July 30, 2012 – MicroStrategy, a provider of data analytics and business intelligence, has upgraded their offerings with a renewed focus on the end user through data visualization. Their latest product, MicroStrategy 9.3, allows users to see their data analyzed in a variety of ways including easy to understand dashboards. According to the Information Week article, “MicroStrategy Amps Up Data Visualization, Big Data Analytics”, data visualization wasn’t the only thing the company focused on with the latest release.
“Automation is the theme behind upgrades to the MicroStrategy 9.3 Systems Manager administrative console. For instance, the multiple steps in system restarts, or cache flushing routines, or data warehouse loading processes can be programmed with a new administrative workflow tool. Using a new scripting language and process tool, administrators can automate any series of steps that previously had to be executed manually. The tool promises to save huge amounts of administrative time and effort, according to MicroStrategy, and it can integrated with third-party tools such as Tivoli or HP OpenView, to monitor administrative routines.”
One of our favorite providers, Digital Reasoning, also focuses heavily on automation and data visualization. Their Synthesys platform “uses patented entity oriented analytics to transform raw data into actionable intelligence without external data models or human effort to prepare all forms of text data – both unstructured and structured” making crunching big data easy and human-error free. We expect more analytics providers to cash in on these issues as providers like Digital Reasoning are proving through fund raising and profits that they are offering exactly what enterprises want.