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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


Hadoop is one of the names we think about when it comes to Big Data. I'm not going into details about it since there is plenty of information out there; moreover, like somebody once said, "If you decided to use Hadoop for your data warehouse, then you probably have a good reason for it". Let's not forget: it is primarily a distributed filesystem, not a relational database. That said, there are many cases when we may need to use this technology for number crunching, for example, together with MicroStrategy for analysis and reporting.

There are mainly two ways to leverage Hadoop data from MicroStrategy: the first is Hive and the second is Impala. They both work as SQL bridges to the underlying Hadoop structures, converting standard SELECT statements into jobs. The connection is handled by a proprietary 32-bit ODBC driver available for free from the Cloudera website.

In my tests, Impala resulted largely faster than Hive, so I will show you how to use it from our MicroStrategy virtual machine.


Please note that I am using Version 9.3.0 for consistency with the rest of the book. If you're serious about Big Data and Hadoop, I strongly recommend upgrading to 9.3.1 for enhanced performance and easier setup. See MicroStrategy knowledge base document TN43588: Post-Certification of Cloudera Impala 1.0 with MicroStrategy 9.3.1.

The ODBC driver is the same for both Hive and Impala, only the driver settings change.