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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://media.trustradius.com/product-logos/qq/iH/PZORMI8Q2P14.PNGFrom zero to hero.Build a complete Business Intelligence solution from the ground up. They provide desktop, web and mobile interfaces. Analyze and report on large volumes of data from an extensive number of source databases. Provides a full Software Development Kit (SDK) to personalize, customize and write your own BI applications and web sites.,Support for HTML5 is still at the beginning. The latest features were developed with Adobe Flash, which sometimes is not the best and fastest solution. HTML5 with CSS and SVG would probably be more portable and a smoother experience to the user. I personally would like to see native OAuth 1.0 and 2.0 Support. And the ability to directly attach JSON data feeds like Google provided data. Web Services documentation could be improved and expanded with more examples.,9,10,Professional services companyMicroStrategy Reviewed from the TrenchesMicroStrategy is currently being used throughout the organization to address various ad-hoc requests.,Ad-hoc analysis Dashboarding and visualizations,There's no clean tree/hierarchical display of attributes that allows me to see the entire tree on one screen. This also translates to a report with one column showing the indentation for nested categories. The interaction and user interface with dealing with a prompted report is less than desirable. Many users hate the interface and find it difficult to use. Not all features are available in web when designing dashboards. You often have to bounce back and forth from Desktop to Web in order to get to the option you're looking for.,8,8,No comment since MicroStrategy was already implemented prior to my employment.MicroStrategy - Retail made easyUser Friendly Abillity to manage large volumes of data from multiple sources Narrowcast Reporting & Dashboard options,Creating documents is very technical and requires training Graphing tools are difficult to use Setting up alerts and email distributions could be easier,10,10,Microstrategy allows our teams to quickly analyze large volumes of information to respond quickly to changing sales trends Narrowcasting Reports keeps everyone in the loop on business and eliminates workload to produce the information All measures of productivity have increased as more teams are trained on the system - from store field teams to corporate managers.,35,5,Visual Dashboards with product images,Inventory Productivity Analysis Store Productivity Inventory Tracking Sales analysis,Tracking of inbound shipments to our stores and warehouses Using Alerts to set up red-flag email notifications of specific events (high returns, receipt of specific inventory etc).,Ad Hoc Reporting Automating Reporting Creating calculations on the fly,Graphing Building Documents (using multiple reports to create one report) Dashboards Utilizing images in reports some metrics do not work together in a single report - can be difficult to isolate cause for report errors,8,YesMicrostrategy... The Macro Problem SolverThe Microstrategy web front end is easy to navigate which makes it even easier to train our users on. Microstrategy Visual Insight has added a new dimension to our content which allow for a story to be told about the data. Microstrategy Mobile allows our executive team to analyze key KPI's at the swipe of a finger.,I think that although Visual Insight is a new tool that it probably has the most upside to it. Adding features that are available on the Report Services side would be great for VI.,10,10,8MicroStrategy 10 - the best in BIWe're building a new data warehouse and reporting system. MicroStrategy will be at the forefront of our strategy, providing a robust, multi-language, multi-tenant architecture for our customers and internally. It replaces our Excel, CSV based reporting company-wide.,Without a doubt, it scales, it is robust and the performance is great. The latest enhancements for version 10 (like replacing Flash with HTML 5) address some previous issues and concerns. They've closed the gap they had with Tableau and similar products with the introduction of Desktop, while still providing governed, data discovery. Something Tableau lacks.,It is hard for me to point out room for improvement. Version 10 just came out and I haven't had the chance to fully experiment with it, but it looks very good so far.,10,Birst,10,We just started this project so we are still in development, but it will potentially scale to hundreds of users.,10,10Ground level perspective of MicroStrategyWe 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.,9,,10,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.,10,7,10,Implemented in-house,Yes,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.,10,Online training Self-taught,10,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,10,Yes,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,7,10,10,10"Enterprise" BI in MicrostrategyStandard KPI reporting. Scheduled reporting. Simple dashboards. Easy report design and creation.,Discovery - visually dig through the raw data. Real-time updates. Connections to alternate data sources (APIs, local files). Limited visualizations. Built-in statistics and forecasting (lack of).,8,10,Increased efficiency through scheduled reporting. Decreased manual "massaging" of data through automated reporting. Standardized metrics across business verticals.,7Microstrategy is 'great enough' for business.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.,8,Tableau Desktop,Emanio,QlikView,TIBCO Spotfire,Information Builders WebFOCUS,Pentaho,IBM Cognos,8,The tool is used company-wide; however, universal adoption is still slow. A lot of the adoption issues are because of UI/UX. We have begun a process to reface Microstrategy and integrate it into other internal systems and the adoption is rapidly growing.,7,7,(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.,5,4,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,Price Product Features Existing Relationship with the Vendor,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,No,Change management was minimal,Forcing query optimization via level metrics and VLDB settings Setting up DB connections Styling, styling, styling,8,Yes,8,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,7MicroStrategy - Great for some, overkill for most.MicroStrategy is a very powerful BI tool that, with the right training, can open the world of analysis to consumers, allowing your data to assist the masses with important business decisions, by offering a layer of abstraction between your data and users. MicroStrategy does a good job with any type of security model you need to implement. Security can be regulated on a large scale down to the object level. Sending reports to multiple people and being able to limit the data to each of those people based on group security is a phenomenal aspect. The flexibility of dashboards, reports and grids within MicroStrategy desktop was remarkable and allowed for a highly customized BI interface.,Administration and implementation of MicroStrategy exposed fatal flaws in their software as a whole. I expected much, much higher quality software for the licensing/pricing demanded from MicroStrategy. Although their tech support staff were always friendly, it took multiple (and I mean multiple) attempts to solve issues, some of which were never resolved. Many of which were drawn out for weeks with support staff asking me to perform troubleshooting steps that I'd outlined I'd already performed in the ticket comments when posted. Just very ineffective support as a whole. Their error code base is not well documented. I can't count how many times I found an error being thrown and could not find reference of what that error meant, or was caused by. I found many people complaining about the same error in their community discussion boards, with no responses from anyone at MicroStrategy offering assistance.,2,2Microstrategy is not a walk in the parkFantastic features for mobile applications. Out of all of the BI tools out there, it is by far the best on an iPad Lots of features for the end-user to custom the output of reports In-memory processing allows for very quick responses,It has a very steep learning curve for report developers. I found it the most difficult to learn from a developer perspective A lot of system administration overhead is required. Probably not suitable for a small organization. The cloud version would probably be better. The remote training that they offer (such as through the PEP program) is terrible. I had training classes online that would've been better served getting a root canal. Training is one of their most deficient areas in my opinion.,6,5Why we work with MicroStrategy AnalyticsWe are a reseller and we implement it for our customers in big data for internal, SaaS and OEM environments.,Visualization Very fast query engine Complex analytics Full BI solution platform,It should simple and easy to use SDK Flash move to html,10,,9,Fast implementation Few people to operate Advanced analyticsGo Self Service Business IntelligenceIt is currently used by the finance department. It is used for web produced dashboards. We have plans to go mobile soon.,Metadata layer Self service BI Easy and fast deployment,Users community is missing Possibility to customize (sdk) is hard to learn,9,9,Self service BI allows IT staff to relax!Fine for reporting, not for ad hoc analyticsI led a strategy & analytics team at Dell that provided data-driven and actionable recommendations to senior executives. We needed an agile environment for rapid ad hoc analytics on large data sets that combined data from the warehouse with other data sets (market data, 3rd party lists, data from enterprise systems not yet flowing into the warehouse, prior analytics, etc.). MicroStrategy was selected by IT to address these business needs. Unfortunately, MicroStrategy tured out to not be the right tool for the job due to a combination of capability gaps and the constraints imposed by our own IT governance processes.,Great for reporting that has stabilized (not changing much over time) Drill-down/through is great for facilitating an interactive discussion with business leaders Report-sharing helps keep the data on the back-end, reducing the emailing of large Excel files,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.,3,We abandoned the tool as it was not meeting our needs.,Tableau,1A partner's view of MicroStrategy AnalyticsWe support users implement MSTR analytics and actively engage with them to discover the art of the possible.,Ease of implementation Ease of use Ease of scale,Establish direct connection with WPS Software to allow easier take-outs of SAS Software,10,Keeps business relevent,,10Business Analytics Can Improve Quality of ServiceI am setting up an account management team for the organization. Microstrategy is at the heart of the system and has produced some great results so far.,CAMERA is our major dashboard: Corporate Account Management Electronic Reporting Application It pulls data from multiple sources in the organization and helps monitor our SLA management.,Reporting for masses the without going through a dedicated account!! Web reporting needs to be aligned with mobile reporting. One stop shop.,10,I could cut costs on license procurement while producing better reporting to customers. I was able to prove to management to invest a small amount in reporting.,,10Analyzing the Analytics- MicroStrategy AnalyticsAnalytics is used throughout the business, from report and dashboard consumers to analysts using advanced data mining functionality. It allows us to produce consistent reporting, in a timely fashion and automate the distribution to a large customer base.,Scalability- build once and apply security features to allow the report to be used by multiple roles and levels Mobile functionality,More visualizations- when your user base is comfortable with the charts in Excel not being able to replicate them causes reduced user adoption,8,Improved depot management Consistent reporting Time saving in report production,business objects and microsoft bi,9MicroStrategy Review (Version 9)MicroStrategy was a helpful tool for providing daily, monthly, and quarterly reporting due to the ability to build automated reports that can be sent to large groups of people using distribution lists. I found MicroStrategy very helpful when putting together monthly performance reviews using the visual reporting tools. The ease with which I was able to switch from data tables to charts as a better way to tell stories about complicated data sets was particularly useful. When we needed to pull user information for targeted marketing campaigns, MicroStrategy dramatically reduced the amount of time we spent tying User IDs to user activity within our DMP. In turn, we were able to leverage the data to create user segments which helped us focus our marketing spend more effectively for marketing campaigns.,Perhaps it was the nature of the size of the company I previously worked for, but the amount of time it took for changes and upgrades to be implemented was a bit frustrating at times. It would be incredibly helpful if users had the ability to make changes to metrics and attributes without having to rely to heavily on MicroStrategy developers, it would make the product a great deal more useful. Being able to distribute rich MicroStrategy reports without sending enormous emails was problematic at times. If there was a way to let data rich reports being distributed via email live in a web environment would be a big plus for the platform. Being unable to view reports on smartphones was a bit of a pain at times as well, particularly when you need to send reports to colleagues working off-site without a laptop or desktop computer available.,MicroStrategy was helpful for reducing the amount of time we needed to spend number crunching large data sets, and in doing so, allowed me as the primary users to spend more time gleaning insights from the data that in turn informed our leadership team to make strategic decisions. By creating numerous canned reports available to all members of the team through email distribution or basic access to the platform, we were able to reduce the time I spent showing people how to pull the data in Microsoft Excel by nearly 40% . We ended up needing to make many changes to the way our DMP was feeding data into MicroStrategy due to incorrect reporting that caused complications in accounting and finance.,3,5Micromanage your Business with MicrostrategyProficient data management for a multitude of attributes- this allows for a bank of knowledge for report building and analysis. User friendly making it a relevant partner in my day to day job. Web based function allowing for flexibility and ease of access from varying locations.,Restraints on data exports by column and row can be constraining. Some user frustration due to time constraints at different levels of data. At beginning, hard to determine difference in metrics and attributes to aid in report creation.,Primary source of data warehouse for all report creation makes this tool invaluable to business. Report creation and save for later use makes this a tool we can go back to again and again. Ability to can reports and edit allow us to analyze business and better serve our internal and external customers.,10,9,300Reporting and Analysis for the Non-TechieDrag and drop analysis for users that don't need any database knowledge or programming experience. Beautiful dashboards that load quickly and provide instant snapshots and/or trends over time. Ability to extend from desktop to mobile with relative ease.,Microstrategy Web and Microstrategy Desktop work slightly differently. There are still some functions that need to be completed in the Desktop software that are not available through a browser. Web-based dashboards still utilize Flash. I expect to hear about a transition to HTML5 or something similar, but have not yet heard about this. Microstrategy Mobile solutions do not require Flash. Product licensing is difficult to understand.,Greatly enhances our ability to help customers understand their data -- we import client data into Microstategy to provide a variety of services to them. Provides one version of the truth as all reports/dashboards access the exact same data, formulas, metrics, etc. Gained tremendous flexibility for all sorts of reporting and analysis needs. Beyond anything we could build ourselves in-house.,9,8Need a BI tool? MSTR is for you!Nice front end for complex SQL reports. Display of the data in the MSTR UI. If you know Excel, then MSTR is easy to use from an end user perspective. It is stable and runs cross platform/browser.,The UI is kinda dated and not very polished. An engineer designed it - there was no UI designer nor workflow optimization expert. There are many screens which should be optimized, and the UI could be more polished. The system requires significant hardware investment. If you are looking for a system which is responsive, then you should spring for the extra RAM and CPU power as the MSTR stores things in memory. It would be nice if it could summarize the data in a way to make it run faster. Exporting data could be better - MSTR uses the same path to display data to the UI as it does to export it (writing to a file). Even though MSTR says it is DB agnostic, it is not. We tested MS SQL and it was significantly slower and harder to work with than the native MSTR DB.,9,9,Faster for end users to run reports (as compared with an analyst writing the reports). MSTR makes it easier to get large reports out to clients. This saves on time an analyst would take to manually run and email the reports. Employee efficiency is amazing - now line account managers can run their own reports. Amazing.,30,5,All client data, by month. Client data by category. Client data by portfolio.,Dashboards for client reporting. Automated reporting.Solid enterprise level reporting & BI with a cost (difficult to integrate new data sets)Navigate large sets of data with ease. Process data quickly. Build templated reports that are useful to senior management.,Limited flexibility to edit data connections / data behind application on the fly. Not the most user-friendly GUI. Locked down application without some of the "open" benefits of an application like Tableau.,Replaced many tedious reports that were built in Excel with data exports. Reduced errors and provided efficiencies. Allowed us to repurpose reports across regions/countries.,10,6Srini's MSTR reviewData segmentation is a real strength. I used it extensively to pull data based on geographic and customer demographic lenses Speed. Especially with the basic builders which housed most of the reports I needed, the performance was outstanding. The datamart is huge. Visualization is a strength as well. I felt this was an underrated feature but MSTR produced great graphs.,While performance was a strength of basic builders, advanced buiders were lacking in performance. Same with visualization. Graphs weren't easy for everyone and you needed bit more technical expertise. Tableau is a great example of how easy it should be for everyone to visualize graphs.,Increased elf suffciency. I was part of a business group wit not many technical folks and MSTR helpe us become self reliant in pulling important business metrics without relying on engineers or DBA's. Accuracy was sometimes questionable. This probably has to do with the way it was setup in my company but data lags were sometmes an issue which caused confusion because data would be diffrent depending on the time you pulled it.,10,8May not be suitable for all audience!Designing of the Architecture Ability to create highly interactive dashboards Handle large amounts of data Compatible with most of the data sources,The development environment (Desktop) can be a little bit more intuitive. The UI is still more like 90s Ease of use for the end user to analyze data (ability to add comments/annotate) and share Include more informative and visually appealing visuals as well as widgets.,7,6,Access to accurate data in a timely fashion With the prompting feature, a given report can be run with over 1000s of different permutations and combinations to meet individual's needs ranging from a sales manager to a CEO Easy integration on MSTR reports with other web applications helps streamline our product offerings,6Empower your Sales Teams and boost ROI!Ease of creating Advertiser Based Playbooks that empowered sellers during their sales call. Flexible to update, modify, and uniformly deploy.,At times more set templates were restrictive and not adjusting to accommodate more data points. Refreshes of certain data points prevented daily frequency. Formatting at times would reset to defaults.,10,9Disruptive AnalyticsWe are using it for prototyping, demoing to customers, analyzing functionality, implementing it, and advising customers in how to implement and use it.,Security Simplicty Functionality,Pricing structure Product bundling Graph refreshment (redesign),10,Holistic view of the business Faster decisions Excellent admin,,10
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March 04, 2016

MicroStrategy Analytics Review: "From zero to hero."

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In the BI category it's the most feature rich and complete solution. Other software may be cheaper but falls short in one area or another. MicroStrategy allows greater control on the way the SQL is generated and has a complete set of tools to publish and distribute reports and dashboards to the users. Email subscriptions, iPad push, web embedding are among the several techniques available to distribute content. Portlets for the most common content management portals are included at no cost.
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March 01, 2016

MicroStrategy Analytics: "MicroStrategy Reviewed from the Trenches"

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MicroStrategy is deeply engrained in the daily reporting. They are also constantly updating and making the product better. There would have to be a viable alternative that has features so beneficial it would make the investment to switch worth it.
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March 01, 2016

MicroStrategy Analytics: "MicroStrategy - Retail made easy"

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I cannot imagine using a different reporting/data management solution other than Microstrategy. The system is scalable, fast and efficient and allows for users of multiple skill levels to get quick information from the system. Ad Hoc queries can be built very quickly to answer simple questions, while more complicated reports can be designed, scheduled and automated saving time and providing detailed information to manage our business.
Microstrategy is the basis for most of the business decisions we make - how we buy and manage inventory, reacting to sales trends, improving customer service at the store level - the list is endless!
The system is quick and efficient at returning results which is a key factor in any reporting solution.
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April 08, 2015

MicroStrategy Analytics: "Ground level perspective of MicroStrategy"

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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.
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May 11, 2015

MicroStrategy Analytics: ""Enterprise" BI in Microstrategy"

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In addition to previously noted points Microstrategy has become the "single version of truth" for our organizational performance reporting outside of Accounting. In addition to the cost barrier of converting to a different system, the new versions of MS coming soon (at least to us) will help to answer many concerns around more advanced visualizations and additional (non-structured and standard) data sources.
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April 29, 2015

MicroStrategy Analytics: "Microstrategy is 'great enough' for business."

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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.
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December 04, 2014

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

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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.
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February 25, 2015

MicroStrategy Analytics: "Microstrategy is not a walk in the park"

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There are other tools out there that are more nimble and less costly. It is a robust product but not for those with small IT organizations or dedicated report developers. It's analytic components are available but seem to be a little less mature than other products on the market. Visualizations have gotten better with some new modules but the base product is a little lacking in this area (look to Tableau instead).
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November 16, 2013

MicroStrategy Analytics: "MicroStrategy Review (Version 9)"

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I think there are better tools available than MicroStrategy such as Tableau based simply on the ease of manipulating data sets and how quickly you can churn through data sets. The amount of time it takes to train people on MicroStrategy is a bit frustrating as well. I think MicroStrategy has great potential, but could be a better product overall.
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November 10, 2013

MicroStrategy Analytics: "Micromanage your Business with Microstrategy"

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We have built a significant data warehouse within this system allowing us to serve our business effectively. Continuing to utilize this tool and build on data will only continue to help strengthen our platform for use. I do not know of any other product that would better serve us in this area than MicroStrategy
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November 06, 2013

MicroStrategy Analytics Review: "Reporting and Analysis for the Non-Techie"

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We're heavily invested (time and money) in Microstrategy. It meets all of our reporting needs -- there are still many things it can do that we haven't utilized. Microstrategy still provides the "wow" factor even after using it for several years.
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November 05, 2013

MicroStrategy Analytics Review: "Need a BI tool? MSTR is for you!"

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1. It works!
2. Once it is setup, it keeps running... and running...
3. Power to the people!
4. Once end users try it, they are hooked on it.
5. Clients are very happy with the end product- a BI tool which is easy to use, easy to work with, easy to export their data.
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November 18, 2013

MicroStrategy Analytics: "Solid enterprise level reporting & BI with a cost (difficult to integrate new data sets)"

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I would see Business Objects as the main competitor to MSTR in the way we used the tool. I wouldn't see a reason to go through a change considering the level of effort the lack of significant differences between the two tools. For a smaller implementation I would strongly consider Tableau, however.
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December 09, 2014

MicroStrategy Analytics Review: "Empower your Sales Teams and boost ROI!"

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We compared Microstrategy vs many other vendors, and based on the price-value ratio there was no vendor even close. The implementation was the smoothest out of 4 BI tools that I have been a part of onboarding. If you are using this from a financial reporting or sales playbook format, no other product can provide the cross platform linkages needed to tell a complete story of business/advertiser performance.
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Feature Scorecard Summary

Pixel Perfect reports (17)
6.0
Customizable dashboards (17)
8.3
Report Formatting Templates (18)
6.9
Drill-down analysis (17)
9.1
Formatting capabilities (18)
8.7
Integration with R or other statistical packages (11)
5.2
Report sharing and collaboration (17)
6.7
Publish to Web (16)
7.3
Publish to PDF (17)
8.8
Report Versioning (14)
6.4
Report Delivery Scheduling (17)
8.8
Delivery to Remote Servers (1)
7
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.) (15)
8.9
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization (14)
6.8
Predictive Analytics (13)
7.3
Multi-User Support (named login) (13)
7.5
Role-Based Security Model (14)
8.8
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete) (14)
9.4
Single Sign-On (SSO) (3)
9.1
Responsive Design for Web Access (14)
7.7
Dedicated iOS Application (11)
8.0
Dedicated Android Application (9)
8.0
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile (14)
7.1
REST API (1)
8
Javascript API (2)
7.0
iFrames (1)
8
Java API (1)
8
Themeable User Interface (UI) (1)
8
Customizable Platform (Open Source) (2)
7.7

About 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 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 Analytics Technical Details

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