Category: MicroStrategy

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Distributing MicroStrategy Mobile Configurations

MicroStrategy Mobile is a very cool tool to put the power of BI into the your user’s hands on the go.  But administering your user’s devices and distributing configurations can be a burden.  Fortunately, MicroStrategy provides some handy tools for distributing the configuration options for your mobile devices, so today I’m going to briefly touch on where you can find those and how to setup...

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MicroStrategy Education eBooks

This past weekend, I received an update to my MicroStrategy Mobile client on my iPhone, so I started exploring through some of the examples.  I’m not sure how long they’ve been there, but I was surprised to see that just about every MicroStrategy Education course has it’s full course book available for free download.  They come in ePub format and can be viewed directly on...

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MicroStrategy World 2012 – Day 2 Recap

For starters, I’m sorry for the dramatic drop off in Twitter activity from yesterday for those trying to follow along at home.  WiFi and 3G connectivity was very spotty all day, and I gave up early.  Nevertheless, I kept my notes, and the following are my impressions and experiences from Day 2. The 2nd day’s keynote was a deep dive for new Cloud and Social...

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MicroStrategy World 2012 – Day 1 Recap

Here’s a quick recap of the first day, which included the opening Keynote by MicroStrategy CEO Michael Saylor and the first 3 sessions.  If you didn’t follow along live on Twitter, I encourage you to roll back through the timeline for the #mstrworld hashtag from 9:30am forward.  There were some great comments and points.  I don’t have time to pick them out now, but I’ll...

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MicroStrategy World 2012 Coverage

MicroStrategy World 2012 kicks off Monday, and as you may know, I’m excited. Not Attending? MicroStrategy is Live streaming the Keynotes here. MicroStrategy has a live Flickr stream here. You can follow along on Twitter.com.  You don’t need an account or any special software, just go to the different pages of interest and they’ll automatically refresh.  Important accounts/tags to follow: @BryanBrandow – I’ll be tweeting...

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Using ApplyComparison for Flexible Filtering

MicroStrategy’s strongest feature is it’s SQL Engine.  The ability to define object relationships and then allow MicroStrategy to generate all of the appropriate SQL as you manipulate and drill is the core of the product.  But of course, it can’t handle every since situation and you may sometimes need to help it along in certain instances.  To extend this flexibility to you, MicroStrategy offers 5...

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Web Server Macro

A common environment setup is to have separate machines for your Production and Development environments.  While a lot of shops I’ve worked in will simply have separate Production and Development projects on the same physical servers (usually due to budget reasons), having separate physical machines gives you advantages like being able to restart the IServer / Web Server without causing outages for users.  Sometimes though,...

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Custom Formatting Strings

Formatting metrics is something that we’re all familiar with.  Currency, commas, decimal places and percents are common choices, but what happens when we have to do something more advanced?  The Number Formatting screen for a Metric contains an option to provide a Custom Formatting string, but documentation is sparse on this hidden gem of a feature.  Today, I’ll talk a little bit about how it...

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Saving Settings in Custom Visualizations

I had an interesting problem the other day while working on a custom visualization.  The requirement was for the user to be able to enter some custom text into a box to annotate some data, but the end usage was to export this to interactive PDF.  This meant that upon export, any text entered would be lost, so I needed a way to persist that...

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Web Styles for Prompts

One feature that I find is often overlooked is the ability to change the display style of Prompts in Web.  In a lot of situations, these alternate styles can help guide the user in the way the prompt should be answered (one selection vs many selections) in a way that’s not always as clear or clean as the default Shopping Cart style.  It’s a quick...