Category: MicroStrategy

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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...

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Prompting a View Filter in a Cube Report

Here is a very valuable tip that not everyone is aware of.  While you normally can’t add prompts into the View Filter of your report, you can if you’re using a View Report, which is a report that is explicitly linked to an Intelligent Cube.  You can use existing Element and Expression Prompts in it’s View Filter,  which allows you to create prompted reports off of...

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Hide/Show Sections on a Document

I originally had this idea for a method to hide and show elements on the fly on a Document last year, but it didn’t quite work out.  The two major problems that prevented me from using it in production were that I couldn’t find a way to have the object start out hidden, and once hidden it just left a gap or space instead of...

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Using Object Prompts with Documents

Object Prompts are incredibly useful objects that allow you to build some very dynamic experiences in MicroStrategy.  You can customize a report experience with them and alter the layout based on user input.  Unfortunately, it’s not very straightforward to use Object Prompts with Documents.  This is largely due to the Object Prompt being a property of the Grid Report that doesn’t get carried over into...

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9.3 Feature Roundup

MicroStrategy has just released a major update in the form of 9.3 that’s packed with some very exciting features.  Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to spend as much time with this release as I have in past, but I did get a little look at it and below I’ll highlight the features I’m most excited about. Search The headlining feature of this release is the...

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Create Graph Popups with Javascript

I’ve previously written about Information Windows and how useful they can be for packing context and detailed information into your dashboard.  While very slick and useful, they unfortunately are limited in the ways you can use them.  Specifically, you can only call them from an attribute on a grid.  In one scenario recently, I had a grid that showed only metric values and I wanted...