MicroStrategy Valuable Features

Analyst 2 with 5,001-10,000 employees
I think ease of use is definitely a benefit to our users, from an administrative perspective, as well as a business end-user perspective. I found that it's very easy to get users into the system, get them familiar. The biggest part is the caveat of our data. We have more trouble getting people to learn our data than we do the structures, the navigation, manipulation, and all of these things that you do as a report developer and end-user. Most of them are familiar with Excel and it's just so similar that they can pick it up very intuitively. When you start talking about the really specialized data sets that we have, that's when it starts to become a little bit more hairy, so that's not really a MicroStrategy component. In terms of self-service, we make use of Enterprise Manager. We've been trying to involve it a little bit more with some of our actual rep data, so we can start to look at that enterprise report utilization on a geographical scale, departmental scale. We've made a few enhancements to our Enterprise Manager system to allow that self-reporting to grow. We see that as a very useful system. It's been incredibly beneficial in diagnosing production performance issues, diagnosing what reports are running slowly, where the SQL could be optimized, opportunities or metrics where we see long-time running performance. Enterprise Manager has been absolutely vital in giving us some of the insights about our system. We're starting to open it up to more and more people to give them the ability and start looking at these things themselves, but it's not the most intuitive system, Enterprise Manager that is, so it's tough. We're trying to bridge the gap between usability and who we let in the system, because you're not going to come in and just pick it up. Personally, looking ahead at 2018, we're getting into the administrative side of our cloud implementations. We're really trying to move to the cloud in 2018, so I see myself getting more familiar with MicroStrategy on AWS Console. And even if we intend to go to the on-prem on AWS, I see us getting more familiar, and it's not necessarily a MicroStrategy component, but structuring the infrastructure of the server in such a way that we're cost-effective, we're maximizing our utilization when we can. I think that is going to be a large component for us in 2018, though it's not necessarily specifically MicroStrategy. Then I think we have a huge enterprise-wide push to Visual Insight. Our environment has transformed over the last year. We were a strong "grid to PDF," "document to PDF," that's all we did. And then they came in with these Visual Insights and everyone was like, "Wow, that's kind of cool." We created a static reporting portal behind it and now, it's just taken our reports to another level. The level of insight that you get in a 30-second glimpse, it just revolutionized it for us. It gives the user a larger subset of the data so that they can actually maneuver around, rather than being specifically pointed at whatever your document is designed for. So VI, Dossier. If we can get on 10.9 this year, I would like to but we're not big on feature releases and we had difficulty with 10.9 on sandbox, so were hesitant right now. Then our cloud implementation, coming in 2018, is going to be a big play on the 10.9, I think. There's no point in us upgrading and then going up the cloud two weeks later. It's a lot of stuff, but that's our focus. View full review »
Brad Walker
BI Analyst at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The one thing that we have wanted to get more into, and we have touched a little bit of, is the Esri out-of-the-box: Esri mapping geospatial analytics. In fact, our presentation includes a piece of how we were able to leverage placing that airmen station in Texas for the first time, based upon transports from a geospatial map. There also are a few others that we have taken advantage of recently. I think the chat feature inside of 10.10 is huge, especially if you are doing collaborative dashboarding. We mostly do MicroStrategy, so we prefer the single platform for analytics capabilities. There are some use cases to do multi-platform. We just have not been at a point where we can overutilize it yet, or even utilize it at all. The cases for us that come up, they are so far and few between that we really have to take advantage of it and spend a lot of time on it, so that we can sell it. I imagine in the future that we probably will have multi-platform stuff. We have some mobilize licenses right now. We have a small amount: 25. We built a couple of mobile apps. We have not jumped on the mobile bandwagon just yet. We have some use cases for it. We have not really identified where we can get the most bang for our buck. I imagine 2018 might have some of that as well, as a minor goal, possibly 2019. This being a huge issue for us, our getting into it, because a lot of our trucks, our medics, our people who drive on our trucks, and do the transfers, they all have iPads. If there is something that we can give them which says, "Hey, avoid traffic here," or do something to make a decision, that could be huge. Use cases are always a challenge. View full review »
Mobile Consultant at a tech vendor
Building apps is easy. You just drag in your data, and then you drag in all the elements that you want on your app. It's drag and drop design, and then you can customize your visuals. They make it all easy with plug and play widgets. That just makes it too easy. Don't tell my employers. We use Writeback mainly for regular database transaction tables. It's just a feedback loop, back into the mobile dashboards. You can type into those and then writeback whatever you wrote in, back to a database. And then, when you refresh your dashboard, everybody can see your input refreshed, instantly. It's an instant feedback loop, we don't writeback to any source systems. It's just for MicroStrategy's circle of functionality, an "interloop." View full review »
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Technical Project Manager at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
From the perspective of serving the users, the most valuable feature that we have been able to give them is the Self-Service reporting tool. For example, the cubes in the report builder and showing them how to do that has gone a long way over the past year to getting them to develop their own insights for specific problems that they have. View full review »
Senior Functional Front End at a non-tech company with 10,001+ employees
With the new version that's coming out, I think they have simplified a lot of things. Also, when it comes to the administration part, and sharing, and the collaboration features, they are really great. You can send out comments with a filter to someone in your organization, and if the person clicks on it, he actually sees what you are seeing. So that's really great. I think it streamlines business. We also use Microstrategy's Writeback capabilities with financial systems. We have the Multimedia widget but it's used for reports that we haven't yet converted to the mobile solution. So it's just to have them available aesthetically for reports but, again, on the iPad, so we don't have to print them. View full review »
BI Analyst Manager at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees
Reporting for everyone; anyone from the customer, analyst, analytics, we have BAs. Everyone can use it because of Dossier and, in the prior versions, we have Visual Insights. It's custom-friendly, we can blend in a lot of data, single source software. In 2018 I expect the capability we will use will be Dossier. That is story boarding. Because in late 2016 and early 2017, no other tool had this kind of story boarding, storytelling feature. Our CIO called for a PoC. There was a tool which was rated highly by industry reviews, which plays story data. We did a PoC. And although we liked the story boarding feature, thereafter, the things that we had to do behind the screens for the story boarding, we didn't like, we liked MicroStrategy more. Now we can collaborate, in real time. In the past we had to wait for our business partners say if a visualization looked good or sufficed for their requirements. There was no real-time decision making. Now, with Dossier, it will accelerate the velocity of decision making. The other thing is, now we have Workstation and Desktop on the client side. I think that will speed up some development activities. View full review »
Senior Management- Project at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
MicroStrategy's multilarity and the range of features which it comes with makes it a key building block of our entire data value chain, starting from the production of data, where you could essentially use the transactions services to become your app that generates the data through to data blending and data wrangling, which handles most of your cleansing and cleaning up of the data. Then, you have data storage and analytics, all the way through to presentation. The key value proposition for MicroStrategy is its ability to support each of these use cases. Distribution services are definitely something that sets it apart from the rest of the tool sets. Embedded analytics are a side of this field where not many key players are doing really well, and MicroStrategy strategy has the open APIs and SDKs that can be leveraged here. We have seen mixed success with Self-Service. There are customers who are very happy with what they are seeing in MicroStrategy. However, there are some customers who are not as happy, but most of it has to do with the process of data governance and BI governance. They need to put it in place together with the tool set. The tool set will only give you features, then ultimately how you use it is what generates value for the business users. It is more about educating the customers, etc., but Self-Service in MicroStrategy has been a very successful deployment. View full review »
Director Analytics And Data Management at a engineering company with 10,001+ employees
The most valuable feature is the ability to actually embed actions, comments, being able to leverage Transaction Services to embed the tool into a business process. We get so much more value out of this tool because it's part of a business process. It's not a normal BI or analytics tool that has nice gauges and "dancing bears." It's actually a tool that's being used on a monthly basis, even a daily basis by our operational users, because it's embedded within an existing business process. Looking ahead at 2018, I think the MicroStrategy capability that we'll use most is Transaction Services. I think we'll continue to build upon Transaction Services, driving actionable intelligence to the business, aligning Transaction Services to those business processes that are most critical, to help drive profitability, to help drive quality improvements across the organization. View full review »
Hayward Wilson
Senior Applications Developer at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
It is always nice to have one solution in a single platform. I think that was part of the reason for selecting MicroStrategy. You can do pretty much everything, instead of having to get a little bit here or a little bit there. I don't think we have actually taken advantage of anything that differentiates it from any other product. All the reports are very simple and straightforward. We probably could have worked with any application, but we chose MicroStrategy. View full review »
Director Of Healthcare Economics at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I really like the visualizations. I like how you can put large data sets in there, then the user can quickly go through the data and drill down at various levels to understand things. It is definitely customizable. We have been able to put in key metrics and performance indicators, thus it is customizable. View full review »
Product Manager at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
We have yet to explore the prescriptive analytics and the SDK. I expect we'll focus on these most, moving forward in 2018. I think what we're currently excited about is the ability to integrate R. Most of our data scientists use R for their modeling. I heard at one of the sessions, here at MicroStrategy World 2018, that you can put your R scripts directly into MicroStrategy, so any modeling effort that you've done in the past can be transferred into MicroStrategy. I'm hoping it will be a plug-and-play feature. We've already rolled out self-service to business teams with MicroStrategy. I think it's good. We just need to ensure that there are some security guardrails around any open BI setup. There's a tendency to screw up something when you just leave it open. You have to ensure that there are some processes and guidelines before you open it up for a larger platform. But there have not been any serious issues so far, so we're good. View full review »
Brian Fleenor
Consultant at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
It's such a rich platform, it's got so much to offer: it's mobile, In-Memory Analytics, and there are data connectors to just about everything you can imagine. It's a total package. If they didn't do their enterprise reporting very well then it wouldn't be as successful. I would say what's unique is that it's a comprehensive package, and wasn't done piecemeal. It was built internally. They didn't buy products and stitch them together. Everything works really well together. It's such a powerful platform and I've worked with it for a long time. It's amazing that I still continue to learn and discover new things even to this day. We have rolled out self-service to business teams. Data governance is the biggest challenge. Looking forward, for this year, mobility is something I think we'll utilize most. We're currently on the mobile platform but we're looking to use it more. It's going to continue to be a strong push. View full review »
Brad Cutler
Enterprise Analytics Manager at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
I like the user interface and the experience has been great. The subscription model is excellent. About half of our reporting comes out of the subscription, and from there, the ease of use in dragging and dropping reporting objects. Business systems are always going to have reporting solutions. A single platform is a good way to centralize it. I do not want to take data out of the database system unless I need to. When I do need to, that is when I am going to use MicroStrategy. We have rolled out Self-Service to our business teams. It has been pretty good. It can be a challenge and change, but when people see why we are offering them a solution that is governed by the analytics team, they get a better sense of saying, "Okay, all the work is done for me. I can just get this, and access it." View full review »
Platform Data Visualization Architect at a pharma/biotech company with 10,001+ employees
The most important features are its enterprise-based features. The platform can be easily monitored. You have quite a good overview of tasks which are being run. Also, you can see the users who are logged into the platform. Also, the tasks that are not performing well, you can easily kill them. These are core features which are not as common in other BI platforms, like Tableau or Qlik. In a few months, we will be distributing personalized alerts to users using mobile push notifications. View full review »
Staff Software Engineer at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Visual Insight gives you the capability of doing self-service analytics. This has been the most powerful and valuable feature. We have rolled out Self-Service, and the rollout has been smooth so far. Customers are happy. When I say customers, the consumers of the report. Maintenance and manageability becomes easier with a single platform. You do not have a complex environment for four or five different vendors to serve different purposes. We are developing a mobile platform. Until now, I have not worked on it. There are plans in development of introducing a mobile BI with MicroStrategy. In 2018, we plan on significantly using the Dossier feature. It comes with MicroStrategy 10.9. We have set up a platform in that version, and we are exploring the Dossier option. View full review »
Fidel Nkwocha
Developer at a renewables & environment company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We are still on the beginning stages, however having the intelligence server sit in the middle is huge for us. It is going to save us a lot of time, make our work a lot simpler, make it easier for deployment, and getting the reports in the hands of our users sooner. It was easy to install and implement a report with it. View full review »
Barry Gallegos
Strategic Services Executive at a hospitality company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The drag and drop and point and click features of everything that will instantaneously render data and/or visualizations right off the bat. We like having the single platform of it. However, we also like the ability to go out there and hit disparate data sources because a lot of the properties that we deal with have a lot of different type of disparate data sources coming in rather than just our one casino management software. View full review »
Mostafa Alinejad
Senior BI Developer at a individual & family service with 501-1,000 employees
The most valuable features are the Visual Insights and the visualizations. We are using the mobile analytics of MicroStrategy. It is in production. View full review »
BI Administrator at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The Dossier functionality. We are on 10.4, but we have a sandbox for 10.10 and we are planning to upgrade to 10.10 next week. We are planning to roll out self-service to business teams, but we are still working on that. We want to deploy a self-service solution to them but we have not done so yet. For 2018, we want to use Dossier and visualizations. We have a new Vitara visualization chart. We are now planning to buy Vitara visualizations and we'll be using that. View full review »
Shajy Mathai
Analytics Technical Officer at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Delivery, meaning the ability to create aesthetically pleasing information by providing dashboards. In terms of self-service, we have an ad-hoc platform, where you can build portfolio reports on your own, so that's already released. The capability of MicroStrategy that I believe we are going to be utilizing most in 2018 is mobile. We're trying to get to launch. We're having issues with legal, around the app store, those types of things. View full review »
Sales Performance Manager at a government with 10,001+ employees
The most valuable feature is the ability to build reports, then customize for different groups instead of having to build multiple reports. Therefore, the ability to build customization in the reports for different groups. I am happy with the UI. View full review »
BI Developer
The option to use various administrative tools, like Command Manager, System Manager, and Integrity Manager. I prefer having the analytic capabilities all in one place, such as a single platform. View full review »
Director Departamento Data Analitics at a health, wellness and fitness company with 1,001-5,000 employees
MicroStrategy incorporates in itself a set of tools and utilities of incredible analysis that greatly facilitate the construction of elaborated reports. The evolution of MicroStrategy in its latest versions facilitates the construction of objects, although it still allows the definition of schemes in the projects that give the reports a lot of functionality in navigation (drill-down), filters, ... View full review »
BI Team Lead at a healthcare company with 501-1,000 employees
The most valuable feature is predictive analytics. We also have some users that love using self-service. In 2018, I think the most utilized MicroStrategy capability, for us, will be dashboarding. View full review »
Aurelio Gutierrez
BI Engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
* A single version of the truth. * Having the analytics capabilities on a single platform. * The usability for users to be able to drag and drop, then create their own reports. View full review »
Anil Mallavarapu
Senior Analyst at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Definitely the dashboards and the VI, because they're pretty cool for our customers. Our business users have access to self-service. And looking at 2018, the feature we plan on using the most is Dossiers. View full review »
Software Development Management
* Visual Insight; now Dossiers * Its robust, analytical predictor * How we can enable program leaders, so they can be enabled to do their own jobs rather than depending on IT. * We are using MicroStrategy's Writeback capabilities for retail. View full review »
Sunil Nandamudi
IT Consultant at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We have been using it mostly for grid reports and its exporting features. We are going to start using the Geospatial, which is a new feature. We are also looking forward to the 10.9 and 10.10 features coming out. View full review »
Senior Manager at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
The most valuable features are drill down, dashboards, documents, bringing everything under one roof, and visualizations. We are using mobile analytics, and it is amazing. While we prefer having the analytic capabilities in single platform, it does depends on the use case. View full review »
Janis Dreimanis
Operational Risk Manager
The flexibility. And looking ahead in 2018, we expect to be using dashboards and, hopefully, Dossier. View full review »
Project Manager at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
* Its Cube performance * Can be easily integrated to D3 * Can be easily integrated with third-party tools/products View full review »
Christie Schroeder
BI at a comms service provider with 1-10 employees
The dashboards. The visual end side. Being able to do visualizations is important. View full review »
Director at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
The whole Repository side of things is beneficial because you develop it once, and you can use it anywhere, in the Enterprise grade. View full review »
BI Analyst at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
The architecture, it's very solid. We are also using the Writeback capabilities. We are writing back to our CRM, Salesforce. View full review »
Anurag Singh Chauhan
Business Intelligence Engineer at a leisure / travel company with 10,001+ employees
* Mobile * Data marts * Cubes * Visual Insights (VI) * SQL engine * MicroStrategy Office View full review »
BI Developer at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The convenience of it. Having it on the mobile, therefore someone has it right there in their pocket most of the time. It is a pretty simple solution so far, so we have not really gone beyond where it is. View full review »
FPNA Analysts at a mining and metals company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The dashboarding is probably the best feature for us. It is something that we have not had in the past. We prefer having our analytics capabilities in a single platform, which MicroStrategy's offers. In 2018, we will probably be using the documents and dashboards. View full review »
Alexs Thompson
Data Engineering Leader at a Consumer Goods with 10,001+ employees
The data governance is the most important thing. View full review »
Senior Application Analyst at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The most valuable features are ad hoc reporting and the ability to create dashboards. View full review »
Anton Cui
Solution Executive DAG at a tech company with 51-200 employees
Mobile. It brings reports/dashboards closer to the business user. They can access it whenever they want with their mobile devices. It also provides consistent user experience similar to the same reports/dashboards on browser, and it is very intuitive. View full review »
Tobias Klemm
Department Manager with 10,001+ employees
* Semi-automatic support of implementing date dimensions, including delta to prior year implementation. * Speed for high level aggregation by using Intelligent Cubes. View full review »
Eric Figueroa
Senior Business Intelligence Consultant with 51-200 employees
The most valuable features are the self-service and the pixel-perfect dashboards. View full review »
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