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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 how to transform our data into powerful scorecards and dashboards, from the business needs, functional design, and platform-driven configuration.

MicroStrategy offers a solid and easy-to-use platform. We highly recommend following the first steps prior to starting the configuration of the scorecard or dashboard: understand the business needs and follow the best practices. Dashboards and scorecards may turn out to be a very useful asset for organizations wanting to deploy a decision support system for any given business domain. Business domains such as financial and investment, insurance, healthcare, retail, and logistics may use the power of MicroStrategy Business Intelligence. Using this, executive users and business analysts can build dashboards and scorecards on their own. Business analysts can also share the reports with other business executives, or save it at the Shared reports location for use and collaboration by other users and analysts.