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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)

Summary


In this chapter, we learned the required functionality of MicroStrategy in order to build our BI reports for data analysis and transform data into valuable information for our business needs.

We learned the basic concepts of BI reports, attributes, and metrics. We defined the calculated metrics that leverage the formula options for specific calculations. Also, we learned how to filter data, find specific information, use ranking and threshold functionality, and manage the grid by sorting and summarizing information without complex software installation and IT or BI guru support. We are now able to generate our own reports and use the MicroStrategy platform for our specific reporting needs. Also, we can generate a basic graph for visual representation. The next chapter covers data visualization, and dashboard design and generation in detail.

From the value proposition stand point, we defined the differences between Microsoft Excel and MicroStrategy platform. As you may agree now, MicroStrategy...