TORONTO – McLean, Va.-based MicroStrategy Inc. released the newest version of its business intelligence tool with capabilities to more easily deploy departmental BI applications, and then consolidate them into an enterprise whole.
“We’ve made the modeling and architecture piece very easy for smaller environments – departmental groups – to be able to roll out business intelligence projects and applications very quickly,” explained Jim Broadley, Canadian country manager for MicroStrategy, during the Toronto stop of the company’s roadshow.
“They can then build (it) out into an enterprise approach,” said Broadley.
Among the enhancements to Version 9 is a new multi-source engine to the ROLAP (Relational Online Analytical Processing) architecture allowing it to span multiple database sources including data warehouses, data marts, operational databases, and departmental databases. Also added is In-memory ROLAP to take advantage of the large amount of addressable memory available nowadays with 64-bit operating systems.
Version 9 also comes with enhancements to its Web interface designed for greater responsiveness and user-friendliness. There are also added options for dashboard design and reporting.
One customer of MicroStrategy’s technology, Ottawa-based Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), uses the BI platform as the foundation for its CIHI Portal that provides access to health-care data to hospitals, regional health authorities and ministries of health nationally.
Manager for CIHI Portal, Sharon Tracy, said CIHI has been using, for four years now, MicroStrategy’s technology to run 40 sites with 300 users. Prior to the implementation, Tracy said “some of the challenges that we have faced is providing good education to some of our clients so that they are able to both use the tool and understand the data that they are using.”
CIHI, said Tracy, plans to migrate to Version 9.
A new customer, Oakville, Ont.-based financial services company Genworth Financial Canada, has approximately 11 different data sources scattered across the organization, and a desire to “have a single source of the truth for our data,” said the company’s vice-president of IT, Cecilia Carbonelli.