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Data Mining Services

Data Mining Services is perhaps MicroStrategy’s best kept secret.  It’s a powerful set of tools and functions built right into the product that offers advanced statistic report capability including predictive analytics, market basket analysis, networking and trending.  This functionality is free and is included out of the box.  There’s no additional software needed and no special permissions to use it.  Since it’s not sold separately,...

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Recommended Tools

I wanted to share some tools I use in my day to day work that make my life a lot easier.  They’re all free, so give them a try!  This post will probably grow over time, and if you have any tools that make a difference in your day, please feel free to share them in the comments. Compare It! – http://www.grigsoft.com/wincmp3.htm Compare It! This tool is...

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Gephi

Today’s post isn’t directly related to MicroStrategy, though it does have it’s roots there.  At the last two MicroStrategy World conferences, one of my favorite presentations has been the ones by LinkedIn.  They have some very unique data and challenges, and hearing the story of how they overcome them is very interesting.  They utilize a wide range of tools to run their business, including MicroStrategy...

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Connecting Flex Mobile to MicroStrategy

Starting with Flex SDK 4.5, Adobe began supporting compiling your application to natively run on iOS and Android.  This presented a great opportunity to write code one time and then have it functional on several platforms.  Unfortunately, MicroStrategy Visualization SDK currently only supports Flex SDK 4.1, just missing out on all of the Mobile goodness.  That got me thinking though, that I personally only use...

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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...