In the past two installments of this series we covered Microstrategy’s excellent (and free, as in beer) Analytics Desktop package for Windows. But what if, like so many of us these days, you have a Mac? Or Linux?
Luckily there’s a solution for us as well, and it’s called Microstrategy Analytics Express. Rather than being a download this one is a cloud-based solution, hosted on Microstrategy’s own servers.
Unfortunately, getting there isn’t as simple as with Analytics Desktop. Navigate to Microstrategy’s homepage, then go to the “Platforms” drop-down menu and click on “Cloud”. You’ll see a screen that looks similar to this:
Notice the “Analytics Express Sign In” near the top right corner? That’s what we’re looking for. Click on it and you will be taken to the Login/Signup page. Simply fill in the fields with your information and you’re off and running.
Now that your account is created, we can get down to business. Download our sales dataset by right-clicking here, then go to your Analytics Express window and select “New Dashboard”. This will take you to the data selection page.
Browse to the “sales.csv” file on your desktop and choose it. Just like with Analytics Desktop, the software will give you a preview of the data.
Click “Continue” and you’re now on the main page. From here you can explore the dataset using the steps in the previous blog post, Microstrategy Part 2.
It’s worth pointing out that, while the interface is basically the same, there are some important differences between Analytics Desktop and Analytics Express. The cloud-based solution is much more powerful, providing access to more kinds of data, but possibly the most important feature is the ability to create dashboards that others can access.
That’s it for Microstrategy. Hopefully you’ve seen the value of adding it to your toolkit, and have begun to explore it a little deeper on your own. See you soon.