I chatted with Microstrategy Wednesday in a call focused on the upcoming Microstrategy 9. There wasn’t a lot of technical content, but I did glean:
- In Microstrategy 9, virtual ROLAP cubes will be able to draw on multiple relational databases, not just one. (Frankly, I’ve never understood why BI vendors are so slow to put in features like that.)
- Actually, in Microstrategy 9 cubes won’t just be virtual. You’ll be able to instantiate parts of them in memory.
- The in-memory part requires manual intervention. However, that intervention can be as minor as pushing a button to accept the recommendations of a Cube Advisor.
- The Microstrategy Cube Advisor will examine workloads for a month or so to see which queries chew up the most resources.
- Another new feature is “complete” OLAP drilldown from any point in any chart or graph, without pre-programming or pre-specification.
- Microstrategy’s favorite DBMS partners are, in some order, Netezza and Teradata.
- Microstrategy 9 is currently scheduled for March 23 release.