MicroStrategy Initial Setup

Analyst22c07
Analyst 2 with 5,001-10,000 employees
I wasn't involved in the initial setup, but I have been involved in upgrades. The upgrade from 10.4 to 10.8, simple click of the button, but it just didn't go through as we had anticipated. There's really no explanation as to why. We ran it again and it went through without a hit. Again, that was one of those problems where we don't really know what caused it, we don't know why our installation wasn't working very well. Then when we attempted to upgrade from 10.8 to 10.9 on our sandbox server, we spent roughly a month and a half trying to do that, completely and totally unsuccessfully. I don't know why. Again, I think that might be a component of how our servers are structured, the way our registries are structured, the way our security interacts with MicroStrategy, but it's a problem. We're working on that. View full review »
Brad Walker
BI Analyst at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I was not involved in the initial setup. I came in three years after its inception, and it was in the Lazarus stage. They were not going to spend any more money, get rid of the tool, phase out of it, and since then we have brought the tool back: * We have bought 100 new licenses. * We have ramped up user adoption. * We have run on trips to do symposiums. * We have found that it is starting to fit together. View full review »
MobileCo5460
Mobile Consultant at a tech vendor
Regarding upgrades, for version 10, which is the latest version, the upgrades are more robust. There aren't as many issues as in the previous version, version 9. There were definitely issues upgrading from 9 to 10 because it's a huge upgrade, but typically it's the same issues that you're going to encounter. Unfortunately, MicroStrategy is known for upgrade pain, so a lot of companies don't upgrade. You will encounter problems, and when you have major enterprises that can't run some reports for days or weeks on end, that's not acceptable. But that happens rarely. Version 10, I've noticed that in the upgrade process I have not encountered any problems, so there something has changed in the upgrade process for the better. View full review »
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Technicad836
Technical Project Manager at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
I was not involved in the initial setup. We are going to be looking for the next platform release. That is what we are hoping for, and so I will be involved in that. View full review »
SeniorFu121e
Senior Functional Front End at a non-tech company with 10,001+ employees
When we started it was still version 9, and we deployed our mobile solution through MobileIron, and then we still had to do repping of the app. So there was more complexity, but that's due to the mobile device management solution and it would be the same with any other kind of solution. That's just complexity because of security. View full review »
BIAnalys3072
BI Analyst Manager at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees
I was not involved in the initial setup but I have upgraded three versions so far. Upgrading has been straightforward. View full review »
SeniorMa303e
Senior Management- Project at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
If you are a technical person, someone who has all the tools and processes to get you trained on the platform and be able to manage the platform and installation by yourself, it would be straightforward. But for a non-technical person, it could be a little heavier (complex). View full review »
Director263b
Director Analytics And Data Management at a engineering company with 10,001+ employees
I don't think it was complex at all. I think the time to actually stand the solution up was relatively short. I think the complexity didn't come into the actual set up, it came into the actual configuration and development of solutions. The set up was easy. You just install the thing. It's the development that's the tricky part. View full review »
Hayward Wilson
Senior Applications Developer at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
I was not involved in the initial setup. View full review »
Directordda5
Director Of Healthcare Economics at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Some stuff is easier than others. Throughout this big project that we are working on now, there have been challenges and hurdles. We have worked through those one at a time. It is user-friendly in some aspects, but in others, you definitely have to do some research to figure out the right way to fine-tune things. View full review »
ProductM5c44
Product Manager at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
I was not involved in the initial setup, but I was involved when we increased the number of licenses from 260 to now almost 950. I was involved in that deal making. View full review »
Brian Fleenor
Consultant at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Windows implementation is pretty straightforward. Linux is pretty easy. High-level, it's very easy. View full review »
Brad Cutler
Enterprise Analytics Manager at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
The initial setup was pretty straightforward. We had some help installing it, but it made sense for what we were doing. View full review »
JakubHolasek
Platform Data Visualization Architect at a pharma/biotech company with 10,001+ employees
I did not do the initial setup for the mobile solution, because that was somehow developed by third-parties. Otherwise, I was hands-on for the initial 10th releases, like 10.2, 10.3, and even 10.4. In the beginning, it looked straightforward, but each of the releases had its own issue for some reason. 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. This should be an area MicroStrategy focuses on as well as the upgrade pads, especially Enterprise Manager and its statistics. This has always been an issue. Many of the reports were basically unusable. View full review »
StaffSofd748
Staff Software Engineer at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
No, I recently joined my company. View full review »
Fidel Nkwocha
Developer at a renewables & environment company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Initial setup was straightforward. View full review »
Barry Gallegos
Strategic Services Executive at a hospitality company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I have been involved in some parts of the setup, and it is pretty much straightforward. It is not horribly hard to set up in comparison to other things that I have seen. View full review »
Mostafa Alinejad
Senior BI Developer at a individual & family service with 501-1,000 employees
The initial setup was straightforward. View full review »
BIAdmini0f0e
BI Administrator at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It is straightforward because I have been working with it for 12 years. So it's easy for me. Maybe for newcomers it might be a little bit difficult, but they can easily see release notes or get some technical support. They can easily implement the solution. It's not that tough. View full review »
Shajy Mathai
Analytics Technical Officer at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
I'm on the business side, the design of the metadata and the like; on the hardware and that type of stuff, I don't get involved. View full review »
SalesPer1336
Sales Performance Manager at a government with 10,001+ employees
I was involved in the upgrading, not the initial setup. We did not have any issues with the upgrades. View full review »
BIDevelo3a3f
BI Developer
I was not involved in the initial setup, but I have implemented upgrades. Upgrades seem like they are straightforward now. A couple years ago, they were a bit more complicated. There were unknown changes and they would do version releases, then sometimes things would break and they would have hotfixes. However, when we were less mature, it was harder because we did not have the right Integrity Manager tests and automated tests that we really rely on, so it was very manual back then. View full review »
BITeamLe53cc
BI Team Lead at a healthcare company with 501-1,000 employees
It's straightforward. View full review »
Aurelio Gutierrez
BI Engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I did not do the initial setup at this company, but at my previous company where I did installation, upgrades, and configurations. The initial setup is straightforward for me, but it could vary from person to person. It is pretty straightforward, but you have to know the key words and so on, like project source. There is definitely a learning curve, but once you get to know it, everything is straightforward. View full review »
Anil Mallavarapu
Senior Analyst at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
It was pretty straightforward. View full review »
Software93cd
Software Development Management
The initial setup is in-between straightforward and complex. It is not too complex. View full review »
Sunil Nandamudi
IT Consultant at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I was not involved in the initial setup. However, I have been involved in upgrades of the solution, which were mostly straightforward. View full review »
SeniorMa2b70
Senior Manager at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
I was not involved in the initial setup. View full review »
ProjectMan37583
Project Manager at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
Initial setup is bit of complex, this being an enterprise tool. It has three main components: Desktop, Web development, and Intelligence Server, and each has to be installed separately. View full review »
Christie Schroeder
BI at a comms service provider with 1-10 employees
The initial setup is complex, because of the customer's data and the configuration is time consuming. View full review »
Director3013
Director at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
I was involved in the initial setup and it's pretty complex, but it's very powerful once it's set up. View full review »
BIAnalys9301
BI Analyst at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
It is easy because we didn't customize anything. If you know what are you doing then it's not difficult. View full review »
Anurag Singh Chauhan
Business Intelligence Engineer at a leisure / travel company with 10,001+ employees
Straightforward. View full review »
SeniorMgr45645
Senior Manager of Engineering at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
It is somehow complicated for a user/analyst without a DWDM background. But for an experienced DWDM modeler, it would be an easy task. View full review »
BIDevelo25a8
BI Developer at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The mobile setup was not too bad. View full review »
MichaelWard
FPNA Analysts at a mining and metals company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I was more on the data side getting it ready, not the administration of the product. The complexity is with our data, not really MicroStrategy. View full review »
Alexs Thompson
Data Engineering Leader at a Consumer Goods with 10,001+ employees
I was not involved with the initial setup, but will be involved with an upcoming upgrade. View full review »
SenApp3210
Senior Application Analyst at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The implementation was fairly straightforward. View full review »
Anton Cui
Solution Executive DAG at a tech company with 51-200 employees
Initial setup was straightforward. View full review »
Ganesh Dalal
Project Manager at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
I was not involved with the initial setup. View full review »
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