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 analytics - 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,YesGround 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,7,10,10,10Microstrategy 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,7
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March 01, 2016

MicroStrategy Analytics: "MicroStrategy - Retail made easy"

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Overall for most functions it is incredibly easy to use and understand - however more complicated features are very technical and require training skill. There is the possibility of creating reports that return inaccurate information if you do not have a solid understanding of the information.
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April 29, 2015

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

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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.
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Feature Scorecard Summary

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

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


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