BI architecture & MicroStrategy Platform

MicroStrategy Components:

HTTP HyperText Tansfer Protocal TCP/IP---Transmission Control Protocal/Internet Protocal ODBC Open DataBase Connectivity

BI Architecture A BI architecture has the following components: * A source system²typically an online transaction processing (OLTP) system, but other systems or files that capture or hold data of interest * An extraction, transformation, and loading (ETL) process * A data warehouse²typically an online analytical processing (OLAP) system * A business intelligence platform such as MicroStrategy Source Systems => ETL Process => Data Warehouse => MicroStrategy

MicroStrategy Platform Main components of MicroStrategy platform: MicroStrategy metadata--a repository that stores MicroStrategy object definitions and information about the data warehouse MicroStrategy Intelligence Server--an analytical server optimized for enterprise querying, reporting, and OLAP analysis MicroStrategy Desktop--an advanced, Windows-based environment providing a complete range of analytical functions designed to facilitate reports MicroStrategy Web and Web Universal--a highly interactive user environment and a low-maintenance interface for reporting and analysis MicroStrategy project--where you build and store all schema objects and information you need to create application objects such as reports

environment, which together provide a flexible reporting environment Source System MicroStrategy || ETL process Metadata Intelligence Server || || Data Warehouse => Project /\ Desktop Web/Web Universal \/ Reports and Documents

MicroStrategy metadata MicroStrategy metadata is a repository that stores MicroStrategy object definitions and information about your data warehouse The information is stored in a proprietary format within a relational database The metadata maps MicroStrategy objects²which are used to build reports and analyze data²to your data warehouse structures and data The metadata also stores the definitions of all objects created with MicroStrategy Desktop and Web such as templates, reports, metrics, facts

In general, report creation in MicroStrategy is achieved through using various types of objects which represent your data as report building You can build and manipulate several fundamentally different kinds of objects in MicroStrategy; these objects are all created and stored in t * Configuration objects(database instances, users, groups) * Schema objects - Facts - Attributes - Hierarchies(time hierarchy) * Application objects(reports, documents, filters, templates, custom groups, metrics, prompts) The metadata enables the sharing of objects across MicroStrategy applications by providing a central repository for all object definitions MicroStrategy Intelligence Server evaluates the most efficient data retrieval scenario to provide excellent query performance . MicroStrategy Intelligence Server MicroStrategy Intelligence Server is an analytical server optimized for enterprise querying, reporting, and OLAP analysis The important functions of MicroStrategy Intelligence Server: * Sharing objects * Sharing data * Managing the sharing of data and objects in a controlled and secure environment * Protecting the information in the metadata * Protecting the information in the metadata MicroStrategy Intelligence Server also provides a library of over 150 different sophisticated mathematical and statistical fu nctions

MicroStrategy Desktop MicroStrategy Desktop is an advanced, Windows-based environment providing a complete range of analytical functionality designed to faci reports MicroStrategy Desktop provides the project designer functionality essential to creating both schema and application objects necessary to ser of both MicroStrategy Desktop and Web

MicroStrategy Web and Web Universal MicroStrategy Web provides users with a highly interactive environment and a low-maintenance interface for reporting and analysis Using the Web interface, users can access, analyze, and share data through any web browser on many operating systems MicroStrategy Web provides ad-hoc querying, industry-leading analysis, quick deployment, and rapid customization potential, making it ea informed business decisions MicroStrategy Web Universal is a version of MicroStrategy Web that provides the added benefits of also working with: * Operating systems such as Sun Solaris, IBM AIX, Red Hat Linux, and HP-UX * Application servers such as BEA WebLogic, IBM WebSphere, Sun ONE, Oracle, and Apache Tomcat * All web servers and browsers supported by MicroStrategy Web

MicroStrategy project A project is where you build and store all schema objects and information you need to create application objects such as repo rts in the Micro which together provide a flexible reporting environment A project: * Determines the set of data warehouse tables to be used, and therefore the set of data available to be analyzed * Contains all schema objects used to interpret the data in those tables

* Contains all reporting objects used to create reports and analyze the data * Defines the security scheme for the user community that accesses these objects

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