MicroStrategy World 2018 | Jan 15-17 in Las Vegas

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Tools

Build, develop, and deploy applications.

MicroStrategy provides the tools developers and administrators need to simplify and accelerate processes at every level of an analytics deployment—from creating the object-oriented infrastructure, to building world class BI applications, to monitoring and managing the full life cycle of a project.

Analytical

Build powerful analytical functions and predictive metrics.

Application

Create applications comprised of related documents.

Automation

Leverage scripting to automate routine maintenance and administrative tasks.

Data enrichment

Cleanse and prepare data for analysis.

Deployment

Manage objects across the project life cycle with automated change management.

Installation

Install the standard configuration or customize to specific business needs.

Modeling

Create a unified logical data model of your enterprise data.

Monitoring

Monitor multiple MicroStrategy environments from a single administration console.

Report development

Design pixel-perfect business documents with flexible formatting controls.

Testing

Ensure data reliability across environments with automated integrity testing.

Translation

Localize MicroStrategy applications by translating metadata objects.

User administration

Control data access with object-level access control lists.

Visualization

Transform grid reports into insightful charts, visualizations, and maps.

Analytical

Build powerful analytical functions and predictive metrics.

MicroStrategy offers over 350 out-of-the-box analytical functions. These include sophisticated data mining algorithms that can be used to define powerful predictive, segmentation, association, and time series metrics within MicroStrategy. These metrics can be applied for statistical analysis, modeling techniques, and machine learning to identify hidden patterns in enterprise data.

MicroStrategy can also leverage predictive and data mining models from third-party tools, including R and other Predictive Model Markup Language (PMML) models. By converting the output generated by these tools, users can take advantage of previous work directly in their BI applications.

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Application

Create applications comprised of related documents.

MicroStrategy provides a powerful set of tools that make it easy to develop custom enterprise applications. Developing these applications requires powerful graphical interfaces for creating and assembling building blocks like: metrics, attributes, hierarchies, and autostyles.

Once these reusable building blocks have been created, developers can leverage them across the various reports, grids, maps, and dashboards that make up an application.

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Automation

Leverage scripting to automate routine maintenance and administrative tasks.

Command Manager is a powerful tool that reduces the time and effort spent by IT on routine maintenance and administrative tasks. It uses text commands to change multiple configuration settings as part of an automated, reusable script.

Command Manager allows administrators to:

  • Add, remove, or modify users or user groups.
  • Grant or revoke user privileges, create security filters, and disable user accounts.
  • Start, stop, or restart the Intelligence Server, configure clusters, and disconnect active sessions.
  • Create, modify, and delete database instances, connections, and logins.
  • List or kill jobs, delete caches, manage folders, and update project schema.
  • Trigger an event to run scheduled reports.
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Data enrichment

Cleanse and prepare data for analysis.

The data enrichment tool allows users to clean and transform data in order to prepare it for analysis. It recommends transformation functions based on context and a user’s interactions with their data.

Analysts can leverage an extensive library of built-in functions to quickly format data from directly within the MicroStrategy interface, all without any knowledge of scripting.

A history script records every transformation applied during the data preparation process. This script is stored with the dataset and can be reapplied anytime the dataset is refreshed.

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Deployment

Manage objects across the project life cycle with automated change management.

MicroStrategy makes it easy to manage objects across the project lifecycle, from development, to testing, to production. Object Manager is a drag-and-drop interface that allows administrators to automate the process of copying objects within or across projects.

If the object being copied does not exist in the destination project, Object Manager copies the object into that project. If the object being copied does exist in the destination project, then the user is prompted to choose one of the following options: replace the destination object, keep the source object, or keep both.

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Installation

Install the standard configuration or customize to specific business needs.

MicroStrategy makes the installation of the platform quick and easy. Our installation process seamlessly bundles system prerequisites, completes the required installation routines, and configures a standardized version of MicroStrategy.

There are two types of installation:

  • Express Install: The Express option installs the MicroStrategy Platform with all the features of analytics, mobility, and Usher security in a Windows environment. This option is specifically designed for deployments of up to 15-20 concurrent users
  • Custom Install: The custom option allows administrators to customize their setup experience by installing a subset of MicroStrategy components that are more closely aligned to the needs of their organization

Both install types support the Silent Install option, where the install is carried out seamlessly without any GUI.

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Modeling

Create a unified logical data model of your enterprise data.

The modeling tool allows architects to transform a complex enterprise data environment into a unified logical data model.

The logical data model is composed of data abstraction objects (attributes, dimensions, etc.) that can be reused across projects, reports, dashboards, and applications.

A logical data model represents the definitions, characteristics, and relationships of data across an enterprise environment in business terms that any user can understand.

With the modeling tool, architects can map the physical database schema, model data based on business requirements and terminology, and build complex hierarchies to organize data and better reflect relationships.

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Monitoring

Monitor multiple MicroStrategy environments from a single administration console.

Operations Manager is a web-based tool that allows administrators to monitor every environment in a MicroStrategy deployment. The interface enables users to quickly and easily view usage patterns, system resources, uptime, and alerts across multiple environments. Operations Manager collects information from each environment’s Health Center, and presents key usage and performance information using graphs and charts.

Administrators can also define thresholds for system usage and performance that automatically trigger alerts when threshold criteria are met or exceeded.

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Report development

Design pixel-perfect business documents with flexible formatting controls.

MicroStrategy provides a suite of tools for developing and deploying reports and dashboards. Users can leverage either the desktop or web interface to build, edit, and format these business documents.

The zero-footprint Web interface extends MicroStrategy’s design capabilities even further with a full WYSIWYG design interface. This allows developers to build business scorecards, interactive dashboards, analytical applications, and other pixel-perfect documents.

With WYSIWYG control over formatting and design, users can include any combination of filters, panel stacks, dynamic text, selectors, transactional fields, HTML containers, and multimedia content to fully customize their documents.

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Testing

Ensure data reliability across environments with automated integrity testing.

MicroStrategy enables organizations to automate integrity testing across thousands of reports, dashboards, and enterprise applications. Integrity Manager is an automated tool that compares the data, outputs, and execution times of two versions of the same report.

Integrity Manager can be used to determine how specific changes in a project environment, such as regular maintenance or upgrades, affect the reports and documents within a project.

With Integrity Manager, it’s easy to compare reports and applications between development and production projects and fix any issues before moving forward. Integrity Manager is designed to handle thousands of reports, so testing that previously took weeks or months can be accomplished overnight with MicroStrategy.

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Translation

Localize MicroStrategy applications by translating metadata objects.

Localization Services lets organizations deploy fully localized reporting applications. These applications support localized interface strings, metadata object names and descriptions, and localized number formatting for date, time, and currency.

Within MicroStrategy, a single metadata object can support many local translations. These translations are stored in the metadata repository and are leveraged when a user is set up to use a particular language.

Developers can easily enter translations for individual metadata objects using the translation editor, or leverage the Metadata Repository Translation tool to extract and load translations for many objects at the same time.

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User administration

Control data access with object-level access control lists.

MicroStrategy gives administrators the tools that they need to control data and application access via privileges, access control lists (ACLs), and security filters.

  • MicroStrategy employs over 160 unique privileges that assign specific application functionality to user groups, user roles, and individual users.
  • ACLs govern the security permissions of individual metadata objects. Each object has its own ACL, which grants users a specific set of privileges for the object (including: browse, read, write, control, use, execute).
  • Security filters allow administrators to control row and column-level data access across all reports and dashboards. These ensure that each user or user group only has access to data that is appropriate for their role within the organization.
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User
Privileges

Functionality privileges

  • Match functionality to user roles

Object-level
Access Controls

Object access permissions

  • Column-level data security
  • Control development access to objects

Row-level
Access Controls

Data access security

  • Establish Row-level data security

Visualization

Transform grid reports into insightful charts, visualizations, and maps.

With MicroStrategy it’s easy for users to transform traditional grids into compelling visualizations. MicroStrategy comes with a large selection of out-of-the-box charts, maps, and graphs and can easily be supplemented with custom-built and 3rd party visualizations.

With Visual Insight, users can explore and visualize data without needing advanced dashboard design skills or direct support from IT. Users can easily view and interact with data and use filters and selectors to manipulate the subset of data that is displayed in each visualization.

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The MicroStrategy advantage.

Centralized Data Model

Deliver a centralized data model.

MicroStrategy offers a suite of powerful developer tools catered to the IT team. These tools enable them to deploy centralized BI applications that preserve a single version of the truth, while still offering highly advanced data blending capabilities.

Democratize Data

Democratize data across the organization.

With MicroStrategy, business users have the tools they need to access data and make decisions on their own, with zero reliance on IT. That means business users can connect to virtually any data source and start building dashboard applications right away, without waiting on a centralized IT deployment.

Manage Business Intelligence Lifecycle

Manage the entire BI lifecycle.

From development, to testing, to production, MicroStrategy gives administrators the tools they need to successfully manage the BI lifecycle. It's easy to migrate applications and test and validate data quality, ensuring that your organization’s mission-critical applications are always up and running.

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