MicroStrategy Benefits

Analyst 2 with 5,001-10,000 employees
I think one of the greatest things about MicroStrategy is their holistic approach to business intelligence. They don't put priority on one component of report development over document development, over administrative functionality, and security. I think they have a very holistic application. They offer us a lot of out-of-the-box tools, which give us the ability to automate a lot of our administrative tasks. Some things become menial: user creation, restarting a server at 10 o'clock on a Friday - simple things that they really give you the tools to be able to do. That's one thing I really like about the MicroStrategy platform from an administrative perspective. Regarding our users, the insights that they can gain, how quickly they can gather information, has been a huge benefit for us from MicroStrategy. View full review »
Brad Walker
BI Analyst at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We literally have some issues with the high-end users using the data and trusting the data. A lot of it gets dumped into certain areas, therefore we made a central repository for it. Then MicroStrategy reports off of that central repository, so we can validate the data relatively easily. Thus we can say, "Look, this is what we are seeing for Louisiana. This is what you guys have from the communication center. It matches one for one." It builds a lot of rapport between the top end users and us. When I say that, I am referring to the "C" levels, the executive committee people, and other high end users. MicroStrategy self-service is on the horizon. We have a couple of groups of people that we are trying to test out self-service with right now, specifically, our quality improvement group and our business development group. The problem for us is we do not want self-service to become this thing where there are reports everywhere and we can't manage it, so we are trying to develop some auditing processes to make sure that we are not throwing ourselves to the wolves. However, the plan is definitely to move towards self-service. We want the users to be able to be intelligent enough to make what they need and see what they want. Dossiers are going to change the name of the game for us. We want to be able to have the executive committee go into a meeting and tell a story. We want them to tell us a story, not us. I do not want to go in as an IT guy and say, "Hey, this is the story." We really want the executive committee to be able to understand that this is a way of telling a story with data, because data without information is useless. If we can get them to that point, which I am confident that we can, then MicroStrategy will have done a great service to us, and rendered time back to us to go spend on other places. That is really what we are shooting for. Dossier is a big thing for us. Geospatial analytics is huge for us. Anything that we can do with self-service is big for us. Those are the top three goals for 2018, in general. View full review »
Mobile Consultant at a tech vendor
In the old days - which is not long ago, about 10 years ago - before iPhones, you literally had to go back to your desk to run a report, and your report could take an hour to run. Now, you can run that same report, you can access it from Starbucks, or wherever, to your mobile device, and you've got access to information. The decision makers within your company have access to the information wherever they want it, whenever they want it. View full review »
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Technical Project Manager at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
There have been actual direct bottomline impacts in terms of extra revenue created from the reporting solutions that I showed them how to do. Without getting into any details, I showed our marketing team how to go after more high value products that they could then push out, which resulted in more revenue. I showed another team how to identify other products that would otherwise be swept under the rug, and because they found these, they made an extra push and we got an extra X amount in revenue from a specific sale because of it. Therefore, it has had a direct impact on bottomline improvements. The other win is a lot of productivity. I have shown our users how to stop using Excel. They would create these vast Excel files, and I showed them how to do the same thing with MicroStrategy, which saves a significant amount of time for them everyday. These have been the two big impacts from MicroStrategy. View full review »
BI Analyst Manager at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees
Definitely in the past, when we had so many legacy systems, with Cognos and others, it was took multiple steps to get what we wanted. We used to extract data from Cognos, pointing to any database, load the data into Access databases, and then some BA or system analyst used to create reporting out of it. But now, it's a seamless integration. We can connect directly, in the form of In-Memory Cubes or live-publish cubes, to the data warehouse, and blend in the data with big data. Not only relational databases, but we can also integrate other third-party files, and create a single-source software. So, from that perspective, especially in personal insurance, it keeps BI, business intelligence, in the hands of everyone, rather than a developer or an analyst. Now mostly everyone in our area, the travelers, they have self-service. View full review »
Senior Management- Project at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
MicroStrategy is one of our key tool sets which we are focusing on for 2018 and beyond. It has the potential to become a great evangelist for AI and other embedded analytics. For more futuristic design solutions, our organization as such, is focusing on this area in terms of artificial intelligence and analytics. MicroStrategy, so far, has based on their product roadmap to fit squarely to match the design that we have. The single stack solution will always be more profitable, scalable, and elastic for organizational needs. In 2018, we will be focusing a lot on artificial intelligence and analytics. Embedded analytics will be another key area that we will be focusing on, therefore we will be looking to see how the SDK shapes up and the road map for cloud implementation. This is the next major push that we see. The ease of upgrades and mobile analytics are also other key areas that we will be focusing on. View full review »
Hayward Wilson
Senior Applications Developer at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
What we are trying to do is eliminate the need for them to actually do anything Self-Service. We are trying to establish interface agreements so we no longer have to deliver Excel files, and things will just be there when they need it. For example: They tell us what we need. We put it in the batch. It gets put to them right when they need it, right where they need it, then they can just process it. Therefore, we can automate everything. In 2018, we are going to be using the pretty charts and graphs. What I want to do is move us more towards using machine learning artificial intelligent type capabilities in order to process all our data. It is a 100 terabyte database. You can't just aggregate everything up to a day or a month and say you understand everything. We are going to have to have some automated features. Therefore, we can actually parse the data and do some doppelganger analysis, then we can get some of our things solved. View full review »
Director Of Healthcare Economics at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Getting more data to people more quickly. Providing more flexibility for how they use the data, so speed up the time and flexibility in how they are getting to use the data. We primarily use it to support more internal departments. Those are our customers. We have different areas which we support from a healthcare data standpoint. The plan is to enable them to use the data, so we would use some configuration and setup, but then the customers would go in and look at the reports that we have set up or be able to do ad hoc stuff based on those data sets which we have built. View full review »
Product Manager at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
We are a data-driven company, so a lot of decisions happen out of data at every level. Most of our tactical decisions are data-driven, our strategic decisions are definitely data-driven. MicroStrategy is now the de facto tool within the organization, it's the go-to BI tool in the organization. View full review »
Brian Fleenor
Consultant at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
If you provide the necessary data to make decisions in a timely and visually stimulating way, then you can make better decisions. It profoundly impacts the organization. View full review »
Brad Cutler
Enterprise Analytics Manager at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
It has certainly given people the ability to ask more questions and get more answers. It has made them even hungrier for the data. In 2018, we are eager to start the mobile platform, because we are going to create a sense of urgency in developing more tools, then just creating more reporting solutions. View full review »
Platform Data Visualization Architect at a pharma/biotech company with 10,001+ employees
The truth is that this is not about business impact, such as high reliability. This is something that can be perceived, but other features are more compelling, like visualizations, which have a possibility of utilization around mobile devices with great GUI. Those stories, which are built for them, are something that they can really utilize. View full review »
Staff Software Engineer at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
It has helped our modern developers. It has helped the business users to design their own reports. They know exactly what the need, so the power is now in their hands. They do self-service and develop their reports. Dependency on development teams, as well as managing the platform, has reduced a lot with Visual Insight. View full review »
Fidel Nkwocha
Developer at a renewables & environment company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We are planning on rolling out Self-Service and investing in mobile analytics. In the immediate future as in the next month, because our other license expires in March, we want to hurry up and just get all of our reporting replaced and have them all in MicroStrategy, then we will move forward from there. View full review »
Barry Gallegos
Strategic Services Executive at a hospitality company with 1,001-5,000 employees
In my particular area, it has actually enhanced it greatly. It has enabled us to get data to the customers, then have them turn around and create these reports in minutes rather than hours. We have, to varying degrees, rolled out Self-Service and some of it is more IT driven on the properties. Other times it is more custom reporting done by us. They have it as a feature there. They can use it to the best of their abilities, but a lot of times they will bring us in to do all the custom stuff. In 2018, we will be using the capabilities of Dossiers more. We are not yet looking at investing in mobile analytics, because we are trying to do something in-house. View full review »
Mostafa Alinejad
Senior BI Developer at a individual & family service with 501-1,000 employees
Reports are very easy to create. It takes a very short amount of time to build a report, which is very useful. It is very easy to access them from my desktop and web (everywhere). When someone logs in, they can simply see all the reports. It is easy to schedule them. We are running Self-Service to our business teams now. It is good. We prefer a many point solution right now due to different areas of the business, because they are asking for different things. Some functionality is easier to be built in different products. Therefore, I have found MicroStrategy to be probably doing 80% of everything, but there is 20% left that is easier with other tools with different types of visualizations slicing and dicing the data. In 2018, we plan on using Dossier. View full review »
BI Administrator at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The reporting, the dashboards, and the new visualization functions. It is very easy for users to understand their data and dashboards. The dashboards which we are using in our enterprise, they're very helpful in realizing business opportunities for us. View full review »
Shajy Mathai
Analytics Technical Officer at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
The goal is for all of our underwriters to see the risk of a property the same way. If I have 30 underwriters, they should all see and measure the same risk. With all of our modeling, we create a lot data. But with these dashboards, we're giving the same direction. So, underwriters are coming to the same risk conclusions on all of our risks. View full review »
Sales Performance Manager at a government with 10,001+ employees
It drives us away from Excel. For what it is for, it is good. You can't run a business on Excel. Some things are easier, some things are harder. A lot of things are easier. We have some self-service reports and some of those went really well. It depends on the level. When you get to the executive level, they do not want to go out and run a dashboard. They love dashboards, but they don't want to run them. They want someone to send it to them and that does not work well for MicroStrategy. If I am going to run it and send it to you, I did not need MicroStrategy to do it. We will probably shift away from mobile because we are doing away with iPads. We have tablets or convertible computers, so there is no need to use mobile on those. View full review »
BI Developer
It has greatly benefited our organization. We have a lot of products based on it. We license products from MicroStrategy to clients, therefore it is pretty important. We started with Self-Service and now we are actually restricting Self-Service. What we do is give access to prompted reports for clients and we control ACLs on those objects. It feels like Self-Service because they are picking what they are using in the report, but they are not actually getting to the semantic layer. View full review »
Director Departamento Data Analitics at a health, wellness and fitness company with 1,001-5,000 employees
With the MicroStrategy reports, we got the directors of each hospital and each department to have daily information on the status of each center, with the time evolution, to make decisions based on real data and take corrective measures against trends in activity or billing, analyzing niches of activity or specialties that show seasonality. View full review »
BI Team Lead at a healthcare company with 501-1,000 employees
It's integral enough to make financial decisions in our organization. View full review »
Aurelio Gutierrez
BI Engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It improved a lot because coming from using Excel files, then using Oracle OBIEE, there is more flexibility now. The product is more scalable. We can support multiple platforms and different users. It is really good. In 2018, we will be looking at Dossier and it collaboration aspect, which will be good for us. The future plan is to also introduce mobile, but right now we are in the infancy stage. We are trying to introduce the ad hoc reporting, and once we get in-depth in it and we make it sticky enough, then we will move to mobile. View full review »
Anil Mallavarapu
Senior Analyst at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Because we are in retail, we do a lot of analytics. The way that we designed the graph is pretty cool for our analysis on a daily basis, so that we can define our forecast. View full review »
Software Development Management
We cannot measure in terms of values or pounds. However, it definitely impacts people, who are excited to use it. We are looking forward to distributing personalized alerts to our users using the native mobile push notification systems. We will also eventually configure our mobile apps to work offline. View full review »
Sunil Nandamudi
IT Consultant at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The features of the product have definitely been beneficial. We do plan to roll out MicroStrategy Self-Service to our business teams. We prefer having the analytic capabilities in a single platform, like MicroStrategy provides, because it is easier. The customer gets to use one type of tool, then sticks with it. The customers are looking for Geospatial in 2018, so that is where we will be using it. View full review »
Senior Manager at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
It helps all the store managers and supply chain people to obtain a view of the data and plan the next week, the next month, quarters, and so on. We are still learning on our journey of how to roll out Visual Insights to all the business users and how much data input capability should be given to them. In 2018, we plan on using Visual Insights heavily. View full review »
Project Manager at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
With the advent of the partitioning concept in Cube partitioning, predictive analysis with visualizations, our organization is able to win back customers and customer appreciation. View full review »
Christie Schroeder
BI at a comms service provider with 1-10 employees
It does not really impact the way we function, so much as what we sell. It is a good tool to help our customers visually see loads of data. We will be using Dossier the most in 2018. View full review »
Director at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Users are getting their reports when they need them. View full review »
BI Analyst at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
I look at the front-end, the website. They have landing pages and that makes life easy for exhibiting things. View full review »
Anurag Singh Chauhan
Business Intelligence Engineer at a leisure / travel company with 10,001+ employees
Perfect balance between self-service and governed BI. While VI gives self-serve agility, report wizard brings governance specifying limits on MicroStrategy and database end. View full review »
Senior Manager of Engineering at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
All the business units rely on the information provided by MicroStrategy for their decisions on daily basis. This increases data accuracy and saves time to build reports. View full review »
BI Developer at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It is convenient having it right there on the phone. They do not have to login. They can get it from anywhere they are. View full review »
FPNA Analysts at a mining and metals company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We are still getting it setup, so it is hard to say how it is going to perform. We are not really live yet. We are in the setup and test phase. We do plan on rolling out the Self-Service to our business teams. View full review »
Alexs Thompson
Data Engineering Leader at a Consumer Goods with 10,001+ employees
The data governance leads people to trust the data that they have, and they know where to get it. In 2018, we are planning to use the semantic layer. We are also planning to look at investing in mobile analytics. View full review »
Senior Application Analyst at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It has allowed us to standardize the reporting so that everybody is looking at the same view of the data. View full review »
Anton Cui
Solution Executive DAG at a tech company with 51-200 employees
Provides seamless integration between browser-based BI and Mobile BI. View full review »
Tobias Klemm
Department Manager with 10,001+ employees
Mature product with a lot of features and connections to almost all back-end technologies used in the BI space. View full review »
Eric Figueroa
Senior Business Intelligence Consultant with 51-200 employees
This solution has allowed us to become a top-class competitor among other consulting companies. View full review »
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