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MicroStrategy Leads in Forrester Wave Agile BI Report, Q2, 2014

Forrester Wave Agile BI Q2 2014

MicroStrategy Analytics Platform received top scores for the features technology professionals need to enable business user business intelligence (BI) self-service, as well as for the effectiveness of its advanced data visualization (ADV) functionality in the recently published Forrester Wave: Agile Business Intelligence Report for Q2, 2014.

According to the report, “Forrester also scored MicroStrategy highly for the business user capabilities to provision applications and data and perform data integration tasks within the BI tool. MicroStrategy received high client feedback scores for its agile, business user self-service and ADV functionality. Clients also gave MicroStrategy a top score for its product vision.”

The report also stated that “in addition to its Agile BI offerings, MicroStrategy’s traditional strengths are its organically grown architecture and a powerful ROLAP engine, which in the long-term can often reduce total cost of ownership by reducing the number of reports and dashboards that need to be produced. With its integrated desktop and cloud-based SaaS offerings, MicroStrategy buyers can start small and scale quickly.”

To get a free download of the complete report, visit MicroStrategy’s Web site at http://www.MicroStrategy.com.

Bryan’s BI Blog: MicroStrategy vs Tableau


Bryan BrandowBryan Brandow, has posted his second new post on his new blog, Bryan’s BI Blog and it is a doozy. Bryan does an in-depth comparison of MicroStrategy vs. Tableau.

Here is a link to the MicroStrategy vs. Tableau post.

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A Must Read: Bryan Brandow’s BI Blog on Evolving BI


I have some good news to share with you.

Bryan BrandowBryan Brandow, a Data Engineering Manager, has started (or perhaps restarted) blogging again. His new blog is called Bryan’s BI Blog and the first post is a must read. It is titled Evolving BI and Bryan shares his latest adventures, his thoughts on the current state of BI as he has observed and experienced it, and where he feels we collectively need to go.

Bryan has also migrated all of his old MicroStrategy Blog posts to this blog site and I encourage you to read these as well.

Here is a link to the Evolving BI post.

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Gartner Releases 2014 Magic Quadrant for BI and Analytics Platforms

Gartner Magic Quadrant BI 2014


Gartner has just released its 2014 Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms.

I need a few days to soak this in and better comment on it. But, for now, I thought I would share the Magic Quadrant with you.

You can see the entire report by clicking here.

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Gartner describes and defines the market as follows.

The BI and analytics platform market is in the middle of an accelerated transformation from BI systems used primarily for measurement and reporting to those that also support analysis, prediction, forecasting and optimization. Because of the growing importance of advanced analytics for descriptive, prescriptive and predictive modeling, forecasting, simulation and optimization (see “Extend Your Portfolio of Analytics Capabilities”) in the BI and information management applications and infrastructure that companies are building — often with different buyers driving purchasing and different vendors offering solutions — this year Gartner has also published a Magic Quadrant exclusively on predictive and prescriptive analytics platforms (see Note 1). Vendors offering both sets of capabilities are featured in both Magic Quadrants.

The BI platform market is forecast to have grown into a $14.1 billion market in 2013, largely through companies investing in IT-led consolidation projects to standardize on IT-centric BI platforms for large-scale systems-of-record reporting (see “Forecast: Enterprise Software Markets, Worldwide, 2010-2017, 3Q13 Update”). These have tended to be highly governed and centralized, where IT production reports were pushed out to inform a broad array of information consumers and analysts. While analytical capabilities were deployed, such as parameterized reports, online analytical processing (OLAP) and ad hoc query, they were never fully embraced by the majority of business users, managers and analysts, primarily because most considered these too difficult to use for many analytical use cases. As a result, and continuing a five-year trend, these installed platforms are routinely being complemented, and in 2013 were increasingly displaced, in new sales situations by new investments, and requirements were more skewed toward business-user-driven data discovery techniques to make analytics beyond traditional reporting more accessible and pervasive to a broader range of users and use cases.

Also in support of wider adoption, companies and independent software vendors are increasingly embedding both traditional reporting, dashboards and interactive analysis, in addition to more advanced and prescriptive analytics built from statistical functions and algorithms available within the BI platform into business processes or applications. The intent is to expand the use of analytics to a broad range of consumers and nontraditional BI users, increasingly on mobile devices. Moreover, companies are increasingly building analytics applications, leveraging new data types and new types of analysis, such as location intelligence and analytics on multistructured data stored in NoSQL data repositories.

MicroStrategy Tops Ventana Research’s 2014 Mobile BI Value Index Research

MicroStrategy Highlighted for the Value its Mobile Solution Provides to Enterprises, with Top Score in Five Out of Seven Categories

Ventana Research Mobil BI 2014TYSONS CORNER, Va., Feb. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — MicroStrategy® Incorporated (Nasdaq: MSTR), a leading worldwide provider of enterprise software platforms, today announced that its Mobile App Platform ranks number one in Ventana Research’s 2014 Value Index for Mobile Business Intelligence (BI) research. Ranked first out of 16 mobile BI vendors, MicroStrategy was cited for the value its solution provides to its customers, with the highest rating in usability, manageability, reliability, capability and validation.

Ventana Research’s Value Index Captures Both IT and Business-Centric Perspectives

According to the Ventana Research report, “The top three companies’ products all provide strong user experiences and functionality, but MicroStrategy stood out across the board, finishing first in five categories and most notably in the areas of the business user experience, mobile application development, and presentation of information.”

“It is clear that today’s mobile workforce requires the ability to access information and analyze data simply, straightforwardly and using an intuitive interface,” said Mark Smith, CEO and Chief Research Officer, Ventana Research. “MicroStrategy’s continued investment and excellent customer examples demonstrate its commitment to mobile BI across smartphones and tablets and helping customers design and deploy applications that provide significant business value but also in a safe and secure manner.”

MicroStrategy President Paul Zolfaghari said: “We are thrilled to earn this number one ranking in Ventana Research’s Value Index for Mobile BI.  Since 2009, MicroStrategy has led the way with its innovative mobile platform, which continues to be highly esteemed by independent analysts and thousands of enterprises worldwide.  Our customers get value quickly from their MicroStrategy Mobile™ solutions, and this recognition underscores how integral the MicroStrategy Mobile App Platform™ is to the future of their businesses.”

Ventana Research’s 2014 Value Index for Mobile BI evaluated vendors and their products in seven categories of requirements. Five categories are product-related, including assessing usability, manageability, reliability, capability, and adaptability. Two categories quantify the customer assurance issues of vendor validation and total cost of ownership and return on investment (TCO/ROI). Ventana Research noted that the largest percentage of organizations using mobile BI place important emphasis on easy access and use of the technology.

“Our mobile solution delivers business-changing mobile apps that make employees more productive and achieve results in less time and at a fraction of the cost,” said Hugh Owen, VP of Mobile Products, MicroStrategy Incorporated.  “In 2011-2012, we saw hundreds of organizations deploying to hundreds of users.  Since early 2013, MicroStrategy’s enterprise mobile apps are now helping thousands of organizations, and these organizations are deploying to thousands and tens of thousands of employees, highlighting the importance of reliability, where we had the highest category rating overall in the Value Index. We’re extremely excited to play such a critical role in the mobilization of the enterprise.”

Ventana Research Mobil BI 2014 Chart

MicroStrategy Mobile Delivers Significant Business Value to Thousands of Organizations

Thousands of organizations have received significant business value from deploying MicroStrategy Mobile apps to support new business processes and mobilize existing operational and information systems. For example, luxury brand retailer GUCCI has been able to conduct business in ways simply not possible before. At the recent MicroStrategy World 2014 conference held in Las Vegas, GUCCI’s CIO Simone Pacciarini delivered a live demonstration of their innovative use of MicroStrategy to deliver a better retail experience for their employees and customers. A video of the GUCCI demonstration is available here: http://youtu.be/z4SzR44BqRw.

Of the thousands of innovative business apps in production, MicroStrategy customers across the globe have also performed ROI analyses to measure the impact of mobile technology on their enterprise.  Customers are noting the many benefits of deploying MicroStrategy Mobile.  For example:

  • AutoTrader.com credits its MicroStrategy Mobile app as being a “game changer” that has transformed how their sales reps work; reps spend less time on meeting preparation and more time developing additional opportunities. AutoTrader.com’s Senior Director of Enterprise Data and Shared Services said, “One of the things we use to measure the value of the MicroStrategy platform is the usage from our dealer customers and our salesforce, and the usage of the platform has grown 40 times.”
  • A global leader in insurance brokering and risk management said it generated an incremental $10M in revenue in the first 90 days of its MicroStrategy Mobile app rollout.
  • A leading Fortune 1000 software company cites a 30 percent increase in deal size associated with the use of its MicroStrategy app for sales reps.
  • A large European healthcare system said it achieved 25 percent time savings using the MicroStrategy app.  The internal reporting team saves one week every month fulfilling report requests. Furthermore, cost savings on paper for one year offset the cost of the MicroStrategy app; thus, the solution not only makes the organization more “green,” it pays for itself.
  • Having rolled out a MicroStrategy app to 10,000 store managers, a large global discount supermarket chain said it achieved time savings of 17 percent—enabling managers to spend more time with their employees, the merchandise business, and customers to provide better service.
  • One of the largest international airports said it saved 4,000 person hours a year with the use of its MicroStrategy app for operations analysis. The app has increased the level of accountability, transparency and efficiency within the airport’s various business units and has reduced paper consumption by 50 percent.

To access a free copy of the report, visit: http://www.microstrategy.com/ventana-mobile-bi-value-index-2014.