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MicroStrategy delivers analytics for everyone

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MicroStrategy has announced the general availability of MicroStrategy 10.9, the newest feature release to the company’s MicroStrategy 10 platform.
This feature release introduces Dossier, a new storybook experience for everyone across the enterprise that makes it easy to consume, share, and collaborate around analytics.
“MicroStrategy 10.9 represents the biggest leap forward since our MicroStrategy 10 platform launch and underscores our vision of delivering ‘Intelligence Everywhere’,” says Tim Lang, senior executive vice-president and chief technology officer of MicroStrategy. “We believe collaborative analytics accelerates the velocity of decision making. That’s why we’re introducing Dossier, an easier and faster method of consuming analytics that we believe end users are going to love. MicroStrategy 10.9 empowers users to do more with their analytics regardless of their technical skill or role.”
MicroStrategy 10.9 delivers Dossier, an interactive book of business which combines relevant analytics into a single place, organized into chapters and pages. The new streamlined interface goes beyond dashboards and brings data together in a format that all users recognize and understand.
The new consumer-oriented and brower-based interface offers end users a modern and interactive menas to explore data. Dossier makes it easy to navigate and share reports and visualisations that matter to users.
Version 10.9 enables users to collaborate via discussion threads and real-time comments within the Dossier interface. Anyone who has access to a dossier through the MicroStrategy Library can ask questions, highlight trends, and share their current filter state with others. Users who are tagged in a comment can receive real-time notifications via email, browser banners, page and library alerts, or push notifications.
The 10.9 release delivers the MicroStrategy Library, a personalised portal for all users to access their BI content and dossiers. End users can login to the MicroStrategy Library to find a list of all dossiers to which he or she has subscribed or has access. Each dossier in the library is represented by a customized thumbnail image, making it easy to visually identify content.
Additionally, powerful search options are available for users to find content quickly. New notifications and comments made to the user will show up clearly as an alert, so the user doesn’t miss an update. Regardless of what browser or mobile device a user is on, the MicroStrategy Library is responsive in design and will automatically resize as needed.
Dossier delivers a completely revamped approach to filtering data. Users can explore their data with a clean, simple interface and multiple filter types, including visual filters, advanced qualification filters, and in-canvas selectors. With visual filters, users can now embed any MicroStrategy visualisation into the filter panel of a dossier, providing a visual and intuitive way to filter information without taking up valuable screen real estate.
MicroStrategy 10.9 makes it easier for users to access, analyse, and operationalise their data. MicroStrategy 10.9 provides business analysts with more connectors to data sources, easier data preparation, visual analytics and guided advanced analytics. Analysts can author once and deploy on multiple devices, without worrying about the target device.
A common need for organizations that have invested in self-service strategies is the ability to ensure that everyone is able to differentiate content that is tied to certified versus untrustworthy data. With MicroStrategy 10.9, analysts and data stewards can watermark content with a ‘certified’ stamp. This step offers an easy way to implement governance across a self-service deployment and makes it clear for business users which content is tied to trusted data sources.
MicroStrategy 10.9 amplifies existing investments by keeping up with the latest certifications and providing instant access to nearly any type of data with out-of-the-box connectors to popular data sources, including personal spreadsheets, enterprise data warehouses, text files, cloud sources, and big data systems. With a clean simple interface, analysts can sort through 80+ data sources to quickly find the source they need. Version 10.9 delivers live data access for Hadoop Gateway, allowing end users to get the latest information from HDFS.
In addition, MicroStrategy 10.9 delivers an SDK to build out new out-of-the-box connectors that help analysts visualize text and semi-structured data such as Solr, Box, One Drive, Elasticsearch and many others. These new connectors allow analysts and citizen data scientists to run queries against semi-structured data, like log files and text scripts. Data is available to end users in tabular format and can be readily used to build reports or dossiers.