Has MicroStrategy Toppled Tableau as the Analytics King?

I can certainly see the issue with data blending highlighted by Budzinkski at the end of the article. My great concern with data blending within a visualization tool is just what he states. The data is not being managed in the proper places. If you attempt to expand your BI Toolbox, you have a problem with data consistency because data is not managed in a common place and needs to be constantly redefined. It is also too common of a practice to ’embed business rules at the desktop’. Data should be defined once and used the same way across the entire enterprise. I couldn’t agree more with the last 2 paragraphs. Excellent article.

Michael Sandberg's Data Visualization Blog

MicroStrategy Analytics

In a recent TDWI article titled Analysis: MicroStrategy’s Would-Be Analytics King, Stephen Swoyer, who is a technology writer based in Nashville, TN, stated that business intelligence (BI) stalwart MicroStrategy Inc. pulled off arguably the biggest coup at Teradata Corp.’s recent Partners User Group (Partners) conference, announcing a rebranded, reorganized, and — to some extent — revamped product line-up.

One particular announcement drew great interest: MicroStrategy’s free version of its discovery tool — Visual Insight — which it packages as part of a new standalone BI offering: MicroStrategy Analytics Desktop.

With Analytics Desktop, MicroStrategy takes dead aim at insurgent BI offerings from QlikTech Inc., Tibco Spotfire, and — most particularly — Tableau Software Inc.

MicroStrategy rebranded its products into three distinct groups: the MicroStrategy Analytics Platform (consisting of MicroStrategy Analytics Enterprise version 9.4 — an updated version of its v9.3.1 BI suite); MicroStrategy Express (its cloud platform available in both…

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