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MicroStrategy review by Holly F.
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"Microstrategy is easy....how your company organizes the data may not be!"

What do you like best?

Ease of use. There are multiple ways to do the same thing (navigation bar, starburst menu, or main screen). Easy to find existing reports if company organizes it well. User's don't have to worry about relationships between data sets if the admin sets up the system well.

What do you dislike?

Data may be hard to find but it greatly depends on how your company decides to organize it. Sometimes a little unstable (online version) but most issues are due to your company's server capabilities. Some reports take a VERY LONG time to run but once again, most of that due to how much data the system has in it PLUS the server capability.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This software is comparable to other Report Writers...Crystal Reports, Cognos Impromptu, etc. in that a user can easily create reports from data that is coming from various company wide applications and then either format and print OR export to Excel.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Being able to easily run reports from data that is coming from various sources within the company.

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MicroStrategy review by Hossam R.
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"3 years Experience with Microstrategy"

What do you like best?

Centralized location for reporting makes it easier for users from different departments to access the data.

Very powerfull tool if metadata is well conceived and if the tool is well leveraged from the users and the admins.

Easy to manage and create reports for non IT users

Very user friendly interface

Can optimise and manage projects completely through the application itself if the tool is well leveraged.

Advanced analytical engine

does not reuire advanced level in SQL to customise reports

Widgets ready to use

Very stable and reliable

Rare error messages for front end users

Constructive error messages

Very helpfull Support throught Microstrategy Forum

Creating, managing accounts and granting roles and access is fast and easy

Creating projects simple projects is easy

Data source connectivity is good

Integrate well with existing systems

big inprovement from Microstrategy version 9 to version 10

What do you dislike?

IT gets hard to support users because the tool allows a lot of freedom for the users ( creating reports, subscriptions...)

As an admin not easy to learn, requires at least a couple of Months of challenges

It takes times to configure the software the first time

Relaoding the data when you reboot the server takes time depending on the infrastructure

At first it was hard to trust data especially when comparing sales with previous years

Recommendations to others considering the product

It does not require expensive machines.

Easy DIY reports.

Multiple ways for reports deployment.

web and desktop based solution

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Account management

Rreporting and dashboards.

Sales forcasting

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MicroStrategy review by Dalila D.
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"Outil trés complet, puissant mais peut être compliqué à mettre en place"

What do you like best?

c'est un outil flexible, on peut faire des tableaux de bord rapidement avec visual insight.

Grand rapidité d'exécution.

La souscription des historiques, l'envoi par mail fonctionne bien.

MicroStrategy est un outil puissant, il permet de faire des liens avec Microsoft office, même si je n'ai pas encore essayé. Ce lien ne peut fonctionner que si on utilise les "documents".

La gestion des utilisateurs est très complète, elle permet l'interdiction d'accès au tableau de bord mais aussi à la donnée.

les utilisateurs peuvent importer leur fichier excel et les croiser avec les données du data wharehouse existant.

Ils peuvent également extraire leurs tableaux de bord sur Excel ou faire une impression en PDF.

Le passage en environnement de production est assez simple.

What do you dislike?

il faut avoir une formation poussée (technique) pour mettre en place cet outil. il faut une bonne infrastructure selon la taille des données, une grande capacité disque et une bonne RAM.

Il y a beaucoup de paramétrage à faire au niveau administrateur si on veut pousser toutes les fonctionnalités de microstrategy, comme la gestion des utilisateurs et interdiction d'accès.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Il faut tout d'abord avoir une bonne infra structure et prévoir des environnements DEV, TEST et PROD.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Nous avons pu mettre en place des indicateurs pour les partager au sein de l'entreprise.

Toutes les personnes de l'entreprise ne voient que les indicateurs auxquels ils ont accès avec une bonne gestion des accès.

Ils peuvent créer d'eux même leurs analyses libres, en utilisant les cubes ou en reprenant les fichiers excel.

What Business Intelligence Platforms solution do you use?

Thanks for letting us know!
MicroStrategy review by Joseph B.
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"MicroStrategy is a scalable IT solution for centralized enterprise analytics"

What do you like best?

MSTR's underlying technology is best in class. The answer to "is [X] possible?" is always "yes". The dependency chain is unbreakable, which is really comforting from an architecture development standpoint. One of the pain points we had with Looker prior to switching to MSTR was that it didn't have a robust dependency chain (we did like using Git for version control though).

The SQL generation is also *very* readable, in contrast with many of MSTR's competitors.

The in-memory cubes are powerful - 2B row limit per CPU. We used these cubes to build some otherwise prohibitively large dynamic dashboards.

What do you dislike?

UI, support, stability. Support is predicated on a vast knowledge of MSTR's intricacy's, including deep logging features which do not feel Cloud-worthy. Cloud is clearly a new philosophy for them. Professional services is hit or miss.

The "managed service" aspect of the Cloud product still relies on a deep understanding of the platform and its nuances and jargon.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If starting from scratch, be sure to include nimble, scalable data sources such as Snowflake or BigQuery

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Self-service access to complex data that would be otherwise inscrutable to business teams. We've found numerous asymmetrical opportunities to improve our business.

We've also productionized large chunks of our client-facing work - the dashboards help us find the fires and put them out, find the smoke where there might be more fires, and find the successes we might have otherwise missed.

MicroStrategy review by Rajavel S.
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"Good Enterprise Platform Addressing Key Business Usecases & Innovative every year"

What do you like best?

MicroStrategy Mobile,

MicroStrategy Adhoc Capabilities,

Strong Administration,

Visual Insights (With improvements needed towards usability and performance)

Awaiting/Excited to use/try Dossier that MSTR is coming up with (Going to be BI Revolutionary)

What do you dislike?

Enhancements are sometime slower for smaller or minor issues

DEFECTS/LIMITATIONS keeps piling up

Will recommend MSTR to improve their KNOWLEDGE BASE site

Recommendations to others considering the product

Good tool if you are clear with DWH/BI usage from the enterprise standpoint.

Requires proper Admin to maintain the SERVERS

Requires technical skills to build the core Metadata alone

MicroStrategy comes with lot of innovative ideas every year - so they are catching the market and focusing accordingly

Very good adhoc flexible tool - if you've good schematic design (with good data model design)

Mobile Apps are easy to build and deploy - specific to mobile audience and will be like REAL LIVE APP with all key usage/features

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Health Care Business & Financial Business. We get lot of operational reports or user daily usage reports or Mobile Ready Apps to interact and take decision immediately from the Mobile devices in LIVE

MicroStrategy review by Mark G.
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"Great reporting software, from simple to complex"

What do you like best?

I'm not technical enough to do the super fancy stuff, but our Microstrategy admin can do some amazing things with this tool. He makes dashboards that link to other reports, add visualizations, and do calculations in the background, custom filters, and so much more. We use this everyday in the business and is the lifeblood of all reporting.

What do you dislike?

I dislike the fact that it isn't as user friendly as say Salesforce or something like that. I sometimes have to rely on the admin to help me with more complex reports or filters. It can also be a bit slow due to the amount of data we have, but that's more of a data problem.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you have a dedicated admin then this is a great tool. It's possible to make it user friendly and just load up all the filters you might ever need and do a training session and let it go, but the real power comes from the advanced dashboard features and some of the advanced filters.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

All of our reporting needs go through Microstrategy. We use this for internal and external reporting and can trust the numbers it provides. We also hook it up to other systems to feed in data and it works great. Once the reports are built it runs flawlessly.

MicroStrategy review by Cindi S.
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"MicrStrategy Developer Experience"

What do you like best?

Easy to get up and running. The product is also multi functional, you can build cubes, reports, Data Entry transaction reports, send everything via email, write to file, etc. I especially like the re usability of objects. End users do not need a lot of training. This product is flexible to where you can add your own java code to enhance the end user experience.

What do you dislike?

I have not been able figured out how I can control table joins within reports, so I have to created free form sql reports, which is messy to upkeep. The documentation is lacking for this product

Recommendations to others considering the product

Licensing cost. Upfront costs can be expensive, however, upgrades are included in the yearly maintenance fee, which is something not all software companies provide.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use MicroStrategy for data entry and also we use it for revenue vs forecasted. Our end users use it alot to get project end statistics to the client

MicroStrategy review by Raghavendra K.
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"MicroStrategy 10"

What do you like best?

One of best Business Intelligence enterprise reporting tool, which has loads of rich features available to the business user on the web and PDA, with ease of use, and advanced analysis in a single end-to-end solution.

The MicroStrategy Desktop can read majority data source, from the simplest flat files to most complex databases and online data sets, so data from all sources is available in one place. The visual interface lets business users quickly blend and analyze all their data.

What do you dislike?

The function that should boost business productivity and efficiency

- Enable to optimize business rules

- Make better collaborative decisions.

- Advanced analytics

Recommendations to others considering the product

Recommendations for consideration:

- Reusable and Rich Metadata Layer

- Market Proven Enterprise Scalability and Performance

- Dynamic Report Personalization

- Centralized Enterprise Administration

- Flexible and Powerful OLAP Analysis

- Heterogeneous Data Source Access

In a case still, on the old version, don't wait.Upgrade to the latest version.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Global operational delivery performance indicators that capture between the factories and stores, business users will access the visualization dashboards to get an insight into their portfolio/accounts and be better informed about their status and possible opportunities.

MicroStrategy review by Emmet M.
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"Long term Microstrategy and BI solutions user"

What do you like best?

I like MicroStrategy's simplicity to create complex multi pass SQL reports, visualisations over varied datasets, the breath of areas in which the product can be used. I currently work within insurance typically a very complex data environment with strict data governance controls we have adapted our MicroStrategy installation to cope with the agile demands of data discovery whilst also accommodating change control and data governance.

I also like MicroStrategy's ability to stay abreast of upcoming opportunities within the BI arena, specifically the introduction of mobile functionality, system manager to automate report production MicroStrategy office, R support and the list goes on.

What do you dislike?

With all BI tools there is unfortunately a period of setup and learning required, I believe that MicroStrategy make this more onerous than most other providers. Perhaps MicroStrategy could benefit from opening up the learning material on it's product functionality to allow technical users of the product become more familiar and help out on typical problems encountered in real life situations through social media shares.

I look forward to licencing and product registration changes in MicroStrategy 10 as these would have been described as complex and confusing in previous versions. I feel that MicroStrategy support in Europe (Ireland) is perhaps not as comprehensive as it would be in the US, let downs include learning experience, product support, fault fixing and specific installation recommendations.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would recommend to users who have little experience in more technical product offerings yes.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Over the past year our Analytics team have been working on report automation using ETL tools, Stored Procedures and of course MicroStrategy. MicroStrategy has been key in delivering effort savings of 30+ man hours per week for business as usual reporting. Some of the product that have proved most beneficial in completing this type of project include online interactive documents/dashboards replacing manual office based packs and also MicroStrategy Office for those hard to convince users.

We have also plans to ramp up our usage of predictive analytics over the coming year and MicroStrategy's ability to use R models will assist in delivering real time analysis on everything from Customer Renewal Propensity, Cancellation prophylaxis and Dynamic pricing.

MicroStrategy review by Cesar H.
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"Solid enterprise features, but lacking on self service and visual discovery"

What do you like best?

MicroStrategy has a solid record as an enterprise BI solution. It allows to build fairly complex semantic layers to deal with challenging warehouse structures and complex reporting requirements, and provides good security and access control. It can easily connect to most commercial databases and the web portal allows for an easy and secure distribution of reports and dashboards to users. The web document features it contains out-of-the-box are usually enough to build compelling dashboard suites and web applications. It is expandable through SDK and lately MicroStrategy has made efforts to reduce the difficulty on integrate external visualization packages such as D3.

The self service tool Visual Insight has evolved a lot over recent years and it has become much more useful and competitive to alternatives such as Tableau, and although it is not quite there yet, it is expected that the tool will continue to evolve.

What do you dislike?

Development of standard MicroStrategy documents is not very intuitive, and requires training and practice. The MicroStrategy Developer tool has not had a significant upgrade in at least 7 years, and while web development capabilities are constantly added, the Developer tool is still needed to perform some tasks, which makes it all more confusing.

While MicroStrategy seems to be investing a lot into their self service tool Visual Insight, and the mobile capabilities, standard documents and dashboards, with are quite useful for a lot of users have not been updated at the same pace. Several web enhancements on VI are not replicated on the standard documents, which again makes matters difficult for developers when we want to port a self-service dashboard to a standard enterprise document, better suited for widespread distribution and access control. It would be good if Microstrategy considered to update the web capabilities of these documents, such as more functional OOB visualizations and selectors.

On VI itself, it still needs more work as there are several features that are available on other similar tools and are not still present on VI. For instance, the ability to define parameters and use them to define attributes, calculations and selectors should be considered, or the tiled approach and automatic resize is not good when you need to present a consistent view.

Recommendations to others considering the product

MicroStrategy is at its best when it's intended as an enterprise solution, with a good team of developers and admins to model and support the system, and build the complex reports and dashboards required, with potentially self service and data discovery capabilities built on top of that. If it's purpose is just to be a self service, data discovery tool then probably there are better tools available at the moment.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We develop web applications based on analysis of customer data. MicroStrategy allows for rapid development of a suite of interlinked dashboards with complex data structures that can be presented and sold as a consistent web application. As these aplications are sold to external customers, we need to ensure a top quality, security and stability, which MicroStrategy provides.

MicroStrategy review by Carol E.
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"MicroStrategy Provides Powerful Analysis "

What do you like best?

The ability to quickly put together a project that allows users to have great insight to their data in order to make improved decisions. It supports many data sources and can handle complex analysis. I like that the applications can be customized to user type - from casual user that just needs basic information to an advanced analyst that wants to build their own reports.

What do you dislike?

I like most everything - I think there remains improvement that could be done in the area of data visualization.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Do a trial and I think you'll see that it can meet or exceed your expectations.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have used MicroStrategy to solve problems in many industries including Retail, Telecommunications and CPG. Currently I'm working on applications that provide trends of sales and inventory and also calculate shrink. Profit improvement is realized by helping retailers reduce shrink on products that have a short shelf life.

MicroStrategy review by Francesco M.
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"A complete enterprise BI Tool"

What do you like best?

MicroStrategy backend is a warhorse.

The SQL engine (the component that generates the SQL code for reports) is very smart and has a lot of setting to adapt to your database to improve performances.

Security is strong and flexible, user can have access to different reports/dashboards or to the same object but allowed to see only part of the data.

The plugin architecture allows to add new functionality or to integrate MicroStrategy with your environment.

What do you dislike?

In the last version they improved the front-end for data exploration, but they are still behind Tableau. Much nicer than other tools.

Sometimes you can find annoying bugs that you wonder how they didn't catch before (the new quarterly release programs should help here).

The tool added a lot of functionality in the last few years, but how to use/implement them it's a bit complicated, the added new functionality but the had to build them on top of the old interface.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Get someone with experience to help you.

Use the MicroStrategy community to have help to solve your problems.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Building dashboards and reports for users from C levels to the new accountant. The new Dashboard capability is much more customizable and it looks awesome.

Prototyping from a simple db query is very quick and it helps a lot.

The MicroStrategy capability to be db agnostic allows us to use different databases, we are now exploring the hadoop space with MicroStrategy.

MicroStrategy review by WILSON C.
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"I do not think about changing software"

What do you like best?

It's very easy to use that tool. It's Intuitive and fast. The new integrations with 3rd parties provide us a productivity gain that make it better any other olap tool

What do you dislike?

the price is not reasonable. Despite the last features rearrangement, we still paying a lot for the tool

Recommendations to others considering the product

I'd like the MSTR's Directors to think about lowering the price of the tool.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Basically management issues. E.g. Purchase of Medicinal products based on warehouse resupply point; . We need to act in advance of that situations. If we could gather informations about how long the partner will take to bring us some product, what our real consumption average against our supply for that good, we could decide between wait for reach the ressuply point or start the process to buy immediately.

MicroStrategy review by ADOUTTE M.
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"A robust solution for large-scale BI projects"

What do you like best?

- High scalability

- Very stable

- Excellent reporting capabilities

- Very good mobile BI (on apple products)

- Good data exploration tools for power users

What do you dislike?

- Complex deployment and development

- Evolving slowly

- High migration costs compared to the gains

- Web interface is a mix of (very) old and brand new, with little coherence

- The complexity of the tool make it unsuitable for the general audience, the target audience is the data analyst

Recommendations to others considering the product

Microstrategy is a complete BI solution for people with BI needs that are high, diverse, and relatively stable.

It allows a small-scale team to address most of the BI needs of a large company.

Because of its high set-up cost (both technically and financially), it is not well suited for small-scale projects, or companies with fast-changing needs.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Microstrategy shines when it comes to reliably deliver basic reporting to large amounts of users.

Native iOS apps (that can be rebranded to your company's colors) make it an excellent mobile BI solution.

A team of 4 people can deliver mobile dashboards to 2500+ users.

The data discovery tool available in web allows to deliver self-service BI for power users.

MicroStrategy review by Alex C.
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"Good product overall, if you know what you're doing."

What do you like best?

Robust SQL engine, numerous types of connections to several data sources, relatively easy integration of multiple data sources in single dashboard. Enterprise product enables us to pick and choose the components we need, and we're able to meet most reporting problems with the wide-variety of tools within platform. Cloud services also helps us spend less time on operational stability.

What do you dislike?

Some disparity among different types of objects (reports, documents, dashboards) both in UI as well as feature set. Graphs look great in dashboards, but terrible in reports. Efficiently utilizing full array of features in platform requires a lot of education about what all the products do.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Creating a "single source of truth" data. Standardizing data governance across enterprise. Enabling users to be self-sufficient with self-service BI.

MicroStrategy review by Kathleen P.
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"Great way to collect and analyze data"

What do you like best?

quick and easy reporting, lots of customization, easy to read and understand.

What do you dislike?

slight learning curve at first, but once you get the hang of it, it's pretty easy

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you need daily reporting of various account activity, this is a great platform. You can customize it so it fits your needs and it has a very clean dashboard.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I log into Microstrategy every day to analyze reports, I can easily customize them so they fit my needs, it's a great way to stay organized and up to date on what is going on in my accounts.

MicroStrategy review by Muhammad Moiz A.
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"Good for what is does, however for sure has room for improvement"

What do you like best?

Visual Insight (and the way it does OLAP on the fly!)

Transactional Document

Maths / financial library and functions.

What do you dislike?

Limited visualisations in Visual Insights.

No Microstrategy maintained bug free repository of Visualisations.

Installing new Visualisations from community repositories can break existing running visualisations.

Uncontrolled buggy updates to community repository of visualisations.

Visualisations are not able to support many dimensions in a meaningful way, most work with only a few dimensions.

Triggers are not very intuitive or useful in the first attempt.

Microstrategy Office plugin does not support Visual Insight.

Upgrades can break existing running projects.

Recommendations to others considering the product

There is nothing better than this out there!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I had variety of problems to solve. Spectrum includes from Product analytics, Marketing analytics, Company KPIs to Financial calculations.

MicroStrategy review by Rishi B.
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"User friendly Business Intelligence software"

What do you like best?

Microstrategy is having simple user interface and easy to create multiple reports and Dashboards.

Multiple reports can run at the same time and good options to export out.

What do you dislike?

The user interface is simple but still needs improvement. Not a lot of shortcuts or edit options are easily visible unless you explore it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Compare with Salesforce and Tableau.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have been running lot of queries to understand about different attributes and metrics. It is fairly fast for most of the reports and dashboards are quite helpful to identify trends and seasons.

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"Feedback on MicroStrategy"

What do you like best?

MicroStrategy is the one of the top leading BI tools which is highly scalable and reliable for Enterprise Analytics and Reporting.

What do you dislike?

License cost is high and ease of use is little complex for end users especially users with little to no knowledge of an analytics tool.

Recommendations to others considering the product

MicroStrategy is an industry leading BI reporting and analytics tool which is very sophisticated. I would recommend this tool to any organization planning to implement BI initiatives. This tool has all the latest features that a modern BI Tool provides.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Solving reports and files having complex data which is hard to understand from an internal and external user community perspective can be solved with intuitive reports in the form of grids, charts, documents and dashboards and lot more functionality. There are several other functionalities that are built in MicroStrategy such as OLAP, Scalar, Scientific and other aggregation functions which enable users to do simple to complex calculations on their data.

MicroStrategy review by Jenna D.
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"Microstrategy review"

What do you like best?

The drag and drop feature makes it very easy to customize reports. With a little bit of tweaking, you can filter attributes to make the data show what you need.

What do you dislike?

The metadata layer can sometimes be sluggish.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Be sure that there is a strong knowledge behind the programming. Our current Admin has no access to the database from which all the data is pulled, nor does he understand the implications of data, or have any way to verify it. I did all the validation and continue to do so, and it is not an easy task, but if the admin had that knowledge he would be able to handle most questions.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Visualization with grid-based data allow both straight data and graphs-based learners understand the data.

MicroStrategy review by Gregory N.
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"MicroStrategy Review"

What do you like best?

Incorporates the best of both worlds in Business Intelligence reporting; Easy to use, self-service analytics for business users, and Full-feature reporting solution for IT.

Stellar Sales and Product Support so far. Relatively new adopter.

What do you dislike?

No major dislikes of the product to-date.

Only minor concern is that some the education courses could be more polished. But, the fact that they have a complete education curriculum and certification program is a plus.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Currently only in early stages of development and implementation.

However, we have been able to quickly replace some existing, problematic Excel reports, pivot tables, and graphs with solutions that work and provide an attractive presentation.

We are working on implementations of Advanced Insurance metrics dashboards, reports and graphs.

MicroStrategy review by Administrator in Financial Services
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"It's been tough to implement (switching from SSAS) but is definitely feature rich."

What do you like best?

Virtually every element is configurable. The SQL Engine is quite robust and efficient. The availability of a web API for total customization is invaluable.

What do you dislike?

The endless configuration options are as much a detriment as a feature. There always seems to be some check-box that we forgot to check to get something as simple as sub-totaling to work correctly. Additionally, the support is abysmal and while there appears to be a vast community of users online everyone seems to be on older versions that are quite different than the current/latest version.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We were looking to add a platform for interactive dashboards and self service reporting. Still working on implementation so no benefits have been realized yet.

MicroStrategy review by Siddharth V.
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"One Stop Platform For All Flavours Of BI"

What do you like best?

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.

Another feature to highlight here is the latest Big Data Engine; MSTR's BDE is a Yarn based application that embeds right on top of Hadoop FS providing direct access to files in FS without need of any other language - Pig/Impala/Hive. I believe this is the closest a BI tool can embed on top of Hadoop FS.

The last one (not a feature though) which I would like to mention is the SQL that MSTR engine creates to retrieve data from warehouse. The multi-pass SQL is a very effective tool that provides lot of VLDB settings to tweak the SQL in regards to database, load and multiple other factors.

What do you dislike?

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 desktop version that launched recently, might help ease pressure on budget.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

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 on critical work tasks.

MicroStrategy review by Internal Consultant in Hospital & Health Care
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"MicroStrategy VI makes it relevant"

What do you like best?

I like the Visual Insight piece as it allows for quick attractive dashboard creation and lends itself easily to self service analytics. This allows for easy drilling and drag and drop analysis. This is the ideal solution for data discovery and exploration. Its attractive and if you prepare tables appropriately the cubes can be created in less than a minute. Cubes are in memory, so allow very fast interaction with the data subverting the need to ping your SQL server each time you change a filter. You still have the option to run live or schedule in memory cubes to refresh at any interval. If done right document are some of the most attractive dashboards I have seen, The convenience of an online tool is also fantastic.

What do you dislike?

The documents piece has an incredibly steep learning curve. Many features are not intuitive and there are inconsistencies in the features like some tools allow prompts where others do not. Navigation and menus are a bit clunky in tools other than VI. In all tools it can be incredibly difficult to modify or edit a specific part of a graph. Also some of how the various tools interact is clunky and inconsistent. There are many bugs, inconsistent and unexpected occurrences at random and not a lot of training material. The official MSTR training courses through the PEP licensing is usually good but I have had terrible experiences with in person trainers from errors in the manual to instructors not knowing seemingly basic stuff.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Every new release focuses on Visual Insight. This means that the product is getting better. This portion of the tool makes MSTR valuable. Its relatively intuitive and allows for great self service options. Its not the easiest tool to use but it is robust. Of the 7 BI tools I have used MSTR's VI is among the best. The other tools are difficult and cumbersome but very attractive if you have the time and skills. Although the price tag is high this is an enterprise level tool and is effective at what it does. The quirks and bugs make me crazy every tool comes with its baggage and you have to hope that they are resolved in the next release.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have financial data that we are trying to display in a format that makes it simple for users to know the most pertinent information at a glance but to also have the option to dig into the data if desired. We need a central location for all users to go for reporting and allow self service so we don't need to rebuild for each minor change desired.

MicroStrategy review by Maximiliano P.
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"The most complete BI Suite."

What do you like best?

MicroStrategy offers centralized administration, automation of administrative processes, and several key components that allows an admin to run commands, flows, schedule distributions, etc.

Also, the in memory capabilities are impressive since 10 onwards.

Finally, I really like the SDK they provide to do almost anything you can imagine.

Either for Admins, Analysts, Data Scientists, Reporters, end users, MicroStrategy offers a great deal of knowledge to gain by only using it.

What do you dislike?

It's not dislike as much as an expected impact: when you have a BI suite with so many capabilities, you need to bear in mind the whole ecosystem to avoid problems.

Also there is little documentation on SDK.

It's normal to feel overwhelmed when first introduced to such a complete BI suite, however, MicroStrategy offers a lot of information and courses to gain knowledge for your role.

Recommendations to others considering the product

MicroStrategy might seem a little overwhelming when you first see all its capabilities, but you must consider if you want a self service BI software only, or a BI suite that can do almost anything. Of course, the more you want to do, the complexity grows.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Reports and dashboards peformance, automated user creation and deletion, groups assignments, etc. Automated flows for development implementation. SDK customizations for look 'n feel, SDK integrations with custom SSO systems.

The advantage is that you have several ways to solve one problem mostly.

MicroStrategy review by Consultant in Information Technology and Services
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"Good to be with MicroStratgey BI tool, A great tool"

What do you like best?

In Memory partition or PRIME feature for faster performance and capability to handle high data. I tried to using this feature for some of the largest cube and found that cube has published time has been reduced to half. The only issue i faced it was consuming a lot of temp space on SQL server .

Data blending is another feature which i an really impressed.

What do you dislike?

R Integration with MicroStrategy and its behavior. In case if we have more than 1 metric in document using R, MSTR generate a seperate call to R for each metric, means if you have 4 metric calling R , it will generate 4 calls to R, impacting performance

Recommendations to others considering the product

MicroStrategy is at its best when it's intended as an enterprise solution, with a good team of developers and administrator.its good for dashboarding.. oustanding tool

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have developed some of the most complex documents for our product some of them related to customer current snapshot , its Behavior and prediction analysis. Since these dashboard / document are based on in-memory cube they fast and gave them complete insight of their data along with past ti present comparision.

MicroStrategy review by Administrator in Computer Software
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"My Microstrategy Review"

What do you like best?

Microstrategy synchronization between web and developer. single interface for end users to create their content and view it on the web directly. Microstrategy's distribution services is one among the best features. The rich looking dashboards that can be created using Microstrategy compared to other tools.

What do you dislike?

Some of the basic type of filters (Drop down+search+checkbox) and few other combinations which are very much basic filtering types which should be available are missing. recent versions have lot of bugs, and Microstrategy asking customer to upgrade to next versions is not the solution, as the next versions have some other bugs which need to be addressed before releasing newer versions.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Know your usage before choosing any tool.. each tool has its advantages and limitation. Comparing tools will not help.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Transaction services, Microstrategy office are helping one of the best features, though transaciton services needs some bug fixes in version 10

MicroStrategy review by Chris H.
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"MicroStrategy does it work? "

What do you like best?

I use MicroStrategy in many ways but I always try to maintain a different approach to gathering information from this system.

What do you dislike?

I would say the search engine could use a lot of tweaking as it doesn't deliver results as well as other tools and I always get the feeling that some data is not being captured or distributed.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you need business analytics in a proper form with many different ways of analyzing data then this is the solution. The team I was on really enjoyed using this tool and helped to make some significant improvements to the overall delivery.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are trying to use this for complicated projects vs spreadsheets etc. Analytics can get very tiresome if not managed properly.

MicroStrategy review by Ed T.
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"MicroStrategy platform - IRI POS data delivery"

What do you like best?

The dynamic report builder offers logical steps in creating different views of attributes and metric options used in reports. Sharing feature allows for standardized reports across all users.

What do you dislike?

Need more dynamic output choices for creating customer (B2B) facing presentations.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Consider data architecture thoroughly before going into production, especially if using parallel to other data sources/providers.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Creating actionable reports addressing KPIs and trends. Ability to track POS sales performance of existing and new product releases allows us to address any opportunities with value added services.

MicroStrategy review by Pankaj Sanjay A.
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"Key consideration for MicroStrategy"

What do you like best?

-Rich, Reusable and Efficient Metadata layer.

-Least dependability on ho your DWH is structured.

-Unmatched enterprise data security features

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What do you dislike?

I find everything just right with tool if you consider a fully fledged Enterprise reporting capability both for operational and business use.

They need to work on pricing compared to other niche players in this space.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Business users often want the agility and flexibility to build their own reports and dashboards without relying on the team of Developers. MicroStrategy Visual Insight – a fully integrated component of the MicroStrategy

Platform. We are currently using the VI capability to build self-serve on the top of data ware house.

MicroStrategy review by Administrator
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"Microstrategy User Review"

What do you like best?

The MSTR schema provides a comprehensive OLAP layer that ensures that the data is accessed with highly optimized queries and with a pretty good performance. Also, the support for mobile transactions is a really useful feature.

What do you dislike?

Some of the old dashboards and documents are not that good looking. Also Visual Insights still needs some polishing to compare to other self service BI tools like Tableau.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The main business problem that we are solving is granting access to our stakeholders to their information, from a centralized location but using a federated model that allows them to use Visual Insights for Self Service BI with out the need to contact the BI staff for ad hoc reporting or for frequently asked business questions.

We create self service spaces that include only the information that they need and we empower them to create BI solutions by themselves.

MicroStrategy review by Jayasimha reddy M.
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"extraordinary for BI tool"

What do you like best?

MicroStrategy has a good front end for complex SQL reports and is fairly easy to use from and end user perspective. But the UI is not very polished. The system also requires significant hardware investment. It works best with the native MSTR DB.

What do you dislike?

i do not have its very good tool and extraordinary tool.. there is no dislikes for this tool

Sometimes there is confusion between History and My Reports. I've had old reports that do not update that exist in My Reports, where there are others that live in history that, once clicked on, will refresh automatically with the current requested data.

Recommendations to others considering the product

MicroStrategy's Dashboard 2.0 app allows for users to make actionable decisions based on the data in a quick manner - even from within the dashboard itself.

MicroStrategy considers these features as important for mobile data:

Ability to access data offline

Data security

Ability to utilize full mobile experience, such as access to GPS

Ability to take action within the mobile app, i.e. post comments, share data/reports, etc

Downloading big data to devices during off-performance hours

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Its solving for lot of issues mainly its good for dashboarding oustanding tool

Pulling reports to reflect what inventory has sold where. I pull lots of reports that reflect previous weeks months years data, including pricing and the changes in margins.

Having a standard format returned daily means easy training and handoffs. Being able to give someone the same report, where they can manipulate categories to return the same metrics is very helpful since I work in a corporate Retailers office.

MicroStrategy review by Blossom P.
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"The best BI tool out there"

What do you like best?

I like how you can manipulate data, and connect to different sources. I like the ease of use from both the Desktop application and web application. It is very easy to use and learn. You can do so much with it! As a developer i can create attributes and metrics on the fly and it works most of the time. The margin of error is small. Having the ability ad hoc reports is amazing, users can make their own reports and we dont have to worry about it.

What do you dislike?

I wish the company wouldn't go towards mobile. Not everything can be mobile, they keep pushing mobile friendly apps, and tips. Some companies need data the old fashion way. The dashboard creation can be made simpler, it is a little bit tough at the moment.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This solves the problem of having different data from multiple sources, and the inability to create reports on the fly. Can't say enough good things about microstrategy

MicroStrategy review by Jeffrey D.
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"Great Tool to use for Strategy and Metrics driven businesses"

What do you like best?

The ability to manipulate how the report returns data (similar to that of a pivot table) and the ease of choosing the specific metrics.

Being able to save and schedule reports to run at the key moments, allowing the servers to not be stressed when the rest of my coworkers come in and run their reports.

What do you dislike?

I've worked at companies without the entire package. Having to log in daily/weekly instead of receiving the reports via email can become tiresome.

Sometimes there is confusion between History and My Reports. I've had old reports that do not update that exist in My Reports, where there are others that live in history that, once clicked on, will refresh automatically with the current requested data.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Buy the full package including email delivery. Having these in your inbox in the morning saves a lot of time.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Pulling reports to reflect what inventory has sold where. I pull lots of reports that reflect previous weeks months years data, including pricing and the changes in margins.

Having a standard format returned daily means easy training and handoffs. Being able to give someone the same report, where they can manipulate categories to return the same metrics is very helpful since I work in a corporate Retailers office.

MicroStrategy review by Scott G.
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"Good dynamic product"

What do you like best?

able to do almost everything I want to be able to do. Can sit with uses and design reports and dashboards that can be run daily and sent to their inbox. Can create metrics to accommodate most of their requests. Like their communication and consistent software updates. Good price point

What do you dislike?

little buggy, need more visualizations.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Great dashboards, able to design reports that can be setup with subscriptions.

MicroStrategy review by Administrator in Computer Software
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"An Industry leading in BI Tools"

What do you like best?

The Power of the Tool. MicroStrategy can work against a wide range of Databases and Big Data systems. They also listen to their customers and add new features based on customer request or customer's custom work on the tool.

What do you dislike?

Getting to second tier support by experience customers. The first tier will spend a lot of time asking the standard questions from their "sheet" after the information has already been provided in the case or is already in the system.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you need power and flexibility then you need this tool.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The end users are my current and previous company uses Microstrategy (Mobile especially) when face to face with customers looking at current sales and trends and they are able to make recommendations on future products to sales and they can show them the supporting data/report.

MicroStrategy review by Sorin S.
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"The only BI platform you'll ever need"

What do you like best?

I'm very happy with the new HTML5 capabilities, the increased performance, and the D3 integration. On top of that, there's a whole lot of improvements and innovations that make an already great tool even better.

What do you dislike?

The gap in editing capabilities between dashboards (Visual Insight) and and documents (formerly known as dashboards) is smaller than in the past, but still somewhat bothersome.

Recommendations to others considering the product

MicroStrategy is an incredibly robust platform. It has you covered up, beginning with a stellar semantic layer and security, taking you all the way to beautiful, meaningful, and actionable dashboards.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Quick prototyping, agile approach, high re-usability.

MicroStrategy review by Divam S.
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"SQL Engine is strong, but complex visualizations can get tedius"

What do you like best?

SQL Engine, ease of maintaining the objects

What do you dislike?

may visualization tools like report, documents, VI. Some are good at something, other lack certain functionality. Also we there are bugs with regard to free form reports and crashes on users at times. Administration is also a handful for getting usage metrics, etc. Cloud strategy virtually non existent.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Its is a good solution to deploy organization wide, but if you want to impress the board with immediate visualization then tableau would do.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have reports from all aspects of our business.

From Operations, customer success, support, sales and financials.

MicroStrategy review by User in Entertainment
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"Improving the Reporting Experience"

What do you like best?

Working in advertising sales, we often need various ways of looking at reports to ensure we are evaluating revenue properly. Sometimes, the system from which we do our work is limited in variety of reporting, but Microstrategy has allowed us to access different ways of pulling reports, and an easier way of editing our reporting strategies when needed. It is easier to review the numbers we need to review with this system.

What do you dislike?

The system seems a bit outdated, making it a little more time consuming to use than it needs to be.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

When our original system for selling is limited in reporting, Microstrategy allows us to utilize different methods, and have a broader glimpse at our numbers and revenue.

MicroStrategy review by Nelson E.
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"Dynamic and Powerful Tool"

What do you like best?

The robustness of the infrastructure. The ability to connect to multiple data sources and combine the data on the fly. Data distribution is very easy with a lot of control on the personalization of the data.

What do you dislike?

The development time that it takes to build something is too long. Also, integrating Visual Insight report with existing IS Server report is not 100% stable and not always works.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is a tool that gives you a lot of control with the reporting data allowing to manipulate it in many different ways easily. Lots of features for end users including subscriptions to different targets. Personalization is very complete. The architecture is very robust to support large volumes of data.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

With MicroStrategy as an enterprise reporting tool, we support many different business areas. Finance, Treasury, Accounting, Member Service, Transaction Processing, Analytics and Reporting team.

Currently we are implementing MS Dynamics CRM and its reporting capabilities are very limited. We are relying on MicroStrategy to report against CRM replicated database to support the lead management system and fitness scheduling applications in CRM online.

MicroStrategy review by Administrator in Internet
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"Great Product, Not as Nimble as Tableau "

What do you like best?

It is very east to setup / install. The mobile application is decent and works well on phones and tablets. The reports are very straight forward. Reports are very easily created, and Microstrategy is a powerful tool. From the security side, it is easy to setup as well.

What do you dislike?

Migrations between Development and QA can be difficult. It can be hard to resolve conflicts between the environments. Administration can be simple but can also be difficult depending on the scale of the business. Performance can be an issue depending on the amount of data that is being produced in the report. Setting up the mobile server is straightforward, but maintaining it can be quite difficult when you have multiple web servers (making sure that changes are reflected on all servers).

Recommendations to others considering the product

Take a look at Tableau as well. Compare both side by side.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Dashboards is the best part of Microstrategy. The interactive component of Microstrategy makes it well worth it. As an administrator, enterprise manager was the most important thing for me. This is an area that Microstrategy does excel. The health check system that Microstrategy includes does need a lot of work.

MicroStrategy review by Sam G.
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"2+ years with MicroStrategy, primarily focusing on financial analysis"

What do you like best?

The ability to incorporate vast amounts of external data into the system without the need to add/create tables in the EDW.

What do you dislike?

The inability for a grid report to bring in multiple sources of information, similar to how a document works.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Our division is comprised of 5 different business that were bought throughout the span of 2-3 years and each has their own ERP system. MicroStrategy allows us to have a central location for our information and enables our key business users to have instant access to our entire organization's information

MicroStrategy review by Russel C.
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"Awesome"

What do you like best?

Enterprise grade bi tool that handles every aspect of your business

What do you dislike?

Older versions are a steep learning curve. Version 10 has simplified our lives

Recommendations to others considering the product

Ensure you have sufficient skills or ample support before you start otherwise adoption will be very slow.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We overcame using disparate big tools and excel. Reused data and enabled business agility through self service bi.

MicroStrategy review by User in Import and Export
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"Ease of use meets a shared collaboration tool"

What do you like best?

MicroStrategy is easy to use and best of all, remains consistent over multiple platforms. It is very easy to have my reps run the same reports on their own MicroStrategy pages and for us to share our reports through our MicroStrategy portals.

What do you dislike?

While running reports, there are a several ways in which the filters could be altered in order to run more accurate and specific reports. It's a bit of a pain sometimes to only be able to do one month at a time under specific constraints.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I think that it is very a helpful tool and, while there are a couple of things that could be improved, overall it is extremely beneficial to be able to share reports with ease between our importers and distributors.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

MicroStrategy allows our business to compare our sales and revenue trends throughout the months and seasons. It has allowed us to realize our company's trends and better plan for the amount of product we need to order as it varies greatly throughout the seasons. We have also been able to gauge the effectiveness of our large-scale promotional events.

MicroStrategy review by User in Consumer Goods
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"Sales Rep's Best Friend"

What do you like best?

Microstrategy is fairly easy to use and helped me to easily understand my numbers when I became a sales rep at The Sherwin Williams Company. It was downloaded on all of our rep phones and I got into the habit of opening it up first thing in the morning to see how I did the day before. It also helped me to breakdown and analyze customers during preparation for sales so that I could prepare my sales plan in a more efficient manner.

What do you dislike?

Although I picked up the basics very quickly, there is SO much in Microstrategy that it does present a fairly significant learning curve. I do not think I was even taking advantage of 50% of what was offered. There was no training provided to me and I think that would've helped me to really take advantage of all the benefits.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It really was my #1 tool as a sales rep. It helped me be more efficient and manage my time better. Before promotions I used microstrategy to breakdown who was buying what, where my sales where coming from, who I needed to spend more time on... I was able to analyze every detail via reports and planned accordingly for each upcoming promotion.

MicroStrategy review by Steve M.
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"Great all around toolset"

What do you like best?

The fact that power users can go to the moon if they are comfortable enough with the tool. Some of them came up with pretty sick apps build from MSY.

What do you dislike?

Lack of transparency. An example is that they don't publicise the issues with a specific version until they find a solution, generally on a future version.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

All kinds of situations. From the operational reports to the predictive analytics. The main benefit we get is that non IT users can actually provide tools and analytics to other users themselves.

MicroStrategy review by Alejandro U.
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"MicroStrategy for Business Analytics"

What do you like best?

The best thing about MicroStrategy is its administration features, it provides administrators flexibility with a range of tools to provide excellent support to end-users, developers and architects.

What do you dislike?

I dislike the limited capabilities of development on the default package of MicroStrategy Desktop Analytics.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend the use of MicroStrategy for integrating several data file inputs from different systems. Secure data for BIG data and data warehousing. One of the best BI tools that I've used throughout my career.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

A few of the business problems are customer dashboard reports. Users from specific locations are having a hard time reviewing the monthly reports generated manually. Using MicroStrategy, we made dashboards which easily shows the spend and budget of specific countries and locations which improved the user experience.

MicroStrategy review by Olivier N.
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"Powerful BI platfom combining governed data and self-bi with strong mobile capabilities"

What do you like best?

Microstrategy is unique in the way it provides a solid base for enterprise scale deployment and enough flexibility for our end-users to create their own reports.

Besides mobile capabilities are the most advanced in the market

At last but not least Microstrategy allows you to go over traditional BI by adding transactions to your applications.

What do you dislike?

The capabilities of the tool are very large which requires a good level of expertise to master the product

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Issue analytics application for any department within our Organization

Our company is becoming more and more data driven with this product

MicroStrategy review by Omar A.
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"Great governed data analytics platform"

What do you like best?

Reusability through metadata, enterprise capabilities and security are the top differentiator and help for users and developers.

What do you dislike?

Users tend to perceive the whole platform as confusing and hard to configure.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Focus on an enterprise implementation first then spread to business users specific needs to ensure a better hit rate.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

There are no such thing as too much data or calculations too hard to perform. With a good data model, MicroStrategy glides into data with little to no effort, giving great answers to business users.

MicroStrategy review by Internal Consultant
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"Quick to Market - Difficult to Maintain or Enhance"

What do you like best?

Can quickly build and deploy basic reports and dashboards.

Powerful and extensible when it works.

What do you dislike?

Very buggy. Much functionality does not work as advertised or requires significant amount of work around

Patching replaced by quarterly upgrade cycle

Upgrades take 3-6 weeks.

Prime does not live up to the marketing. Scalability of in-memory analytics does not live up to marketing.

In-memory cubes do not scale well to larger data sets

Rigid presentation layer for organizing cubed attributes

Memory leak found in in-memory cubes, only solution provided by support was to upgrade platform

Top tier support provides no solutions, serves more as an entry point to their paid professional services

Lack of Continuous Integration

Automated Deployments not fully baked out

Very difficult to customize - SDK is difficult to work with and documentation is insufficient to support

No adaptive-responsive views

Recommendations to others considering the product

Avoid.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

procurement cost analysis and vendor contract management for health care systems/hospitals

MicroStrategy review by Brennan A.
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"Powerful reporting tool for medium size corporation"

What do you like best?

Microstrategy provides the functionality to create templated or ad hoc reports for your organization. We have 15 different locations that each have their own cost centers, and Microstrategy allows each business unit to easily pull reports.

What do you dislike?

The thing I do not like is that there is little training offered to new users. Although the interface is generally easy, there are some areas that may not be intuitive.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Our accounting teams are able to coordinate and speak with one another with ease. This also makes it easier for us to report our financials to both our board of directors and executive team.

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