What I learned at MicroStrategy World 2020: The Future is Here

AvatarFebruary 18, 2020

Future Capabilities that will be coming to MicroStrategy 2020

This year’s MicroStrategy World conference was heavily focused on the latest release, MicroStrategy 2020. While it’s good to hear about the latest features, I’m always keen to hear about what’s coming in the upcoming quarterly updates and even the 2021 platform release.

Predictably, the Day 2 keynote with CTO Tim Lang continues to be my favorite session every year. It should be no surprise that, for the past few months, I have been eagerly looking forward to him taking the mainstage to announce the newest features and capabilities within MicroStrategy. I’m crazy, I know. Especially when existing customers are still thinking about possibly migrating to 2019, let alone 2020. I love the “bleeding edge”, what can I say???

The “Future Features” list was short this year. But I don’t think you’ll be disappointed in any way… the features announced are going to be awesome!!

Let’s take a look.

 

WORKSTATION

  • Subscription Management will be coming to the WorkStation tool very soon.Currently, Administrators must use both the Developer and Web interfaces to manage subscriptions. Consolidating functionality from both into the single WorkStation tool will be amazing. Of course, I would not be surprised if there could be a period of time when we must use WorkStation, Web and Developer to cover all of our subscription related tasks, but I hope that won’t be the case.

 

  • Import and Export project & server settings from WorkStation. I can foresee MicroStrategy Support sending configuration tweaks/fixes in a “settings” file. Local Administrators can then import and apply these settings with ease using the WorkStation UI. Gone will be the days of manually trying to find and change the settings buried deep in the Intelligence Server metadata.

 

  • More REST API’s will be opened up this year. For administrators, expect this process to provide additional MicroStrategy object management capabilities within WorkStation. Right now information is vague around the precise API’s being opened up and when we can expect the updates.

 

  • Run multiple “Local Instances” of MicroStrategy from within WorkStation. Using “containerization” technology, we will soon be able to do this. These instances can even be running different versions of MSTR. I’m sure that all MSTR administrators will especially love this amazing new feature.

 

HYPER-CARDS

  • Share a Hyper-Card with others from within the Hyper-Intelligence mobile app. The use cases for this in the retail space is limitless. Imagine using Hyper-Mobile to scan a product; a hyper-card is presented and then you can share the hyper-card via email with another user. Sounds good to me!! !! I’m still unsure if this will also be a feature in web based Hyper-Cards or if it’s exclusive to the mobile app experience.

 

  • Hyper-Intelligence Triggers will be coming to Hyper-Cards. These little guys will allow a user to “Trigger an Action” directly from the Hyper-Card using a simple button click/tap. The click action activates a Rest API function that handles the pre-configured “action”. Think of Triggers as being very similar to Transaction Services. But, instead of SQL, we will be hitting a much more modern and secure interaction method with Rest API’s. I can’t wait for this feature to be delivered!!

 

  • Hyper-Card “Pattern Matching” will be coming to a Hyper-Card near you. Expect to be able to set up functionality similar to “Regex” Expressions in order to precisely target your Hyper-Card triggering.

 

LIBRARY

  • Subscription Management will be coming to Library so that consumers can manage their own subscriptions without involving Administrators. Users will be able to manage, and even remove themselves from subscriptions that they no longer need.

 

  • MicroStrategy Library is a web-based consumer experience. Plans are already underway to deploy this same experience as “Library for Desktop”. You’ll be able to perform normal interactions with your Dossiers even if you’re disconnected from the IServer. Library for Desktop will automatically pull caches/sync with the IServer whenever it can in order to provide this offline experience. However, I might have heard that this could be a 2021 product, so don’t expect it anytime soon.

 

OFFICE

  • Dossier Import into Excel is coming!! Using the Office Add-In, you will be able to pick a Dossier Chapter, Page and then a specific visualization and then import it directly into your Excel worksheet. Love this and can’t wait for it to arrive!!

 

That’s all I have for now. As I said, the list of features was rather short this year. But I hope you all agree that the quality of these announced features is quite high. I’m already looking forward to Update 1 due in March!

I hope this information was helpful to you.

Thanks for reading.

Len O’Toole
MicroStrategy Architect