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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)

About the Reviewers

Chael Christopher has been working with MicroStrategy since 1999, and writes about MicroStrategy on his blog (www.chaelchristopher.com). In his fifteen years of working in this platform, Chael has worked with clients across a wide range of industries and has seen a diverse set of implementations across financial services, pharmaceuticals, retail, marketing and advertising, supply chain, and higher education. While working with MicroStrategy, Chael has seen the product evolve from a heavy client install (anyone remembers the 16-bit "thunking" layer?) to the Web, and now to Mobile. MicroStrategy continues to innovate across different technology spectrums, and Chael enjoys keeping up with all of the advancements.

Steven Zagoudis is the CEO and founder of MetaGovernance Incorporated and Information Governance Technologies Inc. Steven currently holds the VP Marketing Board position for Data Governance Professional Organization (DGPO). He is a Business Intelligence and Information Governance specialist with more than 20 years of experience in extensive business and technical experience. Steven has a proven track record of resolving chronic data infrastructure issues. He has formed data governance functions for numerous organizations. Steven has cross-industry experience in international and domestic organizations, having been based in the U.K. and Germany for several years. He has led the design and implementation of technical and data architectures on complex data warehousing and data mining applications, providing straightforward solutions to business problems. He is a "second surgery" and metadata specialist who refocuses on failed Business Intelligence projects. Steven excels at unlocking information hidden within organizational data, thereby enabling the visibility of trends for improved competitor position. Crain's Business Magazine recognized Steven as a Technology Leader. To Steven, information governance is a journey towards accurate data and meaningful information for business operations, reporting, and disclosure. Steven can be reached at .