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Business Intelligence with MicroStrategy Cookbook Kindle Edition
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Everything in the book can be done with the MicroStrategy free edition. Additional help comes from the video screen-casts, so that you can watch the execution of every step.
Mr Moraschi is the only author I know able to quote Shakespeare and Ghostbusters in a book about Business Intelligence.
microstrategy pdf manuals for every aspect of mstr like design,administration, reports development , mobile and ipad configuration. this book covers all of it in simple to understand techniques. Thank you for this compact guide.
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Many reasons contribute to it, but first of all it is the author's manner of writing: some very tasteful humor, openness and being exact to the point. Another is that Davide relentlessly provided short (2 min or so) videos on DropBox that accompany each achievement or goal as you progress thru the book, and a picture worth 1,000 words, we know it best - Business Intelligence developers and alike!
The book is also well structured: it covers a topic and lets you experiment, if you ever get stuck, each section is followed by a how to sort of an explanation.
But most importantly this book teaches you the art of delivering insight, creating a useful and visually powerful content. Across platforms and various technologies. From A RDBMS to Hadoop and Vertica.
Having a relatively decent computer and something like $30, which is the cost of the book (the rest is provided for free by MicroStrategy and other vendors' technologies used in the book) you can become a Business Intelligence developer. I call this a magnificent opportunity! And I mean it, the author covers not only one or two basic reports, but also some of the most intricate ones (heatmap, double axis, MTD/YTD and more).
For me, quite an experienced Business Intelligence developer who used a variety of tools as Crystal Reports, Brio, JDEdwards Report Writer, ActiveReports, SSRS, SiSense and a few others, MicroStrategy is very much appealing, top of the top competing vendors out there I deem.
Actually, after reading this book my interest about what else I can do with MicroSrategy actually even arose, this is because I discovered MicroStrategy can deliver reports to the most known mobile platforms and it can even leverage Hadoop to excavate insight from its deeply distributed file system (via Impala or similar MR abstractions). What seems to be missing in the product (not the book), is the statistical analysis integration (R, Julia or Matlab etc.).
It is not necessarily a deficiency (the book already has 300 pages plus), but I would like to have the following topics also included in the book:
How to prepare reports for production, e.g.
1) proper deployment techniques;
2) Supplementary tools as Command Manager;
3) Validating user input (report input parameterization is covered), and
4) Metric Formula Language.
Hopefully in release 2 of the book, as MicroStrategy is releasing new features at a very high pace, Davide will provide this additional content.
Frankly, if I were writing the book I would choose Davide's style: lots of detailed steps, accompanying videos and some humour. And the book is very well poised for the future.
I am sure I am not the only one who gave and will give a 5 out of 5 star rating.
It covers almost every aspects of MSTR objects which a developer needs to know.It also gives good input of various new products from MicroStrategy.
Just for note: This is a cookbook and not a detail theory book so it will give reader all the ammunitions to fight the extreme curve of learning MSTR but for detail learning reader should keep MSTR product guides handy and go through them. These product guides are still the ones without which learning MSTR is incomplete.
For the author: I would like to see a similar cookbook, a sequel to this basic guide which is on advance topics simulating the common DW scenarios and one on Administration for beginners including EM, Metadata, IM, OM. Thanks for this good read!
There is also a short chapter on MicroStrategy’s new Visual Intelligence and instructions for configuring and designing mobile reports.
The book provides both step-by-step instructions as well as important screenshots. It also includes a number of videos (warning: if you are a print book reader, the links are case sensitive; if you are an e-book reader, just click on the link). The videos are good, but compared to videos accompanying other BI books, audio and call-outs are lacking.
While the book accurately provides step-by-step instructions, what I missed are the concepts and best practices. For example, the author writes “Dashboards are documents with all sections disabled but the Detail Header …they can be considered as an information cockpit for managers and decision makers. Still they’ll never substitute Excel in the heart of your users …”
It’s a disappointing comment from a BI expert; if the BI solution is not providing anything better than Excel, than indeed, why bother? A well-designed dashboard is so much more than a document with a hidden section, and so much more than Excel. In this regard, the book is technically accurate but lacks some of the context that all BI practitioners need to keep in mind when building solutions.
Despite these concerns, the book is a useful resource and one-stop overview for MicroStrategy users. You can access a free chapter from the publisher web site at Packt.
On a personal note, I have known Davide for a few years now. When I am stuck on a complex microstrategy problem, he is the only one I go to.