Author: bryan

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Embedding Instructions into Prompts

Sometimes, prompts can be complicated either in usage or in business implications.  While we can leave some notes for the user in the prompt description, sometimes it would be nice to be able to do a little more than that space provides.  Thanks to a tip from reader Arnold Slabbekoorn, here’s a method for embedding a popup with additional information directly into the prompt itself. Step 0...

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Using jQuery in MicroStrategy Dashboards

I’ve written about a lot of cool things you can do with HTML Containers, but the best involve JavaScript because they add a new level of interaction to MicroStrategy.  Now it’s time to take that to the next level with jQuery, a free, open source library of functions that not only automate a ton of cool features for you but also whittles down the syntax...

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Fancy Tooltips with jQuery

Information Windows are a useful feature in MicroStrategy for adding context to your dashboard.  i’ve talked about alternatives before, but today I’ll talk about extending the functionality of Info Windows using jQuery to allow them to display as a tooltip replacement instead of only on click from grids.  In it’s modified state, we can display the Info Window from any location and not just from a...

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Hiding Elements on the Page with jQuery

jQuery allows you to have total control over UI Components in MicroStrategy Web.  There’s really no end to what you can do and change, but one thing in particular that I’ve found to be very valuable is the ability to hide elements on the page.  This could be hiding sections, panels, or in the case of this post, page by drop downs or toolbar items....

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Collapsible Sections with jQuery

I’ve previously posted about how to collapse sections using JavaScript in an HTML Container.  It’s a pretty cool trick, but the experience isn’t really that great because it’s jarring.  Also, the tax on the developer is high since you have to measure pixel perfect sections and deal with 0px height sections in your design mode.  Today, I’m going to show how to do this using...

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MicroStrategy World 2013: Recommended Sessions

This will be my 7th MicroStrategy World conference, but I’ve never been more excited for it than this year (though honestly, I think I say that every year).  There are some really awesome sessions coming up, and based on my experience, I’ll highlight some that I think you can’t miss. In no particular order: Track 9, Session 7: Facebook: Pushing MicroStrategy to the Limit, The...

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Introducing MicroStrategy Hacks

Update: Our team scope has expanded since the launching of this page and we’ve renamed the page to Facebook Data Viz Team:  http://www.facebook.com/FBDataViz MicroStrategy Hacks is a Facebook Page that I’m operating with some of my team members, including Jeremy Clover from microstrategyblog.com. We do a lot of crazy things, but not everything is Blog worthy (or we just don’t have the time) and requires more...

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MicroStrategy World 2013

MicroStrategy’s annual user conference, MicroStrategy World, is just a month away at the ritzy Wynn Las Vegas (January 28th-31st).  I did a post last year that described the benefits of attending the conference.  If you’ve never been but have enthusiasm for MicroStrategy and Business Intelligence, it’s something you don’t want to miss. This year, I’ll be presenting a session at the conference on behalf of...

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The Hidden Cost of the History List

The History List is one of my favorite features in MicroStrategy.  It can be convenient to quickly jump back to a previously run report and handy to retrieve a long running report later instead of having to wait around for it.  Instinctively, I’ve always used the “Automatically send reports to the History List” setting, because why not?  Well, as I recently discovered, there’s actually a...

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Hacking an Object Prompt into a Metric on a View Report

I think I’ve done some pretty crazy things in MicroStrategy.  It’s a lot of fun to push the limits of the tool and use it in ways that it wasn’t originally designed for.  Today, I think I’ve pushed it farther than I ever have before in terms of just how crazy this post is.  Surely, other things I’ve done probably have more usefulness and provide...