding
N/A
N/A
  • (positive) Improved analytics delivery due to the flexibility of the web platform.
  • (positive) Generated new lines of business via dashboard development.
  • (negative) Long development cycles.
  • (positive) Shorter QA cycles for analytics leveraging Integrity Manager.
5
Business Intelligence and overall analytics for the organization; both standard and custom.
4
  • Database developers
  • Data warehouse developers
  • Business analysts
  • Product Development
  • Network Admins
  • Standard analytics.
  • Business intelligence.
  • Dashboards.
  • Custom report generation.
  • Account management.
  • Mobile dashboards.
  • Client-specific, custom dashboards.
  • Validation of datasets.
  • Self-service BI.
  • Data warehouse design validation.
  • Two-way analytics to action system.
Yes
  • SSRS - Frontend management was difficult and could not integrate with our other systems; primarily because of security.
  • Custom ASP - many features were missing from the ASP reporting packages that exist in MSTR (scheduling, view filters, schema binding, dashboards, etc.). in addition, the DEV cycles were too long.
  • MS Excel - multiple versions of the truth were constantly beibg delivered to clients via unreliable means (emails, personal cloud storage, et al.)
  • Price
  • Product Features
  • Existing Relationship with the Vendor
One of our largest clients needed a platform independent reporting system and had used MSTR in the past. We had evaluated several other products and determined that, based on price-to-value and maturity, Microstrategy was easily the best choice. Platform independence (web-delivery), delivery methods, scheduling, governance, and speed...all features leading to self-service analytics were best provided by Microstrategy.
We probably would have forced a full bake off between Microstrategy and the other vendors instead of selecting a production based on an extended POC. We gave Microstrategy, and their consultants, an opportunity to customize the demos and features around the limitations of the product. Had we given the same opportunities to other potential vendors, I think the other vendor's would've had a better opportunity.
  • Implemented in-house
  • Professional services company
HITastics
No
Change management was minimal
Modifications to the underlying schema must be made with care.
  • Forcing query optimization via level metrics and VLDB settings
  • Setting up DB connections
  • Styling, styling, styling
Use your support techs...they will shorten the distance tremendously.
Yes
fast paced environment needs quick responses.
They address ALL issues/enhancements and often times, are resolved in the next version or patch of the product.
Yes
Yes
There have been multile times that we have had product installation and licensing issues. In every case they were able to provide both a temporary and permanent solution to our issue.
  • Grid Report Generation
  • User Management
  • Installation
  • Visual Insight
  • Documents/Dashboard
  • Database Connections
  • Attribute/metric generation
  • Report API
  • Styling
Yes
The mobile interface is one of the bright spots of the product. To get setup on mobile is literally a 3-5 step process that is fairly intuitive. The reports are responsive and immediately convert to the mobile interface via the MSTR Mobile app. The only challenge is in the first versions of the app, Android was inconsistent and the focus was on iOS.
The standard grid reporting could look more like the styling and object used for the Import and Visual Insight products. In addition, object properties almost seem to be hidden when first using the product. It's as if they are asking the engineers to only use the presets we make available...and, these presets are 10+ years old. On the positive side, Microstrategy seems to be the only product, not named Cognos, which can scale to Big Data. The product is "hackable" via the SDK or tricking the Intelligence Server to do uncommon things. The Microstrategy development team also seems to be very involved with their OEM partners; especially when it comes to features and enhancements. A large majority of the improvements we suggested have made it into the product or on the roadmap for future enhancements. Only suckas fall for the shiny objects from most other vendors; Microstrategy is really the only choice for Enterprise BI.
Paul Campbell | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use MicroStrategy Analytics in many departments, the span of support goes from Business users to IT support. This tool is intended to be the "one stop shop" for all reporting needs. We are able to connect many different data sources which tend to be common in large companies. The current implementation met our needs in the past and we are adapting to use it better and more efficiently for future needs. I believe when configured correctly, this product can meet all requirements for our department and all other departments.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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.
I have only used SSRS 2012 and MicroStrategy 9.4.1 as reporting tools. SSRS is not as fully featured as MicroStrategy and does not have the same level of quality in the delivery of expert reports. MicroStrategy meets many more needs out of the box and allows for many more options than SSRS. Microstrategy is in a higher class of Business Intelligence tools than SSRS. Also MicroStrategy rivals SAP and Cognos however price points of MicroStrategy is far more reasonable than others in class.
I would always choose to renew MicroStrategy as long as they lead the market in features, functionality and price. The support of MicroStrategy is timely and professional, I frequently get answers to my questions within 24 hours and normally have solutions within 48 hours. Training available for MicroStrategy completely covers everything required to be able to expertly use MicroStrategy and understand data warehousing.
BI Platform
N/A
N/A
Supported Data Sources
N/A
N/A
BI Standard Reporting (1)
80%
8.0
Pixel Perfect reports
80%
8.0
Ad-hoc Reporting
N/A
N/A
Report Output and Scheduling (3)
100%
10.0
Publish to Web
100%
10.0
Publish to PDF
100%
10.0
Report Delivery Scheduling
100%
10.0
Data Discovery and Visualization
N/A
N/A
Access Control and Security
N/A
N/A
Mobile Capabilities
N/A
N/A
Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding
N/A
N/A
  • Implemented in-house
Yes
The phases for implementation were based on Microstrategy best practices. Our Data warehouse was already present, the install phase of the IServer and Web server were simple. The Design of the project schema was by far the hardest part of the entire operation. While the schema was being created, there were many changes needed on the data warehouse, however changes on the data warehouse were not feasible at the time. The only other option was to use the logical views Microstrategy to access the data at the required levels. After the schema was created, the creation of metrics, filters and groups were done by understanding the business model. The last phase was to build the reports and documents that meet the customer need. Often times a customer request on a report does not exist in the data warehouse and we would have to adjust the tables in the data warehouse. These changes are not very difficult once the structure is in place which works well into an Agile environment.
  • As far as implementation of the infrastructure, there were not many.
  • The most difficult part of implementation was collecting all required information to accurately depict the data model.
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.
  • Online training
  • Self-taught
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.
This product is not easy to learn without training. I would not recommend a self taught approach. The classes are a bit expensive, however the time saved is worth it.
Yes
Because we receive an excellent support for a product which we have very little in house experience.
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.
Yes
I have never had a bug resolved from MicroStrategy. MicroStrategy has a nice way of showing which of the bugs logged by a customer has been resolved in a patch. However none of my bugs have ever been addressed.
I received exceptional support when we had to change our entire data model and there were many concerns and questions I had with an upgrade path. The case was flagged by me as level 1 (highest) and I was contacted within minutes and given the solution within the hour.
  • Creating metrics and filters
  • Creating a mobile application
  • Creating dashboards
  • Use Visual Insights
  • Understanding the core of the IServer
  • The differences between MicroStrategy Web and MicroStrategy Developer. Some features exists in one and not the other.
Yes
it works very well. Normally what is built to work on the web can work on the mobile platform.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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