The MicroStrategy Analytics platform is a self-service business intelligence platform that supports both data mining and visualization. Available for Web-based or on-premise deployment, this platform can be implemented on a gradual and as-needed basis, so users can start small and scale to enterprise-level deployment overtime.
This platform supports interactive dashboards that combine the functionality of multiple applications, including dashboards that can monitor markets and company portfolios, conduct risk analyses and correlate real-time data analysis with information from news and social media.
The desktop version of MicroStrategy Analytics is free, while the enterprise version is priced on a metered (for cloud-based deployment) or named-user basis. The mobile version is priced on a named-user and CPU core basis.
Dan from ZS Associates
Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees
Microstrategy is a great platform for mobile analytics and offers a lot of functionality out of the box. If you are looking for a solution that will cover 80% of your needs when it comes to mobile reporting then seriously consider Microstrategy.
Depth and breadth of OLAP functions and detailed users guides. Beautiful mobile reports and growing library of visualizations.
Microstrategy has a steep learning curve and we have had performance challenges with large datasets.
Juan from Derevo
Specialty: Software / Technology
Employees number: 51-200 employees
I've been testing the latest version 10 and it is really good, it has new features to create dashboards in an easy and quickly way more similar to what the market for self service BI is requiring
Good design, easy to use, development is really fast letting you select the data and object that you want to visualize and therefore just create a dashboard within seconds.
The best is to have a well designed data model first or a data warehouse to pull the data and just do some of the latest transformation with the tool, that way you can get the most of it.
Definetiley a good competitor in this sector, I like the responsive design, mobility and ease of use they have enhanced in this versions I tested.
Mario from Achievers
Specialty: Human Resources
The technology is great. Even though this is one of the legacy BI vendors, their technology has kept up with the newer vendors.
The support has been slow for the past year or so.
If money is not an issue, MicroStrategy should be seriously considered. The features it offers are among the most complete. If simple reporting is needed, MicroStrategy may be too expensive. The problem is, reporting usually gets more sophisticated as time goes by, and sometimes it's hard to predict how complex it will get from the beginning. If your company needs for instance, language support, some of the new tools like Birst need you to manuallly do translations by duplicating projects. If you are also concerned about a centralized approach and reliable security, performance and scalability, MicroStrategy is the way to go.
Jenni from HPM
Specialty: Healthcare / Social Services
This software is loaded with features/functionality; I don't think I've run into anything that it just can't do. Their training and user forums are also extremely helpful.
Very steep learning curve for administration/development and requires very knowledgeable support staff to get and keep it going. I think that is to be expected with such a complex product however for a smaller company it can present challenges.
It seems like it is great for either very small organizations that want to maybe just use some of the basic functionality/cloud version or large organizations with a team that can be well-trained and dedicated to support/maintenance. If you don't have people you can dedicate to send to the training (which was free for us) and to work with it on a regular basis then purchasing this software may be "biting off more than you can chew".
The dashboards and reports that MicroStrategies is able to produce are beautiful, insightful, actionable, and informative. We have been using them for portfolio management and production reporting for several years and are pretty happy.
The setup can be cumbersome and the software did take awhile to learn. It's not incredibly intuitive like some of the programs I have used in the past, but the results are worth the efforts.
Eduardo from Plains Capital
Employees number: 501-1,000 employees
We have a reliable and appealing platform to report our daily results. MicroStrategy also allow to implement changes and add new data and objects in a matter of minutes into our production platform.
It is faster to implement and do not require too much customization. Most of the widgets and features are ready to use. The admin and user interfaces are intuitive and they do not generate errors or bugs during installation or heavy use by the end users. Very stable and reliable platform.
Price. They initial investment is higher comparing to another bundle software (Power BI, Tableau). However, the extra licensing is not very expensive since we can pay by active user. There is also a free end-user product (Desktop) that is focus on analytic end-users that do not require to modify objects but accessing dashboards and reports.
Abhijit from Informatica LLC
Insight into operations and licensing without needing the internal data warehouse knowledge
The software is very easy to use with an uncluttered interface and generating reports is a breeze. The option to share and schedule reports helps to be on top of business, across multiple users and teams.
The app could use some UI modernization. A mobile app to look at reports and dashboards would be great.
John from RPI
Used for BI reporting capabilities. We were able to generate dynamic reports utilizing a plethora of fields determined by the business. Ability to drag and drop fields into columns or rows, drill down/expand, and export information as needed.
naresh from saint elizabeth healthcare
Employees number: 5,001-10,000 employees
Using this tool, to learn and get into enterprise analytics was fun. The free desktop version also allowed folks to analyze excel and other data sources. this gave them some useful utility to look their own data and seeing trends.
quick to learn and start using from no experience. The videos on you-tube also helped pickup some of the concepts. The free desktop tool, also had a good guide and videos to get started.
Simona from BIT Software SRL
Employees number: 11-50 employees
I am using the Microstrategy platform in order to generate reports for forecast, orders, invoices, scorecards and dashboards so that I could have a complete overview of the business.
Pierre from Nestle
Employees number: 10,000+ employees
Hello, Microstrategy is a great tool for Business Intelligence. Many years after the beginning of the company, they knew how to follow up their product.
Best product in terms of self-service bi, vizualization, reporting and scalability !
We've tested a lot of reporting tools ( BO, Qkvw, Tableau, Oracle) but none of them are better on the full list of functionalities of Microstrategy.
Number of functionnalities compared to challenger
Before the v10, Microstrategy was late on specific topics but now they did the good investment for the future.
Good strategy, good visibility and very strong product, happy to be a Microstrategy customer.
Simon Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees