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.
Last updated: May 01 2014
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