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What advice do you have for others considering MicroStrategy?

If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering MicroStrategy, what would you say?

How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?

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reviewer1224795 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

I rate MicroStrategy eight out of 10. We've tried other solutions and we're sticking to MicroStrategy. We started using MicroStrategy in 2010, and we've looked into switching to another solution twice, but both times our procurement department has found that MicroStrategy is better. It's a great tool.

Ahmed El Banna - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5Real User

Tableau and MicroStrategy are certified in our environment. I use it both on my own and in my organization. Tableau and MicroStrategy are both certified and deployed in the organization. I would recommend MicroStrategy over Tableau. I would rate MicroStrategy a nine out of ten.

Greg Morley - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 10Real User

I rate MicroStrategy nine out of 10. Doing business with MicroStrategy is relatively challenging because of the processes that are involved. But the technology is probably the best in the market overall. I think they could add a lot more graphs and charts into their standard product. At the moment, you have to go to third parties to get some of the latest charts and graphs. I would recommend it. But if you're going to implement it, you need to invest in educating and training your employees on the product because it is complex. Data literacy today is a big topic, so companies investing in BI technologies should also invest in promoting data literacy among the staff who will be accessing and consuming that information. Right now, most of the training goes to BI professionals. However, companies should also train people who need to consume the data coming out of those departments.

Evgeny Gryazov - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

I really recommend the Power BI, but if I were to go to another company, and change my work, today I would want to continue working with MicroStrategy. I really recommend it. At the moment, we have received some cases to log in with MicroStrategy for education. It is a big plus of MicroStrategy's that we have this possibility. MicroStrategy sites have a great education part, with a lot of meetings, a lot of video, etc... On a scale of one to ten, I would give MicroStrategy a 10.

reviewer1552281 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

I would absolutely recommend this solution. We plan to keep using it. I would rate MicroStrategy an eight out of ten.

reviewer1497201 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5Real User

We are just a customer and end-user. We are using the 2019 version of the solution. I used to run a consulting company and we would consult on this solution. I would always recommend to our customers that they get a third-party to help them implement it initially due to the fact that the learning curve to implement MicroStrategy is much steeper than something like a Tableau. Since we moved away from MicroStrategy, they've really gained traction on their visualizations and it's much more similar to a Tableau design now, as far as building visualizations. That was the only thing really lacking for us. It's good that they've moved in this direction. Technically, we are still using the solution, just at a reduced scale. I'd rate the solution at an eight out of ten.

Hetul Patel - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5Real User

I am not satisfied with this solution. I would rate MicroStrategy a seven out of ten.

Mahipal Pannala - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

I would rate MicroStrategy an eight out of ten.

Hetul Patel - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5Real User

To be honest, I regret using MSTR. I think I should have gone with Tablo instead. On a scale from one to ten, I would give MSTR a rating of seven.

RicardoPedro - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5Real User

We have a business relationship with the solution. At the moment, the company is using the 2019 version of the solution. We may plan to move to the 2020 version, however, I don't know when this will happen. The company I work for uses MicroStrategy and Power BI quite a bit, although I have used other BI tools in the past. Of course, the company is considering a move more towards Power BI. I was hired by the company to introduce Power BI to the organization. But at the same time, there are some strong values in them continuing to use MicroStrategy. So the question is now, to try to understand where the two tools can coexist. From my perspective, in an organization, the solution always has at least two business intelligence tools. They should not only have one. It depends on the business needs in the future. The only compellation between Power BI and MicroStrategy is that on the MicroStrategy part has a strong semantic layer on it. The disadvantage is that the user has to have SQL knowledge and SQL skills. Where in Power BI, it's very inclusive, I'd say, for the end-user. He doesn't have to have SQL knowledge, he can just maybe have an understanding of Excel and so on, and he can create several connectivities to different sources and build the thing. While mostly this solution is on-premises, if we move to Power BI, it will be on the cloud. The ideal situation for us would be if you could combine the Power Query from Power BI, the integration visuals from Power BI, and the personalization of the visuals from Power BI into MicroStrategy, then maybe that can work for MicroStrategy. They have a good data module. There's still a lot of SQL there. I think they should start to think maybe to adjust to zero-code or no coding. They should introduce drag and drop functionality, and maybe more quick measures compilations instead of doing a lot of things in the backend SQL. They should do something on a design front. It really needs to be more intuitive for the end-user, and drag and drop would help with that. I'd rate the solution overall five out of ten, simply because you do need to be quite specialized din order to use it effectively.

reviewer1392336 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

We're partners with MicroStrategy. We're using the MSQL 2019 version of the solution. I'd rate the solution seven out of ten.

reviewer1178424 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

We have two ways of using this solution. We have an SSBI, which is self-service intelligence. We also have an enterprise-class, where we publish everything on the web, from tablets to phones, for our end-user base who are franchises. It is the best for large scale deployments, but you cannot become a MicroStrategy shop without having the right technical resources on the team. Don't even think about it, if you don't want to spend the money for the right person. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Alexandra  Misios - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 10Real User

I am certified in MicroStrategy 9 and 10 for data analysis and as a report developer. We are trying to connect MicroStrategy and Data Studio to the Google Cloud Platform. We prefer MicroStrategy and are trying to convince clients to switch. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

reviewer993717 - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

For me, it's the best tool for BI.

Director3013 - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

If you're looking for enterprise BI, go for MicroStrategy. I would give the tool an eight out of 10. The local office would get a two out of 10. But the tool itself is just a good enterprise-grade tool.

it_user807414 - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

I would prefer having analytic capabilities from a single platform, rather than from many-point solutions, but in reality, I don't think that's very possible. I can give you an example. MicroStrategy, was very early to do In-Memory Analytics. I think everybody else is catching up to that. It doesn't really set them apart anymore today, but it did at one time. But beyond that, with MicroStrategy you're still limited to a single server, and to really crunch through a lot of data you need to parallel, across servers. MicroStrategy doesn't currently offer that so you have to go to something like Spark. So I would love that on one platform, but in reality you can't get everything you possibly want in one platform. But MicroStrategy is smart. They have data connectors to open source applications. That may provide the functionality that you need to fill in the gaps. Most important when selecting a vendor is * the support * their stability, are they going to be here tomorrow * release schedule, a fairly stable, consistent, high-value release schedule. I give MicroStrategy a nine out of 10. It's pretty solid. It's not perfect, but it's pretty solid. I think it is probably the best solution out there right now. Do your homework. Shop around. Really understand MicroStrategy and the alternatives. Do enough research to realize where the real value is at. It's a mature product, it's a mature suite. It's more than just pretty dashboards. If you look past that, the administration, mobility, the analytics, if you look at all of it and rate each of the categories, I think you'll realize that MicroStrategy is at the top of the list. There is a steep learning curve with it, a skill set that goes with it. But they've balanced that with the new Data Discovery module that is fairly easy to use by anyone.

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