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Discovering Business Intelligence Using MicroStrategy 9

Book Description

The MicroStrategy platform can make your Business Intelligence (BI) activities so much more communicative and collaborative. With this book you’ll learn the capabilities of the platform and how to use them to revolutionize your BI.

  • Understand the value proposition of MicroStrategy and their products portfolio

  • Design and build BI reports and dashboards with real business examples

  • Share your reports in a secure schema, including mobile devices

  • In Detail

    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

    1. Discovering Business Intelligence Using MicroStrategy 9
      1. Table of Contents
      2. Discovering Business Intelligence Using MicroStrategy 9
      3. Credits
      4. About the Authors
      5. About the Reviewers
        1. Support files, eBooks, discount offers and more
          1. Why Subscribe?
          2. Free Access for Packt account holders
          3. Instant Updates on New Packt Books
      7. Preface
        1. What this book covers
        2. What you need for this book
        3. Who this book is for
        4. Conventions
        5. Reader feedback
        6. Customer support
          1. Downloading the example code
          2. Downloading the color images of this book
          3. Errata
          4. Piracy
          5. Questions
      8. 1. The Value Proposition of MicroStrategy
        1. MicroStrategy Business Intelligence suite
          1. Enterprise reporting
          2. Scorecards and dashboards
          3. Advanced and predictive analytics
          4. Closed-loop BI
          5. High-performance BI
          6. Big Data
        2. Summary
      9. 2. Mapping Typical Business Needs
        1. Understanding the business needs
        2. Summary
      10. 3. Reporting – from Excel to Intelligent Data
        1. Visualization objects – graphs and grids
          1. Designing and formatting the reports
        2. Analyze data
          1. Advanced metrics and attributes
            1. Thresholds
            2. Drill down
              1. Benefits of drill down
            3. Filters and slices
              1. Advanced options for filters
            4. Finding the values
              1. Including and excluding data
              2. Showing the total value of the results
              3. Sorting data
              4. Ranking
        3. Summary
      11. 4. Scorecards and Dashboards – Information Visualization
        1. Scorecards versus dashboards
          1. How to design a scorecard or dashboard
          2. MicroStrategy interface – panels, layouts, and visualizations
          3. Features
            1. Usability best practices
            2. Visualization objects
            3. Visualization types
          4. Advanced configurations
            1. Using filters
            2. Using visualization objects as a filter
            3. Scorecard design and construction
          5. Foundation
          6. Metrics
          7. Visualization objects
          8. Building a scorecard
            1. Foundation
            2. Metrics
            3. Visualization objects
          9. Dashboard building process
        2. Summary
      12. 5. Sharing Your BI Reports and Dashboards
        1. Reaching your audience
        2. Main menu
          1. The Share button
          2. E-mail sharing
          3. Portable dashboard
          4. Sharing on the social media – Facebook and Twitter
            1. The Facebook option
            2. The Twitter option
          5. More Share Visualization options via the Web or user blogs
          6. Unshare the report
            1. Mobile devices
        3. Summary
      13. 6. MicroStrategy and the Cloud
        1. The MicroStrategy Cloud portfolio
          1. Personal
            1. Personal edition
          2. Express
            1. Express edition
          3. Platform
          4. Express edition in action
            1. Data sources
            2. Security
            3. Applying security
            4. Personalize
            5. Deliveries
              1. Refresh data
        2. Summary
      14. 7. BI Reports at Your Hands
        1. The MicroStrategy Mobile BI client solution setup
        2. MicroStrategy Mobile usability
          1. The offline mode
        3. Summary
      15. A. MicroStrategy Express
        1. Registering the Cloud service
        2. Activating your account
      16. B. Visualization
        1. Visualization object's properties
        2. Visualization object's options
      17. Index