MicroStrategy Review

Incredibly powerful but it's not for everybody

MicroStrategy is incredibly powerful for BI, but it isn't for everybody. The analytics engine behind MicroStrategy is top notch, removing a lot of the complexity that a user may experience on the front end and moving it to the middle layer. Unfortunately, in doing this, managing the middle layer is somewhat complex with a ton of options. I'd highly recommend MicroStrategy Enterprise for companies with significant volumes of data, but smaller companies with only one or two analysts or very little data backend should look at MicroStrategy Cloud/Web or products that aren't as powerful/advanced. To summarize: end users love the front end but the ease of use comes at the expense of being a little more investment in the middle "metadata" layer.
**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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author avatarit_user3876 (Database Manager at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees)

I agree with Jeremy Sartori. MicroStrategy is a powerful BI tool but it is way less functional from reporting standpoint. It provides only managed reporting to users requiring a separate Database Administrator for designing anything beyond the very basic. So it is a more useful product for large enterprises.

author avatarit_user93297 (Senior BI Developer / Administrator at a tech services company with 51-200 employees)

Imran_sh - there is no silver bullet and no magic, if you need sophisticated and scalable solutions MSTR is your ticket, with a tiny team. Agreed, if you needs are small and/or simple use one of open source tools, or Excel.