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MicroStrategy 10

MicroStrategy 10 transforms data into business insights through highly visual, interactive reports and dashboards that can be securely distributed to hundreds of thousands of users throughout an enterprise. In MicroStrategy 10.9™, MicroStrategy introduced the Dossier™ feature, which enables users to consolidate reports and dashboards into an easy-to-consume and intuitive analytics book referred to as a dossier. With dossiers, users can utilize built-in collaboration capabilities, tables of contents, powerful filtering options, and proactive alerts and push notifications on top of existing reports and dashboards.

Five key business needs have driven demand for powerful analytics solutions:

Increased consumption of analytics. In the past, dissemination of information was limited to a few power-users or analysts. Now, a wide range of information users – from customer service representatives to the CEO within a company, and from customers to suppliers outside the organization – can benefit from the insight that analytics provides. The wide acceptance of the Internet as an information source also has fueled demand for enterprise data to be accessible over the web to tens of thousands of users across an enterprise. In addition, demand for analytics on mobile devices is being driven by the growth of the mobile Internet and by the accelerating proliferation of mobile devices.

Increased data scalability. Increasing information generation, and in particular, the ability to capture and store electronically every business transaction and interaction, have made terabyte-size data warehouses commonplace. Due to very large data volumes at some organizations, such as data volumes generated by social media, data warehouses can now reach sizes in excess of tens of petabytes (1,000 terabytes). While transaction- and interaction-level information is now routinely captured, organizations often struggle to make productive use of such massive data stores. Organizations need to view data within its operational context – making even the most detailed information meaningful to business users. As a result, users want the ability to easily discover trends hidden in these very large databases and to verify these trends by reviewing the underlying detail.

Improved analytics system performance. The increase in user population sizes and data volumes puts a strain on analytics infrastructures. Business users expect to retrieve the information they are requesting within seconds of making the request. Mobile devices have set this expectation even higher by increasing demand for near instantaneous responses to requests. Analytics administrators need to systematically monitor and tune the analytics environment to provide the expected service levels.

Improved data comprehension and visualization. As data volumes have increased, the growing work demands placed on business users have meant progressively less time available to users to monitor and improve their businesses and make informed decisions. As a result, business users need to view the data in a summarized, easy-to-grasp format and navigate to areas of concern for additional insight. Presenting the data in a highly visual, accessible, and interactive format to collate, view, and explore information with agility and ease of use improves the overall comprehension of the business and speeds up the decision-making process.

Increased demand for personalized, one-to-one customer and/or supplier experience. Many companies have implemented strategies that establish personalized relationships with each customer and/or supplier based on individual needs and preferences. They earn loyalty by providing superior service, security, and convenience. In order to successfully acquire, retain, and upgrade customers, these organizations need to understand their customers’ profiles, transaction histories, past responses to marketing campaigns, and interactions with customer service. This information is often stored in widely dispersed and complex data sources, and obtaining a holistic view of the customer can be challenging.

The volume of data available to enterprises is growing at a very high rate, being driven by greater transaction detail, more sensors, more external data, and more data from mobile and social media platforms. MicroStrategy 10 helps organizations worldwide take advantage of this explosive growth in enterprise data by equipping managers and employees with timely, actionable information to make data-driven business decisions.

Solutions built on MicroStrategy 10 can give analysts, managers, and executives the critical insight they need to reduce costs, better allocate resources, improve efficiencies, and optimize operations. MicroStrategy 10 can also be used to build stronger relationships with business partners and suppliers by providing insights for managing inventory levels, analyzing supply chains, and tracking vendor performance. MicroStrategy 10 also includes predictive capabilities that enable organizations to leverage their historical data to project future business outcomes.

MicroStrategy 10 provides IT professionals with a powerful, highly automated mechanism for delivering insightful reports and dashboards to employees throughout an organization. In addition, MicroStrategy 10 offers self-service capabilities, which enable business users to upload, prepare, and explore enterprise data on their own, without any coding or IT expertise. With these self-service capabilities, business users can spot trends and outliers in a completely visual and interactive way, thereby eliminating much of the need for IT to create reports and dashboards for them.

MicroStrategy 10 is available in two distinct end user products: MicroStrategy Analytics and MicroStrategy Desktop. MicroStrategy Analytics is designed for enterprise-scale business intelligence, supporting high performance analytics on gigabytes, terabytes, or petabytes of data. Organizations can deploy MicroStrategy Analytics on-premise or access the same functionality within the MicroStrategy on AWS or MicroStrategy Cloud offerings. MicroStrategy Desktop puts the power of MicroStrategy 10 into the hands of individual users for self-service visual analytics and data discovery. The two products share a common user experience — making it easy to start small with self-service analytics and grow into the production-grade features of MicroStrategy Analytics.

MicroStrategy Analytics

MicroStrategy Analytics is our flagship analytics software. It is a comprehensive, enterprise-grade solution featuring sophisticated analytics, scalable performance, multi-level security, and rigorous data governance. It also combines the agility and productivity of self-service data visualization (also known as visual data discovery), which bridges the gap between fast, elegant, interactive visual analytics and powerful, large-scale enterprise business intelligence.

Key benefits of MicroStrategy Analytics include:

Flexibility to report, analyze, and monitor. MicroStrategy Analytics unifies reporting, analysis, and real-time business monitoring into one seamless experience for the business user, one efficient and scalable architecture for the IT professional, and one economical and extensible utility for the CIO.

Single platform for enterprise data discovery and analytics. MicroStrategy Analytics supports both business user and traditional IT user needs by offering various styles of BI bundled into a single comprehensive analytics platform. Business users have access to the data discovery toolset via MicroStrategy Web, MicroStrategy Desktop and MicroStrategy Mobile, and these user interfaces also allow them to consume other styles of analytics that their IT organizations have deployed, including pixel-perfect dashboards, enterprise reports and statements, scorecards, and more. Organizations do not need to resort to other point data discovery tools to gain access to agile data discovery capabilities, as they are available as an integrated part of MicroStrategy Analytics.

Industrial-strength analytics. MicroStrategy Analytics enables industrial-strength analytics with enterprise-caliber technology and high user- and data-scalability. It enables centralized administration, operations, and maintenance in a unified interface and from within a unified hardware environment. Users can connect through their mobile devices, a zero-footprint web offering, a desktop-based client for offline analysis and by directly injecting analytics into Microsoft® Office products — expanding the reach of business intelligence across the enterprise.

Data discovery at scale. MicroStrategy Analytics offers data discovery capabilities and is available to the end user across all standard user interfaces. With its HTML5 interface, users are able to connect to most data sources, ranging from personal spreadsheets to enterprise warehouses and cloud hosted sources, and can blend and prepare the data on their own without any IT support. This fully self-service work flow also allows the extension of the software to integrate with other third-party capabilities. For instance, although MicroStrategy Analytics includes a variety of out-of-the-box visualizations, it also provides the ability to include other third-party visualizations like D3 and high charts, as well as the ability to include native and third-party advanced analytics into native workflows. The dashboards that include all of these components can also be personalized and shared with thousands of users across the organization using our powerful MicroStrategy Distribution Services™.

Data to insight in minutes without IT involvement. MicroStrategy Analytics gives business users a simple, powerful, and fast way to analyze data with minimal set-up requirements. It is designed to allow business users to answer business questions on their own, avoiding the lengthy process of report specification and design. By using a variety of graphical visualizations to represent the entire analysis, users can easily and rapidly spot trends and outliers in large data sets, creating a user experience that seems to unfold in real time. In addition to this, MicroStrategy Analytics also supports traditional centralized BI through its metadata based architecture, from which MicroStrategy Analytics gains its ability to design highly reusable objects that deliver both high performance and scale. The combination of enterprise scalability along with data discovery features brings the power of enterprise analytics to the personal level, making it easy to extend the power of the entire MicroStrategy Analytics platform to everyone in the organization.

Actionable insight. MicroStrategy Analytics helps organizations accelerate the speed and productivity of their businesses by building mobile apps and web reports and dashboards that connect to back-end transactional systems and databases to include data entry and action-taking features, including: submitting orders, one-click approvals and denials, notes for tracking and directing business activity, and write-back to data sources.

Governed data discovery. MicroStrategy Analytics enables organizations to achieve data consistency and governance across every report, dashboard, and user within the system through a trusted and centralized metadata store. By leveraging our reusable metadata to define, manage, and maintain common definitions for metrics, attributes, data sets, and other objects through governed data discovery, organizations can lower the overall cost of developing new analytical outputs (such as reports or dashboards), while helping to ensure that the information delivered in those outputs is accurate, governed, and timely. MicroStrategy Analytics not only provides governance via centralized IT deployments where the reports and dashboards are based around a centralized metadata store, but also offers the ability to promote desktop-based reports and dashboards created by business users to MicroStrategy Server, and to map external data assets to certified data systems.

Heterogeneous access, joining and preparation of data from across the enterprise. MicroStrategy Analytics enables organizations to create integrated views of data across heterogeneous data stores. By mapping conforming dimensions from multiple sources within the MicroStrategy object model, the platform automatically joins data from multiple sources in the same table, chart, or visualization. Additionally, MicroStrategy Analytics also offers self-service data connect options to business users, who do not need to rely on data modeling or architecting to access any data source. Data can come from any source including most relational and columnar data warehouses, data marts, Apache™ Hadoop®, SAP® Business Information Warehouse (SAP BW), Microsoft SQL Server® Analysis Services, IBM® Cognos® TM1®, Oracle® Essbase, Salesforce®, social media sources such as Twitter and Facebook, and many other operational system databases. In addition to allowing users to connect to these data sources, MicroStrategy Analytics offers data preparation and wrangling capabilities that allow business users to transform their data for improved analysis.

Integration of advanced analytics into mainstream reporting and dashboarding. MicroStrategy Analytics’ analytic engine includes predictive capabilities in MicroStrategy reports and dashboards. The analytic engine can train and calculate many of the primary data mining functions, including time-series, association rules, clustering, regression, and decision-tree algorithms. Hand-in-hand with this calculation capability, MicroStrategy Analytics also includes the ability to import data mining models directly from data mining products from vendors like IBM SPSS®, Teradata®, and SAS® using the predictive modeling mark-up language (PMML) standard, and by embedding R statistical packages in the platform. With this capability, data mining models, such as neural network algorithms, rule set algorithms, and support vector machines, as well as ensembles of models, can be imported through a single click and automatically converted into a standard MicroStrategy metric. After that, the MicroStrategy Data Mining Services™ extension enables these metrics to be used freely and calculated quickly in reports, dashboards, and alerts. A key capability of MicroStrategy Analytics is that business users can now readily tap into over 350 advanced analytics and statistical functions for data discovery purposes, and these functions are included within an easily accessible library.

Support for large data volumes and all major relational database/hardware combinations. MicroStrategy Analytics supports systems with very large data volumes and is specifically optimized to support all major relational database platforms, Hadoop distributions, and data appliances commonly used for business intelligence systems, as well as multi-dimensional databases, such as SAP BW. Important features of our solution in this area include:

Native connectors to HDFS, in addition to the hive options to connect to Cloudera®, Hortonworks®, and MapR®, among other Big Data sources;

Available with MicroStrategy 10, and included as an integrated part of the MicroStrategy Server product are highly scalable, in-memory cubes that can now be partitioned and support parallel processing. This new advancement in in-memory architecture allows organizations to store a greater volume of data in memory and offers faster processing;

Dynamically generated SQL, multidimensional expressions (MDX), and Hadoop queries that optimize the performance of each major database;

Very Large Database (VLDB) parameters that allow individual reports or dashboards to be tuned for performance;

Support for hand-written SQL, Hadoop, and XQuery queries;

Ability to support very large user populations; and

Highly reliable up-time, even in high volume applications.

Powerful distribution engine for information delivery. Our technology offers a high performance, personalized distribution engine for delivering periodic and alert-based information to users via email, web, and mobile devices. The distribution engine is able to deliver report and dashboard applications in a highly automated and personalized manner to all major device types used in both domestic and international markets, enabling the delivery of information to users when and where it is needed.

Customizable applications and Embedded BI. MicroStrategy Analytics applications can be customized extensively using proprietary SDK capabilities. This allows organizations to brand web and mobile-based applications, and embed these applications directly into other corporate applications. White labeling for portal integration, single sign-on, and direct integration into other software increase the deployment options of MicroStrategy Analytics and allow IT groups to roll out analytics to the entire organization in a customizable manner, while still being able to leverage investments made in other technologies.

MicroStrategy’s Metadata Architecture

The core differentiator of our platform stems from its metadata-based centralized architecture, which has been built and refined over many years and provides access to enterprise data using familiar business terms, rules, and logic. The portable, flexible, reusable, object-oriented and dynamic nature of the metadata provides an efficient BI application and mobile app development platform while maximizing maintainability and enforcing enterprise-wide consistency. The dynamic behavior of metadata in our platform helps ensure consistency across business definitions, and minimizes the number of objects created, stored, and managed. Other BI technologies are limited in their reuse capabilities, forcing developers to create the same components over and over again for use in each individual report or dashboard.

MicroStrategy Server

MicroStrategy Server is the architectural foundation of MicroStrategy 10. It provides the core analytical processing and job management for all reporting, analysis, and monitoring applications. It provides a powerful, comprehensive set of features necessary for a scalable, fault-tolerant, enterprise-wide business intelligence system.

As the central contact point to metadata, MicroStrategy Server dynamically assembles the metadata objects to create optimized, multi-pass SQL queries for every major relational database, HiveQL queries for Hadoop distributions like Cloudera, MapR, Hortonworks, and Amazon EMR, interactive queries for real-time distributed SQL processing, optimized connectivity for NoSQL sources like Apache Cassandra™, HBase™, and MongoDB®, native connectivity to HDFS via MicroStrategy Hadoop Gateway, and MDX queries for multidimensional data sources. MicroStrategy Server retrieves the data, performs any additional analytical calculations not available in the databases, formats the report, and delivers the reports to business users via the MicroStrategy Web, Mobile, Office, or Desktop interfaces.

MicroStrategy Server is a highly scalable, parallel-processing, self-tuning analytic server. It manages high performance interactions involving terabytes of data accessed by tens of thousands of users using in-memory intelligent cubes, caching, load balancing, resource prioritization, and connection pooling. It accesses and joins data from multiple data sources, such as data warehouses, operational databases, multidimensional (cube) databases, and even web services and flat files. MicroStrategy Server also manages users, system security, data security, and user functionality access. A clustering option is available with MicroStrategy Server that increases scalability, and provides fault tolerance with automatic failover.

MicroStrategy Web

MicroStrategy Web is great for business users or consumers looking to interact with data, or to even simply view a static overview report. At the same time, MicroStrategy Web is where savvy analysts put all of the pieces together to design highly formatted and customized reports and dashboards.

MicroStrategy Web is the primary reporting interface for analysts, offering interactive reporting, dashboarding, and analysis through a web browser. It provides enterprise analytical functionality with access to extensive report and dashboard creation, manipulation, and formatting capabilities in an easy-to-use web interface.

MicroStrategy Web architecture provides a single, consistent interface to users whether the BI application is departmental and internal, or an extranet application deployed to hundreds of thousands of users. MicroStrategy Web allows business users of any skill level to move fluidly between various styles of BI to satisfy their reporting, analysis, and monitoring needs.

MicroStrategy Desktop

MicroStrategy Desktop is a free, standalone, on-premise, single-user tool for fast, powerful, and easy-to-use self-service visual data discovery. It enables business users to analyze and gain valuable insight and understanding into their organizations’ data by quickly creating stunning and useful visualizations, without assistance from the IT department. MicroStrategy Desktop can be readily downloaded and installed on a PC or Mac, making the power of MicroStrategy 10 easily available. MicroStrategy Desktop can be used while offline and while not connected to MicroStrategy Server, and can connect to MicroStrategy Server when needed. This user interface can help introduce MicroStrategy 10 to smaller departments that are looking for quick and easy deployment options. It offers easy migration options to the Enterprise edition of MicroStrategy Analytics, and all analytical content developed with MicroStrategy Desktop may be promoted to MicroStrategy Server and can be consumed by the other user interfaces offered with MicroStrategy, such as MicroStrategy Web and MicroStrategy Mobile.

MicroStrategy Analytics Releases in 2017

MicroStrategy Analytics includes the following significant functional enhancements made during 2017:

Dossier. A new way of consuming analytics in the form of interactive books with built-in collaboration capabilities, tables of contents, powerful filtering options, and proactive alerts and push notifications. Dossiers are organized in chapters and pages, making it easy to navigate and find insight from analytics across the enterprise.

MicroStrategy Library™. A personalized portal for users to access their reports, dashboards, and dossiers. Each dossier is represented by a customized thumbnail image within MicroStrategy Library, making it easy to visually identify content.

Expanded filters within dossiers. Use any visualization, chart, or graph within the filter panel of a dossier for more intuitive and modern filtering options. In addition, dossiers can include filters and target other visualizations within the main interface.

Embedding API for dossiers. A new API that leverages JavaScript to easily embed interactive dossiers into third-party applications.

Data Connector SDK. Developers and analysts can build almost any data connector with the Data Connector SDK by leveraging HTML and JavaScript, thus getting access to data sources without waiting for them to be certified by the platform.

Gallery for custom data connectors. Customers and business partners can access a public gallery of custom data connectors on MicroStrategy Community, where they can download the connectors for their own use or enhance them further prior to integration. The available connectors include Fitbit, SurveyMonkey, Jethro, Solr, Elasticsearch, and more.

Revamped MicroStrategy Desktop. Redesigned and overhauled with a new, modern interface for data access, data preparation, visualization, sharing, and authoring and designing reports and dashboards with responsive design options.

MicroStrategy Workstation. A unified product that makes it faster to build and maintain scalable enterprise content, manage users and groups, assign security roles, create data models, and much more.

Intelligent narratives for analytics with NLG integration. Through technology partnerships with NLG platform providers, Automated Insights and Narrative Science, MicroStrategy Analytics supports the use of artificial intelligence to interpret charts and graphs into clear, meaningful, and intelligent narratives that explain the context of the data.

Enhanced native Hadoop Gateway. A new and re-architected Hadoop Gateway that leverages Spark to increase scalability and performance, and can access data file types such as CSV, Text, JSON, AVRO, and Parquet directly from HDFS.

R Analytics bundled and installed with platform. Customers can leverage R capabilities without having to go through a separate installation process.

Hierarchy reporting. Analysts can view and interact with ragged hierarchies with data sourced from MDX sources like MSAS and Essbase, with the ability to apply dynamic filters, create custom MDX queries, apply advanced sorting, and optimize performance.

Support for more data sources. MicroStrategy Analytics allows business users to readily connect to Microsoft Azure Cosmos DB. MicroStrategy Analytics also offers certifications for new data sources such as Maria DB 10.x, Apache Hive 2.x, SparkSQL 2.0, MapR 5.2, Druid, Amazon Athena, Oracle 12c R2, Azure SQL Database, and SAP Hana 2.x.

Improved PDF export. Analysts have more options to customize PDF versions of reports and dashboards prior to exporting them, such as selecting the page orientation, paper size, and header/footer details. Analysts can also export large grid reports, charts, and graphs that have data expanding over a page into highly formatted PDFs, ensuring no information is cut off.

MicroStrategy Analytics Technology Strategy

Our technology strategy is focused on delivering comprehensive platform-based solutions to enable any organization to create immediate value from analytics and then quickly grow its analytics effort to encompass more advanced capabilities as well as larger user and data scale. This strategy includes: expanding support for large information stores, improving performance and administration, enhancing our analysis capabilities, and enhancing report and dashboard delivery via the web and mobile devices. We continue to enhance our products for use with a broad range of operating systems and databases to enable our customers to leverage their existing technology investments to achieve faster query times with fewer required resources. We continue to enhance usability and visual data exploration to increase ease of use and functionality, and thus further decrease the need for IT intervention. We are working to further differentiate our products by increasing:

Visual analysis and user self-service. Ease of use and visual exploration and analysis capabilities on small to extremely large data sets, in conjunction with the enterprise capabilities also offered by our platforms;

Data capacity. The volume of information that can be efficiently analyzed and utilized;

User concurrency. The number of users that can be supported simultaneously;

Analytic sophistication. The range of analytical methods available to the application designer;

Performance. The throughput and response time of the system, measured in seconds;

Database flexibility. The range of data sources, data warehouses, and online transaction processing databases that the software is capable of efficiently querying without modification;

Robustness. The reliability and availability of the software in mission-critical environments;

Deployability. The ease with which applications can be securely deployed, modified, upgraded, and tuned;

Personalization. The quality and sophistication of a one-to-one user experience;

Content flexibility. The range of content, both structured and unstructured, that can be efficiently utilized;

Media channel and interface flexibility. The range of media channels (including mobile devices), interface options, and display features supported; and

Transaction capabilities. The ability to efficiently initiate actions and transactions from mobile devices and web-based reports and dashboards.

MicroStrategy Mobile

Our consistently highly-rated mobile offering extends beyond basic mobile analytics to deliver an innovative mobile app platform that makes building a variety of mobile business apps easier and faster.

MicroStrategy Mobile is fully integrated into the MicroStrategy Analytics platform, so it is easy to leverage existing reports and dashboards to instantly deploy mobile business intelligence. In addition, MicroStrategy Mobile extends beyond analytics to enable organizations to rapidly build custom mobile applications that deliver analytics combined with transactions, multimedia, and mapping to support business workflows. The robust code-free application development platform is designed to reduce development costs and accelerate the deployment of native mobile business apps—optimized for both iOS and Android. Companies can build fully native iOS and Android apps that take advantage of the unique device and operating system capabilities (e.g., GPS/location, calendar, and camera) on those devices. MicroStrategy Mobile is an easy, fast, and cost-effective vehicle for mobilizing an organization’s information systems, including its data warehouses, business intelligence, ERP, CRM, and web applications that are currently accessible only on the desktop. With MicroStrategy Mobile, businesses can transform their entire workforce into a connected and more productive mobile workforce using information-driven mobile apps that are significantly more robust and secure than their web-only counterparts. With mobile access to critical corporate data and systems that drive the business, employees can have a virtual office in their hands at all times.

MicroStrategy Mobile is available both as on-premise software and as a hosted service offering in MicroStrategy Cloud.

Key benefits of MicroStrategy Mobile include:

Increased employee productivity by gaining new efficiencies and cutting decision times. MicroStrategy Mobile computing can dramatically improve personal productivity, changing how people work today. MicroStrategy Mobile puts materials, information, and system access on devices that can be always on, always connected, and always in reach. MicroStrategy Mobile enables write-back to systems of record (e.g., ERP and CRM), providing users with an interactive two-way mobile experience. Users can change data on the fly, insert new information, and view updated reports and dashboards. Users can access transactional inputs and forms regardless of internet connectivity. When offline, transactions are queued for submission and executed when the user next connects.

Extending information throughout an organization. MicroStrategy Mobile can help run a business more effectively by extending the reach of critical enterprise systems to all constituents in all locations. It can provide real-time access to the latest information and data-driven reports and dashboards that fuel spontaneous conversations and more effective decision making.

Enabling field workforces with multimedia materials and training. Mobile workforces can access anything from product brochures and sales presentations to instructional videos and training manuals, when and where they’re needed. MicroStrategy Mobile supports in-app viewing of multimedia content, such as videos, PDFs, images, presentations, spreadsheets, documents, email, and web content—all seamlessly embedded within a mobile app. As with other app content, multimedia content can be pre-cached or stored for convenient, offline access. When the mobile device is offline, users can still view files that have been previously downloaded and stored on their mobile device.

Proactive alerting of potential business problems. MicroStrategy Mobile supports personalized mobile alerts—informing users of potential business problems so they can take timely corrective action. The 24/7 alerting engine is based on a robust distribution server that can be set up to monitor multiple data sources in near real time, creating personalized alerts—distributed through the mobile device’s native push notification system—when a preset condition (threshold) has been met.

Conducting business in newer and faster ways. MicroStrategy Mobile context-aware apps that leverage native mobile device functionality (e.g., GPS, camera, etc.) allow users to complete tasks significantly faster or in more efficient ways than web or desktop-bound apps.

Fast app development. MicroStrategy Mobile is one of the fastest ways to create new mobile apps and mobile front-ends to existing analytics applications. Its click-to-configure features allow the development of mobile apps in a code free environment without requiring an organization’s IT resources. It also allows for the deployment of native apps across multiple operating systems with a single design and lets a user make an app multi-lingual with a few configuration clicks.

High performance mobilization. MicroStrategy Mobile provides compelling and high-performance MicroStrategy Mobile powered apps that can help maximize impact, durability, and adoption.

MicroStrategy Mobile Releases in 2017

MicroStrategy Mobile includes the following significant functional enhancements made during 2017:

Support for .SHP files for custom shapes on iOS. Previously, MicroStrategy Mobile allowed users to add custom shapes using .KML shapes in the map widget. Users can now also use .SHP files to deploy custom shapes and areas maps. This parity with MicroStrategy Web provides consistent user experience and behavior across different web and iOS interfaces.

Best-fit image auto-selected based on device resolution on Android. Android app designers can now define multiple resolutions for images in their dashboards and allow the Android device to auto-select the best-fit image depending on its own resolution. With so many different Android devices in the market, this responsive design capability makes it easier for Android app developers to optimize user experience.

Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) support via AppConfig (formerly known as ACE) on Android. In addition to our native integration support with AirWatch, MicroStrategy Mobile now provides native integration to configure and help secure Android apps based on AppConfig guidelines. The integration with AppConfig provides more consistent, open and simple ways to configure and help secure mobile apps.

App Transport Security (ATS) on iOS. Apple’s new ATS policy improves user security and privacy by requiring apps to use secure network connections over HTTPS instead of HTTP. MicroStrategy Mobile developers can enable Apple’s ATS policy when Apple requires it to help ensure connections from the app adhere to the HTTPS standard. This feature helps app developers secure data in transit through additional encryption.

MicroStrategy Mobile SDK for Blackberry Dynamics Library. Following Blackberry’s integration of Good Dynamics into its EMM platform, the MicroStrategy Mobile iOS SDK for Blackberry Dynamics now reflects Blackberry’s branding changes, including color schemes, icons, and much more. These changes improve user experience and enhance integration of the Good Dynamics and Blackberry libraries. Through the new SDK, MicroStrategy Mobile customers can continue to natively integrate with the former Good Dynamics.

Custom properties for D3 visualizations on Android. Custom properties are now supported in D3 visualizations. This feature provides greater parity with iOS and web report and dashboard functionality. App designers have the flexibility to add different properties to attribute elements and metrics. For example, app designers can use shape or text color to differentiate various components of their visualizations.

Embedded images during Android app compilation. The Android framework supports bundling images as part of the app resources to boost performance. Bundling images during app compilation eliminates requests for downloading images that are not expected to change in the short term. This feature accelerates app performance through better image loading. This is especially helpful when users are located in a remote area with weak network conditions.

MicroStrategy Library for iPad and Android tablet. Users can consume reports, dashboards, and dossiers via native mobile clients for iPad and Android tablets.

Quickly toggle between different MicroStrategy Library environments. Instead of re-configuring the app each time, users can store multiple environment configurations in the MicroStrategy Library app. With two quick taps, users can easily switch between the different environments. For users that regularly access reports, dashboards, and dossiers in separate libraries, this feature provides significant convenience and time savings. The MicroStrategy Library app also includes folders to access downloaded .mstr files and PDF exports. Instead of saving these files outside of the app, the folders provide a convenient place to store and view downloaded reports, dashboards, and dossiers within the app.

Export to PDF. Users can export entire dossiers or single chapters of dossiers to PDF.

Share via native extensions. Users can share links to dossiers, .mstr files and PDFs from the Dossier app using native OS extensions. iOS and Android users can share by emailing, printing, copying, using communicators such as Slack and AirDrop (only iOS users), or importing to other apps (e.g., iBook, Dropbox).

Enhance workflows with native touch-optimized controls. Users can take advantage of native touch-optimized gestures to manipulate content within their dossiers. Using long swipes, users can sort charts in ascending or descending order. Long and/or double taps display a filtering menu with “keep only,” “exclude,” or “drill” options. Users can also use free form lasso options to multi-select elements in visualizations. Native touch-optimized controls provide users with more advanced options to interact with dossiers.

Search within maps. Users can search for attribute elements on maps directly from their iPads or Android tablets. The searched element is highlighted on the map and provides users with location and other information instantly. If the searched element is within a cluster, the whole cluster is highlighted and the number of elements found within the cluster is specified. This feature— previously available only on MicroStrategy Web—adds parity between MicroStrategy Web and MicroStrategy Mobile applications, providing users with a seamless map search interface.

Automatically align to various form factors with enhanced responsive design capabilities. The Dossier mobile app provides significantly enhanced responsive design capabilities, making the experience seamless when switching between interfaces, devices and form factors. Dossier components, such as visualizations, filters, images, and notification panels are automatically resized and arranged for optimal display on iPads and Android tablets. Though there are several form factors and aspect ratios, MicroStrategy Mobile prioritizes the visualizations view by adjusting spacing and padding and object alignment.

Leverage AppConfig on iOS and Android. The MicroStrategy Library apps for iOS and Android have been compiled using AppConfig guidelines. Without employing an SDK, customers can deploy the application to their users securely as well as configure it remotely via any of the leading EMM vendors compatible with AppConfig standards.

MicroStrategy Mobile Technology Strategy

We continue to invest in enhancing MicroStrategy Mobile to empower our customers with the ability to build apps that drive their businesses forward and deliver revolutionary applications to their employees, business partners, prospects, and customers. We continue to invest in enhancing MicroStrategy Mobile’s overall performance and security as well as its three core capability areas: analytics, transactions, and multimedia. We remain focused on delivering the most compelling native end user experience on devices that are adopted by enterprises. New features specific to supported operating systems will take advantage of the native API’s and incorporate new OS capabilities into apps built by our customers.

We also continue to invest in bringing to life mobile apps in an easy, fast, and flexible way. We will continue to enhance our MicroStrategy Mobile technology to deliver an experience that is philosophically “user first” by combining a powerful user experience on top of a dynamic and accessible development infrastructure.

Usher

Usher is a digital credential and identity intelligence offering that provides a highly secure, convenient way for organizations to dematerialize traditional forms of identity verification (such as passwords, tokens, and physical badges) and replace them with unique mobile identity badges, each cryptographically linked to its owner’s smartphone and dynamically linked to the enterprise’s existing identity repositories. Usher can be used as a powerful enterprise productivity and workforce management resource because it is designed to enable managers to gain an almost real-time window into the location and activity of their distributed workforces, while providing powerful interactive features to manage or direct them. With the addition of Usher Professional, administrators can track user activity on a nearly real-time map using access telemetry. They can also engage in two-way communications with users from the Usher application. Usher badges work on standard smartphones running on iOS or the Android platform and include an Apple Watch integration. Through the use of Bluetooth, QR codes, biometrics, push notifications, time-limited PIN codes, and other authentication methods, Usher users can log into applications, VPNs, and workstations, unlock doors and other physical gateways, and validate each other’s identities. By delivering strong, multi-factor authentication that can be extended to nearly every corporate system, Usher’s digital credential solution addresses some of the biggest challenges facing corporations today, including authentication, identity and access management, and resource authorization, while applying industry leading business intelligence and analytics to an enterprise’s infrastructure. Usher is available both as on-premise software and as a hosted service offering in MicroStrategy Cloud.

Usher can appeal to businesses, universities, associations, governments, and other organizations because it adds a layer of security to their systems, physical spaces, and transactions that would otherwise be technically difficult or cost-prohibitive. Usher is designed to secure an enterprise by offering an alternative to existing forms of identification and authentication. Usher is designed to provide a more secure alternative to passwords, which can be stolen or cracked. Usher is also designed to help reduce identity-related fraud by replacing physical ID cards that can be counterfeited and stolen.

   

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