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CONTENTS
1. Getting Started with
MicroStrategy Mobile
Suite
Introduction.................................................................................. 1
Upgrading your existing installation ............................................... 2
Installation prerequisites ................................................................ 2
Understanding the MicroStrategy components........................ 2
Understanding licensing .......................................................... 4
Hardware requirements and recommendations....................... 5
Software requirements and recommendations ........................ 6
Supporting UNIX and Linux environments............................... 8
Downloading and extracting the MicroStrategy Mobile
Suite......................................................................................... 8
Installing the MicroStrategy Mobile Suite..................................... 10
Installing the iPhone or iPad client......................................... 17
Installing the Android client .................................................... 18
Installing the Mobile BlackBerry client ................................... 19
Configuring the MicroStrategy Mobile Suite ................................ 20
Configuring MicroStrategy Web ............................................. 31
Configuring MicroStrategy Mobile Server .............................. 38
Configuring the Mobile client.................................................. 40
2. Creating a
MicroStrategy Project
with Your Data
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Introduction................................................................................ 57
About projects, attributes, facts, metrics, and hierarchies ........... 57
Creating a project, attributes, facts, and hierarchies ................... 59
Creating a DSN to connect to your data source .................... 59
Creating a database instance to access your data source .... 62
Creating a project to contain reports and report objects ........ 65
Creating attributes, facts, and hierarchies ............................. 69
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Creating metrics........................................................................... 80
3. Designing Reports
Introduction................................................................................ 85
Creating a report.......................................................................... 85
Creating a graph .......................................................................... 89
Defining a report for display on a mobile device.......................... 93
Displaying a report as an Interactive Grid widget on a
mobile device ......................................................................... 95
Displaying a report as a Time Series widget on a mobile
device .................................................................................... 97
Creating a micro application for a mobile device ....................... 100
Formatting a dashboard for display on a mobile device ............ 104
Creating a docked panel selector for an iPad dashboard .... 105
Defining an Information Window for an iPad dashboard...... 107
Designing reports for viewing on a BlackBerry .......................... 111
Best practices for designing mobile-friendly reports ............ 112
4. Exploring Data with
the MicroStrategy
Mobile Suite
Introduction.............................................................................. 115
Analyzing reports and dashboards from an iPhone................... 116
Starting MicroStrategy Mobile for iPhone ............................ 116
Running reports and exploring data..................................... 118
Analyzing data in reports and dashboards........................... 126
Analyzing reports and dashboards from an iPad....................... 129
Starting MicroStrategy Mobile for iPad ................................ 130
Running reports and exploring data..................................... 131
Analyzing reports and dashboards on the iPad ................... 133
Analyzing reports and dashboards from a BlackBerry............... 136
Managing subscriptions for reports and dashboards ........... 136
Running MicroStrategy Mobile for the BlackBerry ............... 139
Running reports and exploring the data............................... 139
5. Additional Security
Configurations
Introduction.............................................................................. 149
A. Troubleshooting
Introduction.............................................................................. 159
Requesting or retrieving a license key ................................. 159
Returning to the Mobile Suite download page ..................... 160
Locating the downloaded zip file.......................................... 161
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Installing on a certified operating system............................. 161
Installing MicroStrategy on Windows XP ............................. 161
Installing Microsoft IIS.......................................................... 162
Resolving an installation issue during the WSE 3.0
phase ................................................................................... 164
Resolving a JVM memory-related error ............................... 164
Resolving error code 0x80070005 ....................................... 165
Addressing issues with number of CPUs............................. 165
Logging in to the Mobile Suite software ............................... 166
Addressing issues with number of users ............................. 166
B. Additional Resources
Online Support, Training, and Videos........................................ 167
Documentation........................................................................... 168
MicroStrategy overview and evaluation ............................... 168
Manuals for query, reporting, and analysis .......................... 169
Manuals for Analytics Modules ............................................ 171
Manuals for Narrowcast Services products ......................... 172
Software Development Kits.................................................. 172
Documentation for MicroStrategy Portlets ........................... 173
Documentation for MicroStrategy GIS Connectors.............. 173
Help ..................................................................................... 174
Accessing manuals and other documentation sources........ 174
Accessing additional documentation resources prior to
installation ............................................................................ 176
Documentation standards .................................................... 177
Additional formats ................................................................ 178
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SUITE
Introduction
This chapter gets you started with the MicroStrategy Mobile Suite and
describes procedures to download, install, activate, and configure the
MicroStrategy Mobile Suite.
Mobile client apps are available as free downloads from
 MicroStrategy
Apple’s App Store (for iPhones and iPads) and from Google Play (for
Android phones and tablets). Before setting up your own
production-ready apps that run against your own data, you can tour
the sample MicroStrategy applications available. For steps to
download the sample apps for MicroStrategy Mobile for the iPhone
and MicroStrategy Mobile for the iPad, see Installing the iPhone or
iPad client, page 17. For steps to download the sample apps for
MicroStrategy Mobile for Android, see Installing the Android client,
page 18. After you explore the sample apps, proceed with the steps in
this guide to set up MicroStrategy Mobile to display reports with your
own data on an iPhone, iPad, or Android device.
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Upgrading your existing installation
If you have previously installed and configured the MicroStrategy Mobile
Suite and you are upgrading the software, complete only the following steps:
the MicroStrategy Mobile Suite to replace an existing
 Installing
MicroStrategy configuration affects the licensing terms of the existing
MicroStrategy software. This includes previous installations of
MicroStrategy products, including the MicroStrategy Reporting Suite,
MicroStrategy Evaluation Edition, and any purchased licenses of any
of the MicroStrategy product line. For more information, see
Understanding licensing, page 4.
1 Download and extract the new version of the MicroStrategy Mobile Suite.
For steps to complete this task, see Downloading and extracting the
MicroStrategy Mobile Suite, page 8.
2 See the MicroStrategy Upgrade Guide for important pre-installation
information and all the steps you need to complete the upgrade process.
Installation prerequisites
Before you install MicroStrategy Mobile Suite, review the following
prerequisites:
•
Understanding the MicroStrategy components, page 2
•
Understanding licensing, page 4
•
Hardware requirements and recommendations, page 5
•
Software requirements and recommendations, page 6
•
Supporting UNIX and Linux environments, page 8
•
Downloading and extracting the MicroStrategy Mobile Suite, page 8
Understanding the MicroStrategy components
MicroStrategy Mobile Suite includes the MicroStrategy products and
components required to develop, deploy, and run mobile business
intelligence applications.
2 Upgrading your existing installation
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General requirements and information on the installation of the
MicroStrategy Mobile Suite products and components are provided below:
•
MicroStrategy Mobile Server, MicroStrategy Web, and MicroStrategy
Intelligence Server run on Windows, UNIX, and Linux operating systems.
•
MicroStrategy Desktop and MicroStrategy Architect run on the Windows
operating system.
•
MicroStrategy Report Services, OLAP Services, and Distribution Services
are installed with MicroStrategy Intelligence Server.
•
MicroStrategy Mobile has the following components:

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
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
•
MicroStrategy Mobile Server.
An iPhone client application, which is installed on iPhones. For
information on installing the client application on iPhones, see
Installing the iPhone or iPad client, page 17.
An iPad client application, which is installed on iPads.
An Android client application, which is installed on Android phones
and tablets.
A BlackBerry client application, which is installed on BlackBerry
smartphones. For information on installing the client application on
BlackBerry smartphones, see Installing the Mobile BlackBerry client,
page 19.
MicroStrategy Office has two components: MicroStrategy Web Services,
which is installed with MicroStrategy Web, and the MicroStrategy Office
client application, which is installed on end user computers running
Microsoft Office.
For information on installing the MicroStrategy Office client application
from a network location, refer to the Planning Your Installation chapter
in the Installation and Configuration Guide. For other methods of
installing the MicroStrategy Office client, refer to the Getting Started
with MicroStrategy Office chapter in the MicroStrategy Office User
Guide.
•
You can install the following sample MicroStrategy projects, which are
stored in Microsoft Access databases and can be installed on Windows
operating systems:

MicroStrategy Tutorial is a sample MicroStrategy project with a
metadata and a warehouse, and a set of sample reports and
dashboards designed to illustrate the platform's rich functionality. For
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more information on the Tutorial project and disabling sample users
in that project, see Addressing issues with number of users, page 166.

MicroStrategy Analytics Modules are a set of packaged analytic
components built using the MicroStrategy platform. The modules can
be mapped to a different warehouse or used as starter kits to develop
custom applications.
•
If you plan to install on a UNIX-based platform, you will be installing
MicroStrategy Web, MicroStrategy Mobile Server, and MicroStrategy
Intelligence Server on a UNIX-based platform, and you will be installing
MicroStrategy Desktop and MicroStrategy Architect on a Windows
platform.
•
For hardware and software requirements specific to MicroStrategy
products and components, refer to the MicroStrategy Readme files for
the products you plan to install.
•
For a more detailed description of the products listed above, refer to the
Planning Your Installation chapter of the Installation and Configuration
Guide.
Understanding licensing
Licenses for the MicroStrategy Mobile Suite are obtained during the
download and installation process, as described in Installing the
MicroStrategy Mobile Suite, page 10. Prior to requesting a license for the
MicroStrategy Mobile Suite, review the following information:
•
The MicroStrategy Mobile Suite includes 25 named user licenses for
MicroStrategy Intelligence Server, MicroStrategy Mobile, MicroStrategy
Report Services, and MicroStrategy OLAP Services, with a 1-CPU limit for
Intelligence Server. For details on CPU usage, see Addressing issues with
number of CPUs, page 165.
•
The Mobile Suite also includes two complimentary named user licenses
for MicroStrategy Web, MicroStrategy Desktop, MicroStrategy Architect,
which let you configure and build your mobile business intelligence
applications.
•
The Mobile Suite also includes two complimentary named user licenses of
MicroStrategy Office for integration with Microsoft Office products, and
MicroStrategy Distribution Services for alerting and subscriptions.
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Hardware requirements and recommendations
MicroStrategy acknowledges that variables such as processor speed, CPU
type, file space, and physical and swap memory are factors that play an
important role in making your deployment of MicroStrategy a successful
one. The general hardware requirements for the MicroStrategy Mobile Suite
are as follows:
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the size of files it can download.
•
Your computer needs 4 GB or higher of memory (RAM) to support the
MicroStrategy Mobile Suite.
•
To install the extracted files and support the use of the Mobile Suite, your
machine needs hard drive space that is three times the amount of RAM
available. For example, if you are providing the minimum 4 GB of RAM
described above, then your machine needs 12 GB of hard drive space.
•
Your computer needs a 1.8 GHz or higher processor to support the
MicroStrategy Mobile Suite. For processor chipset support, refer to the
MicroStrategy Readmes for operating system certification and support
information.
•
Your iPhone needs 6.6 MB of free space to support the MicroStrategy
iPhone client application. In addition, you must have an Apple iPhone
running the following:
•
•

iPhone iOS 4.2.x, 4.3.x, 5.0.x, or 5.1.x

iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, or iPod Touch devices
To support the MicroStrategy iPad client application, you must have an
Apple iPad with the following requirements:

iPad iOS 4.2.x, 4.3.x, 5.0.x, or 5.1.x

iPad Wi-Fi or iPad Wi-Fi + 3G devices

iPad 2 Wi-Fi or iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G devices

New iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular devices
Your Android needs to fit the following requirements:


Android OS 2.2.x, 2.3.x, 3.x, 4.0.x, or 4.1.x.
Motorola Droid X, Motorola Atrix, Motorola Atrix 2, Motorola
Photon, Samsung Nexus S, Samsung Fascinate, LG Revolution, Dell
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Venue, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Wi-Fi Only, Motorola Xoom, LG
G-Slate, Toshiba Thrive, Acer Iconia Tab A500, ASUS Transformer,
Kyocera Echo, Carrefour Touch Tablet 10” CT1002, Motorola Droid
Bionic, Lenovo IdeaPadK1, Samsung Galaxy S2 AT&T version,
Samsung Galaxy S2 Skyrocket AT&T version, Sony Xperia Arc, Sony
Tablet S, TABWay by iTautec 2.2, or Kindle Fire


•
Android phones must use a High Pixel Density Screen (HDPI), which
is 240ppi to 320ppi
Android tablets must use a Medium Pixel Density Screen (MDPI),
which is 160ppi to 240ppi
Your BlackBerry smartphone needs 1.72 MB of free space to support the
MicroStrategy BlackBerry client application, with the following
requirements:


You must have a BlackBerry running the following: BlackBerry OS 5.x,
6.x, or 7.x
Your BlackBerry device must be one of the following: BlackBerry Bold
9900 Series, Torch 9800 Series, Bold 9790, Bold 9700, Style 9670,
Bold 9650, Tour 9630, Curve 3G 9300 Series, Pearl 3G 9100 Series,
Bold 9000 Series, Curve 8900 Series, 8800 Series, 8700 Series, Curve
8500 Series, Curve 8300 Series, Pearl Flip 8200 Series, Pearl 8100
Series, 7200 Series, or 7100 Series devices.
For guidance on processor speed, RAM, and hard disk requirements for
specific MicroStrategy products installed on Windows, UNIX, and Linux
platforms, refer to the MicroStrategy Readme for the products you plan to
install.
Software requirements and recommendations
You need the following software:
•
A data source containing business data, such as Microsoft Access
database or Microsoft Excel spreadsheet.
•
A data source to store MicroStrategy metadata, such as an Access
database or any other database.
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A web server such as Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS). IIS is
installed by default on Windows server operating systems, and is an
optional component on other Windows operating systems.



For information on installing IIS on your Windows operating system,
refer to the third-party Microsoft documentation provided at http://
www.iis.net/.
For information on supporting MicroStrategy products with IIS 7.0
and 6.0, see Installing Microsoft IIS, page 162.
For information on supporting other types of web servers, see the
Installation and Configuration Guide.
The MicroStrategy Mobile Suite supports the following Windows operating
systems:
•
Windows Server 2003: Enterprise and Standard Edition, SP2 and R2
SP2, on x64
•
Windows Server 2008: Enterprise and Standard Edition, SP2 and R2
SP1, on x64
•
Windows XP (for demonstration purposes only): Professional Edition,
SP3 on x86, and SP2 on x64 (except MicroStrategy Intelligence Server)
to an Internet Information Services (IIS) limitation in
 Due
versions earlier than IIS 6.0, you cannot deploy both
MicroStrategy Web and MicroStrategy Mobile Server on Windows
XP using IIS. For more information, see Installing MicroStrategy
on Windows XP, page 161.
•
Windows Vista (for demonstration purposes only): Enterprise Edition
and Business Edition, SP2 on x86 and x64
•
Windows 7 (for demonstration purposes only): Professional and
Enterprise Editions SP1 on x86 and x64
MicroStrategy acknowledges that variables such as operating systems,
application servers, web servers, JDKs, database management systems, and
other supporting software requirements are factors that play an important
role in making your deployment of MicroStrategy a successful one. For
guidance on these software requirements, including a list of the certified
UNIX operating systems and requirements, see the MicroStrategy Readme
for the products you plan to install.
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Supporting UNIX and Linux environments
If you plan to install on a UNIX-based platform, you will be installing
MicroStrategy Web, MicroStrategy Mobile Server, and MicroStrategy
Intelligence Server on a UNIX-based platform, and you will be installing
MicroStrategy Desktop and MicroStrategy Architect on a Windows platform.
In addition to this requirement, there are other configurations that allow you
to support the MicroStrategy Mobile Suite on UNIX-based platforms. The
benefits of these configurations are described below:
•
Recommended system settings for UNIX and Linux: For UNIX and
Linux systems, a number of system settings can affect the performance of
MicroStrategy Intelligence Server Universal. These settings do not need
to be set prior to a MicroStrategy installation. For more information on
these settings and their recommended values, refer to the Planning Your
Installation chapter of the Installation and Configuration Guide.
•
Configuring shared memory resources: To improve the performance
of MicroStrategy Intelligence Server Universal for large scale production
applications, Intelligence Server Universal can be configured to use
shared memory resources. To support this configuration, you must
ensure that your Intelligence Server Universal host machine uses values
greater than or equal to the resource limits. For information on defining
these resource limits, refer to the Planning Your Installation chapter of
the Installation and Configuration Guide.
Downloading and extracting the MicroStrategy Mobile Suite
you begin these steps, ensure that you have reviewed the
 Before
hardware and software requirements listed in Hardware
requirements and recommendations, page 5 and Software
requirements and recommendations, page 6.
To download the Mobile Suite
1 Go to http://www.microstrategy.com/freemobileBI and click Download
Free Mobile Suite.
2 Log in to the MicroStrategy Resource Center site using your existing
MicroStrategy account information, or create an account using your
corporate email address. The Contract Acceptance page opens.
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3 You can provide answers to the optional questions that are displayed.
Then read the Notice and Electronic Delivery Agreement, and if you agree
to the terms, select the Yes check box.
4 Click Submit. The Download Software page opens, and an email is
automatically sent to the email address associated with your
MicroStrategy account. This email contains the license key to your
MicroStrategy Mobile Suite software.
5 On the Download Software page, depending on your computer’s platform
and your geographic location (Asia Pacific has a separate set of links),
click one of the following links to display installation instructions and to
download your software:
•
Click for Instructions and Download Files for MicroStrategy for
Windows
•
Click for Instructions and Download Files for MicroStrategy for
Windows (SPLIT VERSION - for Lower Bandwidth Internet
Connections)
non-split Windows installation is a large file and some
 The
customers with lower bandwidth Internet connections may
have issues with downloading the file. To make downloading
this product easier, it has been split into a series of 25 smaller
files, which can be accessed by clicking the SPLIT VERSION
link.
•
Click for Instructions and Download Files for MicroStrategy for
UNIX, Linux, Solaris, AIX, and HP-UX
•
Download MicroStrategy Mobile for iPhone
•
Download MicroStrategy Mobile for iPad
•
Download MicroStrategy Mobile for Android
6 Click Download Now to save a compressed file that contains the Mobile
Suite installation files. To make this file easier to locate, save it to an
empty folder.
If you are downloading the MicroStrategy software for Windows using
the split version, download all the zip files provided and place them in a
single folder on your computer. Once all files are downloaded, use the
WinZip utility to rejoin the files. To rejoin, right-click the .zip file and
select to open with WinZip. In the WinZip dialog box that opens, from the
Toolbar menu, select Actions, choose Select All, and then click Extract.
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The full installation will be located in the destination folder once the
extraction process is complete.
7 Extract the files.
Once the files are extracted, you can install the MicroStrategy Mobile Suite
using the steps below.
are upgrading your MicroStrategy Mobile Suite software, see
 IftheyouMicroStrategy
Upgrade Guide to complete the upgrade process.
For steps, see Installing the MicroStrategy Mobile Suite, page 10. You can
also review additional documentation resources prior to installing the
Mobile Suite. For steps, see Documentation, page 168.
Installing the MicroStrategy Mobile Suite
Before you begin the installation of the MicroStrategy Mobile Suite, review
the Installation prerequisites, page 2.
The prerequisites listed below are requirements for completing the
installation process.
Prerequisites
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You have downloaded and extracted the Mobile Suite installation files
(see Understanding the MicroStrategy components, page 2).
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You have the license key that was emailed to you available during the
installation steps.
•
You have closed all other software applications currently running on your
computer.
•
To install MicroStrategy, you must have the following permissions and
privileges:

Windows:
– You must log on to your computer using a domain account with
Windows administrative privileges for the domain or target
computer.
– The user installing MicroStrategy must have write permissions in
the installation directory to complete the installation.
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UNIX and Linux:
– If you want a non-root user to be the administrator of the server,
you must manually change the ownership after running the
installation. Intelligence Server operation is dependent on root
user privileges and permissions. Therefore, changing the
ownership of Intelligence Server to a non-root user is not a
certified or recommended practice.
– Only a user with root permissions can register MicroStrategy
Intelligence Server as a service. If the Intelligence Server is
registered as an application during installation, the root user can
register the server as a service after running the installation. For
more information on running Intelligence Server as a service, see
the MicroStrategy System Administration Guide.
If you do not have the appropriate permissions and privileges, you may
see an error code; for details see Resolving error code 0x80070005,
page 165.
To install the MicroStrategy Mobile Suite
you are upgrading your existing MicroStrategy software, see the
 IfMicroStrategy
Upgrade Guide to complete the upgrade process. Do
not continue with the information in this guide.
1 Navigate to the folder in which you extracted the Mobile Suite installation
files. If you need to search for this file, it is named as follows:
•
MicroStrategyWindows930.zip for Windows
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MicroStrategyLinux930.zip for Linux
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MicroStrategySolaris930.zip for Oracle Solaris
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MicroStrategyAIX930.zip for IBM AIX
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MicroStrategyUX930.zip for HP-UX
2 To begin the installation process, use one of the following options based
on the operating system of your computer and whether the computer has
Adobe Flash installed:
•
For a Windows computer with Adobe Flash support: Double-click
MicroStrategy.exe. An Adobe Flash file opens to help you begin
the installation process. Click Install Software, and then click Begin
MicroStrategy Platform Installation.
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For a Windows computer without Adobe Flash support: Open the
Installations folder and double-click setup.exe.
•
For a UNIX or Linux computer: Browse to the Installations
folder. Depending on your UNIX or Linux environment, browse to
one of the following folders:

Solaris: QueryReportingAnalysis_SunOS

AIX: QueryReportingAnalysis_AIX
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HP-UX: QueryReportingAnalysis_HP-UX

Linux: QueryReportingAnalysis_Linux
Then type the following:
./setup.sh
3 If this is the first time you are installing MicroStrategy, you are prompted
to choose the language for the wizard. Select the appropriate language
from the drop-down list and click OK. The MicroStrategy Installation
Wizard opens.
4 Click Next.
Guidance on how to proceed with the installation on a Windows platform
is provided in the remaining steps below. If you encounter a question or a
warning message during installation that is not documented in the steps
below, contact your system administrator to determine how to proceed
with the request, or use any of the resources below:
•
For installation on Windows: With the MicroStrategy Installation
Wizard open, click Help or press F1 to open the MicroStrategy
Installation Wizard Help.
•
For installation on UNIX or Linux: Refer to the Installing
MicroStrategy on UNIX and Linux chapter of the Installation and
Configuration Guide.
•
For all platforms, once installation is complete you can access
additional documentation and resources to support your use of the
MicroStrategy Mobile Suite. See Additional Resources, page 167.
•
Contact MicroStrategy Technical Support via email. For a period of 60
days, two named support liaisons from your company can contact
MicroStrategy Technical Support by email at no charge. See
www.microstrategy.com/freemobileBI for details.
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5 Read the license agreement and accept the agreement by selecting the
appropriate option. Click Next.
•
If you are prompted to stop Windows services, click Yes to allow the
Installation Wizard to stop the Windows services and continue with
the Mobile Suite installation.
The Customer Information page opens.
6 Type your user and company information. You must also type your
MicroStrategy Mobile Suite license key, which was emailed to you after
the Mobile Suite registration process. Click Next. The Setup Type page
opens.
7 Accept all defaults and click Next on each installation page until you
reach the Select Features page, as shown below.
8 Accept all defaults to install all products and features provided with the
Mobile Suite, and click Next.
•
If you are prompted to stop your web server, click Yes to allow the
Installation Wizard to stop your web server and continue with the
Mobile Suite installation.
•
If you are prompted to enable Web Service Extensions, click Yes to
allow the Installation Wizard to enable Web Service Extensions and
continue with the Mobile Suite installation.
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If you are installing on an operating system supported only for
demonstration purposes, such as Windows XP, Windows, Vista, or
Windows 7, you are prompted with an alert. Read the alert and click
OK.
The Server Activation page opens.
To request an Activation Code
9 The Server Activation pages request information about your installation.
You must provide this information to request a software Activation Code
for your MicroStrategy installation. You have 30 days to activate your
installation. Click Next. The Server Information page opens.
10 Specify information about your Intelligence Server installation. Enter the
following details:
•
Name: Distinguishes the name of this Intelligence Server installation
from any other Intelligence Server installations in your company
•
Location: Physical location of the machine on which Intelligence
Server is installed
•
Use: Description of how Intelligence Server is used
Click Next. The Installer Information page opens.
11 Specify contact information for the person installing the software. After
your installation is complete, an email containing the Activation Code is
sent to the email address you confirm in this software activation step.
Enter the following installer information:
•
Specify whether you are an employee of the licensed company or
installing on behalf of the licensed company. This installation process
assumes that you select I am an employee of the licensed
company.
•
For descriptions of what information to include in the other text
fields, press F1 to view the MicroStrategy online help.
Click Next. The Request Activation Code page opens.
12 Select Yes, I want to request an Activation Code. An Activation Code is
sent to the email address that you provided. The Activation Code is sent
after the installation of MicroStrategy products is complete.
Activation Code for the software is different than the
 The
Verification Code you may have received for creating your
MicroStrategy account.
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Click Next.
To define MicroStrategy’s virtual directories
13 Accept all defaults for specifying virtual directory information and click
Next. For your reference, the default virtual directory names are listed
below:
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MicroStrategy Web virtual directory (ASP.NET): MicroStrategy
•
MicroStrategy Mobile virtual directory (ASP.NET):
MicroStrategyMobile
•
MicroStrategy Web Services virtual directory (ASP.NET):
MicroStrategyWS
To complete the installation
14 Accept defaults on the Select Program Folder page and click Next.
15 Windows requires account information to be entered so that you can log
into the system. To designate login information, select one of the
following:
•
To use the default system account for your machine, select Do not set
the service account. This option is recommended.
•
To specify a login and password, type a login and password, and
confirm the password.
Click Next.
16 If you are prompted for URL information for MicroStrategy Web
Services, accept the default and click Next.
message may be displayed stating that the setup could not
 Avalidate
the Web Services URL. Click Yes to proceed with the
installation. This occurs because the setup program must stop the
web server during installation.
17 Accept all defaults to add the MicroStrategy Office toolbar to the
Microsoft Office applications available on your computer. Click Next. The
Start Copying Files page opens.
18 The Start Copying Files page provides information about the Mobile Suite
installation you are completing. Click Install to continue with the
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installation process, which can take several minutes depending on the
hardware configuration of your computer.
the installation process encounters a problem during the
 IfInstalling
Microsoft Web Services Enhancements (WSE) 3.0
phase, see Resolving an installation issue during the WSE 3.0
phase, page 164.
19 After installation is complete you are prompted to view the
MicroStrategy Readmes. Click Yes to open the MicroStrategy Readme
and review it as necessary. The InstallShield Wizard Complete page also
opens.
steps to access the MicroStrategy Readmes and other
 For
documentation at a later time, see Additional Resources, page 167.
20 Select Yes, I want to restart my computer now and click Finish. This
restart may take more time than a normal restart of your system as
components required to support MicroStrategy are installed or updated
during this restart.
To activate your MicroStrategy installation
21 After your computer successfully restarts, close the Configuration Wizard
that opens by default.
22 Open MicroStrategy License Manager using one of the following options:
•
Windows: From the Windows Start menu, point to Programs (or All
Programs, depending on which version of Windows you have), then
MicroStrategy, and then select License Manager. License Manager
opens.
•
UNIX/Linux: In a UNIX or Linux console window, browse to the
directory you specified as the home directory during installation.
Browse to the folder bin and type ./mstrlicmgr, then press ENTER.
The MicroStrategy License Manager opens.
23 Select the License Administration tab. Under Server Activation, select
the Activate Server Installation option. Click Next.
24 Select the Server Activation using Activation Code option and enter
your software Activation Code. (For details on the Activation Code, see To
request an Activation Code, page 14.) Click Next to activate your
software installation. A verification message is displayed.
25 Click OK to close the verification message.
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26 Click Exit. MicroStrategy License Manager closes.
27 You must restart your Intelligence Server for the activation status to
update. You can restart Intelligence Server using the MicroStrategy
Service Manager:
a Click the Service Manager icon
at the bottom right corner on the
Windows task bar to access the Service Manager. (You can also access
the Service Manager from the Start menu. Point to Programs (or All
Programs), then MicroStrategy, then Tools, and then select Service
Manager.) The Service Manager opens.
b Click Restart.
28 You must restart your web server for the activation status to update in
MicroStrategy Web. Refer to your third-party web server documentation
for steps to restart your web server.
Installing the iPhone or iPad client
Once you have installed and configured the MicroStrategy Mobile Suite on
your Intelligence Server, you must install and configure the MicroStrategy
Mobile client on your licensed users’ iPhones or iPads.
For a list of supported iPhone and iPad devices and operating systems, see
the MicroStrategy Readmes.
To install MicroStrategy Mobile on an iPhone or iPad:
•
For the iPhone: Download the MicroStrategy Mobile application from
Apple’s App Store onto the iPhone. An image of the app icon as it appears
on the App Store is shown below:
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MicroStrategy Mobile Suite
For the iPad: Download the MicroStrategy Mobile for the iPad
application from Apple’s App Store onto the iPad. An image of the app as
it appears on the App Store is shown below:
 Note the following:
•
MicroStrategy Mobile for iPhone has been designed and optimized
for iPhone usage. It is not optimized for iPad usage. When
downloading the app from the App Store, be sure to select the
appropriate version, either for your iPhone or iPad, as applicable.
•
Downloading applications from the App Store requires an iTunes
App Store account. If you are setting up a new iTunes account, you
may need to provide Apple with credit card information.
Remember that the MicroStrategy Mobile Apps are both free; you
will not incur any charges from MicroStrategy for downloading
either of the applications. For details to create an iTunes account,
see www. apple.com/support.
•
If you want to distribute either application through your
company’s internal network, you may be able to enroll in Apple’s
iPhone Developer Enterprise Program. For more information
about this program, see http://developer.apple.com/programs/
iphone/enterprise.
Once the iPhone or iPad client application is installed, you need to configure
your MicroStrategy Mobile app on the device. For steps, see Configuring the
iPhone or iPad client, page 40.
Installing the Android client
Once you have installed and configured the MicroStrategy Mobile Suite on
your Intelligence Server, you must install and configure the MicroStrategy
Mobile client on your licensed users’ Android phone or tablet.
For a list of supported Android devices and operating systems, see the
MicroStrategy Readmes.
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To install MicroStrategy Mobile on an Android, download the MicroStrategy
Mobile application from Google Play onto the phone or tablet.
applications from Google Play requires a Google
 Downloading
account. If you are setting up a new account, you may need to provide
credit card information. Remember that MicroStrategy Mobile Apps
are free; you will not incur any charges from MicroStrategy for
downloading any MicroStrategy applications.
Once the Android client application is installed, you need to configure your
MicroStrategy Mobile app on the Android device. For steps, see Configuring
the Android client, page 47.
Installing the Mobile BlackBerry client
MicroStrategy comes with two versions of the BlackBerry client, and it
automatically detects which version should be installed on a given
BlackBerry (based on the BlackBerry’s OS version.) For a list of supported
BlackBerry devices and operating systems, see the MicroStrategy Readmes.
You can install the BlackBerry client application on a device in several ways:
•
Individual users can tether their BlackBerry to a computer and use the
BlackBerry Desktop Manager to install the MicroStrategy Mobile client.
In this process, the library file MSTRMobile.alx is loaded onto the
BlackBerry. This file then automatically loads the appropriate Java files
to run the client.
Desktop Manager must use the same or later version of
 BlackBerry
the BlackBerry software as the device. For example, if Desktop
Manager is version 4.1 and the BlackBerry is version 4.2, you will
not be able to load the MicroStrategy Mobile client into the device.
For steps to install using the BlackBerry Desktop Manager, see the
documentation provided with your BlackBerry Desktop Manager
software.
•
You can deploy the application to multiple devices at one time, through
the BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES). For information on this
installation method, see the Administering MicroStrategy Mobile
chapter in the MicroStrategy Mobile Design and Administration Guide.
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For information on additional installation methods, see the
Administering MicroStrategy Mobile chapter in the MicroStrategy
Mobile Design and Administration Guide.
you have previously installed a demonstration version of
 IfMicroStrategy
Mobile on a mobile device, you must uninstall the
demonstration version before installing the full version of
MicroStrategy Mobile.
By default, the client application is stored on your server in the following
location: C:\Program Files\MicroStrategy\Mobile. Additional files
necessary for deploying the client over the web are stored by default in C:\
Program Files\MicroStrategy\Mobile\
BlackBerry Client for Browser Deployment.
Once the BlackBerry client application is installed, you need to configure
your MicroStrategy Mobile application on the BlackBerry. For steps, see
Configuring the BlackBerry client, page 52.
Configuring the MicroStrategy Mobile Suite
The MicroStrategy platform contains wizards to guide you through
configuring your Mobile Suite installation. Use the following list as a
high-level checklist of tasks you will perform to configure your installation
(steps for each task are provided after the checklist):
•
Create a data source name (DSN) to connect to your database or other
data source that is to store the MicroStrategy metadata repository. This is
a MicroStrategy storage space for the underlying reporting components
and objects you will use to create reports. One metadata repository can
store information for many MicroStrategy projects. (A project is a
container for all of your related reports and dashboards, as well as the
objects that you use to create additional reports/dashboards.)
•
Create the metadata repository in the data source you have created a DSN
for.
•
Establish an Intelligence Server connection to the metadata repository.
This connection tells the MicroStrategy Intelligence Server where you
have chosen to create the metadata repository. Intelligence Server can
connect to only one metadata repository at a time.
•
Set up project sources to connect to your new metadata repository
through Intelligence Server. Other MicroStrategy products connect to
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Intelligence Server using project sources, creating a single,
communicating whole so that your reports reflect your stored data.
The following steps assume that you are configuring the Mobile Suite on a
Windows platform. For detailed steps to configure MicroStrategy on a Linux,
AIX, Solaris, or HP-UX platform, see the Installing MicroStrategy on UNIX
and Linux chapter of the Installation and Configuration Guide.
Prerequisites
•
You must have an available data source that can store the MicroStrategy
metadata. This can be an empty Microsoft Access database or another
database such as PostgreSQL.
To configure the MicroStrategy Mobile Suite
To create a DSN for your metadata repository
This DSN connects to the data source where you plan to create the
metadata repository. Be aware that the MicroStrategy metadata
repository cannot be stored in a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet.
1 From the Start menu, point to Programs (or All Programs, depending
on your version of Windows), then MicroStrategy, then Tools, and then
select Connectivity Wizard. The Welcome page opens.
2 Click Next. A list of database drivers is displayed, as shown below.
MicroStrategy provides a comprehensive group of certified,
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MicroStrategy-branded ODBC drivers to connect MicroStrategy products
to various databases and other data sources.
3 Select a database driver with which to create a DSN:
•
For a Microsoft Access database, select Other Relational Databases
and click Next. Select the appropriate database driver and click Next.
Options to define the connection to your Microsoft Access data source
are displayed. Complete the required information and click OK to
create the DSN. Proceed to To create a metadata repository, page 23,
which provides the steps to create a MicroStrategy metadata.
•
For a database such as PostgreSQL or Microsoft SQL Server, select the
appropriate database driver for your data source and click Next. The
Driver Details page opens.
•
For a database that is not listed in the database driver options, select
Other Relational Databases and click Next. This allows you to select
from all database drivers installed on your system.
4 Complete the information in the appropriate fields for connecting with
the selected database driver to your data source. The information to enter
varies depending on the database platform on which you are installing
the MicroStrategy software.
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5 Depending on the database driver you selected, you may be able to test
the connection. If the Test option is visible, follow these substeps:
a Click Test to open the Test Connection dialog box.
b If your database requires a login and password, type the User Name
and Password to connect to the database.
c
Click Connect to test and verify the connection. If the test is
performed successfully, the connection with the database is
established. If the test fails, verify the correct connection information
with your database administrator and make any required changes to
the information you provided in the previous steps.
d Click Close. The Test Connection dialog box closes.
6 Click Finish to create the new DSN.
To create a metadata repository
7 From the Start menu, point to Programs (or All Programs, depending
on your Windows version), then MicroStrategy, and then select
Configuration Wizard. The Welcome page opens.
8 Select the first option, Create Metadata, History List, and Statistics
Repository Tables, as shown below. Then click Next.
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9 Clear the History List Tables and Statistics Tables check boxes, leaving
only the Metadata Tables check box selected, as shown below. Then click
Next.
10 From the DSN drop-down list, select the DSN that you created above for
your metadata repository, as shown in the sample image below. If your
database requires a login and password, type the User Name and
Password to connect to the database. Then click Next.
11 Review the summary of the tasks that are to be completed, and click
Finish. The system creates a metadata repository within your database.
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When the process is complete, click Close. You are returned to the first
page of the Configuration Wizard.
You have now created the metadata repository, a storage space for the
objects you will use to create reports and other MicroStrategy
components.
To establish an Intelligence Server connection to the metadata repository
The MicroStrategy metadata repository is a storage space for the
underlying reporting components and objects you will use to create
reports. Intelligence Server must be connected to the metadata to retrieve
reporting objects.
12 If the Configuration Wizard is not open, from the Start menu, point to
Programs (or All Programs, depending on your Windows version), then
MicroStrategy, and then select Configuration Wizard. The Welcome
page opens.
13 Select Configure Intelligence Server, as shown below. Then click Next.
14 Select the same DSN that you created for your metadata repository from
the DSN drop-down list, as shown below. If your database requires a
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login and password, type the User Name and Password to connect to the
database. Then click Next.
15 Use the default MicroStrategy administrator account to connect to the
database, by typing Administrator as the User Name. The default
account does not use a password, so keep the Password field blank, as
shown in the sample image below. Click Next.
can configure security in MicroStrategy at a later time. To
 You
configure MicroStrategy user accounts that help define the
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security of your MicroStrategy system, see Additional Security
Configurations, page 149.
16 On the Server Definitions page, in the Name field, type a name for this
Intelligence Server or accept the default computer name. Leave the
remaining default settings as shown below. Then click Next.
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17 Select the Start Intelligence Server when finished check box, as shown
below. Then click Next.
a message that the default port number is already in
 Ifuse,youtypereceive
a new port number in the Port number field. Contact
your system administrator for guidance in selecting a port
number.
18 Review the summary of the tasks that are to be completed, and click
Finish. The system configures Intelligence Server. When the process is
complete, click Close. You are returned to the first page of the
Configuration Wizard. You have now connected MicroStrategy
Intelligence Server to the metadata repository.
To set up a project source that connects to the metadata repository
through Intelligence Server
Your projects also need to connect to the metadata repository so they can
access the reporting objects stored there. You connect your projects to the
metadata by connecting a single project source - all projects created
within that project source are then connected to that metadata.
19 If the Configuration Wizard is not already open, from the Start menu
point to Programs (or All Programs, depending on your Windows
version), then MicroStrategy, and then select Configuration Wizard.
The Welcome page opens.
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20 Select Create Project Sources, as shown below. Then click Next.
21 Type a name for your new project source in the Project Source Name
field, as shown in the sample image below.
22 Select the MicroStrategy Intelligence Server (3 Tier) option as shown
above. Then click Next.
23 From the MicroStrategy Intelligence Server Machine Name
drop-down list, select the computer name where Intelligence Server is
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installed. This screen is shown below. You can also type the computer
name where Intelligence Server is installed. Then click Next.
 Note the following:
•
If you changed the default port number when you configured
Intelligence Server above, type the new port number in the
Port number used by MicroStrategy Intelligence Server
field.
•
You can keep the default setting for Connection times out
after (mins). This option determines how long a connection to
a project source can be idle before the connection is ended.
24 Select an authentication method, as shown in the sample image below. If
you are unsure which method to use, select Standard Authentication.
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(For details about authentication and security in MicroStrategy, see the
System Administration Guide.) Then click Next.
25 Review the summary of the tasks that are to be completed, and click
Finish. The system creates and configures your project source. When the
process is complete, click Close. The Summary dialog box closes. Then
click Exit. The Configuration Wizard closes.
Configuring MicroStrategy Web
The following section contains steps to configure MicroStrategy Web. You
use MicroStrategy Web to create a project with your data and design reports
that can be viewed on a mobile device.
Depending on your environment, you can either proceed directly to
configuring MicroStrategy Web, or you may need to first set up your
environment with Tomcat:
•
If your environment is running on Windows XP with an IIS version that
is earlier than 6.0, you must use the steps in this section to configure
MicroStrategy Web Universal, before you move on to configuring
MicroStrategy Web. For steps to install Tomcat if IIS is earlier than 6.0,
see Installing Tomcat if IIS is earlier than 6.0, page 32.
•
If your environment is not running on Windows XP with an IIS version
earlier than 6.0, you can proceed configure MicroStrategy Web. To
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proceed to configuring MicroStrategy Web, see Configuring
MicroStrategy Web, page 36.
Installing Tomcat if IIS is earlier than 6.0
Perform the steps in this section if your environment is running on Windows
XP with an IIS version that is earlier than 6.0.
MicroStrategy Web and MicroStrategy Mobile Server must be able to run on
the same machine for this Mobile Suite product. MicroStrategy Mobile
Server can only be deployed on a Windows XP environment with IIS, if IIS
6.0 or later is available. If your environment is using a version of IIS that is
earlier than 6.0, you can use the steps below to install Apache Tomcat.
Tomcat can then operate as your web server, instead of IIS, to support
MicroStrategy Web and MicroStrategy Mobile Server.
steps in this section involve 3rd-party software. For the most
 The
accurate and up to date information on these software tools, see the
applicable company websites.
The high-level checklist for installing Tomcat and configuring Web Universal
is below:
•
Download, install, and configure the Java Development Kit (JDK) (for
steps, see To download, install, and configure the JDK, page 33)
•
Download, install, and configure Apache Tomcat (for steps, see To
download, install, and configure Apache Tomcat, page 34)
•
Configure MicroStrategy Web Universal (for steps, see To deploy
MicroStrategy Web Universal, page 35)
Detailed steps for completing this checklist are below.
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To download, install, and configure the JDK
1 Download the Sun JDK shell file from:
www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/
jdk-6u25-download-346242.html
 Note the following:
•
You can download any 6.x version of the JDK. For a list of
certified JDK versions, see the MicroStrategy Readme file for
MicroStrategy Web Universal.
•
The download site may contain a number of software options,
including JRE, JDK, and Java SDK. Be sure you download a
developer kit (which may be termed JDK or SDK). Do not
download only the JRE.
2 Double-click the downloaded JDK executable.
3 On the Welcome screen, click Next.
4 By default, the JDK is installed as part of your system’s Development
Tools. Click Development Tools and note the folder location at the
bottom. Keep all default settings.
5 Click Next to start the installation process.
6 If prompted, you can also install the JRE on your computer. Click Next.
7 When installation is completed, click Finish.
•
To verify that the JDK was installed, open Windows Explorer,
navigate to the folder in which the JDK was installed, and check to be
sure the JDK files are in place.
8 On your Windows desktop, right-click My Computer and select
Properties.
9 On the Advanced tab, click Environment Variables.
10 Under System Variables, click New to create a new system variable.
11 In the Variable Name field, type JAVA_HOME (all in upper case).
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12 In the Variable Value field, specify the destination folder where you
installed the JDK above. For example, if the path to your JDK executable
is C:\jdk1.6.0_21\bin\java.exe, then the value of your
JAVA_HOME variable is C:\jdk1.6.0_21.
13 Click OK until you exit the Properties dialog box.
To download, install, and configure Apache Tomcat
1 Navigate to the Tomcat download page on the Apache website: http://
tomcat.apache.org.
for downloading and installing Tomcat are also
 Instructions
available on the Apache website, or in the RUNNING file available
from the .zip file that you download.
2 Scroll to the Binary Distributions area and select the file to download.
You should select the 32-bit Windows .zip file.
a list of certified Tomcat versions, see the MicroStrategy
 For
Readme file for MicroStrategy Web Universal.
3 Extract the files from the downloaded Tomcat .zip file into a folder on
your hard drive. Provide a representative name for the folder, such as
apache-tomcat-[version].
•
In Windows Explorer, you can navigate to the extraction folder to
verify that Tomcat was installed.
4 Open Notepad or another text editor.
5 In Notepad, access the folder where Tomcat was installed. Open the
config folder, then open the tomcat-users.xml file.
6 Find the row displaying “<tomcat-users>”. Add the following entries
immediately after this row, as shown in the image below:
<role rolename=”manager”/>
<role rolename=”admin”/>
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<user username=”admin” password=”admin” roles=
”manager,admin”/>
7 Save the .xml file.
8 Start Tomcat by double-clicking the startup.bat file, located in the bin
folder in the Tomcat extraction folder.
can stop Tomcat at any time by clicking the shutdown.bat
 You
file. For easy access, you can create shortcuts to these files and
place them on your Windows desktop, in the Microsoft Quick
Launch toolbar, or on your Windows Start menu.
To deploy MicroStrategy Web Universal
1 In a web browser, access http://localhose:8080 to ensure that Tomcat is
started.
2 Click Tomcat Manager, and log in using the credentials you specified
when configuring Tomcat. For example, if you used the suggested code
sample above in the tomcat-users.xml file, log in with the user name
admin and the password admin.
3 In the War File to Deploy section, click Browse next to the Select WAR
File to Upload field and locate MicroStrategy.war. The default
location for this file is C:\Program Files\MicroStrategy\WebJSP.
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4 Click Deploy. The deployment process may take a few minutes.
5 Confirm that your deployment was successful by scrolling up to the
Applications area.
6 You can now access MicroStrategy Web by clicking the MicroStrategy link
in the Tomcat Manager, or by typing the following URL into your
browser: http://localhost:8080/MicroStrategy/servlet/mstrWeb.
Configuring MicroStrategy Web
It is recommended that you configure MicroStrategy Web. You must
configure MicroStrategy Web if you plan to:
•
Create grid reports and graph reports using the MicroStrategy Web
interface. For details on designing reports, see Chapter 3, Designing
Reports.
•
Use widgets (interactive visualizations) when designing grid and graph
reports to be displayed on mobile devices. For images of and information
about these widgets, see Defining a report for display on a mobile device,
page 93.
•
Design mobile applications to be accessed from iPhone, iPad, or Android
clients. For details on applications you can build in MicroStrategy Mobile,
see Creating a micro application for a mobile device, page 100.
To make your projects available through MicroStrategy Web, you must first
connect MicroStrategy Web to Intelligence Server. To support this
connection, a web server such as Microsoft Internet Information Services
(IIS) must be installed on the MicroStrategy Web computer. For details on
this requirement, see Software requirements and recommendations,
page 6.
Use the steps below to connect MicroStrategy Web to Intelligence Server.
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To connect MicroStrategy Web to MicroStrategy Intelligence Server
1 From the Start menu, point to Programs, then MicroStrategy, then
Web, then Web Administrator. The MicroStrategy Web Administrator
page opens in your web browser, as shown in the sample image below.
you deployed MicroStrategy Web Universal on Tomcat, you can
 Ifaccess
the Web Administrator by typing the following URL into a
web browser: http://localhost:8080/MicroStrategy/servlet/
mstrWebAdmin. Log in using the login credentials you specified
when configuring Tomcat; the recommended credentials are
admin/admin.
2 In the Add a server manually field, type the name or IP address of your
Intelligence Server.
your Intelligence Server is on the same computer as your web
 Ifserver,
you can type localhost in the Add a server manually
field.
3 Leave the default connection properties and click Connect.
MicroStrategy Web attempts to connect to the Intelligence Server. When
the connection is complete, the server is listed in the Web Administrator’s
Connected Servers list.
To connect to a project in MicroStrategy Web
4 At the top of the Web Administrator page, click MicroStrategy Web
Home. The MicroStrategy Web Home page opens, with a list of the
projects available on this Intelligence Server.
If you are using a new metadata configuration, the MicroStrategy Web
Home page will not display any projects. Projects will be displayed after
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you complete Chapter 2, Creating a MicroStrategy Project with Your
Data.
The image below shows a typical MicroStrategy Web Home page
displaying projects that are available if MicroStrategy Tutorial and the
MicroStrategy Analytics Modules were installed.
Once the MicroStrategy Web connection to Intelligence Server has been
established, users can access MicroStrategy Web with just the URL for
MicroStrategy Web, and they can log in with a MicroStrategy login and
password (such as administrator with a blank password) to access the
reports and dashboards available in the projects.
Configuring MicroStrategy Mobile Server
To make MicroStrategy projects available to your Mobile users, you must
first connect MicroStrategy Mobile to Intelligence Server. To support this
connection, a web server such as Microsoft Internet Information Services
(IIS) must be installed on the MicroStrategy Mobile server computer. For
details on this requirement, see Software requirements and
recommendations, page 6.
are using the ASP.NET version of MicroStrategy Mobile Server,
 Ifbeyou
sure you configure the IIS authentication settings for the Mobile
Server application. Otherwise, certain reports and dashboards may
display incorrectly or fail to execute. For details to configure IIS
authentication, see the Administering MicroStrategy Mobile chapter
in the MicroStrategy Mobile Design and Administration Guide.
Use the steps below to connect MicroStrategy Mobile to Intelligence Server.
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To connect MicroStrategy Mobile to MicroStrategy Intelligence Server
1 From the Start menu, point to Programs (or All Programs), then
MicroStrategy, then Mobile, then Mobile Server, then select Mobile
Administrator. The MicroStrategy Mobile Administrator page opens in
your web browser, as shown in the sample image below.
2 In the Add a server manually field, type the name or IP address of your
Intelligence Server.
your Intelligence Server is on the same computer as your web
 Ifserver,
you can type localhost in the Add a server manually
field.
3 Leave the default connection properties and click Connect.
MicroStrategy Mobile attempts to connect to the Intelligence Server.
When the connection is complete, the server is listed in the Mobile
Administrator’s Connected Servers list, as shown in the image below.
can easily generate a configuration file that can be sent to your
 You
users’ mobile devices; when users click the link to the configuration
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file, their devices are automatically configured to work with this
Mobile Server. This easy-to-use interface is accessible from the
Mobile Configuration link on the left side of the Mobile
Administration page. For details on this process, see Configuring the
iPhone or iPad client, page 40.
After the MicroStrategy Mobile connection to Intelligence Server is
established, users can access the reports and dashboards available from their
handheld devices.
For details to configure an iPhone or iPad to access reports, dashboards, and
projects, see Configuring the iPhone or iPad client, page 40.
For details to configure an Android device to access reports, dashboards, and
projects, see Configuring the Android client, page 47.
For details to configure a BlackBerry to access reports, dashboards, and
projects, see Configuring the BlackBerry client, page 52.
Configuring the Mobile client
Use the appropriate steps below, depending on whether you are configuring
MicroStrategy Mobile on an iPhone or iPad, on an Android device, or on a
BlackBerry.
Configuring the iPhone or iPad client
Before a user can view your organization’s reports and dashboards in
MicroStrategy Mobile, the client application on the iPhone or iPad must be
configured to communicate with your Mobile Server and Intelligence Server.
MicroStrategy Mobile App provides sample apps and reports
 The
hosted by a public MicroStrategy Mobile Server once the iPhone or
iPad configuration steps below are completed, these same apps will no
longer be available from the newly configured devices served by your
Mobile Server. If you want to explore the sample apps first, do so
before proceeding through the following configuration steps.
There are various methods to configure the MicroStrategy Mobile client
application on an iPhone or iPad. The steps below use the method designed
for configuring multiple iPhones or iPads at the same time. This method
creates a configuration file in .xml format, containing configuration
instructions. You create a URL for the configuration file, email the URL to
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your iPhone/iPad users, and users click the URL from their iPhones/iPads to
automatically configure the client application on their iPhones/iPads.
Prerequisites
•
You must have the MicroStrategy Mobile Server configured so that it is
connected to the Intelligence Server. For steps, see Configuring
MicroStrategy Mobile Server, page 38.
To configure an iPhone client
To create an iPhone configuration file
1 From the Start menu, point to Programs (or All Programs), then
MicroStrategy, then Mobile, then Mobile Server, then select Mobile
Web Administrator. The Mobile Server Administrator page opens.
2 Select Mobile Configuration from the menu on the left. The Mobile
Configuration page opens, as shown below.
3 Click Define New Configuration. The Device drop-down list is
displayed.
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4 Select the device type for which you will create a configuration. Then click
OK. The Mobile Configuration page opens, as shown below.
5 In the Configuration Name field, type a name for this set of
configuration settings you will be selecting. This is the name that is
displayed in the configuration list.
6 On the iPhone Settings tab or the iPad Settings tab, retain the default
settings. For details on these settings, see the Administering
MicroStrategy Mobile chapter in the MicroStrategy Mobile Design and
Administration Guide.
To configure connectivity settings
7 Select the Connectivity Settings tab. Under Default Mobile Server
Authentication, you specify the default authentication settings for the
Mobile Server. These settings are used by the client application on an
iPhone to connect to any Mobile Server that has these settings applied to
it.
8 From the Authentication Mode drop-down list, select the default Mobile
Server authentication mode to use. If the Mobile Server will be configured
to use default authentication settings and no login or password will be
required, you can leave this setting as Anonymous.
9 Type a Login and Password. The login name is the name to be used by
the client application to log into the Mobile Server that will be selected
below.
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If you selected Anonymous authentication above, no login or
password is required and these fields can be left blank.
10 Click the Configure New Mobile Server link.
11 In the Mobile Server Name field, type the name of the Mobile Server that
the client application will connect to.
you can type the IP address to identify the Mobile
 Alternatively,
Server to connect to. Your administrator can show you how to
retrieve the machine’s IP address.
12 In the Mobile Server Port field, type the port number that is used by the
Mobile Server. If the Mobile Server is running on IIS, the default value is
80.
13 In the Mobile Server Path field, type the path to the Mobile Server. If the
Mobile Server is running on IIS, the default path is
MicroStrategyMobile, as specified above in To define
MicroStrategy’s virtual directories, page 15.
14 From the Mobile Server Type drop-down list, specify whether
MicroStrategy is available through ASP.NET or J2EE.
15 From the Request Type drop-down list, specify whether you use HTTP
(no encryption) or HTTPS (HTTP encryption enabled) to access the
Mobile Server. For steps to configure Mobile Server to use HTTPS (SSL),
see the Administering MicroStrategy Web and Mobile in the
MicroStrategy System Administration Guide.
16 If you specified Anonymous authentication for the Authentication Mode
above, you can select the Use Default Authentication check box.
Otherwise, specify the Mobile Server authentication information:
a From the Mobile Server’s Default Authentication Mode drop-down
list, select the type of authentication to use for the Mobile Server.
b In the Login field, type the login name to be used by the client
application to access the Mobile Servers that will use these default
authentication settings.
c
In the Password field, type the password for that login name.
17 Under Default Project Authentication, you specify the default project
authentication settings. These settings are used by the client application
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on the iPhone to log into any project that is specified below to use the
default project authentication.
a From the Authentication Mode drop-down list, select the type of
authentication used by the Intelligence Server.
b In the Login field, type the MicroStrategy login name to be used by
the client application on the iPhone to log into the Intelligence Server.
c
In the Password field, type the password for that login name.
To configure access to a MicroStrategy project
If you have installed any of the sample projects that come with
MicroStrategy (the Tutorial project or any of the Analytics Modules
projects, such as the Customer Analysis Module project, the Financial
Reporting Analysis Module project, and so on), you can use the following
steps to configure access to the sample reports and dashboards contained
in those projects.
If you did not install any sample projects and have not yet created your
own project, skip these substeps and continue configuration with To
configure the client app’s Home screen below. You can return to these
substeps and complete them after you have created your own project in
Chapter 2, Creating a MicroStrategy Project with Your Data.
18 Click the Configure New Project link.
19 From the Project Names list, select the project to access.
20 To use the default project authentication settings specified above, select
the Use Default Authentication check box. Otherwise, specify the
project authentication settings as specified above.
21 By default, the iPhone client app will allow users to access MicroStrategy
Web’s Shared Reports folder, a default folder that contains sample
reports and dashboards out of the box. However, if you want to designate
a different MicroStrategy folder for users to access automatically from
their iPhones, type the folder name in the Root Folder field.
To configure the client app’s Home screen
22 Select the Home Screen tab.
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The default Home screen that comes with MicroStrategy’s iPhone app is
shown below.
The default Home screen displays buttons to access the following:
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Reports: Tap this to display all the reports and dashboards that the
user has a MicroStrategy subscription to.
•
Shared Libraries: Tap this to display the MicroStrategy projects that
a user’s iPhone or iPad connects to. Tapping a project displays the
folders within it. Tapping a report or dashboard in a folder runs the
report/dashboard.
•
Settings: Tap this to change login information, server information,
and various display options for the app.
•
Help: Tap this to open the Help file.
Select Display the default home screen to have this screen displayed
automatically when users start the MicroStrategy app on their iPhones or
iPads. For information to create a custom home screen, see the
Administering MicroStrategy Mobile chapter in the MicroStrategy
Mobile Design and Administration Guide.
23 Click Save. The configuration file is saved as an .xml file containing the
settings that you selected.
Next you must generate a URL for the link that users will click from their
iPhones or iPads to launch the automated configuration.
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To generate a URL for a configuration
1 On the MicroStrategy Mobile Server page, select Mobile Configuration
from the menu on the left. The Mobile Configuration page opens.
2 From the Actions area on the right, click the Generate URL icon
next
to the configuration you want to generate a URL for. The Generate
Configuration URL page opens.
3 From the Authentication Mode drop-down list, select an authentication
mode required for accessing the Mobile Server from an iPhone. When the
user taps the URL on the iPhone, the user is prompted to enter a login
and password so the iPhone app can log into the Mobile Server using this
authentication mode.
4 In the Server Name field, type the name of the machine that is hosting
the Mobile Server that the configuration is stored on. Do not use Local
Host in this field.
5 By default, the port number used by Mobile Server is included in the
URL.
•
If you do not want to include the port number in the URL, for
example, in an ASP.NET environment, clear the Include port check
box.
•
If you are including the port number in the URL, type the port
number for the Mobile Server in the Host Port field. The default port
number is 80.
6 Click Generate URL. The URL is generated and displayed. You can copy
and paste the URL into an email and send it to a mobile device user.
7 To save the URL settings, click Save. The dialog box closes, and the
authentication mode and host information are saved for the next time
you generate a URL for this configuration.
To complete the iPhone or iPad client configuration
1 From the iPhone or iPad, tap the emailed URL that was generated and
sent above.
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The MicroStrategy iPhone or iPad client app automatically sets itself up
using the settings from the configuration. The iPhone/iPad user can run
reports and dashboards hosted by your Mobile Server. For details to run and
navigate through reports and dashboards, see Analyzing reports and
dashboards from an iPhone, page 116.
Configuring the Android client
Before a user can view your organization’s reports and dashboards in
MicroStrategy Mobile, the client application on the Android device must be
configured to communicate with your Mobile Server and Intelligence Server.
MicroStrategy Mobile App provides sample apps and reports
 The
hosted by a public MicroStrategy Mobile Server. Once the Android
device configuration steps below are completed, these same apps will
no longer be available from the newly configured devices served by
your Mobile Server. If you wish to explore the sample apps first, do so
before proceeding through the following configuration steps.
There are various methods to configure the MicroStrategy Mobile client
application on an Android device. The steps below use the method designed
for configuring multiple Android devices at the same time. This method
creates a configuration file in .xml format, containing configuration
instructions. You create a URL for the configuration file, email the URL to
your Android users, and users click the URL from their Android devices to
automatically configure the client application on their Android devices.
If you are using a different operating system or need more details on any of
the options described, see the MicroStrategy Mobile Design and
Administration Guide.
Prerequisites
•
You must have the MicroStrategy Mobile Server configured so that it is
connected to the Intelligence Server. For steps, see Configuring
MicroStrategy Mobile Server, page 38.
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To configure an Android client
To create an Android configuration file
1 From the Start menu, point to Programs (or All Programs), then
MicroStrategy, then Mobile, then Mobile Server, then select Mobile
Administrator. The Mobile Server Administrator page opens.
2 From the pane on the left, select Mobile Configuration. The Mobile
Configuration page opens, as shown below.
3 Click Define New Configuration. The Create Configuration page opens.
4 From the Device drop-down list, select either Android Phone or
Android Tablet to create a configuration for the desired device.
5 In the Configuration Name field, type a name for this set of
configuration settings you will be selecting. This is the name that is
displayed in the configuration list.
6 On the Phone Settings tab or the Tablet Settings tab, retain the default
settings. For details on these settings, see the Administering
MicroStrategy Mobile chapter in the MicroStrategy Mobile Design and
Administration Guide.
To configure connectivity settings
7 Select the Connectivity Settings tab.
8 From the Authentication Mode drop-down list, select the default Mobile
Server authentication mode to use. If the Mobile Server will be configured
to use default authentication settings and no login or password will be
required, you can leave this setting as Anonymous.
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9 Type a Login and Password. The login name is the name to be used by
the client application to log into the Mobile Server that will be selected
below.
•
If you selected Anonymous authentication above, no login or
password is required and these fields are not displayed.
10 Click the Configure New Mobile Server link.
11 In the Mobile Server Name field, type the name of the Mobile Server that
the client application will connect to.
you can type the IP address to identify the Mobile
 Alternatively,
Server to connect to. Your administrator can show you how to
retrieve the machine’s IP address.
12 In the Mobile Server Port field, type the port number that is used by the
Mobile Server. If the Mobile Server is running on IIS, the default value is
80.
13 In the Mobile Server Path field, type the path to the Mobile Server. If the
Mobile Server is running on IIS, the default path is
MicroStrategyMobile, as specified above in To define
MicroStrategy’s virtual directories, page 15.
14 From the Mobile Server Type drop-down list, select ASP.NET for
MicroStrategy Mobile, or J2EE for MicroStrategy Mobile Universal.
15 From the Request Type drop-down list, specify whether you use HTTP
(no encryption) or HTTPS (HTTP encryption enabled) to access the
Mobile Server. For steps to configure Mobile Server to use HTTPS (SSL),
see the Administering MicroStrategy Web and Mobile in the
MicroStrategy System Administration Guide.
16 If you specified Anonymous authentication for the Authentication Mode
above, you can select the Use Default Authentication check box.
17 Under Default Project Authentication, you specify the default project
authentication settings. These settings are used by the client application
on the device to log into any project that is specified below to use the
default project authentication.
a From the Authentication Mode drop-down list, select the type of
authentication used by the Intelligence Server.
b In the Login field, type the MicroStrategy login name to be used by
the client application on the Android to log into the Intelligence
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Server. (If you selected Windows authentication above, no login or
password is required.)
c
In the Password field, type the password for that login name.
To configure access to a MicroStrategy project
If you have installed any of the sample projects that come with
MicroStrategy (the Tutorial project or any of the Analytics Modules
projects, such as the Customer Analysis Module project, the Financial
Reporting Analysis Module project, and so on), you can use the following
steps to configure access to the sample reports and dashboards contained
in those projects.
If you did not install any sample projects and have not yet created your
own project, skip these substeps and continue configuration with To
configure the client app’s Home screen below. You can return to these
substeps and complete them after you have created your own project in
Chapter 2, Creating a MicroStrategy Project with Your Data.
18 Click the Configure New Project link.
19 From the Project Name list, select the project to access.
20 To use the default project authentication settings specified above, select
the Use Default Authentication check box. Otherwise, specify the
project authentication settings as specified above.
To configure the client app’s Home screen
21 Select the Home Screen tab.
The default Home screen displays buttons to access the following:
•
Shared Libraries: Tap this to display the MicroStrategy projects that
a user’s Android device connects to. Tapping a project displays the
folders within it. Tapping a report or dashboard in a folder runs the
report/dashboard.
•
Settings: Tap this to change login information, server information,
and various display options for the app.
•
Help: Tap this to open the Help file.
Select Display the default home screen to have this screen displayed
automatically when users start the MicroStrategy app on their Android
phones or tablets. For information to create a custom home screen, see
the Administering MicroStrategy Mobile chapter in the MicroStrategy
Mobile Design and Administration Guide.
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22 Click Save. The configuration file is saved as an .xml file containing the
settings that you selected.
Next you must generate a URL for the link that users will click from their
Androids to launch the automated configuration.
To generate a URL for a configuration
1 On the MicroStrategy Mobile Server page, select Mobile Configuration
from the menu on the left. The Mobile Configuration page opens.
2 From the Actions area on the right, click the Generate URL icon
next
to the configuration you want to generate a URL for. The Generate
Configuration URL page opens.
3 In the Server Name field, type the name of the machine that is hosting
the Mobile Server that the configuration is stored on. Do not use Local
Host in this field.
4 By default, the port number used by Mobile Server is included in the
URL.
•
If you do not want to include the port number in the URL, for
example, in an ASP.NET environment, clear the Include port check
box.
•
If you are including the port number in the URL, type the port
number for the Mobile Server in the Host Port field. The default port
number is 80.
5 Click Generate URL. The URL is generated and displayed. You can copy
and paste the URL into an HTML file, thus embedding the link in the
HTML file. Then send the HTML file’s URL to your Android users.
6 To save the URL settings, click Save. The dialog box closes, and the
authentication mode and host information are saved for the next time
you generate a URL for this configuration.
To complete the Android client configuration
1 From the Android phone or tablet, tap the emailed URL that was
generated and sent above.
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The MicroStrategy Android client app automatically sets itself up using the
settings from the configuration. The Android user can run reports and
dashboards hosted by your Mobile Server.
Configuring the BlackBerry client
After installing the MicroStrategy Mobile BlackBerry client, you must
configure it so that it can communicate with your MicroStrategy system.
BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) enables you to set an IT
 The
policy for its client applications. With this IT policy, you can configure
all the client devices at one time. If you want to use an IT policy,
details on the MicroStrategy Mobile settings for a BlackBerry client IT
policy are in the Administering MicroStrategy Mobile chapter in the
MicroStrategy Mobile Design and Administration Guide. For details
to deploy an IT policy over the BES, see your BES documentation.
Prerequisites
•
You must have configured the MicroStrategy Mobile Server so that it is
connected to the Intelligence Server For steps, see Configuring
MicroStrategy Mobile Server, page 38.
The steps below show you how to configure the Mobile client from the
Preferences screen on the BlackBerry smartphone. You add connection
information for the Mobile Server, and then you configure the MicroStrategy
project from which the BlackBerry will receive reports.
For alternative methods to configure a BlackBerry client with MicroStrategy
Mobile, see the Administering MicroStrategy Mobile chapter in the
MicroStrategy Mobile Design and Administration Guide.
To configure MicroStrategy Mobile for BlackBerry
1 On the BlackBerry smartphone, open the MicroStrategy Mobile
application.
2 Click the trackball/trackwheel and select Preferences. The Preferences
screen opens.
3 Scroll to the Mobile Servers Configured area.
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4 Click and select Add Mobile Server. The Mobile Server Setup screen
opens.
5 Enter the information for each option, as described below:
•
Name: The DNS name or IP address of the Mobile Server.
•
Port: The port number used by the Mobile Server.
•
Path: The path on which the Mobile Server is installed.
•
Type: Select ASP.NET if you have installed the MicroStrategy Mobile
product, or select J2EE if you have installed the MicroStrategy Mobile
Universal product.
•
Request Type: Select HTTP if your environment uses no encryption
or HTTPS if your environment uses SSL encryption.
6 To use the default authentication mode and credentials for the Mobile
Server, select the Use Default check box under Authentication.
default authentication mode is set on the Preferences screen
 The
under Default Mobile Server Authentication. By default,
MicroStrategy Mobile uses standard MicroStrategy authentication
to identify the user logging into projects on the Mobile Server. You
can use any supported form of authentication to log into the
Mobile Server; for details on authentication modes, see the Setting
Up User Security chapter in the MicroStrategy System
Administration Guide.
To use a different authentication mode, follow the steps below:
a Under Authentication, clear the Use Default check box.
b Scroll to the Authentication Mode area, then click and select the type
of authentication to use.
c
In the Login field, type the login name to be used by the BlackBerry
application to log into the MicroStrategy project.
d In the Password field, type the password for the login name above.
7 Scroll to Default Project Authentication. These options determine the
default authentication mode for all projects configured for this Mobile
Server. Enter information for each option, as described below:
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Mode: Select an authentication mode.
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Login: Type the login name that you use to access the Mobile Server.
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Password: Type the password for the login name above.
8 Click and select Close. The Mobile Server Setup screen closes.
9 Click and select Save. The Mobile Server information is saved.
Once you have configured the Mobile Server, you must provide information
about the projects that contain the reports and dashboards you are
subscribed to.
To configure a project for MicroStrategy Mobile for Blackberry
If you installed any of the sample projects that come with MicroStrategy
(the Tutorial project or any of the Analytics Modules projects, such as the
Customer Analysis Module project, the Financial Reporting Analysis
Module project, and so on), you can use the following steps to configure
access to the sample reports and dashboards contained in those projects.
If you did not install any sample projects and have not yet created your
own project, skip these steps and close and save your configuration. You
can return to these steps and complete them after you have created your
own project in Chapter 2, Creating a MicroStrategy Project with Your
Data.
1 On the BlackBerry smartphone, open the MicroStrategy Mobile
application.
2 Click and select Preferences. The Preferences screen opens.
3 Scroll to Mobile Servers Configured and highlight the Mobile Server to
which you want to add a MicroStrategy project.
4 Click and select Edit Mobile Server. The Mobile Server Setup screen
opens.
5 Scroll to Projects Configured, then click and select Add Project. The
Project Setup screen opens.
6 Enter information for each option, as described below:
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Project Name: The name of the MicroStrategy project. This field is
case-sensitive.
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Server Name: The DNS name or IP address of the Intelligence Server
that contains the project.
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Server Port: The port number for the Intelligence Server.
7 To use the default authentication mode and login credentials for the
project, select the Use Default check box under Authentication.
To use a different authentication mode, use the steps provided below:
a Under Authentication, clear the Use Default check box.
b Scroll to the Authentication Mode area, then click and select the type
of authentication to use for the project.
c
In the Login field, type the login name to be used by the BlackBerry
application to log into the MicroStrategy project.
d In the Password field, type the password for the login name above.
8 Click and select Close. The Project Setup screen closes and the project is
now listed under Projects Configured.
9 Click and select Close again. The Mobile Server Setup screen closes.
10 Click and select Save. The project configuration information is saved.
Now that you have completed the initial configuration of the MicroStrategy
Mobile Suite, you can begin to create your MicroStrategy project. The steps
to connect to your data source and create a MicroStrategy project are
described in Chapter 2, Creating a MicroStrategy Project with Your Data.
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Introduction
To create mobile BI reports, dashboards, and workflows, you must first
integrate your data into MicroStrategy. This chapter describes how to
integrate your data into a MicroStrategy project, which contains your reports
and reporting objects. Use these steps to jump-start your MicroStrategy
project.
About projects, attributes, facts, metrics, and
hierarchies
You create a project by mapping physical data structures from your data
source (the tables and columns in which your data is stored) to your
MicroStrategy metadata repository. Then you can create reporting objects
and reports based on your physical data. The reporting objects and reports
that you create are stored in the metadata repository. You use MicroStrategy
Architect to create projects.
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The basic objects required for any reporting project are attributes, facts, and
hierarchies. A description of each object type is provided here. You can
reference this list as you proceed to create objects in the steps below:
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Attributes: An attribute provides context to your business calculations.
For example, the Time attribute can give your data meaning. A long list of
revenue data is not helpful unless it is displayed in the context of time (for
example, revenue last month), geographical region, business unit, or
product line. When designing reports, you place attributes on a report to
tell MicroStrategy to use the column of data in your data source that is
associated with that attribute. MicroStrategy can then display the related
data on that report.
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Attribute forms: Attribute forms provide more descriptive information on
attributes. Attribute forms are mapped to columns in your data source.
For example, a Customer attribute requires attribute forms to provide
customer first names, last names, email addresses, gender, and so on.
This information is often stored in a data source as columns that contain
descriptive information.
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Facts: A fact is a piece of your data that is numerical and can be
calculated, for example, revenue, profit, or cost. Facts are combined with
mathematical operators and other facts to create metrics. When
designing reports, you place metrics on a report. Including a metric on a
report tells the system to locate the column of data in your data source
that is associated with the fact or facts used to define the metric.
MicroStrategy can then calculate and display the related data on that
report.
•
Metrics: A metric is made up of facts. A metric is a MicroStrategy object
that represents business performance and key performance indicators
(KPIs). From a practical perspective, when a metric object is placed on a
report, metrics display calculations performed on data stored in your data
source. Metrics operate similar to formulas in spreadsheet software. A
metric provides the numbers you see on a report.
•
Hierarchies: Common hierarchies in a retail organization might include
Time (made up of attributes such as Day, Month, Year); Geography
(made up of attributes such as Store, State, Region, Country); or Product
(made up of attributes such as Item, Subcategory, Category.) It is easier
for report designers to locate appropriate attributes to use on reports if
those attributes are grouped together in the project in a logical way that
makes sense for your business goals:
For example, if many reports will contain a time-related attribute so that
reports can display week, month, year, or all three, then it makes sense to
include all time-related attributes in a single group. These groups, used
for attribute browsing purposes, are called hierarchies. When the report
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designer browses for objects to place on a report, the designer can open a
folder for the Time hierarchy to see and use all attributes related to time.
Creating a project, attributes, facts, and
hierarchies
Use the following high-level checklist to create a project, attributes, facts,
and hierarchies. Steps for each high-level task follow the checklist.
High-level checklist to create a project, attributes, facts, and hierarchies
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Create a DSN to connect to your data source. Your data source contains
the information for your business in the data source of your choice. This
can be a Microsoft Access database, Microsoft Excel spreadsheet, or some
other database or data source. For steps, see Creating a DSN to connect
to your data source, page 59.
•
Create a database instance that tells the MicroStrategy Mobile Suite how
to connect to and access your data source. Database instances are
MicroStrategy objects that use the DSN you created to connect to a
database or other data source. For steps, see Creating a database
instance to access your data source, page 62.
•
Create a MicroStrategy project that will contain your reports and
reporting objects. For steps, see Creating a project to contain reports
and report objects, page 65.
•
Create the objects required to design reports and dashboards in your
project, using MicroStrategy Architect. For steps, see Creating attributes,
facts, and hierarchies, page 69.
While performing the steps below, if you encounter a scenario with your data
or environment that requires some special handling, see the MicroStrategy
Project Design Guide for complete details related to project, attribute, fact,
and hierarchy design and creation.
Creating a DSN to connect to your data source
You must create a DSN to connect to your data source. Your data source
contains the information for your business in the data source of your choice.
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This can be a Microsoft Access database, Microsoft Excel spreadsheet, or
some other database or data source.
Prerequisites
•
You must have a data source that contains the information for your
business. This can be a Microsoft Access database, Microsoft Excel
spreadsheet, or some other database or data source.
information on preparing a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet for
 For
use as a data source in MicroStrategy, see the Connect to Excel
files section in the MicroStrategy Advanced Reporting Guide.
To create a DSN to connect to your data source
1 In MicroStrategy Desktop, from the Start menu, point to Programs (or
All Programs), then MicroStrategy, then Tools, and then select
Connectivity Wizard. The Welcome page opens.
2 Click Next. A list of database drivers is displayed, as shown below.
MicroStrategy provides a comprehensive group of certified,
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MicroStrategy-branded ODBC drivers to connect MicroStrategy products
to various databases and other data sources.
3 Select a database driver with which to create a DSN, using one of the
options below:
•
For a Microsoft Access database or a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet,
select Other Relational Databases and click Next. Select the
appropriate database driver and click Next. Options to define the
connection to your Access or Excel data source are displayed.
Complete the required information and click OK to create the DSN.
Proceed to To create a database instance to access your data source,
page 62.
•
For a database such as PostgreSQL or Microsoft SQL Server, select the
appropriate database driver for your data source and click Next. The
Driver Details page opens.
•
For a database that is not listed in the database driver options, select
Other Relational Databases and click Next. This allows you to select
from all database drivers installed on your system. Select the
appropriate database driver and click Next.
4 Complete the information in the appropriate fields for connecting the
selected database driver to your data source which stores your data. The
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information to enter varies depending on the database platform on which
you are installing the MicroStrategy software.
that you provide a descriptive name for the DSN so that
 Ensure
you can distinguish it from the DSN that you created for the
MicroStrategy metadata.
5 Click Test to verify the connection. The Test Connection dialog box
opens.
6 If your database requires a login and password, type the User Name and
Password to connect to the database.
7 Click Connect to test and verify the connection. If the test is successful,
the connection with the database is established. If the test fails, verify the
correct connection information with your database administrator and
make any required changes to the information that you provided in the
previous steps.
8 Click Close and then Finish to create the new DSN.
Creating a database instance to access your data source
You must create a database instance that tells the MicroStrategy Mobile Suite
how to connect to and access your data source. Database instances use the
DSN you created above to connect to a database or other data source.
To create a database instance to access your data source
1 Open MicroStrategy Desktop. To do this, from your Start menu, select
Programs (or All Programs), then MicroStrategy, then Desktop, then
select Desktop again.
2 Log in to your project source using the default MicroStrategy
administrator account, by typing Administrator as the User Name.
The default account does not use a password, so keep the Password field
blank, as shown in the sample image below.
you have installed the MicroStrategy Tutorial project or the
 IfMicroStrategy
Analytics Modules projects, additional project
sources may be displayed on the left. Be sure to log into the project
source you created to connect to your data. For steps to connect to
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a project source, see To set up a project source that connects to the
metadata repository through Intelligence Server, page 28.
3 A message is displayed that no projects are available. Click OK to close
this message; you will create a project using the steps below.
4 In Desktop, expand your project source in the Folder List on the left,
expand Administration, then expand Configuration Managers, and
then select Database Instances.
5 Right-click in any empty space on the right pane and select Database
Instance Wizard, as shown below:
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The Database Instance Wizard opens.
6 Click Next.
7 Define the connection between the MicroStrategy Mobile Suite and your
data source:
a In the Name field, type a name for the database instance. This name
will identify the Mobile Suite connection to your data source. For
example, you can type the name MicroStrategy Mobile Suite.
b From the Database Type drop-down list, select the type of database
you use to store your data, as shown below.
– If your database is not listed, select the Generic database type.
c
Click Next.
8 Select the DSN that defines the connection information to the data source
that contains your data warehouse. Use the DSN you created in Creating
a DSN to connect to your data source, page 59. Then type credentials in
the Database login information fields:
•
If your database requires database login credentials, type the user
name and password for an account that has access to the database and
database tables. Contact your database administrator for database
login credentials.
•
If your database does not require database login credentials, you can
type any user name and leave the password blank.
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9 Click Next. Then click Finish. The Database Instance Wizard closes and
your new database instance is created and displayed in Desktop.
Now that you have MicroStrategy connected to your data source, you can
create your MicroStrategy project.
Creating a project to contain reports and report objects
Next you create a MicroStrategy project that will contain your reports and
reporting objects.
To create a project to contain your MicroStrategy reports and reporting
objects
1 If you need to log in again, in MicroStrategy Desktop, log in to the project
source you created. For steps to connect to a project source, see To set up
a project source that connects to the metadata repository through
Intelligence Server, page 28.
2 From the Schema menu, select Create New Project. The Project
Creation Assistant opens.
3 Click Create Project. The New Project dialog box opens, as shown below.
4 Type a name and description for your new project, as shown below. Then
click OK. The New Project dialog box closes and your new project is
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created. You now have the foundation built for your MicroStrategy
project.
5 In the Project Creation Assistant, click Architect, as shown below:
not click Select Tables From The Warehouse Catalog. The
 Do
steps below show you how to add tables to your project using
Architect.
The Warehouse Database Instance dialog box opens.
6 In the Warehouse Database Instance dialog box, use the drop-down list to
select the database instance which you created in To create a database
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instance to access your data source, page 62. This is the main source of
data for your MicroStrategy application, and is shown below.
7 Once you have selected the database instance, click OK. MicroStrategy
Architect opens.
8 Click the Architect button
and select Settings. The MicroStrategy
Architect Settings dialog box opens. Select the following options:
a On the Configuration tab, select the Update schema after closing
Architect check box.
b On the Metric Creation tab, select the aggregation functions used to
automatically create metrics when a fact is created for a project. A
separate metric is created to support each aggregation of a fact. You
can allow the automatic creation of metrics using the aggregation
functions listed below:
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Avg: Create metrics that perform an average calculation on the
fact expression.
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Sum: Create metrics that perform a summation calculation on the
fact expression.
•
Count: Create metrics that perform a count calculation on the fact
expression.
•
Min: Create metrics that perform a minimum calculation on the
fact expression.
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Max: Create metrics that perform a maximum calculation on the
fact expression.
•
Var: Create metrics that perform a variance calculation on the fact
expression.
metrics are created in the Public Objects/Metrics
 The
folder of a MicroStrategy project.
c
To determine metric naming conventions, click Advanced Options.
The Advanced Options dialog box opens. When a metric is created for
an aggregation function, the metric naming convention for that
aggregation function is used to define the name for the metric. Click
OK to save any changes you make to metric naming conventions.
d The remaining options in the MicroStrategy Architect Settings dialog
box define how Architect displays data, maps schema objects, and
loads the Warehouse Catalog. Click OK to accept the default settings
for these options.
9 In MicroStrategy Architect, from the Home tab, in the View area, click
the Logical View icon, as shown below.
In the View area, click the arrow icon
Advanced Options dialog box opens.
at the bottom right. The
10 Select the following check boxes:
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Display available columns on logical tables
•
Display used columns on logical tables
•
Display attribute forms on logical tables
11 Click OK. The Advanced Options dialog box closes.
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12 On the Design tab, in the Auto Recognize area, click the arrow icon
shown in the image below.
as
The Automatic Schema Recognition dialog box opens. Select the Auto
recognize option. This option automatically defines how attributes and
facts are created when tables are added to the project using Architect,
based on column names and data types. For complete information on
how to define these options to create and map attributes, see the Project
Design Guide.
13 Click OK. The Automatic Schema Recognition dialog box closes.
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Now you create the objects required to design reports and dashboards in
your project, using MicroStrategy Architect. MicroStrategy Architect
provides Undo and Redo options to make object creation easier.
At any point during project creation, you can save your progress and come
back to MicroStrategy Architect later to continue creating objects. To save
your progress, and then log back into your project later:
a Click the Save icon on the toolbar to save your progress.
b To close Architect, click the Architect icon and select Close. The
Schema Update dialog box opens.
c
Ensure that the check boxes are all selected and click Update.
d Select OK to close the Project Creation Assistant.
e
To re-open MicroStrategy Architect to continue creating objects in
your project, in MicroStrategy Desktop, log in to the project, and from
the Schema menu, select Architect.
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Creating attributes and facts
You can now begin to create attributes, facts, and hierarchies for your project
using MicroStrategy Architect. For a definition and examples of attributes
and facts, see About projects, attributes, facts, metrics, and hierarchies,
page 57.
MicroStrategy Architect can automatically create metrics when facts are
added to your project. For a definition and examples of metrics, see About
projects, attributes, facts, metrics, and hierarchies, page 57.
To create and add attributes and facts to your project
1 On the left side of MicroStrategy Architect, expand your new database
instance. All the tables that contain your data in your data source are
displayed on the left, as shown in the example image below. This is a live
view into your data source.
2 On the left, identify the tables that contain data that you want to include
in your MicroStrategy project.
For example, to create reports that show sales data, choose tables that
store sales data. To report on sales by month, quarter, and year, you must
also choose tables that contain dates when sales transactions occurred. If
you are unsure which data you need, you might benefit from choosing all
available tables.
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3 Click and drag the tables you need from the left, and drop them onto the
pane in the center.
•
You can select multiple tables by holding CTRL or SHIFT while
clicking the tables.
As you drop the tables onto the pane in the center, the Results Preview
dialog box opens, as shown in the example below.
4 The Attribute tab and the Fact tab of this dialog box display the attributes
and facts that can be created automatically for the tables selected, based
on schema creation rules (heuristics). (For a definition and examples of
attributes, see About projects, attributes, facts, metrics, and hierarchies,
page 57.) To create an attribute or fact automatically, select its associated
check box.
•
Clearing a check box for an attribute or fact excludes that attribute or
fact from the automatic creation process.
5 When Architect creates attributes and facts automatically, the names of
the objects are determined by the column names that store your data in
your data source. To rename an attribute or fact to better reflect your
data, right-click the attribute or fact within a table that you have added to
the project, and select Rename. Type a new name for the object and click
OK.
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6 Once you have selected the attributes and facts that are to be
automatically created for the tables, click OK. The tables are displayed
along with column names from within each table, as shown in the
example below:
Notice in the example above that facts and attributes are created based on
standard schema creation rules (heuristics). Yellow block icons are
displayed to represent attributes, while icons displaying the # symbol are
displayed to represent facts. For details on identifying data that is useful
to become an object in the project, see The Context of Your Business
Data: Attributes and The Building Blocks of Your Business Data: Facts
chapters in the Project Design Guide. For further explanation of standard
schema creation rules and how to define them, see the Creating a Project
Using Architect chapter of the Project Design Guide.
To create additional attributes and to create attribute forms
For a definition and examples of attribute forms, see About projects,
attributes, facts, metrics, and hierarchies, page 57.
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7 When you have finished dragging all the tables that you need, if some
columns of data still need to be mapped to attributes, you can create
attributes manually:
a Right-click a column name that contains data to make available in the
project as contextual information, and select Create Attribute as
shown below. The Properties pane is displayed on the right.
•
Attributes can be created based on an ID column, which defines
the individual elements of each attribute. An ID column contains
unique values which are commonly numeric values such as 1, 2, 3,
and so on. When choosing the ID column to create an attribute,
make sure that all values in the column are unique and that it does
not contain NULL values. You should never use a column that has
NULL or repeated values as the ID column for an attribute. Doing
so results in unexpected behavior and errors.
b In the Properties pane, type a name for the attribute. This is the name
report designers and business users will see, so be sure that it makes
sense to others. Repeat this until you have created attributes for all
the columns of data that you need.
8 Once attributes are created, you can create attribute forms for the
attributes to display additional information. To add a column as an
attribute form of an attribute, select an available column in a table, then
drag it onto an attribute within the same table, as shown in the
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step-by-step images below. A new attribute form is created for the
attribute.
To create facts
For a definition and examples of facts, see About projects, attributes,
facts, metrics, and hierarchies, page 57.
You can identify columns to create facts using the following best
practices:
•
A fact has two characteristics: It is numeric, and it can be aggregated.
Examples of common facts include sales dollars, units sold, profit, and
cost. If you belong to the Human Resource department, you may want
to include facts such as tenure and compensation cost.
•
Facts are created automatically based on standard schema creation
rules (heuristics), which use column names and data types to
automatically create facts. For further explanation of these rules and
how to manually define them, see the Creating a Project Using
Architect chapter of the Project Design Guide.
9 In MicroStrategy Architect, ensure you are still in the Project Tables View
to identify columns in your warehouse tables on the left that contain data
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suitable to become a fact. Once you have identified data that should be
mapped to facts, you can create facts as described below:
•
If all the facts for your project are created successfully using the
automatic schema creation rules (heuristics), continue to To define
attribute relationships and create hierarchies, page 76.
•
If a column is created as a fact that does not fit your reporting needs,
right-click the fact and select Remove.
•
If some columns of data still need to be mapped to facts, you can
create facts manually:
a Right-click a column name that contains data to make available in
the project as a fact, and select Create Fact as shown below.
b For detailed examples of how to identify and create facts, see The
Building Blocks of Business Data: Facts chapter in the Project
Design Guide.
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Defining attribute relationships and creating hierarchies
To define attribute relationships and create hierarchies
1 In MicroStrategy Architect, click the Hierarchy View tab, as shown in the
image below. The attributes you created are displayed; each attribute is a
yellow block shape.
2 In the Architect toolbar, from the Home tab, in the Hierarchy area, select
System Hierarchy View from the drop-down list. You can now begin
creating relationships between attributes.
To define attribute relationships
Creating attribute relationships is an essential step in defining the data
stored in your data source. The MicroStrategy Mobile Suite uses this
information to determine how to combine and calculate data on reports,
and to provide a logical path to navigate through the data on a report.
3 To create attribute relationships, on the Design tab, in the Auto
Recognize area, click the Recognize Relationships icon, as shown
below.
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The System Hierarchy dialog box opens.
4 You can select the following options to automatically define attribute
relationships. It is recommended that you select all the available options:
•
Based on Primary Keys/Foreign Keys: Creates attribute
relationships based on the primary keys and foreign keys defined on
your tables. Each attribute that acts as a foreign key of a table is
defined as a parent attribute of each attribute that acts as a primary
key of the same table. The attribute relationship is defined as a
one-to-many relationship from the foreign key attribute (parent
attribute) to the primary key attribute (child attribute).
This option is ignored if the data source that contains the tables does
not support primary keys and foreign keys.
•
Based on lookup tables: Creates attribute relationships based on
lookup tables that do not include primary key or foreign key
information. Each attribute that defines a table as its lookup table is
defined as a child attribute of all other attributes in the same table,
that do not define the table as its lookup table. Each attribute
relationship is defined as a one-to-many relationship from the parent
attribute to the child attribute.
•
Based on sample data from the table: Creates attribute
relationships for attributes that share the same lookup table.
Architect analyzes sample data for the table. The attributes with fewer
distinct values are defined as parents of the attributes with more distinct
values, using a one-to-many relationship from the parent attribute to the
child attribute. For example, a lookup table includes four rows of data,
which include data related to year and quarter. Each row includes the
same year (for example, 2009), but the quarter changes for each row (Q1,
Q2, Q3, Q4). In this case, the Year attribute is created as a parent of the
Quarter attribute.
5 Once you have selected the appropriate options, click OK to allow
Architect to automatically define attribute relationships. The System
Hierarchy dialog box closes.
6 After all attribute relationships are determined by the rules that you
selected, Architect performs a final analysis on the attribute relationships
that are to be created. Any attribute relationships that are found to be
redundant are not created. This ensures that attribute relationships are
created that properly reflect the design of the data in your data source.
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To modify attribute relationships
7 To modify the type of relationship used to relate two attributes,
right-click the relationship line between the two attributes and select one
of the following types of relationships:
•
One-to-many: Each element in the parent attribute corresponds to
one or more elements in the child attribute, and each child attribute
corresponds to one and only one element in the parent attribute. This
is the most common type of attribute relationship. A Year attribute
has a one-to-many relationship to a Quarter attribute. One year has
many quarters, but a specific quarter can be in one year only. This
assumes that quarters are defined with an accompanying year such as
Q4 2008, Q1 2009, and so on.
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One-to-one: Each element in the parent attribute corresponds to one
and only one element in the child attribute, and each child attribute
corresponds to one and only one element in the parent attribute. A
common example of a one-to-one relationship is citizen and taxpayer
ID. A citizen can have only one taxpayer ID and a taxpayer ID can be
assigned to only one citizen.
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Many-to-many: Each element in the parent attribute can have
multiple children and each child element in the child attribute can
have multiple parents. In banking, customers and accounts are an
example of a many-to-many relationship. One customer may have
many accounts, and each account may be associated with many
customers, such as in the case of a joint checking account.
For examples and additional details for creating attribute relationships,
see the The Context of Your Business Data: Attributes chapter in the
Project Design Guide.
To create hierarchies
8 Group attributes together into a hierarchy by dragging a selection box
around a set of attributes.
9 Once selected, from the Home tab, in the Hierarchy area, select New
Hierarchy. The Hierarchy Name dialog box opens.
10 Type a name to identify the hierarchy. (Report designers will use this
name to know what reporting objects are in that group of objects, so make
sure the name makes sense for your users.) Click OK. The Hierarchy
Name dialog box closes.
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11 Inside each hierarchy, you can click one attribute and drag a line to
another attribute, to define that one attribute is related to the other
attribute, and that one attribute can browse to another attribute. A line
appears which reflects a browse path between those attributes. Analysts
of report data will use these browse paths to drill up or down on a report,
from a high summary level of data to a low detailed level of data, and vice
versa. For example, an analyst might want to drill from a summarized
report on annual revenue, down to detailed monthly or daily revenue
data. As another example, a Time hierarchy with defined browse and
drilling paths is shown below.
For examples and additional details for creating hierarchies, see the
Creating Hierarchies to Organize and Browse Attributes chapter in the
Project Design Guide.
To save your objects and exit MicroStrategy Architect
12 When you are finished creating attributes, facts, and hierarchies, click
Save to save all your changes.
13 From the Architect icon
Update dialog box opens.
, select Close to close Architect. The Schema
14 Make sure that the check boxes are all selected and click Update. Then
select OK. The Project Creation Assistant closes.
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To view your new project
15 In MicroStrategy Desktop, expand your project in the Folder List on the
left, then expand the Schema Objects folder, and then select the
Attributes folder as shown below. Your new attributes are displayed on
the right. Report designers can now use these objects by adding them to
reports, based on what the report is intended to display.
Next, you create another important object for report designers to use on
reports, called a metric.
Creating metrics
For a definition and examples of metrics, see About projects, attributes,
facts, metrics, and hierarchies, page 57.
To create a metric, you use the facts you created in Architect and place them
into mathematical expressions to become metrics. A fact alone simply lists
numbers, such as revenue, number of items sold, or cost. A metric
incorporates the information provided by the attributes on a report and
aggregates the fact data to provide meaningful business measurements such
KPIs.
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For example, if you place a metric that represents your revenue on a report
(the Revenue metric), along with the Year attribute and the Month attribute,
you can view your organization’s revenue data displayed for each month and
year that you store in your data source.
MicroStrategy can define any business measure, from simple SUM metrics,
to advanced statistical calculations, to data mining predictions.
 Note the following:
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MicroStrategy Architect can automatically create metrics when
facts are added to your project. For steps on how to configure
automatic creation of metrics, see To create a project to contain
your MicroStrategy reports and reporting objects, page 65. By
default, metrics are stored in the Public Objects/Metrics
folder of a MicroStrategy project.
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By default, facts are created in the Schema Objects/Facts
folder of a MicroStrategy project.
Use the steps below to create metrics, based on the facts you created above.
For additional examples of metric creation, see the Building Query Objects
and Queries, for Designers chapter in the MicroStrategy Basic Reporting
Guide. To create more complex metrics, for example a metric that aggregates
data based on a specific attribute in the report, see the Advanced Metrics
chapter in the MicroStrategy Advanced Reporting Guide.
To create and add a metric to your project
1 In MicroStrategy Desktop log in to the project source you created. For
steps to log in to the project source, see To configure the MicroStrategy
Mobile Suite, page 21.
2 In the Folder List on the left, expand the MicroStrategy project you
created, expand the Public Objects folder, and click the Metrics folder.
The contents of the Metrics folder are displayed on the right.
3 In the right pane, right-click, point to New, and select Metric. The New
Metric dialog box opens.
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4 Click OK. The Metric Editor opens, as shown in the image below.
5 In the Object Browser on the left, select a fact that you want to be part of
the metric’s calculation. Drag the fact into the Definition pane at the
bottom right. A basic metric expression is automatically created, using
the fact you chose and the SUM function.
You can change the function and any other aspect of the metric’s
expression. Click f(x) above the expression to access the Functions
Library, where you can choose from over 250 functions available in
MicroStrategy. Your metric expression can be as simple or as complex as
you choose to make it, depending on your business users’ requirements
for data calculation.
By default, metrics are calculated at the level of the attributes on the
report. For example, a report contains a Revenue metric and the attribute
Year. The metric is automatically calculated to display revenue for each
year in your data source. When the same Revenue metric is placed on a
report containing the Customer attribute, the revenue is calculated for
each customer.
Additional settings that govern how metrics are calculated are covered in
detail with examples in the Advanced Metrics chapter in the Advanced
Reporting Guide.
6 To save the metric, click Save and Close. The Save As dialog box opens.
Type a name for the metric and click Save. The Metric Editor closes. The
metric is now saved in the Metrics folder, and is available for use by other
MicroStrategy Mobile Suite users.
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Repeat the steps above to create any additional metrics that you want in your
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DESIGNING REPORTS
Introduction
Reports display your business data, and are the focus and goal of business
intelligence. You perform data analysis on reports to gather business insight.
The results displayed in any MicroStrategy report are often a starting point
for further investigation.
Use the steps in this chapter to create a standard MicroStrategy report, then
display the report results in an interactive, graphical widget on an iPhone,
iPad, or Android device.
Creating a report
You create reports by placing MicroStrategy objects on the report. These
objects include such things as attributes, metrics, filters, prompts, custom
groups, and consolidations. The attributes and metrics that you have created
thus far are sufficient to begin creating reports.
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Attributes provide descriptive information about your business.
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Product Category, Subcategory, Item, and so on. Attributes provide
context for the calculated data displayed on the report. By default,
attributes are stored in the Schema Objects/Attributes folder of a
MicroStrategy project.
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Metrics are the business calculations that you want to analyze. Examples
of metrics include Revenue, Profit, Cost, Percentage of Sales, Number of
Items Sold, and so on. Metrics are commonly stored in the
Public Objects/Metrics folder of a MicroStrategy project.
For detailed information and examples about other MicroStrategy reporting
objects, see the MicroStrategy Basic Reporting Guide.
The steps below show you how to build a simple grid report, which is a
prerequisite to building streamlined and highly interactive Mobile reports,
dashboards, and applications.
Prerequisite
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MicroStrategy Web must be configured. For steps to configure
MicroStrategy Web, see Configuring MicroStrategy Web, page 31.
To create a report
1 Open MicroStrategy Web. To do this, from the Start menu, point to
Programs, then MicroStrategy, then Web, then Web.
2 Log in to the project source that you created in Chapter 2, Creating a
MicroStrategy Project with Your Data.
your MicroStrategy login and password. If you did not create
 Use
one, use the default MicroStrategy administrator account, by
typing Administrator as the User Name. The default account
does not use a password, so leave the Password field blank.
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3 Click the Create Report icon to access the Create Report page.
4 Click Blank Report and ensure the View report in Design Mode option,
at the top, is selected. The Report Design Mode page is displayed as
shown in the image below.
The Report Editor has several main areas:
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Displayed at the left, and accessible from the bottom left:
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objects on the report. Display this pane using the tabs at the
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All Objects: On the left, All Objects is where you navigate to and
select objects to use on the report. Display this pane using the tabs
at the bottom left.
Notes: On the left, the Notes pane enables collaboration between
users who review the data on this report. Display this pane using
the tabs at the bottom left.
Related Reports: On the left, the Related Reports pane displays
reports that are available in the same folder location as this report.
Display this pane using the tabs at the bottom left.
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Report Filter and View Filter: On the right side, above the report
template, you can use these panes to define filtering conditions that
restrict or refine the data displayed on the report.
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Page By: On the right side, above the report template, use this pane
to place subsets of your report results to be displayed as separate
pages of the executed report.
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Template: The large grid on the right is the report’s template. The
template area displays the layout of the report, and is where you place
objects from the Report Objects and All Objects panes.
For more information on these concepts, including filters, page-by, and
templates, see the Basic Reporting Guide.
5 Start by defining the report content and layout in the report’s Template
pane. To add an attribute or metric to the report’s template, select All
Objects at the bottom left and navigate to each of the objects to include
on the report. Right-click an object, and select Add to Grid.
practice is to place attributes on the rows and metrics
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the columns.
If you plan to use this report on an iPhone or Android later, make sure
that you place objects on the report according to the following
requirements:
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To create a report that can be used as an Interactive Grid widget:
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attribute will be displayed in the first column of the widget.
Place at least one metric on the grid’s columns. The metric values
will be displayed in additional columns in the widget.
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To create a report that can be used as a Time Series widget:
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Place at least one attribute on the report’s rows. The attribute
provides the values along the horizontal axis of the widget and
should be time-based. The last (right-most) attribute on the rows
determines the granularity, or level, at which users can view data
in the widget. For example, if the granularity is set to the Day level,
users can view data in the widget for each individual day.
Place at least one metric on the report’s columns. The values of
this metric are graphed in the widget.
To view data for multiple series, place at least one attribute on the
report’s columns. The elements of this attribute are each graphed
on the widget’s axis.
6 To save your report, click Save As. Type a name for the report and click
OK.
default, the folder where the report is saved is the My Reports
 Byfolder,
where objects are only visible to you. You can save the
report in the Shared Reports folder so it is visible to all users.
7 You can click Run Report to see the display of your new report.
For detailed tips on design techniques specific for reports and dashboards
that will be used on Mobile devices, see:
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Defining a report for display on a mobile device, page 93.
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Designing Reports and Documents for iOS- and Android-based devices
chapter in the MicroStrategy Mobile Design and Administration Guide.
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Designing Reports and Documents for a BlackBerry chapter on the
MicroStrategy Mobile Design and Administration Guide.
Creating a graph
Use graphs to communicate business information efficiently and effectively.
Graphs help users to gain quick insights into their business data and help
identify trends, patterns, and spot outliers. MicroStrategy gives users a quick
way to create and format a broad range of graphs and charts. Almost any
report can be turned into a graph.
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While performing the steps below, if you encounter a scenario with your data
or environment that requires some special handling, see the Graphing
chapter in the MicroStrategy Advanced Reporting Guide.
To create a graph
1 In MicroStrategy Web, click a report to run it.
Viewing a report in graph view
2 From the Home toolbar, click on the Graph button to change the view
mode.
3 Click the Graph menu to display the Graph toolbar options. Select the
graph style that best fits your data.
For your first few graphs, use one of the following graph styles, as these fit
most sets of data. These styles require at least one attribute and one
metric on your report:
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Area
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Bar
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Line
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Pie
For a table showing the exact requirements that a report must meet to be
displayed successfully in a given graph style, see the Graphing chapter in
the Advanced Reporting Guide.
4 Click OK. The Graph Type dialog box closes and the report is displayed as
a graph.
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Adding additional attributes or metrics to the graph
5 To display the graph drop zones, from the Tools menu, click Graph
Zones. In this view, you can make changes to the graph and see the
immediate effect of those changes.
6 From the Tools menu, click Report Objects to see the attributes and
metrics available for this report.
7 To add an attribute or a metric to the graph, browse to the attribute or
metric in the Report Objects or All Objects panes, then click and drag
the attribute or metric into the appropriate drop zone. It is shown
immediately on the graph.
 Metrics are all displayed on the same axis.
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Customizing the appearance of the graph
8 To customize the appearance of your graph, right-click anywhere in the
graph and select Format. The Format Graph dialog box opens.
9 On the left, expand the aspect of the graph report that you want to
change, and change the settings. For example:
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To display a title on the graph, Click Format, select Titles from the
first drop-down list, and then select Title from the second drop-down
list. Select the Show check box, and type the text to display as the
graph's title.
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To format the background of the graph, select Format from the first
drop-down list, and then select Background from the second
drop-down list. Specify the line color for the border and the overall
background color, effect, and transparency of the background.
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To change the font of the axis labels, select Axes from the first
drop-down list, and then select All Axes from the second drop-down
list. Specify the font name, font size, font color, font style, and text
effects.
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10 To apply your changes to the graph, click Apply, then click OK.
11 When you are ready to save your graph, from the toolbar, click Save.
This single report definition is used to display both the grid view of the data
and the graph view of the data. You can switch between the grid view and the
graph view by running the report and selecting Grid or Graph from the
toolbar menu.
Defining a report for display on a mobile device
Using MicroStrategy Web, you can define a MicroStrategy report to display
as a widget, and then display the widget on a mobile device. This lets you
display the report data in an interactive format on a mobile device.
A widget is a rich, graphical display of the report results, allowing users to
visualize data in different ways than traditional reports do. Widgets are
sophisticated visualization techniques that can combine with rich
interactivity to enable users to understand their data more effectively.
You can define a report to display as a widget when the report is executed on
a mobile device that has the MicroStrategy Mobile client application. A
report can be displayed on a mobile device as one of the following types of
widgets:
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Interactive Grid widget: Displays data in a compact tabular layout.
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Time Series widget: Displays data in a line graph over a specific period of
time.
The steps that follow show you how to define a report as both of these types
of widgets.
Another type of widget that you can display on a mobile device is a Map
widget. Map widgets allow users to search and view information based on
locations on a map. For details on the Map widget, see the Designing
Reports and Documents for iOS - and Android-based Devices chapter in the
MicroStrategy Mobile Design and Administration Guide.
For details on exploring data using the widgets, see Visualizing data in an
out-of-the-box widget, page 127.
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Prerequisites
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MicroStrategy Web is configured. For details on how to set up
MicroStrategy Web, see Configuring the Mobile client, page 40.
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The Custom Visualization Editor is enabled. Enable this editor using the
following steps:
a From the Start menu, point to Programs, then MicroStrategy, then
Web, then select Web. Log into the MicroStrategy project in Web
using the following default login credentials:
Login: Administrator
Password: (leave this field blank)
b Click the Preferences link in the toolbar. Then, on the left under
Preferences Level, select Project Defaults.
c
On the left under Preferences, select General. On the right, scroll to
the bottom of the page and select the Enable Custom Visualizations
Editor check box.
d Click Apply. The Custom Visualizations Editor is now available for
report and dashboard designers to work with widgets.
For details on enabling, disabling, and using all the options in the Custom
Visualization Editor, see the MicroStrategy Web Help.
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Displaying a report as an Interactive Grid widget on a mobile
device
The Interactive Grid widget allows you to display data in a compact tabular
layout on an iPhone that has MicroStrategy Mobile installed. Attributes and
metric values are displayed in columns in the widget’s grid, as shown below.
If a column contains more than one metric, users can toggle the metric that is
displayed in the column to customize their display.
You can either display an existing report as an Interactive Grid widget on a
mobile device, or you can add an Interactive Grid widget to a dashboard that
can then be displayed on a mobile device. The widget is displayed when the
report or dashboard is viewed on a mobile device using the MicroStrategy
Mobile client application.
Prerequisites
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This procedure assumes that you have already created a grid or graph
report with the following required objects on it. (For steps to build a
sample grid report, see Creating a report, page 85.)
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Place at least one attribute on the grid’s rows. The elements of this
attribute are displayed in the first column of the widget.
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Place at least one metric on the grid’s columns. The metric values are
displayed in additional columns in the widget.
To define a report as an Interactive Grid widget
1 From the Start menu, point to Programs, then MicroStrategy, then
Web, and then select Web.
2 Log into the MicroStrategy project using your MicroStrategy login and
password.
3 Browse the folders to locate the report that you created above.
Shared Reports folder (available from the top toolbar)
 The
displays all reports that are saved in the Reports folder in
MicroStrategy Desktop.
4 Click the name of the report to run it.
5 From the Tools menu, select Custom Visualizations. The Custom
Visualizations Editor opens. (If the editor is not available, see
Prerequisites, page 94 for steps to enable it.)
6 From the iPhone drop-down list, select Interactive Grid.
7 Click the Visualization Properties icon
next to the iPhone
drop-down list. The Interactive Grid Properties dialog box opens.
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If you see an error message about merged rows, from the Tools menu
select Report Options, and then clear the Merge Rows check box.
8 To apply banding to the widget (which shades every other row of the
report data, making it easier to read), select the Banding check box.
9 By default, the width of the columns in the widget is automatically
determined. This is set using the Automatic column sizing check box.
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If you want to manually specify the width of each column, clear the
Automatic column sizing check box. Then, in the Width (%) fields,
specify the width of each column as a percentage. The widths for all
columns must add up to 100.
For details on all the options in the Interactive Grid Properties dialog box,
click ? to open the Help.
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10 You can specify whether or not the name of a column is displayed in the
widget as a column heading. Do one of the following:
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To display the column heading, select the Toggle check box.
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To hide the column heading, clear the Toggle check box.
11 You can add, rearrange, or delete columns in the widget:
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To rearrange report objects within the columns, click a report object
and drag it to a new location.
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To add a new column to the grid, click Add Column. The new column
is added.
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To delete a column, click X at the far right of the column.
first two columns in the grid report are added to the widget by
 The
default and cannot be deleted.
12 Click OK to return to the Custom Visualizations Editor.
13 Click OK to save your changes and close the Custom Visualizations
Editor.
14 Save your report.
To display and analyze the reports on the iPhone, see Analyzing reports and
dashboards from an iPhone, page 116.
Displaying a report as a Time Series widget on a mobile device
The Time Series widget in MicroStrategy Mobile allows you to display data
over a specific period of time. This widget is displayed as a line graph on the
MicroStrategy Mobile client application on a mobile device. You can display
this widget on an iOS device or an Android device; the steps below use the
iPhone as an example.
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You can configure the widget to display multiple data series on the same
graph. For example, the values of the Deficit Rate of Change metric for the
US and world over a six-month period are displayed in the image below:
You can configure the Time Series widget to provide data across multiple
time intervals. For example, in the image above, data is displayed for a
six-month time period. The widget can also display data for one day, one
week, one month, one quarter, one year, or several years. You can add time
intervals to a widget by configuring the widget’s properties.
You can create a widget for display on a mobile device in two ways, by either
defining a report to display as a widget, or by adding a widget to a dashboard
and displaying the dashboard on the mobile device.
The following steps show you how to use MicroStrategy Web to set up a
report so that it displays as a Time Series widget when the report is run on an
iPhone.
Prerequisites
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This procedure assumes that you have already created a grid or graph
report with the following requirements. (For steps to build a sample grid
report, see Creating a report, page 85.)
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Place at least one attribute on the report’s rows. The first (left-most)
attribute provides the values along the horizontal axis of the widget
and should be time-based. The last (right-most) attribute on the rows
determines the granularity, or level, at which users can view data in
the widget. For example, if the granularity is set to the Day level, users
can view data in the widget for each individual day.
Place at least one metric on the report’s columns. The values of this
metric are graphed in the widget.
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To view data for multiple series, place at least one attribute on the
report’s columns. The elements of this attribute are each graphed on
the widget’s axis.
To set up a report to display as a Time Series widget
1 From the Start menu, point to Programs, then MicroStrategy, then
Web, and then select Web.
2 Log into the MicroStrategy project that contains the report that you
created above. Log in using your MicroStrategy login and password.
3 Browse through the folders to locate your report.
Shared Reports folder (available from the top toolbar)
 The
displays all reports that are saved in the Reports folder in
MicroStrategy Desktop.
4 Click the name of the report to run it.
5 From the Tools menu, select Custom Visualizations. The Custom
Visualizations Editor opens. (If Custom Visualizations is not available,
see Prerequisites, page 94 for steps to enable it.)
6 From the iPhone drop-down list, select Time Series.
7 Click the Visualization Properties icon
next to the iPhone
drop-down list. The Time Series Properties dialog box opens.
•
If you see an error message about merged rows, from the Tools menu,
select Report Options, and then clear the Merge Rows check box.
To add a time interval selector to the widget
Interval selectors let users select the time period for which they want to
view data in the widget, allowing them to examine the data at different
levels of detail. You can add, move, or delete interval selectors in a Time
Series widget.
8 Click Add Interval. Type a name for the selector in the Name field.
9 Granularity is determined automatically based on the last (right-most)
attribute on the report’s rows, as described above.
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10 From the Interval Unit drop-down list, select the unit in which to specify
the length of the time interval. In the image above, a six-month interval is
defined, so Month is selected as the interval unit.
11 In the Interval Size field, type the number of units to include in the
interval. For example, if the interval unit is defined as Month, you can
type 6 to specify a six-month time interval, as shown in the image above.
A summary of the interval selector’s properties is displayed in the bottom
pane.
12 You can repeat these interval selector steps to define additional interval
selectors for users to choose from. If you create additional interval
selectors, you can rearrange the order in which the interval selectors are
displayed to users, by clicking Move up and Move down to change the
position of a selector. To delete an interval selector, select its name in the
pane on the left and click Remove.
13 Click OK to save your interval selector. The Time Series Properties dialog
box closes.
14 Click OK to save your changes and close the Custom Visualizations
Editor.
15 Save the report.
To display and analyze the reports on the iPhone, see Analyzing reports and
dashboards from an iPhone, page 116.
Creating a micro application for a mobile device
MicroStrategy Mobile allows designers to create micro applications, or apps,
that can be used on an iPhone, iPad, or Android device. An app designed in
MicroStrategy consists of an organized set of reports and dashboards
combined to provide a guided workflow for the end user. (A dashboard is a
type of document in MicroStrategy.)
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A micro application can be created using a dashboard as the home page, with
navigation and workflows based on buttons and links added to the home
page. The example below shows a sample app created in MicroStrategy:
Apps can be quickly designed, without using code, and you can customize the
look, feel, and behavior of each app using mobile device-optimized displays
and controls. Users of these apps can explore information by tapping,
swiping, rotating, and shaking, as well as connecting to the camera, voice
GPS, email, and other features on an iPhone, iPad, or Android device.
The steps below explain how to create a simple iPhone or iPad app consisting
of a Welcome screen and links to a grid report and a graph report. These grid
and graph reports are displayed as widgets, which are designed specifically
for iPhone or iPad display.
Prerequisites
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MicroStrategy Web is configured. For details on how to set up
MicroStrategy Web, see Configuring the Mobile client, page 40.
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Reports are created that will be used as parts of the app workflow. For
details on creating reports, and steps to define a report to be displayed as
a widget, see Creating a report, page 85 and Defining a report for
display on a mobile device, page 93.
To create a Welcome screen for an iPhone or iPad app
1 From the Start menu, point to Programs, then MicroStrategy, then
Web, and then select Web.
2 Log into the MicroStrategy project using the default administrator
account, by typing Administrator as the User Name and leaving the
Password field blank.
3 Click Create Document at the top of the page.
4 From the list of templates, select one of the following, depending on
whether you want to create an app for display on an iPhone or an iPad:
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iPhone Portrait Micro Application
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iPad Landscape
templates are optimized for the smaller format of iPhone
 These
and iPad apps. The templates allows you to better control the
user’s experience and interaction with the app. For complete
details on all the templates available for the iPhone and iPad, see
the MicroStrategy Web Help.
To insert a text field to be used as a link to a report
A link is a connection in an app to another app, dashboard, or report. A
link lets a user execute another app, dashboard, or report (the target)
from an app or dashboard (the source), and to pass parameters to answer
any prompts that are in the target. You can link from a text field or an
image. These steps create a text field.
5 From the Insert menu, select Text. When you move the cursor to the
layout area, the pointer changes to crosshairs.
6 Click in the layout area where you want to place the text field. If you click
and drag in the section, you can resize the text field.
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7 Type the text to be displayed to users.
text field is automatically formatted in a default style, but you
 The
can change the formatting. For details about formatting text fields,
click Help or see the MicroStrategy Report Services Document
Creation Guide.
To retrieve link information for the target report or dashboard
To convert the text field into a link, you must locate and provide the
object ID of the target report or dashboard as well as the rest of the
correct link syntax (the link’s URL).
8 In MicroStrategy Web, navigate to the target report or dashboard,
right-click the name, and select Properties. The Properties dialog box
opens.
9 Right-click the URL next to Link, and select Copy Shortcut. This URL is
the information that will enable a link to trigger the execution of this
report or dashboard.
10 Click Cancel.
To create a link in an iPhone or iPad app
11 In the app template that you were working in above, right-click the text
field that you added and select Properties and Formatting. The
Properties and Formatting dialog box opens.
12 Select General on the left, then select the Is hyperlink check box.
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13 In the Hyperlink field, delete the “http://” text that is displayed by
default, and paste the URL to be triggered when the user clicks the text
field/link. Press Ctrl+V to paste the copied URL.
14 Click OK. The text field is now underlined, indicating that it is a link.
15 Save your dashboard.
Links can also trigger applications that are stored on your mobile device,
such as email, phone, text messages (SMS), maps, and YouTube videos. For
more information on linking to reports, documents, and apps, see the
Designing Reports and Documents for iOS- and Android-based Devices
chapter in the MicroStrategy Mobile Design and Administration Guide.
For complete details on creating dashboards as apps, adding prompt
parameters to links, and configuring how an app interacts with other apps
installed on a mobile device, see the Designing Reports and Documents for
iOS- and Android-based Devices chapter in the MicroStrategy Mobile
Design and Administration Guide.
Formatting a dashboard for display on a mobile
device
It is important to design reports and dashboards effectively to ensure that
they can be easily viewed and the data analyzed on a mobile device.
Dashboards can be formatted to display on iOS and Android devices; this
procedure uses the iPad as an example.
When you design reports and dashboards to analyze on a mobile device,
design them so that users can view all the data in a single screen without
scrolling or swiping back and forth. If more data must be displayed than will
fit on one screen, consider using panel stacks to combine the data in a way
that lets the user navigate the data by swiping or tapping selectors. (A set of
data is displayed on a panel; you can make a lot of data available by stacking
several panels of data.)
There are two important features you can use on a dashboard, which enable
easy data navigation and reader understanding. These are described below.
Steps follow to enable these features in a dashboard.
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A docked panel selector lets you display widgets grouped on panel stacks
on a mobile device; it appears to the user as a row of circles at the bottom
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of a screen which the user can tap to see the next group of data. For steps
to create a docked panel selector, see Creating a docked panel selector
for an iPad dashboard, page 105.
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An Information Window shows users additional details about an
attribute element that they select; it appears to the user as a pop-up
window. For steps to create an Information Window, see Defining an
Information Window for an iPad dashboard, page 107.
For complete details about designing Report Services documents and
dashboards, see the Report Services Document Creation Guide.
Creating a docked panel selector for an iPad dashboard
A docked panel selector allows users to switch between panels (or groups) of
data by tapping a selector bar that appears at the bottom of the panel stack.
An example of a panel stack with a docked selector beneath it is shown
below.
A row of circles is displayed at the bottom of the panel stack. Each circle
represents a panel, with each panel containing a subset of data. The currently
displayed panel is marked with a dark circle.
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To create a docked panel selector
1 From the Start menu, point to Programs, then MicroStrategy, then
Web, and then select Web.
2 Log into the MicroStrategy project using the default administrator
account, by typing Administrator as the User Name and leaving the
Password field blank.
3 You can either create a new dashboard or open an existing dashboard.
4 In Design mode, from the Insert menu, choose Panel Stack. When you
move the cursor over the layout area, the pointer changes to crosshairs.
5 Click and drag in the layout area to create and size the panel stack.
To create and configure a selector for the panel stack
6 Right-click the panel stack and choose Create Panel Selector. A
drop-down selector appears above the panel stack.
7 Right-click the panel selector and choose Properties and Formatting.
The Properties and Formatting dialog box opens.
8 On the left, choose Selector. In the Mobile - iPad area, select the Display
selector docked to its panel stack check box.
9 Click OK to save your changes.
To add panels and content to the panel stack
10 Hover the cursor over the panel stack. A toolbar appears.
11 Click Add Panel to add a panel to the stack.
12 For each panel, click Add Content and add data in the form of grid
reports or graph reports to the panel.
13 Click Add Panel to add each additional panel to the panel stack, then
click Add Content to add data to each panel.
14 Save the dashboard.
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Defining an Information Window for an iPad dashboard
Information Windows let users view additional information about an
attribute element by tapping the element in a grid report or graph report.
The Information Window pops up over the element, displaying more
detailed data about the element. An example of an Information Window in
an iPad is shown displayed on top of the report below.
In the example above, the Subcategory column in the grid report is used as a
selector. When a user taps the Audio Equipment element in the column, the
Information Window opens.
To use an Information Window in a dashboard that is designed to be used on
an iPad, you must define a panel stack to be used as the Information
Window, and a Grid/Graph selector that targets the panel stack. Steps to do
this are below.
Prerequisite
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The dashboard must contain at least one Grid/Graph containing a
dataset.
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To create an Information Window in an iPad dashboard
1 From the Start menu, point to Programs (or All Programs), then
MicroStrategy, then Web, and then select Web.
2 Log into the MicroStrategy project using the default administrator
account, by typing Administrator as the User Name and leaving the
Password field blank.
3 Navigate to the dashboard you want to add an Information Window to.
The dashboard must contain at least one Grid/Graph containing a
dataset.
For example, the dashboard shown below contains a data from a basic
grid report in the Grid/Graph:
4 Open the dashboard in Design mode.
To define the panel stack for the Information Window
5 From the Insert menu, choose Panel Stack. When you move the cursor
into the layout area on the right, the pointer becomes crosshairs.
6 Click and drag anywhere in the Layout area to create and size the panel
stack. The panel stack is added to the dashboard.
7 Right-click the panel stack and select Properties and Formatting.
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8 From the left, click General, then type a name for the panel stack in the
Name field. This name appears as the title of the Information Window
when it is displayed on the iPad.
9 Select the Use as Information Window check box.
10 Click OK to save your changes.
11 Add a Grid/Graph to the panel stack.
For example, in the dashboard above, a pie chart showing revenue for
each year is added to the panel stack, shown below:
12 In the stand-alone Grid/Graph, right-click the attribute to use as the
selector, and choose Use as Selector. MicroStrategy Web automatically
attempts to find targets for the selector.
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13 To verify that the selector targets the Information Window, right-click the
attribute again and choose Edit Selector. The Configure Selector dialog
box opens, as shown below.
14 Ensure that the Information Window panel appears in the Selected
Targets list.
15 Click OK.
16 Save the dashboard.
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For the example above, when the document is executed on an iPad, the
Information Window appears when the user selects an element in the Region
column, as shown below.
Designing reports for viewing on a BlackBerry
Reports and documents displayed on a BlackBerry can be created in either
MicroStrategy Desktop or MicroStrategy Web by a report or document
designer. Complete details to design a report are available in the Basic
Reporting Guide and Advanced Reporting Guide. Details to design a
document or dashboard are in the Report Services Document Creation
Guide.
This section covers design information that is specific for reports and
documents that are intended to be used on a BlackBerry.
It is important to design reports and documents effectively to ensure that the
data in them can be analyzed easily and efficiently on a mobile device.
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Best practices for designing mobile-friendly reports
When designing a report for use on a BlackBerry, consider the following best
practices for report and document display on a mobile device:
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Limit the total number of attributes and metrics displayed on the report’s
rows and columns to six. This allows BlackBerry users to view as much
data as possible at one time.
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Keep the report as focused as possible by providing only the report
objects essential for effective report analysis.
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Any report designed with objects in its page-by field will display the
currently selected page-by data in the BlackBerry, by default. The page-by
field can be changed by the end user on the BlackBerry.
the report is designed in original layout data view, changing
 Ifobjects
in the page-by field is disabled. For details on the different
data views, see the Designing Reports and Documents for a
BlackBerry chapter in the MicroStrategy Mobile Design and
Administration Guide.
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A report’s font colors and styles (bold, italic, underline) are displayed on
the BlackBerry. However, font types and sizes, and the alignment of text,
are not applied to the report. Consider this when formatting the text on
your report. Users can adjust the font size on the BlackBerry.
•
Thresholds involving the size and alignment of text are not supported.
Additionally, custom image-based thresholds are not displayed on the
BlackBerry.
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Report size guidelines:
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
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If a report or document is 125 KB or larger, it will not be downloaded
to a mobile device. If this issue occurs, redesign the report or
document in MicroStrategy Desktop or Web to use it in MicroStrategy
Mobile.
A report or document in MicroStrategy Mobile is typically about 1/5 to
1/2 the size of the same report or document in MicroStrategy Desktop
or Web, depending on the size and complexity of the report or
document.
Some smaller reports and documents can be compressed to about 1/
10 of the size of the same report or document in Desktop or Web.
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Designing graph reports:
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When designing a graph report in MicroStrategy Desktop, enable
Automatic graph layout. This ensures that the objects on the graph are
not repositioned on the BlackBerry. For steps, see the Graphing
chapter of the Advanced Reporting Guide.
Consider using graphs with only enough series to best fit on the screen
at one time.
For details to design a report in MicroStrategy Desktop or Web, see the Basic
Reporting Guide.
For more information on how to design reports and dashboards optimized
for BlackBerry clients, see the Designing Reports and Documents for the
BlackBerry chapter in the Mobile Design and Administration Guide.
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Introduction
With MicroStrategy Mobile Suite, you and other business users receive the
same reports and dashboards on your iPhones, iPads, Android devices, and
BlackBerry smartphones as you do in MicroStrategy Web, MicroStrategy
Office, or MicroStrategy Desktop. You can analyze and interact with your
data by sorting data, repositioning objects, grouping data by page, and more.
For full details, images, and examples on any of the features described below,
see the MicroStrategy Mobile Analysis Guide.
Prerequisites
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You must have the MicroStrategy Mobile Server installed and configured,
and have the MicroStrategy Mobile client installed on your mobile device.
For steps, see Chapter 1, Getting Started with MicroStrategy Mobile
Suite.
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You must have the Use MicroStrategy Mobile privilege in MicroStrategy
for at least one MicroStrategy project. This privilege allows you to access
MicroStrategy projects from your mobile device. For information on
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assigning privileges, see Chapter 5, Additional Security Configurations
or contact your administrator.
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You must have the Mobile View Document privilege in MicroStrategy.
This privilege allows you to view dashboards (a type of Report Services
document). For information on assigning privileges, see Chapter 5,
Additional Security Configurations or contact your administrator.
Steps are below for viewing reports and dashboards on the following mobile
devices:
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Analyzing reports and dashboards from an iPhone, page 116
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Analyzing reports and dashboards from an iPad, page 129
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Analyzing reports and dashboards from a BlackBerry, page 136
Analyzing reports and dashboards from an
iPhone
The steps below walk you through some of the common tasks that an analyst
can perform on an iPhone using MicroStrategy Mobile. It is intended for
analysts who run and analyze MicroStrategy reports and dashboards using
the MicroStrategy Mobile client application on an iPhone.
Starting MicroStrategy Mobile for iPhone
To run the MicroStrategy Mobile application
1 Tap the MicroStrategy Mobile icon.
2 Type your MicroStrategy User Name and Password, if required.
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When the iPhone client application opens, the default Home screen is
displayed, shown below:
By default, the Home screen displays buttons that serve as links to:
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Reports: Tap this to display all reports and documents that you have
mobile subscriptions to. Shaking the device updates the list. Tap a
report or document to run it.
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Shared Library: Tap this to display the MicroStrategy projects that
your iPhone connects to. Tapping a project displays the folders within
it. Tapping a report or document runs it.
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Settings: Tap this to change login information, server information,
and general administrative and display options for the application.
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Help: Tap this to open Help topics that explain various features.
The buttons available on your Home screen can vary if an administrator
configures the screen to display other options. For example, buttons can
open a report, launch a micro application, open a specific folder for
browsing, and so on. The Home screen can also be configured to run a single
report or document instead of displaying buttons. For details about
customizing the Home screen, see the Administering MicroStrategy Mobile
chapter of the MicroStrategy Mobile Design and Administration Guide.
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You can return to the Home screen at any time by tapping the Home icon, as
shown below. This icon is displayed at the top of your iPhone screen when
you are browsing top-level folders in a project.
Running reports and exploring data
With MicroStrategy Mobile, you can run, view, and navigate through reports
and dashboards on your device.
Running reports and dashboards
Grid reports are the most commonly used type of reports. A grid report
organizes business data into rows and columns. The images below show
different grid reports displayed on an iPhone:
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Graph reports display data visually in a style such as a bar, line, or pie graph.
The images below show some examples of graph reports displayed on an
iPhone:
Dashboards are used to display data from multiple reports in a
presentation-quality format. Dashboards can contain a variety of graphics
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and text, depending on their design. Some typical dashboards are shown
below:
You can run a report or a dashboard by either navigating to it through the
folders in a project, or you can run one from a subscription list using the
Reports button on the default Home screen. Both sets of steps are below.
The Reports button displays a list of the reports and dashboards to which you
have a Mobile subscription. In addition, MicroStrategy Mobile comes with
several mobile reports by default in the Shared Library. MicroStrategy
Mobile runs mobile reports and dashboards on a defined schedule and
delivers them to your mobile device. For details to create a subscription, see
the MicroStrategy Web Help.
To run subscribed-to reports and dashboards
1 From the default Home screen, tap Reports. A list of subscribed-to
reports and dashboards is displayed.
2 Tap a report or dashboard on the list to run it. The report or dashboard
data is displayed.
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To run reports and dashboards from a folder within a project
1 From the default Home screen, tap Shared Library. From the list of
projects that is displayed, select the project that contains the report or
dashboard that you want to run.
•
If your device is configured to connect to only one project, the Shared
Library button displays a list of the folders contained within the
project.
2 Browse to the folder that contains the report or dashboard to run.
3 Tap the report or dashboard to run it. The report or dashboard data is
displayed.
Answering prompts
Some reports and dashboards request your input to define what data is
displayed. A report or dashboard requests this information by displaying one
or more questions, called prompts.
Prompts allow the user to display only the data that meets specific
requirements. For example, a user may be interested in a report’s data for
only the year 2010. Or he may only want to see sales numbers for his
geographical region. Prompts let a user select the specific subset of data that
he wants to see.
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The methods of answering a prompt depend on the type of prompt you are
answering. Prompts are divided into the following groups, based on what is
required to answer them:
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Prompts that require you to define a date and/or time, using a calendar or
a date/time wheel, as shown below.
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Prompts that require you to type information into a text box, as shown
below.
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Prompts that require you to select a number using a slider, a stepper, or a
wheel, as shown below.
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Prompts that require you to specify your location based on information
returned by Google Maps, as shown below.
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Prompts that require you to scan (using the iPhone camera) or type a
barcode number, as shown below.
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Prompts that require you to swipe to select one or more items from a list,
as shown below.
For details on creating prompts for reports and dashboards to be displayed
on an iPhone, see the Designing Reports and Documents for iOS- and
Android-based Devices chapter in the MicroStrategy Mobile Design and
Administration Guide.
Navigating reports and dashboards
After a report has been displayed, you can perform the following actions to
analyze data on most grid reports and graph reports:
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Tap the report to toggle between full screen mode and non-full screen
mode. (The designer must enable full screen mode for the report or
dashboard.) Full screen mode displays as much data on the screen as
possible. Non-full screen mode displays a navigation bar at the top of the
report, with a back button and the name of the report.
•
Change the orientation between portrait and landscape by rotating the
device.
•
Scroll across large reports by swiping the middle of the screen
horizontally. To scroll up and down, swipe the middle of the screen
vertically.
•
On some reports, business data is grouped (in a page-by) across the top of
a report. To change the group of data that is displayed, tap the currently
displayed group of data at the top of the report, and choose another
group. You can also swipe horizontally at the edge of the screen to move
between groups of data.
•
View tooltips to explain parts of a graph, such as a single bar in a bar
graph. To do this, tap the bar and hold on the screen.
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You can perform the following actions on a dashboard:
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Change the orientation between portrait and landscape by rotating the
device.
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Zoom by pinching on the center of the screen, or double-tap the center of
the screen to switch between zoomed-in and zoomed-out views.
For more details on navigating the data in an out-of-the-box widget, see
Visualizing data in an out-of-the-box widget, page 127.
Accessing application and data links
A link is a connection between the currently displayed MicroStrategy
dashboard and another dashboard or report. When selected, a link executes a
target dashboard or report from the currently displayed (source) dashboard.
Links in MicroStrategy dashboards can be displayed to users as either images
or text. To follow a link that is displayed in a dashboard, tap the linked image
or text.
When a link executes a report or dashboard, the link can change the
following properties of the report or dashboard that it executes:
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Define the grouping of data in a target report or dashboard
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Change the layout of a target dashboard
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Determine whether a target report is displayed as a grid, a graph, or a
combination of both grid and graph
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Change the prompt answers that are used in a target report or dashboard
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In addition, a link in a dashboard can access applications that are stored on
your iPhone, such as email, phone, text messages (SMS), and maps, as shown
below:
For details to create links in dashboards, see the Designing Reports and
Documents for iOS- and Android-based Devices chapter in the
MicroStrategy Mobile Design and Administration Guide.
Analyzing data in reports and dashboards
You can interact easily with a report or dashboard on your iPhone to analyze
data and take action.
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Visualizing data in an out-of-the-box widget
Data can be displayed in an interactive, tabular layout on an iPhone using the
Interactive Grid widget, shown below:
With this widget, business attributes and metric values are displayed in the
columns and rows, and grouping appears at the top of the screen. The actions
that you can perform with an Interactive Grid widget depend on how the
widget is designed to provide interactivity. For details on defining a report to
display as an Interactive Grid widget, see Displaying a report as an
Interactive Grid widget on a mobile device, page 95.
Depending on how the widget that you are analyzing was designed, you can
perform any of the following:
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If a column contains more than one metric, tap the metric name at the
top of the report to toggle between different metrics.
•
Tap the names of groups of data (page-bys) at the top of the report to
display different groups of data.
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Tap objects in the report to drill to additional, related data. For details on
drilling, see Drilling through the data, page 128.
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Tap objects to follow links. For details on linking, see the Designing
Reports and Documents for iOS- and Android-based Devices chapter in
the MicroStrategy Mobile Design and Administration Guide.
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Tap the center of the screen once to toggle between full screen mode and
non-full screen mode.
A Time Series widget displays data over a specific period of time. Data is
displayed in a line graph. A Time Series widget can contain multiple data
series on the same graph. For example, the values for the Deficit Rate of
Change metric for the US and the world over a six-month period are
displayed in the Time Series widget below:
The actions you can perform with a Time Series widget depend on how the
widget is designed to provide various interactivity. For details on defining a
report to display as a Time Series widget, see Displaying a report as a Time
Series widget on a mobile device, page 97.
Depending on the widget that you are analyzing, you can do any of the
following:
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When the widget is viewed in landscape mode, tap the center of the
screen to toggle between full screen and non-full screen mode.
•
Tap and hold on the graph to display tooltips containing information on
the data being reviewed.
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Swipe horizontally to scroll through the time axis.
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Swipe at the edges of the screen to page through data.
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Tap the headings to toggle through different metrics.
Drilling through the data
Some MicroStrategy reports and dashboards allow you to view information
at multiple levels. For example, a report displays time at the Year level by
default, but can also display data grouped by Quarter or Month. If you can
drill to other levels of data, the values that you can drill on will be underlined.
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To change the level at which you are viewing data, tap an underlined object
on the report. The data is displayed on a different level. These levels of
drilling are defined by a report’s or dashboard’s drill map.
Viewing a subset of data
Some MicroStrategy reports and dashboards display a question, called a
prompt, that you must provide an answer for, before the report/dashboard
finishes execution. Your answer to the prompt is used to determine what
subset of data to display.
Some reports and dashboards allow you to change your prompt answer to
display different subsets of data without having to re-execute the report or
dashboard. Reports and dashboards that allow you to change your prompt
answer show a Filter button at the top of the screen when viewed in non-full
screen mode, as displayed below:
To change your prompt answers after the report has run, tap Filter. The
prompt screen is displayed, and you can change your prompt answers.
For details on answering prompts, see the Getting Started with
MicroStrategy Mobile for iPhone chapter in the MicroStrategy Mobile
Analysis Guide.
For a full list of manipulations available in the MicroStrategy Mobile iPhone
client application, see the Analyzing Reports and Documents on an iPhone
chapter in the MicroStrategy Mobile Analysis Guide.
Analyzing reports and dashboards from an iPad
This section provides an overview of some of the common tasks that an
analyst can perform on an iPad using MicroStrategy Mobile for iPad. It is
intended for analysts who run and analyze MicroStrategy reports and
dashboards using the MicroStrategy Mobile for iPad client application.
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Starting MicroStrategy Mobile for iPad
To run the MicroStrategy application on your iPad
1 On your iPad, tap the MicroStrategy Mobile icon, as shown below:
2 Enter your MicroStrategy User Name and Password, if required.
3 When the application opens, the Home screen is displayed. By default,
the Home screen lets you access the MicroStrategy projects that you are
connected to, any reports that you have subscribed to, and reports that
you recently accessed.
You can tilt your iPad to view the Home screen in landscape mode. In this
mode, you can use the left pane to navigate within your projects, and use the
right pane to view additional information about a selected object. Tap
Refresh to refresh the list of projects on the Home screen.
The icons on your Home screen may vary, depending on the configuration
set up by your administrator. For example, you may see additional shortcuts
to reports and dashboards. The Home screen can also be configured to run a
single report or dashboard instead of displaying buttons. For details on
customizing the Home screen, see the MicroStrategy Mobile Design and
Administration Guide.
From the menu, you can select from the following options:
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Home: Displays the list of projects.
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Reports: Displays the reports and dashboards that the user is subscribed
to.
You can tap the Information icon
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to display other options:
Settings: Displays version information and the status of the application.
If the Allow users to access Settings check box is selected (on the iPad
Settings tab of the Mobile Configuration page in MicroStrategy Web), the
Settings screen also displays configuration settings such as the memory
limit.
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Help: Displays the Help for the application.
Running reports and exploring data
Once you have started MicroStrategy Mobile, you can navigate through your
project and run reports and dashboards on the iPad.
Running reports and dashboards
To run reports and dashboards that you have subscribed to
1 On the iPad, from the Home screen, tap Reports. In portrait mode, the
button is located at the top of the screen. In landscape mode, it is at the
bottom left.
The list of reports and dashboards that you have subscribed to opens. For
reports and dashboards that you have run before, a thumbnail preview is
displayed. If a report/dashboard has been recently updated with new
data, it is displayed with the caption New.
2 Tap a report’s thumbnail or icon to run it.
You can also browse through folders in a project to locate reports/
dashboards to run them.
To run reports and dashboards by browsing to their location
1 On the iPad, from the Home screen, tap a project’s icon. The folders
within the project are displayed.
2 Browse to the folder that contains the report or dashboard to run.
To run a report or dashboard in portrait mode
3 To run a report or dashboard in portrait mode, tap the report’s icon to
run it. The report or dashboard is displayed.
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To run a report or dashboard in landscape mode
4 To run a report or dashboard in landscape mode, tap the report’s icon.
The description, last date accessed, and additional information about the
report or dashboard is displayed in the right pane.
5 Tap View to run the report or dashboard.
Answering prompts
When executed, some reports and dashboards request your input to define
what data is displayed. A report or dashboard requests this information by
displaying one or more questions, called prompts.
The methods of answering a prompt on the iPad are similar to the iPhone.
For details, see Answering prompts, page 121.
For more information on creating prompts for the iPad, see the
MicroStrategy Mobile Design and Administration Guide.
Navigating reports and dashboards
The following are some common methods that you can use to move around
within most grid reports and graph reports:
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You can view reports in portrait or landscape mode by rotating the iPad.
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To scroll across large reports, drag your finger on the screen horizontally.
To scroll up and down, drag your finger on the screen vertically.
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To switch between viewing the report as a grid or a graph, tap the Graph
icon at the top right of the screen.
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Business data may be grouped into pages, designed by a page-by across
the top of the report. Tap the currently displayed group of data at the top
of the report and choose another group, or switch to another group using
gestures. For details on page-bys, see the MicroStrategy Mobile Analyst
Guide.
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To view tooltips to explain parts of a graph, such as a single bar in a bar
graph, tap and hold on the screen.
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The following are some common methods that you can use to move around
in most dashboards:
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To zoom in on a dashboard, pinch the center of the screen or double-tap
the center of the screen to switch between a zoomed-in view and a
zoomed-out view.
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A dashboard may contain one or more widgets, which are a type of
interactive graph. Widgets may be placed on panels that are then stacked
on top of each other, allowing you to navigate between the panels like
pages. MicroStrategy Mobile for iPad lets you switch panels with a
horizontal swipe. You can also tap selectors, which appear on a dark gray
bar at the bottom of a panel stack, to select individual panels of data. For
details on selectors, see Creating a docked panel selector for an iPad
dashboard, page 105.
Accessing other iPad apps using links
A MicroStrategy dashboard can use links to open other iPad apps, such as
Safari, Mail, and Google Maps. For example, a dashboard may report sales
per employee. When you view the dashboard, you can tap a link to send an
email to an employee using Mail.
iOS version 3.2, tapping a link to a website or email address closes
 InMicroStrategy
Mobile and opens Safari or Mail. To return to the
dashboard, exit Safari or Mail, start MicroStrategy Mobile, tap the
Recents tab, and tap your dashboard’s icon to run it.
The dashboard designer determines how apps are accessed from the
dashboard, and what actions the apps perform. For details about designing
dashboards for an iPad, see the MicroStrategy Design and Administration
Guide.
Analyzing reports and dashboards on the iPad
You can interact easily with a report or dashboard on your iPad to analyze
data and take action.
Drilling through the data
Drilling lets you view your data at levels other than those displayed in the
report. For example, a report displays data at the year level by default. You
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can drill down to view the same data at the quarter level. Alternatively, you
can drill to another dimension, such as Geography, to view data at the city
level.
If drilling is enabled, Drill Anywhere appears when you tap and hold an
attribute heading or attribute element, as shown below:
Steps are below to drill on a grid report and on a graph report.
Drilling on a grid report
To drill on a grid report
1 On the iPad, with a grid report open, tap and hold on an attribute heading
or attribute element.
2 Tap Drill Anywhere. The drill path selector is displayed, with a list of
dimensions to which you can drill, as shown in the example below.
cancel drilling at any time, tap the Close icon in the top right
 Tocorner
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3 Scroll through the displayed dimensions until the dimension that you
want to drill to is in the center.
4 Tap the dimension’s name. The dimension is added to the drill path on
the left, and a list of attributes representing that dimension is displayed.
5 Repeat the procedure to add an attribute to the drill path. The Update
icon appears, as shown below.
To change your selections, tap the name of the first dimension that
 you
selected, shown in blue at the far left. The drill path is reset.
6 Tap Update to refresh the report with data for your chosen attribute.
Drilling on a graph report
To drill on a graph report
1 On an iPad, with a graph report open, tap and hold a data point on the
graph. A tooltip is displayed showing additional information about the
data point.
2 In the tooltip, tap the Information icon
.
3 Tap Drill Anywhere. The drill path selector is displayed, with a list of
dimensions to which you can drill.
4 Scroll through the displayed dimensions until the dimension to drill to is
in the center.
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5 Tap the dimension’s name. The dimension is added to the drill path on
the left, and a list of attributes representing that dimension is displayed.
6 Repeat the steps to add an attribute to the drill path. The Update icon
appears.
7 Tap Update to refresh the report with data for your chosen attribute.
Viewing a subset of data by changing prompt answers
MicroStrategy reports and dashboards that contain prompts use your
prompt answers to display a subset of data. Some reports and dashboards
may allow you to change your prompt answers to display different subsets of
data without having to navigate to the report and re-execute it.
Reports and dashboards that allow you to change your prompt answers
display a Filter button at the top of the screen (in non-full screen mode). To
change your prompt answers after the report is run, tap Filter. The prompt
screen is displayed, and you can change your prompt answers.
Analyzing reports and dashboards from a
BlackBerry
This section provides an overview of the main tasks that an analyst can
perform with the MicroStrategy Mobile application on a BlackBerry
smartphone. This section is intended for analysts who intend to run and
analyze the data in MicroStrategy reports and dashboards using
MicroStrategy Mobile.
Managing subscriptions for reports and dashboards
To receive reports and dashboards on a BlackBerry smartphone, the user
must be subscribed to reports or dashboards.
Each Mobile subscription is associated with a MicroStrategy schedule that
controls how often the report or dashboard on the device is delivered. Once a
report or dashboard is delivered the first time, subsequent deliveries update
the content in the report or dashboard. So the schedule that is associated
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with a subscription determines the frequency of updates to a report or
dashboard on a smartphone.
Prerequisites
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When subscribing a user to a report, be sure that the user has the
appropriate privileges to view the report or dashboard and the objects it
contains:
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To view reports on a BlackBerry using MicroStrategy Mobile, users
must have the Use MicroStrategy Mobile privilege for all projects
containing reports they want to view.
To view dashboards on a BlackBerry using MicroStrategy Mobile,
users must have the Mobile View Documents privilege for all projects
containing dashboards they want to view.
For a complete list of user privileges in MicroStrategy, see the Privileges
and Permissions chapter in the MicroStrategy Supplemental Reference
for System Administration. For details about assigning privileges, see the
Setting Up User Security chapter in the System Administration Guide.
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If you are designing a report or a dashboard to be viewed on a BlackBerry,
review the best practices for designing reports to be viewed on a
BlackBerry, in the Designing Reports and Documents for a BlackBerry
chapter in the MicroStrategy Mobile Design and Administration Guide.
Reports and dashboards designed according to these best practices load
quickly and are easy to read on BlackBerry smartphones.
Subscribing to a single report or dashboard
You can create subscriptions and manage them using the Properties dialog
box for each report or dashboard. Steps are provided below.
Prerequisites
To manage your Mobile subscriptions in MicroStrategy Desktop, you must
have the following privileges:
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Use Desktop privilege
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Use MicroStrategy Mobile privilege
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To subscribe to a dashboard, you must have the Mobile View Document
privilege
To subscribe to a single report or dashboard
1 From your computer’s Start menu, select Programs, MicroStrategy,
Desktop, and then select Desktop again. MicroStrategy Desktop opens.
2 Log in to the project that contains the report or dashboard you want to
subscribe to.
3 Locate and right-click the report/dashboard and select Schedule
Delivery To, then select Mobile. The Mobile Subscription Editor opens.
4 Type a name for the subscription in the Name field. Select the schedule
from the Schedule drop-down list.
5 Click to select recipients for the subscription.
6 From the Mobile Device Type drop-down list, select BlackBerry.
For details on all the options in the Mobile Subscription Editor, click
Help.
7 Click OK. The Mobile Subscription Editor closes.
For details to manage subscriptions using MicroStrategy Web, see the
MicroStrategy Mobile Design and Administration Guide.
For full details on schedules and subscriptions and steps to create them in
bulk, see the Automating Tasks chapter in the MicroStrategy System
Administration Guide.
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Running MicroStrategy Mobile for the BlackBerry
To run the MicroStrategy Mobile application
To start MicroStrategy Mobile for BlackBerry
1 On the main menu on your BlackBerry, select the MicroStrategy Mobile
icon, shown below:
2 Type your MicroStrategy User Name and Password, if required.
Retrieving Mobile-enabled reports and dashboards
3 When the BlackBerry client application opens, a list of reports and
dashboards is displayed. These are the reports and dashboards to which
you are subscribed. To ensure that the list is as up to date as possible,
click and select Reconcile Now.
Determining whether data is up to date
4 From the list of reports and dashboards, you can quickly determine
whether a report/dashboard has been updated with the most recent data:
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A report/dashboard that needs to be reconciled has a red X through it
and its name appears in gray.
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A report/dashboard that contains data displays its name in black.
You can specify a time window during which new and updated reports and
dashboards are sent to your BlackBerry. For details, see the Getting Started
with MicroStrategy Mobile for BlackBerry chapter in the MicroStrategy
Mobile Analysis Guide.
Running reports and exploring the data
In the list of reports and dashboards that is displayed when you open
MicroStrategy Mobile, you can determine whether a report/dashboard has
already been run using the following visual cues:
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A green check mark appears next to reports/dashboards that have
already been run.
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Reports/dashboards that have not been run are displayed as follows:
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A grid or graph icon (with no green check mark) appears if the report/
dashboard has been refreshed but has not been run.
A red X appears if the report/dashboard needs to be refreshed.
Running a report or dashboard
To run a report or dashboard
1 Select the MicroStrategy Mobile application to open MicroStrategy
Mobile.
2 Click and select Reconcile Now. All reports and dashboards that you are
subscribed to are displayed.
3 Click the report or dashboard to open and select Open Report. The
report is displayed.
4 When you are finished viewing a report, click Escape to return to the list
of reports and dashboards.
Answering prompts
Some reports and dashboards require user input to define what data is
displayed. When one of these prompted reports/dashboards is run in
Desktop or Web, the prompt is displayed when you run the report/
dashboard.
However, prompted reports/dashboards on a BlackBerry receive their
answers from the subscription information you provide when you set up a
subscription. Prompted reports/dashboards on a BlackBerry display results
according to the answers specified when the subscription was created.
You can edit a subscription at any time to change the answers that are
provided for the prompts in a prompted report/dashboard.
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For complete details on editing a subscription and providing prompt
answers, see the Getting Started with MicroStrategy Mobile chapter in the
MicroStrategy Mobile Analysis Guide.
For an introduction to prompts and prompted reports, see the
MicroStrategy Basic Reporting Guide.
Viewing data
When you run a report on your BlackBerry, it is displayed in either a grid
view or a graph view, depending on how it was saved in MicroStrategy
Desktop or Web.
Grid reports are separated into columns and rows of data, as shown in the
images below:
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Graph reports present data visually in a style such as a bar, line, or pie graph
style. The images below show examples of graph reports displayed on a
BlackBerry:
When you run a dashboard, it is displayed as a collection of separate reports.
Each grid or graph report in the dashboard is displayed on its own tab, with
the tabs arrayed above the data. The image below shows a dashboard on a
BlackBerry; the reports that are contained within the dashboard - Region,
Category, and Time - appear as separate tabs across the top.
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Scrolling through data
After you have run a report or dashboard, there are several ways to navigate
through it and view the data.
You can scroll through the data to get a sense of its purpose and to determine
whether it will suit your business requirements.
The bar at the bottom of a report/dashboard displays information contained
in the cell that you currently have highlighted. As you scroll through values in
a report, the name of that each value you scroll through is displayed in the
bottom bar, along with the total number of values contained within the
selected column. For example, in the report below, there are a total of 11
countries, and France is the ninth country listed:
To navigate the data in a report or dashboard
1 Select the MicroStrategy Mobile application to open MicroStrategy
Mobile.
2 Click and select Reconcile Now.
3 Click the report that you want to open and select Open Report.
4 Scroll down the data in the columns and rows of the report:
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To scroll vertically, roll the trackball/trackwheel.
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To scroll horizontally, hold ALT and roll the trackball/trackwheel.
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To view an independent report within a dashboard, scroll to the tab(s)
at the top of the report and select a tab.
•
To view the data in all the columns of a given row, click the row and
select Row Details. The columns and values for the selected row are
displayed.
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Fitting the data into the screen
You can customize how the data is displayed, locate specific values, group
and sort data to narrow your analysis, and more.
Results may not be fully displayed on a report or dashboard for a number of
reasons:
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The font size of the report results may be too large
•
The column heading names or some of the data values are not displayed
or are not fully displayed because they do not fit
•
Not all the data columns can be seen because they do not fit
When data must be cut short to fit the screen, ellipses are displayed, as
shown in the image below:
To fix these issues, you can adjust the display of an individual report/
dashboard, or for all reports/dashboards.
To adjust the font size in an individual report/dashboard
1 Click the report or dashboard to open and select Open Report.
2 Click and select any of the following to adjust the display:
•
Select Font Size and then select the current font size. From the
drop-down list, select a new font size for the report. As you change the
font size, the report is updated to provide a preview of the new font
size.
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Select Fit to Screen. The report is adjusted so that the maximum
amount of data is displayed at one time.
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Select Fit to Content. The report is adjusted so that the column
headings and values are fully visible.
Fit to Screen and Fit to Content options may not be available if
 The
the report is already using these modes. However, if you manually
resized one of the columns in the report, both these options will be
available.
3 Select OK to apply the changes to the report/dashboard.
Sorting the data
To display data in the most efficient way for analysis, you can sort the data
and reorganize how the data is displayed in a report/dashboard.
cannot sort data on some reports/dashboards. For example, you
 You
cannot sort data of those reports/dashboards that are designed in
Original Layout Data view. For details, see the Designing Reports and
Documents for a BlackBerry chapter in the MicroStrategy Mobile
Design and Administration Guide.
You can sort on any column that is on a report. (If the report/dashboard
contains a custom group or consolidation, you cannot sort on either of these
types of data.) When you sort, you determine the sorting order, either
ascending or descending.
To sort the data on a report or dashboard
1 Click the report or dashboard and select Open Report.
2 Select the heading of the column you want to sort. To move horizontally
across the columns of a report, hold ALT and scroll.
3 From the menu, select either Sort Ascending or Sort Descending.
4 To save the report with the current sort order, click and select Save.
Grouping data by page
A large set of data on a report is generally easier to analyze and understand if
you can look at only certain subsets of data at one time. To group data into
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subsets, use the Page-by feature while viewing a report, as described in the
steps below.
For example, if you move the Category column to a page-by field, the
elements of the Category attribute are displayed in the page-by, allowing you
to toggle between pages of data, one page for each element.
Some reports already have objects in their page-by field because they were
designed that way in MicroStrategy Desktop or Web. When you view one of
these reports in MicroStrategy Mobile, the page-by field is displayed at the
top of the report and can be selected to change the view of data on the report.
To group data into subsets (pages)
1 Click the report or dashboard and select Open Report.
2 Select the column heading which contains the data that you want to
group into a page-by. You can place attributes or metrics in a page-by. To
move across columns horizontally, hold ALT and scroll.
3 Click and select Page By Selection. The attribute or metric is placed in
the page-by field above the report.
To view a page of results
a Select the page-by field above the report. The Select an Element of
(Attribute Name) page opens.
b Select an element to view from the list of elements. The report
displays the subset of data you selected, which is now shown in the
current page-by field at the top of the report.
c
Change the subset of data displayed by clicking the page-by field and
selecting another element.
4 To save the report with the current page-by selections, click and select
Save.
Moving objects on reports and dashboards
You can rearrange the columns in a report so that you can view data from
different perspectives.
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To move objects on a report or dashboard
1 Click the report or dashboard to open and select Open Report.
2 Select the heading of the column that you want to move. To scan across a
report horizontally, hold ALT and scroll.
3 From the menu, select Move Left or Move Right. The column of data is
shifted to the left or right.
4 To save the report with these changes, click and select Save.
For a complete list of manipulations that you can perform on a report or
dashboard on a BlackBerry, as well as more details to run and view report
and dashboard data, see the Analyzing Reports and Documents on a
BlackBerry chapter in the MicroStrategy Mobile Analysis Guide.
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ADDITIONAL SECURITY
CONFIGURATIONS
Introduction
This chapter describes optional configurations for your MicroStrategy
Mobile Suite. The configurations described below can help you expand your
MicroStrategy Mobile Suite applications to support your user base.
Configuring security
MicroStrategy administration is centralized in a single metadata repository,
which can store information about all the different reports and objects
necessary for different business departments. Access to the reporting objects
in your MicroStrategy metadata repository is restricted based on the
permissions and privileges held by each individual MicroStrategy user.
Every Mobile Suite user who logs into the MicroStrategy system should have
a unique MicroStrategy login. This enables system administrators to grant
those users access to the appropriate data, and to track all changes made in
your MicroStrategy project.
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You can control access to your MicroStrategy project in three ways:
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Privileges control what functionality in the MicroStrategy system the
user has access to. For example, a user who does not have the Use Metric
Editor privilege cannot create or edit metrics. Privileges are assigned to
the user’s account by right-clicking the user and selecting Edit.
•
Security filters control what data the user has access to. For example, a
user who has a security filter that restricts him to only the California
Central Region element of the Region attribute cannot view any data for
any other state. Security filters are assigned to the user’s account by
right-clicking the user in MicroStrategy Desktop and selecting Edit.
•
Permissions control what objects in the MicroStrategy system the user
has access to. For example, a user who has the Write permission for a
metric can make changes to the metric’s definition, while a user who only
has the Execute permission can run reports containing the metric but
cannot change that metric.
Each MicroStrategy object has an access control list (ACL), which
specifies the permissions that each MicroStrategy user has for that object.
Permissions are assigned to the objects in MicroStrategy by right-clicking
the object, selecting Properties, and then selecting Security.
MicroStrategy Mobile Suite users can be organized into user groups for
convenient administration. User groups can be granted privileges, security
filters, and permissions in the same way as individual users. A user can be a
member of multiple groups, and inherit the security settings from each
group.
For complete details related to user and object security, see the Setting Up
User Security chapter in the MicroStrategy System Administration Guide.
To create a user and configure its security profile
1 If you need to log in again, in MicroStrategy Desktop log in to the project
source you create. For information on connecting to a data source, see To
establish an Intelligence Server connection to the metadata repository,
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2 In Desktop, on the left side, expand Administration and then expand
User Manager.
To create a user
3 Right-click Everyone, point to New, and select User. The User Editor
opens, as shown below.
4 Type the basic user information, such as login name, full name, and
password, in the fields. For detailed information about each field, click
Help.
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To assign privileges to the user
5 On the left side of the User Editor, under User Definition, select Project
Access.
6 Select the check boxes for the privileges or privilege groups you want to
assign to the user. For a detailed description of every privilege in
MicroStrategy, see the Permissions and Privileges chapter in the
Supplemental Reference for System Administration.
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To assign a security filter to the user
7 On the left side of the User Editor, under User Definition, select Security
Filter.
8 Select your project from the Projects that have been granted access
drop-down list and click View. The Security Filter Manager opens.
9 Since you are just starting out with MicroStrategy, you can create a new
security filter and then assign it to the user. You can apply your new
security filter to any other user you add. To create a new security filter,
click New.
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10 Define the conditions for the security filter by creating qualifications or
adding qualifications to the new security filter. These qualifications
define the data the user is allowed to view on a report. To do this,
double-click in the Filter Definition pane on the right. The Filtering
Options pane opens.
11 Select Add an Attribute Qualification and click OK.
12 Select an attribute depending on what type of data you want the security
filter to apply to:
•
To filter data related to an attribute’s form:
a Select the attribute whose form you want to qualify data on.
b In the Attribute Qualification pane, from the Qualify On
drop-down list, click the attribute form on which you want to
qualify the report.
c
Click an operator in the Operator list.
d In the Value field, type the value to use to qualify on the attribute
form; this is the value that will be compared against the data in
your data source.
•
To filter data based on elements of an attribute:
a Select the attribute that has the elements on which you want to
qualify.
b In the Attribute Qualification pane, from the Qualify On
drop-down list, select Elements.
c
From the Operator drop-down list, select either In List (to define
what attribute elements the filter should include data for) or Not
In List (to define what attribute elements the filter should exclude
data for).
d Click Add.
e
In the Available Objects list, select attribute elements and then
click the right arrow > to add them to the Selected Objects list.
Then click OK to close the Selected Objects dialog box.
For details on each option to create a security filter, click Help.
13 Click OK to close the Attribute Qualification pane.
14 When you are finished defining the security filter, click Save and Close.
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15 To assign a security filter to this user, select the security filter and click
the right arrow >. The selected security filter is moved to the Security
Filters area.
16 Click OK. The Security Filter Manager closes and the selected security
filters are assigned to this user for your MicroStrategy reporting project
and any other projects you later create within this project source.
17 Click OK. The User Editor closes and the user is created.
To set permissions for a user on a specific object
1 Browse to the object (usually an attribute or a metric) that you want to set
permissions for.
2 Right-click the object and select Properties. The Object Properties dialog
box opens. On the left, select Security.
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3 Click Add. The Select Desktop Users and Groups dialog box opens, as
shown below.
4 Select the Show Users check box.
5 In the list of users, select the user you want to change permissions for.
6 Click OK. The Select Desktop Users and Groups dialog box closes, and the
user is listed in the Permissions area of the Object Properties dialog box,
as shown below.
7 Locate the user name in the User column and click the Object column
next to the user name. Select the desired permission from the drop-down
list.
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8 Click OK. The Object Properties dialog box closes, and the user’s
permissions for the object are saved.
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TROUBLESHOOTING
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Introduction
This appendix provides answers and solutions for common questions and
issues you may encounter when installing, configuring, or using the
MicroStrategy Mobile Suite software.
Requesting or retrieving a license key
You must request a license key for the MicroStrategy Mobile Suite to install
and use the software. After you request the license key, you must retrieve the
license key that is sent to you.
The following steps show you how to request a license key and how to
retrieve a license key after you have requested it.
Prerequisite
•
You must be a registered user of the MicroStrategy website. Create a user
account by providing your email address, password, and other details. To
create an account, in your web browser, go to https://
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resource.microstrategy.com/login/, provide your details in the boxes
provided, and then click Create Account.
After your account is created, you can login to the MicroStrategy site and
proceed with retrieving a license key.
To request or retrieve a license key
1 In your web browser, go to www.microstrategy.com/freemobileBI.
2 Click Download Free Mobile Suite. The MicroStrategy Resource Center
page opens.
3 Log into the site with your user name (your email address) and password.
The license key is sent to your email address.
Returning to the Mobile Suite download page
You can return to the Mobile Suite download page to retrieve your license
key, download the Mobile Suite installation files, and review additional
resources for installing and configuring your Mobile Suite software.
Prerequisites
•
You have previously accessed the Mobile Suite download page and
requested a Mobile Suite license (see Requesting or retrieving a license
key, page 159).
To return to the Mobile Suite download page
1 Open the email that you received in your inbox with the subject line
"Thank you for your interest in MicroStrategy Mobile Suite!"
2 Click the Download link provided in the email. The Download Software
page opens.
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Locating the downloaded zip file
Installing the MicroStrategy Mobile Suite requires you to download a zip file
to your computer. If you forget where you downloaded the zip file to, you can
locate it by searching in your computer for the appropriate file name. The
names of the downloaded files are listed in To install the MicroStrategy
Mobile Suite, page 11.
Installing on a certified operating system
Your MicroStrategy Mobile Suite software must be installed on an operating
system that is certified or supported by MicroStrategy. The list of certified
and supported operating systems on which you can install the Mobile Suite
software can be found in the MicroStrategy Readme file. For information on
accessing the Readme file, see Documentation, page 168.
Common installation mistakes related to operating systems include:
•
Installing on versions of Microsoft Vista that are not currently certified or
supported by MicroStrategy.
•
Installing on older versions of Microsoft Windows that are no longer
supported by MicroStrategy.
Be sure to check the list of certified and supported operating systems that
MicroStrategy provides, to ensure that the operating system of your
computer is listed as either certified or supported.
Installing MicroStrategy on Windows XP
If you are installing MicroStrategy Web and MicroStrategy Mobile Server on
a Windows XP computer, be aware that you cannot deploy both of these
products using the IIS on that computer. This is due to a limitation of IIS. If
you are deploying MicroStrategy on a Windows XP machine, you must do
one of the following:
•
Install and deploy MicroStrategy Web and MicroStrategy Mobile Server
on separate computers.
•
Use a web server product other than IIS to deploy at least one of these two
MicroStrategy products. For steps to install and configure Tomcat, see
Installing Tomcat if IIS is earlier than 6.0, page 32.
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For more information, see the Deploying MicroStrategy Web and Web
Universal chapter in the MicroStrategy Installation and Configuration
Guide.
Installing Microsoft IIS
If you plan to use IIS (Internet Information Services) to deploy
MicroStrategy Web and MicroStrategy Mobile Server, Microsoft IIS must be
installed on the same computer where you install the MicroStrategy Mobile
Suite software. You must also install the .ASP and .NET frameworks, if they
are not already installed on the computer. These frameworks are installed by
default along with IIS, in all versions of IIS except IIS version 7.
IIS is installed by default on Windows server operating systems, and is an
optional component on other Windows operating systems. For information
on installing IIS on your Windows operating system, refer to the third-party
Microsoft documentation provided at http://www.iis.net/.
If you install IIS 7, be aware that you must also install the .ASP and .NET
frameworks, if they are not already installed on the computer. To be sure
these additional components are installed and enabled when you install IIS,
see the steps in Supporting MicroStrategy with IIS 7, page 162.
If you install IIS 6 and your computer is running a 64-bit Windows operating
system, you must configure some MicroStrategy products as 64-bit
applications. To perform these steps, see Supporting MicroStrategy with IIS
6 on 64-bit Windows operating systems, page 163.
Supporting MicroStrategy with IIS 7
To enable all necessary products related to IIS 7
steps below may differ slightly depending on your version of
 The
Windows. The third-party products discussed below are
manufactured by vendors independent of MicroStrategy, and the
steps to configure these products is subject to change. Refer to the
appropriate Microsoft documentation for steps to configure IIS 7.
1 On a Windows machine, from the Start menu select Control Panel.
2 Double-click Programs and Features.
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3 Click the Turn Windows features on or off task. The Windows Features
dialog box opens.
4 Expand Internet Information Services, and select the following options:
a Expand Web Management Tools and select:
•
IIS Management Console
•
IIS Management Scripts and Tools
•
IIS Management Service
b Expand World Wide Web Services, then expand Application
Development Features, and select:
c
•
.NET Extensibility
•
ASP.NET
•
ISAPI Extensions
•
ISAPI Filters
Within World Wide Web Services, expand Common Http Features,
and select:
•
Default Document
•
Static Content
d Expand Security, and select:
•
Request Filtering
•
Windows Authentication
5 Click OK to save your changes.
Supporting MicroStrategy with IIS 6 on 64-bit Windows
operating systems
If you plan to use IIS 6 on 64-bit Windows operating systems, some
MicroStrategy products must be configured as 64-bit applications. These
requirements are described below:
•
For MicroStrategy products that must be configured as 64-bit
applications on 64-bit Windows operating systems, you must define the
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IIS parameter Enable32BitAppOnWin64 as False (0). These
MicroStrategy products include:

MicroStrategy Intelligence Server

MicroStrategy Web Server (ASP.NET)

MicroStrategy Mobile Web Server (ASP.NET)
your Microsoft documentation for steps to define the
 See
Enable32BitAppOnWin64 parameter. Information on defining this
parameter is available at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/894435.
Resolving an installation issue during the WSE 3.0 phase
Your MicroStrategy Mobile Suite installation may not progress beyond the
Installing MicroSoft Web Services Enhancements (WSE) 3.0 phase. If your
installation does not continue beyond this phase, use either or both of the
following options to fix the issue:
•
If you are installing the files from a network location, you may encounter
this issue. Make sure that you are using installation files that are stored
on a local drive.
•
When selecting the MicroStrategy features to install, clear the
MicroStrategy Office check box. If you want to use MicroStrategy Office
features, install MicroStrategy Office at a later time from MicroStrategy
Web. For steps to install MicroStrategy Office, see the MicroStrategy
Office User Guide.
Resolving a JVM memory-related error
You may see an error, which states that you do not have enough memory to
create the JVM. This error message occurs when other processes on the
machine are using or reserving memory, causing insufficient system
resources.
To resolve this problem, close or otherwise disable software and processes
that are using or reserving memory. You can find suggestions for this issue in
the MicroStrategy User Forum at:
https://resource.microstrategy.com/forum/replylistpage.aspx?id=1231
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For additional assistance with your system memory and how to disable
processes, contact your system administrator.
Resolving error code 0x80070005
This error code typically means that the user account on the computer where
you are trying to install the MicroStrategy Mobile Suite does not have the
proper privileges to install this software.
Contact your organization’s administrator for permission or privilege issues
related to your computer.
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CPU message with activation email
You may notice that when you activate your Mobile Suite software, the
activation message you receive displays a list of various statistics about the
machine on which you are installing the software. An example of this list is
shown below:
The number of CPUs listed in the activation message is a count of the
physical CPUs that the activation process finds on your computer. It does not
reflect the number of CPUs that the MicroStrategy software will use.
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The Mobile Suite software licensing is limited to one CPU for MicroStrategy
Intelligence Server. It is also limited to one CPU for MicroStrategy Mobile
Server. These two products may both use the same CPU, or they may use
different CPUs. However, MicroStrategy CPU usage is unrelated to the
information displayed in the activation message you receive via email.
Logging in to the Mobile Suite software
MicroStrategy comes with a default login. The default login includes the
following user name and does not have a password:
•
User Name: administrator
•
Password: Leave this blank
It is possible to change the default login name and password, so if the default
credentials above do not work, the person who installed and configured the
Mobile Suite software may have changed them.
Addressing issues with number of users
If you have chosen to install MicroStrategy’s sample Tutorial project, this
project and its related project source come with a number of sample users.
These sample users are included in the system’s user count for licensing
purposes.
If you want to remove these sample users from the user license count, you
can select all the sample users (except Administrator), right-click, and select
Disable.
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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
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Online Support, Training, and Videos
The MicroStrategy Mobile Suite site provides the following online resources:
•
Online support features a full, easily searchable technical knowledge
repository, aimed to ensure your success with MicroStrategy. Visit the
support site at:
https://resource.microstrategy.com/support
•
Online training allows users to extend their BI knowledge via self-paced,
expert instruction and product simulations on a user-friendly interface.
Visit the training site at:
https://resource.microstrategy.com/education/CourseCatalog.aspx
•
Online video guides help answer immediate questions and get you
jump-started in your development. See the video guides at:
http://www.microstrategy.com/freereportingsoftware/
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Documentation
MicroStrategy provides both manuals and online help; these two information
sources provide different types of information, as described below:
•
Manuals: In general, MicroStrategy manuals provide:

Introductory information and concepts

Examples and images

Checklists and high-level procedures to get started
The steps to access the manuals are described in Accessing manuals and
other documentation sources, page 174.
Most of these manuals are also available printed in a bound, soft cover
format. To purchase printed manuals, contact your MicroStrategy
Account Executive with a purchase order number.
•
Help: In general, MicroStrategy help provides:

Detailed steps to perform procedures

Descriptions of each option on every software screen
For the most up-to-date translations of MicroStrategy documentation, refer
to the MicroStrategy Knowledge Base. Due to translation time, manuals in
languages other than English may contain information that is one or more
releases behind. You can see the version number on the title page of each
manual.
MicroStrategy overview and evaluation
•
Introduction to MicroStrategy: Evaluation Guide
Instructions for installing, configuring, and using the MicroStrategy
Evaluation Edition of the software. This guide also includes a detailed,
step-by-step evaluation process of MicroStrategy features, where you
perform reporting with the MicroStrategy Tutorial project and its sample
business data.
•
MicroStrategy Evaluation Edition Quick Start Guide
Overview of the installation and evaluation process, and additional
resources.
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Evaluate MicroStrategy for Linux Guide: In a Windows or Linux
Environment with the MicroStrategy Evaluation Edition Virtual
Appliance
Evaluate MicroStrategy for Linux, in a Microsoft Windows or Linux
environment, with the MicroStrategy Evaluation Edition Virtual
Appliance. This guide provides all details to download, activate, and
evaluate MicroStrategy software running in a Linux environment.
•
MicroStrategy Reporting Suite: Quick Start Guide
Evaluate MicroStrategy as a departmental solution. Provides detailed
information to download, install, configure, and use the MicroStrategy
Reporting Suite.
•
MicroStrategy Mobile Suite: Quick Start Guide
Evaluate MicroStrategy Mobile as a departmental solution. Provides
detailed information to download, install, configure, and use the
MicroStrategy Mobile Suite.
Manuals for query, reporting, and analysis
•
MicroStrategy Installation and Configuration Guide
Information to install and configure MicroStrategy products on
Windows, UNIX, Linux, and HP platforms, as well as basic maintenance
guidelines.
•
MicroStrategy Upgrade Guide
Instructions to upgrade existing MicroStrategy products.
•
MicroStrategy Project Design Guide
Information to create and modify MicroStrategy projects, and
understand facts, attributes, hierarchies, transformations, advanced
schemas, and project optimization.
•
MicroStrategy Basic Reporting Guide
Instructions to get started with MicroStrategy Desktop and
MicroStrategy Web, and how to analyze data in a report. Includes the
basics for creating reports, metrics, filters, and prompts.
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MicroStrategy Advanced Reporting Guide: Enhancing Your Business
Intelligence Application
Instructions for advanced topics in the MicroStrategy system, building on
information in the Basic Reporting Guide. Topics include reports,
Freeform SQL reports, Query Builder reports, filters, metrics, Data
Mining Services, custom groups, consolidations, and prompts.
•
MicroStrategy Report Services Document Analysis Guide: Analyzing
Data with Report Services Documents
Instructions for a business analyst to execute and analyze a document in
MicroStrategy Desktop and MicroStrategy Web, building on basic
concepts about projects and reports presented in the MicroStrategy
Basic Reporting Guide.
•
MicroStrategy Report Services Document Creation Guide: Creating
Boardroom Quality Documents
Instructions to design and create Report Services documents, building on
information in the MicroStrategy Report Services Document Analysis
Guide. It is organized to help guide you through creating a new
document, from creating the document itself, to adding objects to the new
document, and formatting the document and its objects.
•
MicroStrategy Dashboards and Widgets Creation Guide: Creating
Interactive Dashboards for your Data
Instructions for designing and creating MicroStrategy Report Services
dashboards, a type of document that is optimized for viewing online and
for user interactivity. It builds on the basic concepts about documents
presented in the MicroStrategy Report Services Document Creation
Guide.
•
MicroStrategy OLAP Services Guide
Information on MicroStrategy OLAP Services, which is an extension of
MicroStrategy Intelligence Server. OLAP Services features include
Intelligent Cubes, derived metrics, derived elements, dynamic
aggregation, view filters, and dynamic sourcing.
•
MicroStrategy Office User Guide
Instructions for using MicroStrategy Office to work with MicroStrategy
reports and documents in Microsoft® Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and
Outlook, to analyze, format, and distribute business data.
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MicroStrategy Mobile Analysis Guide: Analyzing Data with
MicroStrategy Mobile
Information and instructions for using MicroStrategy Mobile to view and
analyze data, and perform other business tasks with MicroStrategy
reports and documents on a mobile device.
•
MicroStrategy Mobile Design and Administration Guide: A Platform for
Mobile Intelligence
Information and instructions to install and configure MicroStrategy
Mobile, as well as instructions for a designer working in MicroStrategy
Desktop or MicroStrategy Web to create effective reports and documents
for use with MicroStrategy Mobile.
•
MicroStrategy System Administration Guide: Tuning, Monitoring, and
Troubleshooting your MicroStrategy Business Intelligence System
Concepts and high-level steps to implement, deploy, maintain, tune, and
troubleshoot a MicroStrategy business intelligence system.
•
MicroStrategy Supplemental Reference for System Administration:
VLDB Properties, Internationalization, User Privileges, and other
Supplemental Information for Administrators
Information and instructions for MicroStrategy administrative tasks such
as configuring VLDB properties and defining data and metadata
internationalization, and reference material for other administrative
tasks.
•
MicroStrategy Functions Reference
Function syntax and formula components; instructions to use functions
in metrics, filters, attribute forms; examples of functions in business
scenarios.
•
MicroStrategy MDX Cube Reporting Guide
Information to integrate MicroStrategy with MDX cube sources. You can
integrate data from MDX cube sources into your MicroStrategy projects
and applications.
Manuals for Analytics Modules
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Analytics Modules Installation and Porting Guide
•
Customer Analysis Module Reference
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Sales Force Analysis Module Reference
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Financial Reporting Analysis Module Reference
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Sales and Distribution Analysis Module Reference
•
Human Resources Analysis Module Reference
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Manuals for Narrowcast Services products
•
MicroStrategy Narrowcast Server Getting Started Guide
Instructions to work with the tutorial to learn Narrowcast Server
interfaces and features.
•
MicroStrategy Narrowcast Server Installation and Configuration Guide
Information to install and configure Narrowcast Server.
•
MicroStrategy Narrowcast Server Application Designer Guide
Fundamentals of designing Narrowcast Server applications.
•
MicroStrategy Narrowcast Server System Administrator Guide
Concepts and high-level steps to implement, maintain, tune, and
troubleshoot Narrowcast Server.
•
MicroStrategy Narrowcast Server Upgrade Guide
Instructions to upgrade an existing Narrowcast Server.
Software Development Kits
•
MicroStrategy Developer Library (MSDL)
Information to understand the MicroStrategy SDK, including details
about architecture, object models, customization scenarios, code
samples, and so on.
•
MicroStrategy Web SDK
Web SDK is available in the MicroStrategy Developer Library,
 The
which is sold as part of the MicroStrategy SDK.
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Narrowcast Server SDK Guide
Instructions to customize Narrowcast Server functionality, integrate
Narrowcast Server with other systems, and embed Narrowcast Server
functionality within other applications. Documents the Narrowcast
Server Delivery Engine and Subscription Portal APIs, and the Narrowcast
Server SPI.
Documentation for MicroStrategy Portlets
•
Enterprise Portal Integration Help
Information to help you implement and deploy MicroStrategy BI within
your enterprise portal, including instructions for installing and
configuring out-of-the-box MicroStrategy Portlets for several major
enterprise portal servers.
This resource can be accessed using the MicroStrategy Product Manuals
page, as described in Accessing manuals and other documentation
sources, page 174.
Documentation for MicroStrategy GIS Connectors
•
GIS Integration Help
Information to help you integrate MicroStrategy with Geospatial
Information Systems (GIS), including specific examples for integrating
with various third-party mapping services.
This resource can be accessed using the MicroStrategy Product Manuals
page, as described in Accessing manuals and other documentation
sources, page 174.
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Help
Each MicroStrategy product includes an integrated help system to
complement the various interfaces of the product as well as the tasks that can
be accomplished using the product.
Some of the MicroStrategy help systems require a web browser to be viewed.
For supported web browsers, see the MicroStrategy Readme.
MicroStrategy provides several ways to access help:
•
Help button: Use the Help button or ? (question mark) icon on most
software windows to see help for that window.
•
Help menu: From the Help menu or link at the top of any screen, select
MicroStrategy Help to see the table of contents, the Search field, and the
index for the help system.
•
F1 key: Press F1 to see context-sensitive help that describes each option in
the software window you are currently viewing.
MicroStrategy Web, MicroStrategy Web Administrator, and
 For
MicroStrategy Mobile Server, pressing the F1 key opens the
context-sensitive help for the web browser you are using to access
these MicroStrategy interfaces. Use the Help menu or ? (question
mark) icon to access help for these MicroStrategy interfaces.
Accessing manuals and other documentation sources
The manuals are available from your MicroStrategy disk or the machine
where MicroStrategy was installed.
Acrobat Reader is required to view these manuals. If you do not
 Adobe
have Acrobat Reader installed on your computer, you can download it
from http://get.adobe.com/reader/.
The best place for all users to begin is with the MicroStrategy Basic
Reporting Guide.
To access the installed manuals and other documentation sources, see the
following procedures:
•
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Windows, page 175
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and Linux, page 175
To access installed manuals and other documentation sources on Windows
1 From the Windows Start menu, choose Programs (or All Programs),
MicroStrategy, then Product Manuals. A page opens in your browser
showing a list of available manuals in PDF format and other
documentation sources.
2 Click the link for the desired manual or other documentation source.
3 If you click the link for the Narrowcast Services SDK Guide, a File
Download dialog box opens. This documentation resource must be
downloaded. Select Open this file from its current location, and click
OK.
bookmarks are not visible on the left side of an Acrobat (PDF)
 Ifmanual,
from the View menu click Bookmarks and Page. This step
varies slightly depending on your version of Adobe Acrobat Reader.
To access installed manuals and other documentation sources on UNIX and
Linux
1 Within your UNIX or Linux machine, navigate to the directory where you
installed MicroStrategy. The default location is /opt/MicroStrategy,
or $HOME/MicroStrategy/install if you do not have write access to
/opt/MicroStrategy.
2 From the MicroStrategy installation directory, open the
Documentation folder.
3 Open the Product_Manuals.htm file in a web browser. A page opens in
your browser showing a list of available manuals in PDF format and other
documentation sources.
4 Click the link for the desired manual or other documentation source.
5 If you click the link for the Narrowcast Services SDK Guide, a File
Download dialog box opens. This documentation resource must be
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downloaded. Select Open this file from its current location, and click
OK.
bookmarks are not visible on the left side of an Acrobat (PDF)
 Ifmanual,
from the View menu click Bookmarks and Page. This step
varies slightly depending on your version of Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Accessing additional documentation resources prior to
installation
Once you have extracted the installation files, you can review additional
documentation resources prior to installing MicroStrategy. The steps below
show you how to access these additional documentation resources.
Prerequisites
•
You have downloaded and extracted the installation files.
To access additional documentation resources
1 Navigate to the folder in which you extracted the installation files.
2 Open the Documentation folder.
3 Open the Product_Manuals.htm file in a web browser. A page opens in
your web browser showing a list of available manuals in PDF format and
other documentation sources.
4 Click the link for the desired manual or other documentation source. The
following documentation sources provide important information to
support the installation of MicroStrategy:
•
MicroStrategy Readme: The MicroStrategy Readme provides
requirements to support the installation of MicroStrategy products.
•
Installation and Configuration Guide: The Installation and
Configuration Guide provides additional information to help support
the installation and initial configuration of MicroStrategy products.
Refer to this guide if you encounter any installation issues related to
your specific environment.
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Documentation standards
MicroStrategy online help and PDF manuals (available both online and in
printed format) use standards to help you identify certain types of content.
The following table lists these standards.
standards may differ depending on the language of this manual;
 These
some languages have rules that supersede the table below.
Type
Indicates
bold
• Button names, check boxes, options, lists, and menus that are the focus of actions or
part of a list of such GUI elements and their definitions
Example: Click Select Warehouse.
italic
• New terms defined within the text and in the glossary
• Names of other product manuals and documentation resources
• When part of a command syntax, indicates variable information to be replaced by the
user
Example: The aggregation level is the level of calculation for the metric.
Example: Type copy c:\filename d:\foldername\filename
Courier
font
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
Calculations
Code samples
Registry keys
Path and file names
URLs
Messages displayed in the screen
Text to be entered by the user
Example: Sum(revenue)/number of months.
Example: Type cmdmgr -f scriptfile.scp and press Enter.
+
A keyboard command that calls for the use of more than one key (for example,
SHIFT+F1)


A note icon indicates helpful information for specific situations.
A warning icon alerts you to important information such as potential security risks; these
should be read before continuing.
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Additional formats
This book is also available as an electronic publication in the Apple
iBookstore, and can be read on an iPhone or iPad with the iBooks app
installed. To download this book, search for the book’s title in the iBookstore
search bar, or scan the QR code below using your device's camera.
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