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September 2014: New MicroStrategy Community

MicroStrategy users are invited to the new beta community site where you will get smarter, fresher content from the MicroStrategy network. Your current MicroStrategy login credentials will give you access or you can sign-up.

Take a look here

July 2014: Finalist in BIMA Awards

BIMA Awards

You will see below that in March we proudly announced  the launch of our dashboard app for Compelo, which we entered for a BIMA Award in the Data category.

We are delighted that our entry, Compelo Motorsport Dashboards, has been selected as a finalist in the BIMA Awards 2014.

CDS designed the dashboards and developed the application which is underpinned by MicroStrategy’s BI platform. Read our main blog post for full details.

July 2014: MicroStrategy World in Barcelona

Michael J Saylor

All the latest announcements, customer success stories and information from MicroStrategy World held 7-10 July in Barcelona, Spain can be found on MicroStrategy’s website. There’s an absolute wealth of information in the downloadable presentations. You can also catch up with the great keynote videos, including the one from MicroStrategy CEO, Michael J. Saylor (pictured).

MicroStrategy has just announced that it will be moving from 21 products to just 4 products. MicroStrategy’s current and future clients will get more value from every investment in their technology. Read the full press release.

“Our new packaging makes it simple for organizations to choose MicroStrategy for the totality of their business analytics and mobile application needs,” said Paul Zolfaghari, President, MicroStrategy Incorporated. “We believe it instantly enhances our value to existing customers and is emblematic of our heightened focus on delivering a positive customer experience. The new packaging allows better preparation and planning for new deployments, providing more value over the broad range of solutions we offer.”

CDS were at the event. If you have any questions then please:

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June 2014: MicroStrategy healthcare dashboards

The video shows how NHS Scotland in Lanarkshire use MicroStrategy dashboards to help them provide better quality healthcare to patients. Dashboards include: monitoring emergency room beds, to reduce wait times and monitoring the quality of nursing care.

March 2014: Motorsport dashboards

Compelo’s motor sport dashboards contain almost 100 metrics of team and driver performance in addition to circuit characteristics, which are updated session-by-session, to provide the data and analysis for incisive, fact-led reporting.

The dashboards use infographic-style icons and present information in an attractive, clear and easy to access format.

The demo video below is for illustration purposes only. It shows Compelo’s Motor Sport dashboard product during the design phase with a small sample of test data.

Compelo dashboards

February 2014: The best of Mobile BI in 2014

Our partner MicroStrategy came out as top vendor following the biggest evaluation of Mobile Business Intelligence (BI) products and vendors recently completed by Ventana Research.

MicroStrategy beat the 10 other vendors below to take the top position:

  • IBM
  • SAP
  • QlikTech
  • Information Builders
  • Yellowfin
  • Tableau Software
  • Roambi
  • SAS
  • Oracle; and
  • Arcplan.

The evaluation included 16 technology vendors’ offerings on smartphones and tablets and use across Apple, Google Android, Microsoft Surface and RIM BlackBerry. Each vendor was assessed in the following seven key categories:

  • usability
  • manageability
  • reliability
  • capability
  • adaptability
  • vendor validation and TCO
  • ROI.

Recently, we built a market leading solution for Compelo on MicroStrategy’s platform. Find out more on our main news blog.

December 2013: BI Scorecard Places MicroStrategy As Top Vendor Across All 14 Product Capabilities for BI Platforms

MicroStrategy the Only Vendor to Receive Positive Ratings In Each Category, Including Self-Service BI, Reporting, Dashboards, Architecture, Public Cloud BI

MicroStrategyÂŽ Incorporated (Nasdaq: MSTR), a leading worldwide provider of enterprise software platforms, today announced that the widely followed BI Scorecard has rated MicroStrategy the top vendor across all 14 of the product capabilities identified for Business Intelligence (BI) Platforms. This is the third year in a row that MicroStrategy has topped the list of vendors in the BI Scorecard. To see the BI Scorecard summary results, visit:

Highlights from the study produced by independent analyst Cindi Howson include:

  • Only vendor to achieve “Excellent” or “Good” (green) ratings in all 14 functional areas.
  • Largest number of “Excellent” ratings of any vendor in eight of fourteen categories.
  • Only vendor to be rated “Excellent” in the “Mobile BI” category.
  • Highest rated among BI Platform vendors in the “Ease of Use” and “Visual Discovery” categories.
  • Only vendor to be rated “Excellent” in both the “Administration” and “Architecture” categories.

“The fact that MicroStrategy was the only vendor to achieve “Excellent” or “Good” ratings in all major 14 functional areas and had the largest number of “Excellent” ratings of any vendor — in eight of fourteen categories — is testament to their focus on innovation and BI Platform architecture,” said Howson, founder of the BI Scorecard.

“We agree with the BI Scorecard’s independent analysis: we are the most comprehensive BI platform with strong offerings in all of the considered categories,” said Paul Zolfaghari, President, MicroStrategy Incorporated. “The MicroStrategy platform combines the agility and productivity of self-service visual data discovery with the security, scalability, and governance of enterprise business intelligence. We solve the toughest information challenges from personal data to Big Data, and we do it via desktop, web, or mobile either on-premises or in the cloud.”

November 2013: NHS BI events

5-6 November 2013 CDS will be on stands HAV11 and D06 with partners MicroStrategy at EHI Live at the NEC, Birmingham. EHI live is the largest eHealth event in the UK calendar. Come and meet us for a chat about the latest BI solutions for the NHS.

JA at MicroStrategy

In October we were with MicroStrategy at the Healthcare Efficiency Through Technology Expo. The event was well attended and provided an opportunity to hear from senior policy officials, learning about best practice across the country and discovering innovative new solutions that will be crucial to improving healthcare services. You can find out more about our NHS Business Intelligence solutions here.

October 2013: MicroStrategy Announces the New MicroStrategy Analytics Platform™

Released yesterday, 22 October 2013, the new MicroStrategy Analytics Platform is a game changer. It is the most important new software release from MicroStrategy for several years and brings three distinct products together:

  • MicroStrategy Analytics Enterprise™ (Enterprise-grade business intelligence)
  • MicroStrategy Analytics Desktop™ (Free self-service visual analytics tool)
  • MicroStrategy Analytics Express™ (Free Cloud-based self-service visual analytics)

These three products support a full spectrum of business needs with maximum flexibility and affordability, running at individual, team, departmental, or enterprise-scale; delivered as a desktop application, on the web or mobile devices; supporting high performance analytics on gigabytes, terabytes, or petabytes of data; and deployed on-premises or in the MicroStrategy Cloud™.

Take a look at the two short videos in this article to understand more about what MicroStrategy can do for your business. As leading MicroStrategy business solutions providers we are here to get you up and running so you can unlock the power data in your business environment. Click this link to send us your questions by email.

Read MicroStrategy’s in-depth press release.

MicroStrategy finalist in Tabby Awards

Our partner MicroStrategy has been nominated for a Tabby Award. The Tabby Awards/Business, are the only competition for the best business and enterprise apps for iPad, Android and Windows 8 tablets. MicroStrategy Mobile is a finalist in the Intelligence, Retail, and Sales categories!

Discover why we’re as excited as our partner MicroStrategy and explore our mobile BI solutions.

If you want to easily report on multiple projects using your iPad you’ll definitely want to check out our Project Management App on the MicroStrategy Mobile App Universe.

MicroStrategy Customer Case Study: Coca-Cola Europe

Learn how MicroStrategy enables senior executives at Coca-Cola Europe to make better decisions. Martin Egger, Business Intelligence Manager for Coca-Cola Europe presents at MicroStrategy World 2013 in Barcelona.

August 2013: MicroStrategy is big winner in People’s Choice Stevie Awards

Our partner MicroStrategy won in three categories in the 2013 People’s Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite New Products, including:

  • Favorite Business-to-Business Product: MicroStrategy Express
  • Favorite Cloud Application or Service: MicroStrategy Express
  • Favorite Mobile On-Demand Solution: MicroStrategy Express

July 2013: MicroStrategy World in Barcelona

As MicroStrategy UK partners we highly recommend you view these presentations filmed at MicroStrategy World 2013 in Barcelona. If you have any questions about building applications and deploying MicroStrategy we’d be delighted to discuss them with you.

During MicroStrategy’s annual European user conference in Barcelona, Guy Bayes, head of Enterprise BI at Facebook, spoke on the topic of Big Data at Facebook. He discussed the technical challenge caused by the massive scale of the data generated by its 1.1+ billion members. See video.

To interactively analyze this data from any dimension, Facebook engaged MicroStrategy to create and test a new massively-parallel in-memory analytic technology which MicroStrategy calls “EMMA” (for Extended MPP Memory Architecture).

CDS works with MicroStrategy to deliver leading-edge solutions such as CDS Connect which integrates with Facebook. We are ideally placed to help organisations take advantage of the new massive dataset interactive analytic technology being developed by MicroStrategy.

Michael J. Saylor, CEO and Chairman, at MicroStrategy World 2013 in Barcelona delivers a very interesting keynote. Well worth watching this one.

Antonio Vives

During his opening speech the Deputy Mayor of Barcelona, Antonio Vives, talked emphatically about the Civic need for great data and products like MicroStrategy. He said we need MicroStrategy to explain the reasons why decisions are made and brought this home with the humorous comment “…my mother needs to understand what I do in my office every day”.

His second theme was the importance of mobile and engaging with citizens. He described smartphones as “weapons of mass creation”.

June 2013: Big Data Analytics

Big Data Analytics 2013 was an event geared towards senior business leaders from large corporations wishing to leverage the opportunities

Big Data Conference ice-cream on the stand

that big data can bring to their business as well as technology leaders who approve or recommend analytical systems and solutions that run against large data sets. Partners CDS and MicroStrategy once again shared a stand at the event to show how our Actionable Analytics solutions can meet the requirements of senior business and technology leaders.

Big Data delegates proved to have a sweet tooth. Lots of fun on the MicroStrategy / CDS stand where we gave away ice-creams.

June 2013: Marketing, Analytics and Customer Insight Think Tank

CDS and MicroStrategy teamed up to show the latest MicroStrategy BI, Big Data and mobile solutions at this well attended event. Delegates were fascinated by CDS’ innovative approach to digital and social CRM marketing using our CDS Connect product.

April 2013: Big Data Conference

CDS, along with our partner and prime sponsor MicroStrategy, exhibited at the Big Data Conference in Edinburgh on Friday 19 April. Visitors to our stand were particularly interested in our Actionable Analytics as well as Transport sector and Cabinet Office case studies.

It is well worth viewing the keynote on Trends in Business Analytics by Sanju K. Bansal, Vice Chairman of the Board and Executive Vice President, MicroStrategy.

More presentations from the Big Data Conference are available on the Scottish Government website.

July 2012: Social Media Marketing iCommerce Summit in Amsterdam

At the conference CDS’ Peter Mann took part in a TED-style best practices presentation where he provided insightful first-hand information about current social media strategies.

Alongside other world leading social media marketers, social media visionaries and thought leaders Peter discussed state-of-the art developments that will help businesses to turn social media from a cost to a profit centre.

Peter presented on the Social CRM marketing CDS is delivering to the British Army using Facebook’s platform. Tim Campos, Head of Information Technology at Facebook shared his views in the interview below.

July 2011: MicroStrategy World in Monte Carlo

As early as 2011 CDS was looking at how we could work together with partner MicroStrategy to explore Social CRM marketing given the enormous potential to monetise and engage with audiences through Facebook.

In his keynote speech at MicroStrategy World, Tim Campos, Head of Information Technology at Facebook urged enterprises to use his firm’s dynamic data hub to enhance their marketing strategies, and this is exactly what CDS has undertaken to put the company ahead of the curve, so that now in 2013 CDS has taken the lead in Europe with the CDS Connect application.