This video is a quick introduction to using Visual Insight to build grids in your MicroStrategy v10 dashboards. Check it out, share it with your end users, and keep an eye out for what’s to come from Pandera Training in 2016! And if you want to see this kind of video with your own data, or if you have any questions and want to learn more, send us a message!
Creating a powerful dashboard isn’t just about pulling a simple grid of data from the database and letting it tell its own story. You have to choose the right visualization, format it appropriately, lay it out intuitively, and highlight the important aspects.
The addition of “Derived Attributes” constitutes a massive upgrade to the v10 Visual Insight tool, but I had a hard time wrapping my head around it conceptually. It wasn’t until I ran into a couple of specific situations where I really started to understand some new possibilities that weren’t available in the old Visual Insight. Hopefully, this post helps you see a situation or two where derived attributes might save you some headache.
Previously, we published a video showing how easy it is to add new custom D3 Visualizations to MicroStrategy 10 in less than a minute. After creating a D3 visualization, you may find that users want to format the widget. Instead of making code changes for each dashboard, you can add properties to the visualization that make it customizable. To do this, you will need an already completed D3 visualization. For my example, I will be using a Scatter Plot d3 visualization that was created for a client. Based on the data they had per dashboard, they wanted to format their axes, add a legend, and/or change the size of their data points.
This is a simple out-of-the-box feature, but one I see VERY underused in my experience on projects. Getting people to share their work will drive adoption, but a lot of times we overcomplicate it. I hope this post can help! In your environment, there is probably a shared area specific people publish canned reports for your MicroStrategy implementation. Most customers I’ve worked with have spent significant amounts of time locking down certain locations so that users don’t mess up their precious folder structure. To place something in the shared area often requires an e-mail to move a report, a designated user to move the report, an email to say it’s done, and then another email to the audience to let them know where to find the report. To me, that sounds like a crazy-complicated process to complete a pretty simple task.
Now in MicroStrategy 10, any D3 visualization can be added – especially the ones that users have already shared to the MicroStrategy GitHub library.
Can you copy? Yes? Can you paste? Yes?
Do you have write access to the plugins folder on the web server? Okay, maybe not.
But if you do, then follow the steps in this 60-second video to add visualizations that other people have already coded for use in MicroStrategy. If you don’t have write access, still watch the video, and then show it to the person who manages the MicroStrategy Web Server (and make sure he/she knows how to copy and paste). (more…)
“What’s New in MicroStrategy” can read about as smoothly as an iTunes legal agreement and sometimes it feels like feature demos dance over the details. So here’s a quick summary of three new additions to the MicroStrategy v10 dashboarding tool that have made our lives significantly easier as MSTR users – give them a try in your shiny new upgraded server (to those lucky, fast moving MSTR customers), or email email@example.com to sign up for one of our training classes using our hosted v10 environments starting in September. If you’re interested in upgrading, let’s start discussing your MicroStrategy 10 upgrade strategy!
MicroStrategy is one of the original leaders in the BI space, and with the launch of the newest version of MicroStrategy 10, Visual Insight has been completely revamped, taking a more agile approach to BI reporting and data analysis.
The all new MicroStrategy 10 is built to take advantage of HTML5, compared to its prior versions which relied on Adobe Flash for building web applications. This was acceptable when much of the internet used Flash as a common framework, but HTML5 is increasingly supplanting Flash as the go-to development framework.
I recently read an article from Ancestry.com on the most popular surnames by state. My interest was piqued while perusing social media and clicking one of those running tags whose headline typically says one thing, then ultimate ends up being a sales pitch for weight loss supplements. In reading the article however, I was struck by how social media is changing our impression of and approach to data analytics and business intelligence.
Allowing you to create your own reusable reports and have complete control of your data, Self-Service Business Intelligence offers high-performance and more flexible dashboards than traditional BI modules, leading to continual improvements to your reporting system.
The implementation of a Self-Service Business Intelligence platform can quickly enable users with tools and their own data to improve resource knowledge, increase process efficiencies, and maximize return on BI investments, ensuring that the right capabilities are available to the right people at the right time.
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