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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)

MicroStrategy Mobile usability


When we install and set up the platform, the main menu of the mobile app will show your personal reports and shared reports, as shown in the following screenshot:

The personal reports that we created in the previous chapters are available to analyze and review in a native interface, which leverages the characteristics of the mobile device, in this case, the iPad.

We are able to navigate between panels and menus to drill data via selectors and filters previously created in our reports, as shown in the following screenshot:

Selectors and graphs designed in the web reports are maintained in the mobile version without any changes. An example of this is as follows:

Grids, tables, and graphs are maintained in the same layout as defined earlier; the filters are totally functional and linked to the visualization objects. An example of this is as follows:

The offline mode

One advantage of the MicroStrategy Mobile app is the ability to use the reports in the offline mode....