Category Archives: Metrics


Hello there,

I’ve been trying to drive people in my team to think and not just do what they are asked to do. I want to do exactly the same here in this post. Show you that think is the best way.

Today, people are driven to do the tasks and sometimes they don’t find space to think on what they are doing neither better ways to do it.

When you have to create several metrics, what do you normally do? Probably you check if the project has the facts and attributes and you start building the metrics as there were no tomorrow.

Let’s think about this metric creation task. Have you ever thought that we could create metrics using the advanced metric option in MSTR Developer and that could save a huge amount of time?

Last week, I had a task to create approximately 80 metrics and I realized that I could do it in a better way. See that I used the word realized? Instead of just start doing the task, I first stopped for a moment, and thought in better ways to perform those creations. The metrics needed filters, a count function and the value format to be as a percentage.

1. Filters: do you know that filters can be created using command manager? Yes, we can do it with CM. Here is the script:

CREATE FILTER “NameOfTheFilter ” IN FOLDER “\Public Objects\Filters” EXPRESSION “Attribute@DESC= ^” value to be filtered ^” ; ON PROJECT “MicroStrategy Tutorial”;

With this script, you will save a lot of time right clicking and left clicking your mouse to create and save a new filter. Using the advanced filter in Developer, you can add the metrics/filters/transformations and MicroStrategy will create the combination of them with just a single click of your mouse. This feature will let you go home earlier that day.

2. Base formula: Think about creating a base formula for your metrics. This way you won’t need to create a new expression every time that you have to create a new metric.

In java, we are driven to reuse the classes and method. It’s not a good idea to create new line of codes if you are have them. Reuse, don’t rewrite the same piece of code multiple times. That’s the reason why Jave has methods.

The same concept applies to MicroStrategy. We are good to say that with MicroStrategy we can reuse objects. That’s not stands true if you don’t use it.

Let’s think about using base formulas to create the metrics so they will be consistent and we can reuse the formulas in multiple objects.

3. Find and replace: do you know that we can format a bulk of metrics with just a few clicks? If you go to Tools -> Find and Replace in Developer, you will see that we can easily change the format of the metrics. This way, you will also save a LOT OF TIME.

This is just an example that confirms that think and do is better than just do.

I hope I’ve encouraged you to think…

God bless you.

Creating a dynamic constant metric using prompts

Hello there,

Sometimes we need to create a constant to compare some numbers with this constants.



And in this case, this constant can be changed by the user.

To create a dynamic constant you can use this simple example:

  1. Create a numeric prompt and name it as promptTest
  2. Create a derived metric as Constant Metric in your report like:Max(?[promptTest]) {~+}
  3. Create the case metric like this: case(profit < [Constant Metric], 1,0)

Now you have a dynamic constant prompt metric.

I hope it helps.

God bless you

Converting seconds to time format

Hello there,

Today let’s talk about a quick tip: how to transform seconds to hh:mm or even hh:mm:ss.

You just have to:

  1. Create a new metric using your seconds metric and divide it by 86400.

Example of the formula would be: [metric with seconds] / 86400

2. Format the number to be like [h]:mm or [h]:mm:ss


That’s it. You will now see your seconds in a time format.

Hope it helps!

God bless you!

Using a “case” function multiple times

Hello there,

Today a quick tip about how use the case MicroStrategy function multiple times. To do that you just have to:

  1. Create a metric
  2. Add an expression like this:

Case(([metric] = 1),‘true’, ([metric] = 2), ‘true’, ‘false’)

Blue: The condition

Green: When the condition is true

False: When the condition is false

This way, you can add as many conditions as you need. Just replace the ‘false’ part with a new condition.

Hope it helps.


God bless you

Number format in MicroStrategy

Hello there!

My friend Diogo Martins, told me a simple but powerful custom formatting to numbers that can help you so much!

Here is the tip:

Think that you have a Profit metric with a number like this: 1.304.141

And you want to divide that by 1000.

You just have to:

  1. Format the value and go to Custom
  2. Add a format like: 0,


And now you will get your number like: 1304

The trick is the comma (,) at the end.

If you add 1 comma you will dividing by 1.000

If you add 2 commas you will dividing by 1.000.000

And so on…

So, just add commas after the 0 (for number) and you will format your number in a much better way than dividing it in your metric.

Hope it helps!

God bless you!

Adaptive Metrics

Hello there!

Today let’s talk about how to create different aggregation formula for each fact table used in a fact in Microstrategy.

Let’s say that we need to create a SUM(value) for Fact A and a COUNT(value) for Fact B. When we get data from Fact A, Microstrategy must SUM, when in Fact B, Microstrategy must COUNT.

To do that you just have to:

1. Create a new Fact;

2. Create a new expression with:

ApplySimple(“Count #0”, FIELD1) 

Only use Fact B for source tables.

3. Create a new expression with:

ApplySimple(“Sum #0”, FIELD2)

Only use Fact A for source tables.


Save your Fact as: Fact_Test

4. Create a new Metric with:

ApplyAgg(“#0”, Fact_Test)


5. Update your Schema.


That’s it.

Hope it helps


God bless you!

How to show the parameters set in metrics

Hello there!

Today I’m going to teach you a quick tip that can help you see the parameters that were set in a metric.

The default behavior of MicroStrategy is the hide all parameters set for your metrics. it’s much better to see everything that you are using.

To do that you just have to:

1. Open Developer/Desktop and edit a metric

2. Go to Views -> Show Function Parameters


Now you will see every parameter that you metric have.



Hope it helps!

God bless you!