Discovering Business Intelligence using MicroStrategy 9

Discovering Business Intelligence using MicroStrategy 9
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  • Understand the value proposition of MicroStrategy and their products portfolio
  • Design and build BI reports and dashboards with real business examples
  • Share your reports in a secure schema, including mobile devices

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 142 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : December 2013
ISBN : 1782170049
ISBN 13 : 9781782170044
Author(s) : Nelson Enriquez, Samundar Singh Rathore
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Big Data and Business Intelligence, Enterprise Products and Platforms

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Value Proposition of MicroStrategy
Chapter 2: Mapping Typical Business Needs
Chapter 3: Reporting – from Excel to Intelligent Data
Chapter 4: Scorecards and Dashboards – Information Visualization
Chapter 5: Sharing Your BI Reports and Dashboards
Chapter 6: MicroStrategy and the Cloud
Chapter 7: BI Reports at Your Hands
Appendix A: MicroStrategy Express
Appendix B: Visualization
  • Chapter 4: Scorecards and Dashboards – Information Visualization
    • Scorecards versus dashboards
      • How to design a scorecard or dashboard
      • MicroStrategy interface – panels, layouts, and visualizations
      • Features
        • Usability best practices
        • Visualization objects
        • Visualization types
      • Advanced configurations
        • Using filters
        • Using visualization objects as a filter
        • Scorecard design and construction
      • Foundation
      • Metrics
      • Visualization objects
      • Building a scorecard
        • Foundation
        • Metrics
        • Visualization objects
      • Dashboard building process
    • Summary
  • Chapter 5: Sharing Your BI Reports and Dashboards
    • Reaching your audience
    • Main menu
      • The Share button
      • E-mail sharing
      • Portable dashboard
      • Sharing on the social media – Facebook and Twitter
        • The Facebook option
        • The Twitter option
      • More Share Visualization options via the Web or user blogs
      • Unshare the report
        • Mobile devices
    • Summary
  • Chapter 6: MicroStrategy and the Cloud
    • The MicroStrategy Cloud portfolio
      • Personal
        • Personal edition
      • Express
        • Express edition
      • Platform
      • Express edition in action
        • Data sources
        • Security
        • Applying security
        • Personalize
        • Deliveries
    • Summary

Nelson Enriquez

Nelson Enriquez is a multicultural executive and business leader with more than 17 years of experience in IT, strategy and planning areas, with specializations in business studies at Stanford (U.S.A), INSEAD (France), and EGADE (Mexico). He has international experience of working on several projects in other geographical locations including Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and South America, that are focalized in business integration, valuing and acquiring technology-related companies (the Due Diligence process), and integrating IT-related operations to company standards (Mergers and Acquisitions). He also has experience in retail, pharma, services, and manufacturing industries as a partner at an IT services company, in Monterrey, as an External Director in a Big Five consultant firm, and as a IT Planning Director at Tier 1 Retail in Mexico.

Samundar Singh Rathore

Samundar Singh Rathore is a data warehousing and business intelligence consultant, and a trainer with extensive experience on various data warehousing business intelligence products. He has worked with a large business and analytics organization with specialization in investment and healthcare domain data. He is currently working as a MicroStrategy administrator and architect. He was born in Mundara, Rajasthan, and raised in Mumbai, Maharashtra, which is the financial capital of India. He speaks Hindi and English, and he is also proficient in Java and SQL. He is an active member and the "Guru" of the MicroStrategy official discussion forum at
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What you will learn from this book

  • Understand and apply best practices for BI reports and dashboard design
  • Enable the MicroStrategy platform
  • Leverage transactional data for your BI reports and dashboards
  • Design reports and dashboards independently
  • Apply advanced features to your reports
  • Secure your data and enable collaboration
  • Automate your reports
  • Explore the complete portfolio of MicroStrategy


In Detail

Business Intelligence is a type of technology that has been proven to support business decisions in an organization. MicroStrategy 9 is a fully-integrated BI platform that makes Business Intelligence faster, easier, and more user-friendly. It enables businesses to generate their own reports and dashboards without the need for technical knowledge.

This practical, hands-on guide will provide Business Intelligence for executives, as well as enable BI reports and dashboards without the dependency of IT savvy personnel. It will allow you to design, build, and share business relevant data in hours, in a secure way, including mobile devices and show you how to leverage your transactional information.

This example-oriented book looks at the value proposition of cloud computing and the MicroStrategy platform, and features practical exercises for BI reports and dashboard enablement, including the design phase and best practices for when we design a BI report.

The book begins with an exploration of MicroStrategy along with typical business needs. Our focus then shifts to best practices for BI reports and dashboard definitions from the functional stand point, with easy-to-do exercises that will allow you to enable the reports in the platform. You will learn about scorecards and dashboards, along with sharing the reports. Next, you will get acquainted with cloud-based services provided by the MicroStrategy platform. By the end of this book, you will able to design, enable, and share BI reports and dashboards without the need for comprehensive technical knowledge, and leverage the latest technology on the market.


This is a step-by-step tutorial that covers the basics of working with the MicroStrategy platform.

Who this book is for

If you are a BI developer who would like to use MicroStrategy to build BI apps, this book is ideal for you. This book is also for mid-management executives who need to analyze data and Excel files that are too complicated to manage. A basic concept of BI is assumed.

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