Welcome to my MicroStrategy Tips & Tricks blog. I have been kicking around the idea of creating a MicroStrategy-specific blog for a few years now. With Bryan Brandow not being as prolific these days with his excellent MicroStrategy blog, http://www.bryanbrandow.com, I thought I would make an attempt to try to fill that void (personally, I think Bryan is not replaceable).
I will try to focus mostly on providing interesting and useful tips and tricks related to the entire MicroStrategy platform. That is soup to nuts or Intelligence Server to Mobile, so to speak.
Right now, my main areas of main interest are in developing interactive, dynamic reports for Web and Mobile (most notably iPad). I have a strong passion for data visualization and have a sister site you can visit at http://www.datavizblog.com.
My company is called Data Archaeology, but I am not currently actively seeing business or employment. I am working a fairly long-term contract in retail and hope I will be able to continue to do so as time progresses.
I have decided not to allow sponsorship of my site so I can be objective about MicroStrategy as well as all the third-party vendors who provide goods and services related to MicroStrategy. You will not see me beating up on the MicroStrategy platform or any of its executive leadership (well, maybe some scolding). I have met Michael Saylor, Founder and CEO of MicroStrategy, many times over the years and I agree with him sometimes and sometimes I don’t. But it is his company and vision and I need to respect that. Michael is very focused on Mobile and Security right now, but I will gently remind him here that a lot of us are still doing enterprise reporting with MicroStrategy and to not take his eye of that ball too.
I have met Paul Zolfaghari, President of MicroStrategy, several times and think he is perfect for that position. Paul is affable, accessible, and truly wants his customers to be happy.
I am a Principal MicroStrategy Consultant with Data Archaeology (consider this blog and my data visualization blog my Web site). My mantra that I preach to everyone (or anyone who will listen) is to get our business partners or clients excited about their data. Now the way to do that could come in many different forms: great data visualization, self-service BI, data on multiple devices, properly organized data that is easy to access, ask questions, and provide actionable insights.
If you want to contact me directly, please drop me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For you folks who will be at MicroStrategy World this week, I will be there Wednesday and Thursday. See if you can match my avatar to my face and stop me and say “Hi!”
Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you often.
I get a free pass to MicroStrategy World in Las Vegas which is the last week of this month. Last year, they gave us awards too. Not sure yet if they will do the same this year.
An Exploration of Tax Data
My dashboard is an exploration of tax data. It explores taxes rates for the top ten counties in terms of GDP.
I used horizontal stacked bar charts instead so that the viewer can visually see how social security and income tax rate add up to the total and explains visually why the countries are ordered the way they are on the dashboard. I also separated out $100K and $300K percentages into separate visuals.
In addition, I added the flags of the countries. Yes, I know, chart junk!
Now, you don’t see any numbers on the data points in this dashboard. The reason you don’t see them is because they appear when you mouse over a bar where you then see the country, category and the percent value as a tooltip.
Here is a screenshot of my entry. It was written with MicroStrategy v9.3.1, Report Services and the Visualization SDK.
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I have been kicking around the idea for this blog for several years now. Last year, I started my data visualization blog and find it very fulfilling. However, I have wanted a blog focused on and devoted to the MicroStrategy platform. In the past, I have relied on Bryan Brandow’s excellent MicroStrategy blog, but I believe with Bryan’s work commitments and other things, he has been too busy to blog. I can only hope to produce the quality of blogs that Bryan did.