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Discovering Business Intelligence using MicroStrategy 9

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Discovering Business Intelligence using MicroStrategy 9

Overview of this book

Business Intelligence is a type of technology that has been proven to support business decisions in an organization. MicroStrategy 9 is a fully-integrated BI platform that makes Business Intelligence faster, easier, and more user-friendly. It enables businesses to generate their own reports and dashboards without the need for technical knowledge.This practical, hands-on guide will provide Business Intelligence for executives, as well as enable BI reports and dashboards without the dependency of IT savvy personnel. It will allow you to design, build, and share business relevant data in hours, in a secure way, including mobile devices and show you how to leverage your transactional information.This example-oriented book looks at the value proposition of cloud computing and the MicroStrategy platform, and features practical exercises for BI reports and dashboard enablement, including the design phase and best practices for when we design a BI report.The book begins with an exploration of MicroStrategy along with typical business needs. Our focus then shifts to best practices for BI reports and dashboard definitions from the functional stand point, with easy-to-do exercises that will allow you to enable the reports in the platform. You will learn about scorecards and dashboards, along with sharing the reports. Next, you will get acquainted with cloud-based services provided by the MicroStrategy platform. By the end of this book, you will able to design, enable, and share BI reports and dashboards without the need for comprehensive technical knowledge, and leverage the latest technology on the market.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)

Understanding the business needs


Let's assume for a moment that you are the commercial director of a retail chain with a massive growth during the last two years, and we need to identify our top five / bottom five stores in terms of revenue, cash flow, and sales representative's rotation, and totalize the profit, operative and net income, and most importantly, determine what is the rationale for identifying the top and bottom performers.

You need this information as soon as possible as your Regional VP is asking for those reports, and you can't wait for your IT fellows or consultants to deliver the reports because your institutional BI platform is under construction or definition, and you do not have any platform in your company for BI or is already in production but requires several processes, documents, testing, and validation in order to meet your requirement.

The business need is already defined, the question to answer is set by your Regional VP, and you have already enabled the MicroStrategy...