The Visual Insight app allows users to create multitabbed "insight dashboards" that present different views of an issue.
intelligence software provider MicroStrategy announced that MicroStrategy 9.2
comes with a new feature, Visual Insight, that helps business people explore
data to get the answers they need without assistance from their IT teams. In
addition, the latest release includes features that allow organizations to
embed even more information into interactive dashboards and further extend
MicroStrategy's performance at higher scales of user populations and database
Insight is designed to allow business people to answer business questions on
their own, avoiding the process of report specification and design, and lets
users analyze data from across the enterprise, regardless of where it resides.
Users can access data from a full spectrum of data stores, ranging from massive
enterprise data warehouses to distributed departmental databases to financial
databases and even to data that resides on the individual's desktop computer
and in Excel spreadsheets. MicroStrategy's Web-based data import feature allows
businesses to import data directly from their desktop computers for visual
analysis and sharing with others.
Insight allows users to create multitabbed "insight dashboards" that can
present many different views of a business issue. These dashboards can be saved
and shared so colleagues can access them. MicroStrategy's data security
architecture automatically ensures that people only see the data they are
allowed to see, and requires only a Web browser for its user interface.
addition, new dashboard selector controls allow users to navigate through
analytical workflows faster and switch more easily between dashboard
information panels, and users can now analyze geographical data in their
dashboard using MicroStrategy's Connector for Google Maps. Data can be plotted
as markers on a map that vary in color and size depending on the business
metric values. Tapping on a marker enables the user to drill to more detailed
views. The maps can also include an "affinity visualization" that links map points
with lines whose color and thickness depend on the strength of affinity between
the two points.
pop-up information windows deliver additional business data. The information
windows are context-sensitive when activated, so the data in the window is
relevant to the specific area of the dashboard being viewed. Also new in
MicroStrategy 9.2, users can now access their dashboards using the Google
Chrome and Apple Safari browsers, in addition to Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft
9.2 also offers the ability to automatically and transparently combine
multidimensional data with relational data and retain full analytical
capabilities, including drilling, sorting, pivoting, adding thresholds,
aggregating and adding calculations, and includes a capability to automatically
redirect queries to in-memory data stores when the data originates from
multidimensional data sources, including SAP BW, Microsoft Analysis Services,
IBM Cognos TM1 and Oracle Essbase.
9.2 is focused on empowering business people to get answers to their questions
faster than ever before," said Sanju Bansal, chief operating officer of
MicroStrategy. "Visual Insight and the other new features in our latest release
dramatically speed data analysis and put the power of BI into the hands of