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The whole repository side of things is beneficial because you develop it once, and you can use it anywhere, in the Enterprise grade.
It scales well. It used to have only a max of four I-servers, but I think recently, somewhere in version 10, they doubled that, so you can have eight I-servers now.
Cube performance and easy integration with third-party tools/products, are valuable features.
Mobile brings reports/dashboards closer to the business user.
Provides seamless integration between browser-based BI and Mobile BI.
Speed for high level aggregation by using Intelligent Cubes.
Semi-automatic support of implementing date dimensions, including delta to prior year implementation.
The platform can be easily monitored. You have quite a good overview of tasks which are being run.
It mostly supports enterprise level data. We have millions of records on a daily basis.
It can be used with any type of data models, such as relational lines and dimensional lines.
The performance can issue queries to work in the Oracle database in Oracle's native language. There are a lot of visualizations which suit our business.
It is easy to create a report quickly. It does not take much time to create an ad hoc report.
We have scheduled reports delivered automatically to our business users using enterprise features.
The most valuable feature of Oracle OBIEE, for me, would be the Web Catalog. From a development perspective, I do not need any client or any software to be installed on my laptop or desktop. Everything is browser-based, so I just open the browser and start development.
We can see almost-real-time performance in our operations. When there is a problem, it is easy to escalate it to top management and the time for management to make a decision about it is much shorter than it would be using a manual process.
I think the most valuable features are the ability to drill down, the graphs, and the scheduling for the reports to be received in Excel on a daily basis. Users like Excel, so it's good for them that they receive the reports by email, that they don't have to specify the schedule.
If you compare it with Power BI with the DAX language, it would be great to put that into MicroStrategy.
I don't think that they will, but I'd like to see parallel processing, scalable parallel processing.
Data writeback, and on-the-fly predictive analysis results from R and Python could be improved.
With Cube partition (v10.1 and above) scalability has not been an issue, but the Cube publish time, and temporary space consumption while the Cube is being published, has almost doubled during implementation of Cube partition.
The product is designed for enterprise. A lightweight version would be easier for a smaller workgroup.
Consolidate the functional offering to be more concise in the front-end for web reports, dashboards, and self-service.
Currently, the client view looks completely different depending on what you are building.
I did not see any additional value of providing one button for installation on the whole platform if it was going to be installed for different servers. You would have to make customization every time. There was no additional value in an installer.
While it is a user-friendly, data-driven tool, the data modeling should be easier to use.
It's not so flexible to do BI reporting directly from the data source without models. It is not that agile.
We were not satisfied with the support, because we could not obtain answers or solutions.
One feature I would definitely like to see is the ability to provide the in-memory data. Oracle might have some plugins but, as of now, that feature isn't available out-of-the-box. You might have to purchase that feature.
Setup and migration are very complex. Technically, Oracle accessory is extremely complex. These days, the industry demands a kind of Excel analysis, which is very easy to install, set up, and it's very developer-friendly as well as end-user friendly. OBIEE lacks all those features.
From the point of view of strategic management, I would like to have a feature, perhaps a form after we get to the KPI dashboard, to be used to note if something unusual happens in the operations. That way we could record extreme KPI situations, and track why a number is very low or too high.
Oracle OBIEE only displays KPIs, but it does not include strategic objectives or display risk in a strategic map.
Its overall organization as an analytical tool, the layout of OBIEE, is not very good.
Pricing and Cost Advice
Pricing, in general, is high. With Power BI, you get mobile with the license, whereas with MicroStrategy, you have to purchase mobile for extra.
It would be nice if there was a sticker price that says, "This software costs this amount of money." But I think that's just indicative of all software vendors. A lot of people are in it to make money, commissions, so it's just the nature of the business. But I would like to see more transparency, more equality, on pricing. Some people get better deals than others, I think.
The solution is scalable. A little expensive perhaps, but it is scalable.
There have been actual direct bottomline impacts in terms of extra revenue created from the reporting solutions.
They need to work on their license structure. They are not competitive against somebody like SAP BusinessObjects. We had a quote that was almost a third the price, coming from SAP BusinessObjects, and it's not a better platform. It's not cheaper. They do concurrent user licensing, while MicroStrategy does named user licensing, and that was literally the only difference. But it made a $500,000 difference. They've got to do something to make themselves more competitive. Maybe it's assessing your business users and what you really expect them to use, and maybe giving a reduced price on that. But they are already giving us a 60% discount and they were still a million or so above, over a three-year time period. That doesn't account for synergies as we get from on-site resources that are already available, but I thought that that was a big, big deficit for them.
They gave us a good deal.
We actually researched some of the other solutions. For options, price, and customer acceptance, this product has worked well for us.
The price was good. We have had great support along the way.
It is high.
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|Also Known As||OBIEE, Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition, Oracle BI, Oracle BI EE 11g|
Company: Founded in 1989, MicroStrategy (Nasdaq: MSTR) is a leading worldwide provider of enterprise software platforms. With direct operations in 26 countries worldwide and approximately 2,000 employees, our mission is to provide enterprise analytics, mobility, and security platforms that are flexible, powerful, scalable and user-friendly. To learn more, visit MicroStrategy online, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
MicroStrategy 10 Secure Enterprise™ empowers leading organizations to analyze vast amounts of data and distribute actionable business insight throughout an enterprise through two distinct offerings: MicroStrategy Analytics™ and MicroStrategy Desktop™. MicroStrategy Analytics delivers reports and dashboards, and enables users to conduct ad hoc analysis and share insights anywhere, anytime, via mobile devices or the Web. It also combines the agility and productivity of self-service visual data discovery with the security, scalability, and governance features of enterprise-grade business intelligence. MicroStrategy Desktop is a standalone, on-premise visual data discovery tool designed to enable business users to analyze and understand their data. MicroStrategy Mobile™ enables organizations to rapidly build custom business applications that deliver analytics combined with transactions, multimedia, and custom workflows to mobile devices. MicroStrategy Secure Cloud™ combines all of the enterprise analytics, mobile, and security features in MicroStrategy 10 Secure Enterprise with powerful and scalable data integration, validation, and warehousing services — all delivered in an environment where organizations can deploy transformational analytics applications in minutes.
Usher, MicroStrategy’s breakthrough security solution, is a powerful mobile security platform designed to dematerialize traditional forms of identity verification (such as passwords, tokens, and physical badges) and replace them with a single mobile identity badge that is cryptographically linked to its owner’s smartphone and dynamically linked to an enterprise’s existing identity repositories. Usher works on standard Android and iOS smartphones, and also boasts an Apple Watch™ integration.
OBIEE is a multifaceted network of tools that can create a more fluid and better-integrated data flow for your business. This service is actually a platform that is made up of six individual elements, rather than a single tool with multiple features. These services include: presentation catalog, BI presentation service, BI scheduler service, BI server service,administration client, and metadata repository.
The purpose of the OBIEE is to have an entire system for all of your enterprising needs. The various tools within the suite can take your data, organize it, analyze it and then glean the pertinent information from it, sending it on to the relevant parties who can then use it for metrics, pattern analysis, and future projections. The essence of the platform is to integrate your current IT together with their tools in order to give you the overall best return on investment with minimal fiscal obligations.
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