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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
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Using functions in an attribute form

When defining an attribute form, we're not limited to column names: as said, we can use constants or choose from a huge list of functions ready to use. These functions are meant for the most common uses: arithmetic, date manipulation, string functions to name a few. Let's see an example with the Customer attribute.

Getting ready

We are going to use the DimCustomer table for the next recipe. This table has a primary key (CustomerKey) and two description fields (FirstName and LastName).

How to do it...

Follow these steps to create a new attribute:

  1. As in the previous recipe, go to the Attributes folder and right-click on the right pane.

  2. Select New | Attribute from the context menu.

  3. Create the ID form with the CustomerKey column of the DimCustomer table, set Mapping method to Manual, and click on OK.

  4. In the Create New Attribute Form window, check only DimCustomer, which is bold, and click on OK.

  5. In the Attribute Editor, click on the New button and you're again into...