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Business Intelligence with MicroStrategy Cookbook

By : Davide Moraschi
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Business Intelligence with MicroStrategy Cookbook

By: Davide Moraschi

Overview of this book

Business intelligence is becoming more important by the day, with cloud offerings and mobile devices gaining wider acceptance and achieving better market penetration. MicroStrategy Reporting Suite is a complete business intelligence platform that covers all the data analysis needs of an enterprise. Scorecards, dashboards, and reports can be explored and delivered on desktop, the Web, mobile devices, and the Cloud. With the latest Visual Insight tool, MicroStrategy brings the power of BI to the business users, allowing them to discover information without the help of IT personnel. Business Intelligence with MicroStrategy Cookbook covers the full cycle of a BI project with the MicroStrategy platform, from setting up the software to using dashboards in the cloud and on mobile devices. This book uses step-by-step instructions to teach you everything from the very basics to the more advanced topics. We will start by downloading and installing the software and a well-known sample SQL Server database. Then, one brick at a time, we will construct a fully-featured BI solution with a web interface, mobile reporting, and agile analytics. The chapters are ordered by increasing difficulty, and each one builds on top of the preceding chapter so that the learning process is progressive. The examples given in this book are practical, and you will be able to see the immediate result of your efforts. We will first cover setting up the platform, including the creation of the metadata and the different objects that are part of a BI project: tables, attributes, and metrics. Then, we take a look at how to create and analyze reports, charts, documents, and dashboards, as well as how to manipulate data with the desktop application, the web Interface, and an iPad device. The last part of the book is dedicated to advanced topics like the new agile analytics technology from MicroStrategy, where we cover both Visual Insight and MicroStrategy Cloud Express. Whether you are a database developer, data analyst, or a business user, Business Intelligence with MicroStrategy Cookbook will get you up to speed with one of the most powerful BI platforms on the market with the smallest possible investment of time and money.
Table of Contents (25 chapters)
Business Intelligence with MicroStrategy Cookbook
About the Author
About the Reviewers

Checking whether IIS is enabled and working

Since we're using Windows 2008 Web Server, we speak about roles; so we need to be sure that the web role is enabled with all the required features for the platform setup to run smoothly.

Getting ready

You need to have completed the previous recipe to continue.

How to do it...

Use the following steps to check if the required features are enabled:

  1. Open the Server Manager (Start | Administrative Tools | Server Manager) and scroll to the Roles Summary pane.

  2. Click on the Add roles link, you will see the Add Roles Wizard window; click on Next.

  3. Select Web Server (IIS) and click on Add Required Features in the pop-up message box; now click on Next and then on Next again.

  4. In the Select Role Services page, carefully check the following if not selected already:

    • In the Application Development group:

      ASP.NET (add required role services if prompted)


    • In the Security group:

      Basic Authentication

      Windows Authentication

  5. Click on Next, then on Install, and when finished click on Close.

How it works...

These role features enable MicroStrategy Web ASP.NET pages and the ability to use Windows authentication when connecting to the Intelligence Server through the Web.

There's more...

Check the successful outcome by opening Internet Explorer and typing http://localhost/ in the address bar. You should see the IIS7 welcome logo.


You can watch a screencast of this operation at: