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MicroStrategy World 2016: Build the Brain For Your Business

As a platinum-level sponsor at MicroStrategy World, Pandera is recognized as an innovator in the business intelligence community for leading the way in proven new developments and trends that continue to re-shape the way businesses interact with data.

With that focus on innovation and our constant commitment to the evolution of business intelligence in mind, we’re excited to announce the topic of our featured keynote session at MicroStrategy World, presented by Ryan Redmann: Build the Brain For Your Business: Simple Steps Toward Systems That Think.

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Adding Custom Properties to D3 Visualizations in MicroStrategy 10

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.

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Pandera’s Proven MicroStrategy 10 Upgrade Process

Thank you to all of you who attended the North Carolina User Group Meeting on September 30, 2015. As some of you know, we had a very collaborative session during which we talked about the rigorous upgrade testing and actual upgrade process/timeline that we followed in one of our most thoroughly tested and effectively implemented projects. As some of you veterans might recall years ago, MicroStrategy releases a Major Upgrade approximately every 4-5 years. These major upgrades typically come with significant change, and with significant change, thorough testing and validation is required. The version 9.x to 10.x upgrade introduces substantial changes, not only in the analytical engine, but also through new tools, processes, and of course the actual user interface. By designing and following an upgrade plan, including test cases and mock upgrades, you are more likely to experience a successful and stream-lined upgrade process.

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Responsive Design and the End of Platform-Specific Design Constraints

MicroStrategy users and developers will recognize this challenge instantly: create documents for desktop web, create documents for tablets, create documents for mobile phones, and then struggle to keep each of them individually updated and maintain identical functionality across all platforms as enhancements are released. The documents created for mobile phones were optimized for the latest iPhone 6, and are nearly unusable to users with an iPhone 4 or a Samsung Galaxy S III Mini. The documents created for tablets were optimized for Microsoft Surface 3’s larger screen size, and will bleed off the edge of the screen if the user tries to access it from an iPad Mini. To make things worse, each of these documents needs to be edited by different developers independently each time there is a change request, while somehow maintaining consistency. What if it didn’t have to be so complicated? (more…)

Three New Features in MicroStrategy 10 to Make Your Life Easier

“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 passport@panderasystems.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!

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Harnessing the Power of MicroStrategy 10 Visual Insight to Develop Rich, On-the-fly Analysis and Visualizations

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.

Pandera’s advisory experts are ready to discuss helping you leverage the features included in the newest release of Visual Insight, and would love the opportunity to help you identify the optimal upgrade solution to roll out the tool’s new features securely in your environment.

Here are some of the key new features available in MicroStrategy 10 Visual Insight:

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Bring Immediate Business Value to Your Organization by Upgrading to MicroStrategy 10

If you have been searching for a new BI solution for your organization, or are looking to improve your current BI offerings, MicroStrategy’s latest release has the features you’ll need.

MicroStrategy 10 is the first major release done by MicroStrategy in years, and it comes packed with many new tools and enhancements that add immediate business value to your organization. Here are just a few of the new and highly anticipated features in this release, as well as a logical breakdown of the benefits one can expect from using them.

We’re ready to discuss helping you leverage the emerging technologies of MicroStrategy 10, and would love the opportunity to help you identify the optimal upgrade solution to roll out the tool’s new features securely in your environment.
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Dynamic Role-Based Content for Your BI Implementation: Navigation Made Easy

Does your CEO need the same information as a store manager? Does your Southeastern U.S. territory manager in Charlotte care about the health of the European region? If you are like most businesses, your BI platform has one catchall scorecard for your entire company. This requires users to navigate through a folder structure, which is often cryptic and not user friendly, to get to the information they need. If our goal is to guide decision makers to the data most relevant for them to make better decisions, then let’s make it easy!

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Infographic: 9 Reasons to Implement Self-Service 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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