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7 Exciting Mobile BI Announcements in MicroStrategy World 2014 – Barcelona

Hello there!

Len O’Toole wrote another excellent post about some exciting news for MicroStrategy Mobile announced in MicroStrategy World 2014 – Barcelona.

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Here is what he wrote:

TRANSACTION SERVICES

One key differentiation between MicroStrategy and other vendors is their absolutely fantastic Mobile BI tool-set. One of these key features is Transaction services. This year, Hugh Owen announced some pretty exciting features in this area.

Input Controls & Conditional Logic: Input Controls can now be used as Selectors. In additional, when used with the new Conditional Logic feature, developers can now build Transaction Services dashboards that display information dynamically based on what data is being entered / selected by the Input Controls. For instance, on a mobile survey, selecting gender as Female can now dynamically change the values of the following questions to be more appropriate for female survey participants. Awesome stuff. Can’t wait for this killer feature to arrive.

Local Transactions: Having consistent network connectivity is not mandatory any more. New features coming down the product line will allow improved offline Transaction Services. Any inputs made in Offline Mode will be maintained in a local data cube (?). When connectivity is enabled, local transactions are synced with the MicroStrategy Mobile Server and visa versa.

USER EXPERIENCE

Information Windows are coming to MicroStrategy Mobile for iPhone. Designers can also alter transparency of these windows producing some really slick looking pro-effects.

Background Data Refresh for apps is now possible for normal Mobile BI apps – not just News-Stand enabled apps.

And the most awesome feature of all is the new List View Object widget. This widget will allow you to display a flexible list grid containing images / text for just about anything. To me, this screams store front and product browsing. Imagine adding a grid like this with a “Buy Now” button on top of a Transaction Services document… This opens up a whole new area of possibilities for your MicroStrategy Mobile App – Sweat!

MAPPING ENHANCEMENTS

In the pipeline are Custom Shapes & Polygons that can be used with your Mobile BI App. Custom Shape files can be of anything – Store maps – Geographic regions etc…

Mapping will also be enhanced to allow Multiple Data Visualization Layers on the same map. For example: One layer could be a Density Map while another layer on the same map could be pins indicating store locations. Right now, we are restricted to one or the other – not both at the same time.

Indoor Mapping Integration is coming. Used in conjunction with proximity technologies like Apple iBeacons, we can now build Mobile BI apps with real-time location data of all mobile devices within the Geo Fenced area. This is a pretty exciting feature that will open up a whole new area of Mobile BI app goodness.

PROXIMITY SERVICES

MicroStrategy is also pushing in to the area of Proximity Services. Hugh demo’d a scenario of a cell tower inspector. Upon arrival at a tower, the Mobile BI app detected the ‘beacon’ signal from the tower. This triggered a Microstrategy document to be refreshed and pushed to the mobile device. When the tower inspector opens the Microstrategy Tower Inspection App, it already has all the tower information displayed. It even anticipates the next action of the inspector by opening up the Survey Widget.

I’m getting weak at the knees thinking about the possibilities surrounding Proximity Services !!

ANDROID HAS GROWN UP

At last, the MicroStrategy Mobile BI App for Android is getting a face-lift. In fact, the whole app has been rebuilt as an Android Native App versus the previous Web App. This refines the overall experience with enhanced animations and slick visualizations.

WINDOWS IS OUR FRIEND TOO

Also announced was Support for Windows 8 Mobile Devices. I am writing this post on a Windows 8 Surface tablet and absolutely think that this will be a huge win for MicroStrategy over the coming year. Microsoft’s latest Surface Pro has shown that it will be a major contender in the Enterprise Tablet Space. Being Windows friendly, Microstrategy Mobile should see mega adoption within the Enterprise – Watch This Space…

SECURITY SECURITY SECURITY

Top priority for all enterprises these days is Security. Thankfully, MicroStrategy is leading the way in this space with their Usher Mobile Identity App. Hugh Owen announced that Usher Integration with the Mobile BI framework is in the works. I’m a big fan of the Usher secure technology and can see a bright future for it. Being integrated in to the Mobile BI framework is a brilliant enhancement.

In addition, Microstrategy announced expanded integration with Device Management Vendors including – Mobile Iron, Airwatch and Citrix.

 

MicroStrategy is creating and innovating its tools. I believe that in less then one year, we are going to work with a 100% better solution from MicroStrategy.

God bless you!

Top 7 Announcements in MicroStrategy World – Barcelona 2014 by Len OToole

Hello there!

Today I am just copying and pasting what my Len O’Toole told in his Linkedin account. He wrote wonderfully about his most exciting announcements in MicroStrategy World Barcelona 2014. He writes a lot of good stuff, I encourage you to read his feed from his Linkedin account.

So, here is what he wrote:

 

  1. Visual Insight – Reborn In HTML 5The current Adobe Flash based Visual Data Discovery tool has matured greatly over the past few releases. The good news is that in a future release it will be completely replaced with a browser friendly HTML 5 version. Demos of the product were quite impressive and I am really looking forward to deploying this tool to my Self Service Users. They are going to love this package of awesomeness.
  2. MicroStrategy Analytics Desktop tool coming to a MAC near youWhen it comes to MAC users, MicroStrategy products never worked well with MAC. Thankfully, things are about to change with the announcement that the MicroStrategy Analytics Desktop tool will soon work with your MAC.
  3. MicroStrategy Web ArchitectThis was a really cool announcement for me personally. A new Architect product that uses HTML 5 is in the works. The tool will allow MicroStrategy Architects to perform much of their architecting tasks without the need for the thick-client Desktop / Developer tool. One notable feature is “Low Level Object Locking”. Now, rather than locking the whole schema for editing, a minimal amount of objects will be locked. For a multi-architect environment, this will be an outstanding feature. The object creation UI has also been re-worked. Setting up Tables, Facts & Attributes is much more intuitive, allowing super rapid data model configuration.
  4. Operations Manager – A Unified Administrative InterfaceAlthough currently available for MicroStrategy Cloud only – the plan is to bring this to on premise installations in the future. The tool allows MicroStrategy Administrators to have a Unified Administrator Interface that will allow everything related to your MicroStrategy environment to be viewed and controlled from a single location.
  5. Enhanced Enterprise Manager Functionality comingEnterprise Manager has been re-architected to improve statistics data loads. The pre-canned Enterprise Manager Dashboards have also been upgraded and there will also be a bunch of new MicroStrategy Mobile BI App statistics available to monitor within the tool.
  6. Distribution ServicesNew features (from Narrowcast) – Burst to Email – FTP Delivery. This continues the journey to transfer of features from the old Narrowcast tool to the newer Distribution Services tool.
  7. Integration with “R”MicroStrategy “R” Integration looks pretty cool indeed. Analysts can literally create a new metric on a grid report, copy / paste an R Script in to the Metric Expression Editor and finally drop the Metric on the grid report. That’s it – Simple as it gets. Run the report and you’ll see your statistical R Metric just like any other metric. In addition, MicroStrategy has also released a bunch of pre-canned “R’ scripts to their R “Scripts shelf” out on CodePlex. Anyone can access the Scripts Shelf and use the scripts in their own metrics.

 

I just want to add one more thing in this list, that is about Windows Phone! Yes! MicroStrategy has announced that they will create a native Windows Phone MicroStrategy Mobile app! That’s awesome!

 

So, that’s it for today!

God bless you!

MicroStrategy World 2014 – Las Vegas Presentations

Hello there!

Microstrategy World is a global Microstrategy event that is used to show new things, learn about a lot of subjects and talk with awesome people.

At this exact moment (8/7/2014), MicroStrategy is presenting a new Microstrategy World in Barcelona. They are talking about new features, new implementations and so on.

Until we don’t see new recorded presentations in Microstrategy website for Barcelona, we can watch recorded videos from MicroStraegy World Las Vegas.

There are a lot of good stuff that was presented in Las Vegas  that worth a lot to be seen.

At this URL: https://www.microstrategy.com/us/microstrategyworld/media

You can watch almost all presentations there. It really worth the effort.

Best regards!

God bless you.