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Vendor
Systems Analyst at TTC
Jul 27 2017

What is most valuable?

Project Schema/metadata- Very flexible, connects to a variety of different data sources and is very flexible for many specific tasks. Attributes/metrics/filters created once used by everyone… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Management would spend half a week gathering data and number crunching in Excel. It was a long, slow and tedious process. In the end they could not calculate at the level of detail required. Today… more»

What needs improvement?

- Many users have requested some specific graphing capability. More precisely, they would like the ability to configure a graph to be formatted and displayed identically to their excel documents. This… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Was not involved in purchasing. We've converted our CPU licenses to user named licenses since we have two 32 core I-servers that are clustered. That means 90% of our power was sitting idle and wasted… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

No previous solution, we do have business objects within our environment but it was not selected as the platform moving forward.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I was not involved in the decision making process.
Partha-DWBI Analytics Expert
Real User
Chief Prinicpal Architect at a software R&D company with 51-200 employees
Apr 20 2017

What is most valuable?

Schema updates help us to cope up with enterprise business definition changes. Reports auto-styling allows us to design stunning report output, differentiating the result set for better understanding… more»

How has it helped my organization?

* Enterprise wide reporting capability. * Self-service reporting & analysis. * Extensive analysis of business units function: It provides various metrics and by using drill through and drill across… more»

What needs improvement?

The flexibility to work with agile data model updates.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It’s cloud version pricing is competitive and in sync with market demand.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We worked with IBM Cognos and its business adaption due to its rich data visualization capabilities, widget creation, etc.

What other advice do I have?

For an enterprise-wide DWBI implementation, MicroStrategy is a great choice. Evaluate your organizational needs to go in either for on-premises or cloud version of the product to control your project… more»
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Consultant
Freelance MicroStrategy Expert, MicroStrategy Master at Neu-BI
Mar 09 2017

What is most valuable?

* The ability to work directly on top of almost every known data source, while creating optimized queries for each data source type. * The ability to take the load of the… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The ability to investigate high-level data in cubes and once an issue is found, you can directly drill to the row-level data within the same platform. No coding or… more»

What needs improvement?

* The default color pallets could be improved, and they are improving with each version. * Simplification of the various configurations: The product offers a huge amount… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Most high-end tools cost roughly similar, but the TCO of MSTR is said to be lower than others due to the reuse of objects and the ability to work with the dependencies… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

* I previously used Panorama on top of Microsoft SSAS cubes. I think that in today’s world, the cube is just a fragment of the performance tuning, rather than being the… more»

What other advice do I have?

If you are not a MicroStrategy expert, use one, especially in the initial phases of the projects; it will save you a great deal in the long term.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Of course, we evaluated Qlik, Tableau and MSBI Suite.
Vendor
Technical Specialist at Syntel Inc
Dec 07 2016

What is most valuable?

Mobile, Visual Insights, reporting and subscriptions with alerts.

How has it helped my organization?

From my experience, I see that it is definitely more useful for businesses to make effective decisions from the data used. One example I can recall is in healthcare, where it helps businesses to see… more»

What needs improvement?

Some of the basic features such as Axis Label formatting on Graphs, Quick Switch on mobile (iOS), properly updated documentation on their websites, and faster enhancement fixes when needed for… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

They should make it cheaper and add more value to the product by resolving small issues that are very key to businesses. Other than that, the current pricing and licensing model is good.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I’ve used Qlikview and Tableau – which is good in self service than enterprise delivery. I love MicroStrategy as it has full depth BI functionality inside right from Admin to End Users scalability… more»

What other advice do I have?

Understand your business needs and budget. In order decide whether or not to get this tool you need to know your the vision that will eventually help in growing your business.
Vendor
Senior BI Analyst at O2CI - Consultoria de Negócio
Dec 07 2016

What is most valuable?

The OLAP environment is valuable. The user can find all the data in a single place and through the web, without needing to install anything on their machines and, of… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It gives people access to data in a single place (portal).

What needs improvement?

I believe they should move to the web completely and leave the desktop behind. Features available one time through one and another time through the other complicates… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It's expensive. I believe there are others that can provide most of the features for a better price.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

The company I was working for chose that course of action. I'd rather we did a proof of concept with several vendors instead of choosing MicroStrategy up front.

What other advice do I have?

Compare, and if you're going to spend a lot of money anyhow, there are better options, surely!

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No other options were evaluated. My boss at the time didn't want to spend time with evaluations, unfortunately.
Consultant
Tech Lead at Happiest Minds Technologies
Nov 15 2016

What is most valuable?

The OLAP functionality of this product is best in class. The cubes created in MSTR can utilize all cores of the server and thus can be configured to use MPP architecture… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We were able to automate multiple repetitive tasks in the BI environment using administrative tools provided with this product. This helped the team focus their energies… more»

What needs improvement?

Version control is still a major concern in MicroStrategy. I am aware that MSTR is working on it as an enhancement. License cost is also on the heavier side. Perhaps the… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

License cost is quite pricey with loads of add-on functionalities and tools. Organizations possessing an enterprise-wide vision should be the right customers for this… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have used some other solutions simultaneously and also at previous work places but I have never switched from one tool to another.

What other advice do I have?

MicroStrategy requires a heavy dose of training and experience to master it. Prepare yourself with an experienced team before jumping into any project.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I did an assessment of Microsoft and MicroStrategy but I realized that both fall into quite different leagues. Microsoft is an ideal fit for low to mid-level companies… more»
Consultant
Business Intelligence Consultant at InfoCepts
Oct 10 2016

What is most valuable?

* Architect (lets you design schema for multi-dimensional analysis) * Visual Insight (self-service BI)

How has it helped my organization?

This tool lets you design operational/analytical reports that business utilizes to overcome bottlenecks in processes of product development life-cycle.

What needs improvement?

* Visual Insight is still not mature & does not have as much flexibility as its competitors. It is very unstable while doing development or using. Also, it does not have… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Licensing is a bit complex. Identify the user base & then analyze usage from the end-user & developer point of view. Keep track of unused licenses instead of adding new… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I did not previously use a different solution.

What other advice do I have?

Make sure you are implementing this as an enterprise system & always check compatibility with other integrating systems.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Before choosing this product, I did not evaluate other options.
Consultant
Senior BI Developer at Cognizant Technology Solutions
Sep 21 2016

What is most valuable?

MicroStrategy has a lot of features. If the developers and end-users know how to use it in depth, it is one awesome BI tool. MicroStrategy Architect is kind of a data… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The security filters concept was very useful for our requirements. It was like we had to use same database tables (backend) and report structure (frontend) for different… more»

What needs improvement?

The visual insight tool can be improved further. When I tried with Tableau, it has a wide variety of graphs to generate quick and easy. The graphical interpretations… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The price is too high. They could at least increase the software evaluation period.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

MicroStrategy was the first tool I worked on in five years. But I would probably switch to Tableau if I needed to work on visual insights and utilize a variety of graphs.

What other advice do I have?

MSTR is a great tool for reporting. Especially for big organisations, it is very stable. Training is a must for the developers who want to play with the options available… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We didn't evaluate any other tools; the requirements we received from customers instructed us to work with MSTR.
Vendor
Manager at The NPD Group
Sep 19 2016

What is most valuable?

Hands-down: Object-oriented metadata architecture. Why? Allows the re-use of objects throughout the platform, resulting in fast development, need for smaller staff, and… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Truly provides a single version of the truth. Once you create a metric or report that is correct, it is always correct, no matter where it is deployed. When a company I… more»

What needs improvement?

Documentation and training: Though the basics of the platform are well documented and the in-house training offerings are the best software training classes I have ever… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

MicroStrategy can be very expensive compared to other platforms – at first blush. The cost of purchasing the software and licenses has frequently been identified in… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I did not previously use a different solution.

What other advice do I have?

* Do not attempt to ‘learn as you go’. It is a powerful platform and thus complex to understand. Attend MicroStrategy training classes. MicroStrategy offers on-line and… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I do not know if/what other products were evaluated prior to MicroStrategy.
Consultant
Business Intelligence Consultant
Oct 06 2015

What is most valuable?

I think that MicroStrategy has a lot of well-designed features, and that if users know how to use them or are willing to learn, it maybe a very valuable tools for them. I can recall that most users love to use the MicroStrategy Visual Insight tool that allows users to see in-real time graphs that users design on-site, using the attributes and metrics that they are familiar with. Another good… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Using the intelligence cube, I’ve managed to increase the performance of the main load of my documents, giving users the full data access in less than five seconds, instead of spending 30 seconds or a minute waiting for the results. Update: Using the mobile application, it gave insurer agents more flexibility and a great success in their daily roles, since they could insert new information… more»

What needs improvement?

I think that there are some bugs regarding the design, and some features are a little hidden from the developer. Developers need to do a lot of research and consult a lot of manuals just to find that the solution for their problem was in a check-box within the configurations of the tool or project. Update: Never tried the MicroStrategy 10, only installed it, so the improvement may already been… more»
Consultant
Senior business Intelligence consultant at Asociación SevillaUP
Aug 10 2015

What is most valuable?

HTML content in dashboards MicroStrategy can read data from a wide variety of different DBMS and web services, producing optimized SQL code for each of them. It's a one… more»

How has it helped my organization?

streamlining processes, cleansing data We use it for any kind of reporting and analysis. It helped manage the institution, reduce costs and provide better service to the… more»

What needs improvement?

HTML5 visuals, modern infographics The web is full of very interesting data, and the number of web services providing datasets is increasing. I would like to see Support… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I'd rather not disclose it.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We are still using multi vendors solutions. There are historical datawarehouses that need to be maintained (Oracle BI, Actuate, Microsoft BI), but all new development is… more»

What other advice do I have?

Training training training. Especially in the beginning phase, a wrong choice can be very costly.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated Oracle, QlickView, Tableau, Microsoft BI
Scott Mitchell
Real User
Director of BI / Solution Architect at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees
Mar 11 2015

What is most valuable?

Valuable features include advanced SQL Engine, Reusable Metadata, Data Exploration/Viz, Production Grade Report/Dashboard Automation, Mobile, Integration with rich… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Made self-service BI/Data Exploration possible for the end-user.

What needs improvement?

Simplified development tools. Removing Flash from web interfaces

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

$150k for a single CPU of web/iserver capacity. Currently all development/administration is supported by a single off-shore developer at a rate of $35/hr. The new pricing… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have worked with many other solutions but keep choosing MicroStrategy whenever the requirements are complex. There are many niche players that may excel in certain… more»

What other advice do I have?

If your BI requirements are complex and require significant integration into internal applications this can be achieved using MicroStrategy and the SDK but the appropriate… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated Tableau, QlikView, Cognos, BO, SSRS?MS Power BI, OBIEE, TIBCO.
Arpit Agrawal
Consultant
Consultant at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
Sep 15 2014

What do you think of MicroStrategy?

When a customer wants to implement BI, there are lots of options available in the market to choose from. The decision depends on various parameters such as scale of implementation, costing and performance. They can either go with the open source options, or they can plan towards a paid BI tool. The decision can also be driven based on strategic factors of the company. I personally don’t believe in tool agnostic approach, I feel every customer has his own BI needs and has some specific requirements. No tool in this world can meet each one of these requirements, but in my experience MicroStrategy provides a complete product, which meets most of the customer requirements. This would be my first product review on a Business intelligence tool “MicroStrategy” MicroStrategy is a…
Vendor
Engineer at Cognilytics
May 01 2014

What do you think of MicroStrategy?

For how long have you used this product? - 5.5 yrs Which features of this product are most valuable to you? - Dynamic and user friendly What areas of this product have room for improvement? - Easy Performance tuning is required on MSTR Desktop. Did you encounter any issues with deployment, stability or scalability? - No Did you previously use a different solution and if so, why did you switch? - In MSTR itself we have alternative for different solution Before choosing this product, did you evaluate other options? If so, which ones? - Yes I have done comparison with Cognos and SSRS reporting tool. How would you rate the level of customer service and technical support? - 6 out of 10 Was the initial setup straightforward or complex? In what ways? - Straight but…
Arpit Agrawal
Consultant
Consultant at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
May 01 2014

What do you think of MicroStrategy?

MicroStrategy Mobile BI- “Smart Analytics using Smartphone’s” The day is not too far when everyone on this planet will stand connected. With another five billion people set to become a part of mobile users community, the digital revolution promises to redefine and improve lifestyle in terms of productivity, health, education and myriad other avenues of the physical world. The introduction of this small, compact but empowering device has undoubtedly filled in the digital divide across the globe. Mobile computers are spreading faster than any other consumer technology in history. Mobile telecom has been witnessing a decade of depreciation in prices of devices as well as calling rates, making wireless services affordable for masses. In the year 2007, the average price of a phone was $120 and…
Consultant
BI Expert at Metric Foundry
May 01 2014

What do you think of MicroStrategy?

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.

What is MicroStrategy?

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.

Product portfoilio:

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.

MicroStrategy customers

Allstate Insurance, Barneys New York, Boston Children's Hospital, Buenos Aires Department of the Treasury, Campbell Soup Company, DHL, eBay, eHarmony, Facebook, Four Seasons Hotels Inc., Godiva, Hard Rock International, LinkedIn, Netflix, Pfizer, SECO (Swiss Government Unemployment Agency), Starbucks, Texas A&M University, Thomson Reuters Markets, US House of Representatives, and the US Postal Service.

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