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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

Setting up a data warehouse connection and selecting tables

At the core of a data warehouse, there are facts and dimensions. They can be organized in star schemas, snowflake schemas; they can be more or less complex, and to some extent undocumented. This is not a book about dimensional modeling and discussing how a database layout works better than other is out of scope. Some common sense rules always apply: consistent column naming can be useful (user_id, iduser, user_code, key_user, yetanotheruserid, you name it…), constraints on tables help to pull the strings and find a way into unexplored databases. NOT NULL fields also come in handy.

I personally had my share of good and bad data. I always remember a development team manager who once asked me, "Why do you need primary keys, anyway?" I looked around and thought, "This must be a candid camera…"

If you are drowning in a very complex DB and want some relief, you can go to and read about the Directive 595, it may be a...