Preview the new community

We’re making it easier for you to find answers and network with others. Visit our preview site and let us know what you think.

Get Connected

Hi all !
 
I'm Mathieu, and it's my turn to answer the 'Get connected' quizz.
 
I'm french, but having watched a lot of American movies, I know perfectly well that when someone starts asking you a lot of questions, you shouldn't answer without a lawyer.
 
So I asked Mr G., our company's legal advisor, to assist me.
 
 
 
What do you enjoy doing most outside of work and why?
 
I'd love to answer that, but my legal advisor strongly advises me not to.
 
 
What is your motto?
 
'Do what your legal advisor advises you to' *
 
* Actually he advised me to say that
 
 
How would you define being successful at MSTR?
 
Days without forgetting to save a dashboard : 47     \o/
Also, not being fired.
 
 
Describe a moment in your career you’re most proud of?
 
Once, I wrote a command in Command Manager, and I got it right on the first try. Without using Outlines.
 
 
If you were stranded on a desert island what three things would you take with you and why?
 
Having actually been stranded on a desert island (true story !), I'm pretty sure nobody warns you beforehand that you can take three things, so I wouldn't count on it too much.
A boat would have been useful, though.
 
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
 
 
 
If you could tell your 15 year-old self anything, what would it be and why?
 
Go buy some Google stocks.
Also, change your haircut, it may look cool on Robert Smith but seriously, you look like a Chihuahua.
 
 
If you could spend 15 minutes with any living person, who would it be and why?
 
Elvis Presley.
I heard he's making some **bleep** good burgers, too.
 
 
If you could be a superhero for just 24 hours, which one would you be and why?
 
If you're really french, there's only one answer to this :
 
 

Get Connected - Nadav Neuman (@Nadav Neuman)

by Senior Expert Senior Expert ‎09-19-2015 04:30 PM - edited ‎09-24-2015 12:36 PM (2,109 Views)

HI ,

My Name i Nadav Neuman and i'm a Microstrategy Master & BI Expert.

I was born in Israel at a small place near Tel Aviv,Israel.

Professionally speaking i have a Bsc. Engineering degree from the Information Systems Engineering department at BGU University at Beer Sheva, and a MBA degree that came a few years after from the Business department at BGU.

I have over 10 years of experience all focused in the Business Intelligence field.

I “grew up” in Retalix ltd (currently NCR) developing retail BI solutions to go along with the company’s product lines based on Microsoft BI stack (SSIS, SSAS) and various dashboards and reporting tools, and later developing QlikView for smaller customers.

I felt that in order to evolve as a BI professional I had to talk more directly with customers (which is hard in a product line company), so I started working at Edenspring (Eden), a large water and coffee distribution company, that operates in almost 30 countries worldwide and does all the development from the Israel branch. After 5 years and numerous models I left the company after actively managing the department’s development and found my next challenge - MicroStrategy.

 

What do you enjoy doing most outside of work and why?

I enjoy spending the time with my wife and 3 kids. but with the time I have left I like to run and I like Martial Arts.

It’s actually jogging since I’m not doing it fast enough, but I’m not in a hurry, it’s my time of quiet early in the morning or at night.

In addition I’m a Ninjutsu practitioner with a brown belt rank (Kyu 1) .

I think my hobbies have a lot to do with Microstrategy, no quick wins, it requires a lot of learning, practicing and knowledge to make things work, and every once in a while you still have to go back to the basics and re-think things (+ a slap to the face keeps you humble every once in a while).

 

 

Describe a moment in your career you’re most proud of?

I hope the best is yet to come, but if I had to pick one, I’d go with my first MSTR project that went “live”. This was a very big implementation, it started at the requirement phase with  inputs from the customer with no prior system design. The customer asked 1 simple question - “can you implement this project in MSTR?“ - after a few weeks of digging into the MSTR documentation and tutorial the answer was clear: “challenge accepted”   ;)

I had about 100++ reports examples of what the customer needed, most of them extremely complex. I started designing and implementing the data-warehouse design, the ETL and MSTR schema design that ended with thousands of attributes, hundreds of tables and 700 users, all wrapped in an OEM implementation of MSTR with users synced with command manager and embedding in .Net application.

I started alone, with no MSTR knowledge, tight schedules and numerous difficulties with lots of POC’s. But when it went live, I knew I had most of this baby born in my head and at the end it helps 700 people do their job better every day.

 

How would you define being successful at MSTR?

That’s a tough one ….   taking on MSTR is a tough task. First you feel you know nothing, then you feel like you have made a lot of progress and once your confidence is high you get a slap to the face and feel like you are back at square 1, and then after a while you feel like a super-hero , who can solve other people’s problems. I think that being successful at MSTR is when you’re past the super-hero phase and are simply able to make sense of everything easily, with nonchalant attitude.

 

If you were stranded on a desert island what three things would you take with you and why?

  1. Chuck Norris Because:
    1. He can survive everywhere
    2. He is the best Protection ever
    3. I bet he is a great martial arts teacher & training partner, with advanced Black Belts in Karate,Tae Kwon Do, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, he could probably teach me for decades (unless he accidently breaks my neck) .
    4. For more Chuck Norris facts - http://www.chucknorrisfacts.com/
  2. A stock of running shoes so I won’t have excuses to be lazy.
  3. “how to survive in the wilderness” book
  4. (you can’t actually “take” wi-fi with you right? otherwise my answers might change)

 

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

I would probably go to Seychelle, I really feel like I need a true holiday, to get a little “offline” time (and the previous question with the island actually arouse my interest in islands). See the picture below - after you see it there is no need for more reasons  :)

 

Hope you enjoyed it, 

Have a great day,

Nadav Neuman

נדב נוימן

Read more...

Get Connected - Jon Jones (@Jon Jones)

by Jon Jones Active Contributor on ‎08-28-2015 08:58 AM (1,571 Views)

Hi all,

Thanks to @Peter_Franken for nominating me.  So here's a little bit about me.

I was born in Leicester, England in 1976.  After graduating from University in 2000 with a Masters in Chemical Engineering I moved to Swindon, England in 2001 where I started work at Innogy as a Web Developer and Application Support.  Since then, I have stayed with the same company, which got brought by RWE and now I work in RWE Supply and Trading within Market Risk IT.  In 2004 I became a Software/Integration Developer specialising in Microsoft technologies, which I also do in my spare, but limited, own time.  It wasn't until 2011 I got the opportunity to start using MSTR.  After our BI lead left in 2012 I took the opportunity to enhance my career and got more involved with MSTR.  Since then I have focused on MSTR.  I am our Administrator, architect, advanced developer and 3rd level support.  Essentially, I get involved with everything, including user and technical training, interviews, proof of concepts, new business engagement etc.  Plus, I get all the difficult and complex issue to resolve, which I love because I thrive on challenges and being outside my comfort zone.  .  

Outside of work I am just as busy.  Not just with my kids, Zak (9) and Kira (7), taking them to their sports and club but also keeping myself fit.  My primary sport is ITF Taekwondo, of which I am a 3rd Dan black belt.  I have my own Taekwondo school which I love because I get the opportunity of seeing people grow in confidence, fitness, flexibility, strength, self control, self defence etc.  For the past 10 months I started playing Touch Rugby, which I also love.  I had an amazing opportunity to be part of our team that competed at Twickenham Rugby ground, the home of England rugby, against other Touch rugby clubs.  

 

Describe a moment in your career you’re most proud of.

Difficult to say because I love what I do.  I suppose it would be getting into MSTR

What do you enjoy doing the most outside of work and why?

Taekwondo, Touch Rugby, spending time with my family, software development pet projects, learning new technologies and skills

If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you take with you?

My practical side says, string, knife and a lighter.  My other side says, solar panel generator, laptop with sat connection and a deck chair

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

Everest.  After getting to the summit of Kilimanjaro and absolutely loving the experience, I would love to be able to afford and have the time to take on Everest

Get Connected - Jakub Holásek ( @AnAlienX)

by Expert Expert on ‎08-23-2015 01:48 PM (1,247 Views)

Hello everyone,

Since I became the MSTR Master it might be appropriate to provide an introduction of myself.

Im the one who considers himself being creative so if you have some interesting problem dont hesitate to ask me, I will be glad to help.

I'm from the Czech Republic, capital Prague. I was born there in 1984.

 

 What is your motto?

"Success will never be a big step in the future; success is a small step taken just now."     --Jonatan Mårtensson

Describe a moment in your career you’re most proud of?

After 5 years of working with SAP BOBJ platform - I got over it and started learning MSTR platform. Also realizing that close cooperation with everyone of the team is more important that knowledge of any BI platform.

Im with CSOB company (part of the KBC Group) in BI-CDS department as a BI Reporting platform coordinator.

How would you define being successful at MSTR?

I believe most important thing is to have many satisfied MSTR users using the platform heavily. 

What do you enjoy doing most outside of work and why?

I like sports. Rollerblading, cycling, going in the gym is quite important if you need both relax and keep good health. I also like hi-tech, gadgets, sci-fi books & movies and being creative.

If you were stranded on a desert island what three things would you take with you and why? 

  • Satellite cellphone with GPS to make sure this is going to be only a temporary vacation
  • A girl because being alone on a desert island might be pretty boring matter. Wait a moment. I've been told women are not things. Point taken, but I would like it anyway:)
  • A Knife for hunting/harvesting or building a shelter

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

Miami. MicroStrategy World 2016 will be there and I bet this is going to be another outstanding event.

 

Get Connected - Lina

by Senior Guru Senior Guru on ‎07-29-2015 02:10 PM (1,598 Views)

Hi everyone,

 

After being tagged by @daphne. @Raja Vel, @Srinivas Rotti, @Peter_Franken, @MayankSingh,   I don’t have choice to do a brief introduction of my self.

 

I was born in Elk Lake, a small town in the north of the province of Ontario in Canada. My parent move in Boucherville in the province of Québec when I have only 6 month. I was raise in this suburb of Montréal with my 3 older brothers. I was very active, playing local and inter-city softball and ringuette (similar as hockey). The ringette was my best playing in the all star team, I also represent the Québec team in the National tournament. I was also the coaching the Petit class (group of 6 to 10 year old).

 

My first language is French, I’m not so bad in English, but I’m not fully bilingual. That why I’m using lots of TN to help user in the Forum.

 

 

 

Describe a moment in your career you’re most proud of?

Just proud to be where I am in my career. I just love what I do.

 

I start working in a Dominion grocery store as a cashier; In my 8 years in store, I did some work in almost all departments before getting to the Head office for a IT special project . It was suppose to be for a period of 6 month, but finally bean there for 15 years. The last project I did there was to recreate all are reports, from are BI tool (DIS= Data Interpretation System) in MicroStrategy. It was in 1999.

 

I’m at Rona a Hardware business (comparable as Lowe’s) since 2002. I start as the only MicroStrategy developer / Architect / Analyst etc… to finally act as the Administrator.

 

 

What do you enjoy doing most outside of work and why?

I love to take long walk in the nature, a good meal with friends and I love to do renovation, work the wood, etc…

 

If you were stranded on a desert island what three things would you take with you and why? 

My lover to have the force to survive, a knife to be able to built and hunt to survive and big barrel of Beer and another of Win (I know that 4 and not 3 things but I can’t decide between both J)

 

 

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

Bora-Bora could be a great place to completely switch off, relaxes and appreciate an exotic view, far from are hard winter.

 

Get Connected – @Mayanksingh

by Trusted Guru Trusted Guru ‎07-21-2015 04:31 PM - edited ‎09-15-2015 11:44 AM (2,887 Views)

Mayank Singh Tomar

You might have heard about  Bollywood movie "Paan Singh Tomar" it is similar.. ;)

I am pretty late in this but here is my first article in MicroStrategy for fellow members & that too is about me. As guessed by now my name is Mayank Singh Tomar (almost equivalent to US street address). My native is historical city "Gwalior" near to famous seventh wonder of the world "Taj Mahal". It is famous for architecture of historic forts, royal palaces, famous personalities (Tansen - Court musician of King Akbar & Raja Maan Singh Tomar, Atal Bihari Vajpayee - Ex-PM of India & renowned Poet, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan - famous musician & sarod player, Roop Singh - Ex-Captain Indian Hockey Team), Robinhood type rebels.

Read more...

Get Сonnected - Alexey Moiseyev

by AlexeyMoiseyev Newcomer ‎05-22-2015 03:53 AM - edited ‎05-29-2015 09:16 AM (1,647 Views)

Hello!

 

My name is Alexey and I'm leading the Analytics activities (from sales, pre-sales and solution sales sides) in Softline Group (all 80 offices of the Company), including: idea landing; aliances & vendor management; support of account-managers by exprtise in such industries as chemicals, natural resources, oil&as, retail, consumer goods & services.

I'm keen on information, analytics and IT-tools, able to enchance productivity. 

My focus is MicroStrategy, becouse of the product's business needs coverage and powerful vendor's people. 

I'm searching for MicroStrategy guys&gals, CoE and CoP all across the FSU for cooperation and local community development, including marketing activities.

 

Twitter: @AlexeyMoiseyev; Google +AlexeyMoiseyev85; Facebook: relexey;  

#MSTRConnect

Get Connected - Dan Fraser (Z4Dan)

by Trusted Guru Trusted Guru on ‎04-29-2015 03:45 PM (1,828 Views)

Hello and good afternoon!

I have been tagged by Peter Franken to post a Get Connected article and now I have a some time to spare so I thought I would give this a shot. My name is Dan Fraser and I was born in Atlanta, Georgia. However, we moved to Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas when I was 2 and I was raised a Texan! I am a little older than most of the people here in the MicroStrategy Community. When I went to college there was no Computer Science degree available so I have a Bachelors in Business.  I sort of fell into computing as it grew up over the years. In my first real computing job I started out making copies of diskettes for an automated mail sorting system. Within two years I had worked my way up to being a computer room supervisor and helping to design and install a new multimillion dollar computer room. A couple of years down the road (and a couple of jobs) saw me sitting in a CIO’s office along with my director. He handed us a box marked MicroStrategy and told us to learn it over the next 6 months. We had two really great MicroStrategy people who were brought in to teach us and helped us with our first task. Our job was to create a data warehouse and put MicroStrategy on top of it. It was the start of something big. It was also 1999. Over the next 16 years my career has been centered around MicroStrategy and data warehousing. I have worked for healthcare, retail, legal information, office supply and banking companies. I’ve worked as a developer, system administrator, architect and BI manager. I am a Certified MicroStrategy Engineering Principle. I’ve been to multiple MicroStrategy World events and have always thoroughly enjoyed them and gotten something good out of each one.  I guess next I’ll answer some questions like Srinivas posted.

Describe a moment in your career you’re most proud of. When I completed a special mobile dashboard for the CEO of the company I worked for. He now uses it when he goes to Board of Director’s meetings so he doesn’t have to carry tons of PowerPoint and other documents. He just takes his iPad and shows the data on a large TV screen.

What do you enjoy doing most outside of work and why? I love to golf. Because it gives me a chance to get outside, relax and be stress free.

If you were stranded on a desert island what three things would you take with you and why? My wife, my iPad (so I could read) and a good set of blue tooth speakers so I could listen to music while I lay in a hammock enjoying the sea breeze.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? My wife and I want to go to Italy and explore both the Northern and southern parts.

If anyone has any questions I will do my best to get answers for you.

Get Connected - Peter Franken

by Senior Guru Senior Guru ‎01-15-2015 10:41 AM - edited ‎03-08-2015 04:45 AM (3,850 Views)

Hello!

My name is Peter and I am passionate about Business Intelligence! When I find some (spare) time, I like participating in the MicroStrategy Community. Recently I have read another great post written by @Joel D'Cruz  and now I owe him writing this get connected article ;-)

 

I was born and raised in Koblenz, Germany:

A nice city located at Germany's Middle Rhine Valley (UNESCO World Heritage).

This area is famous for white wine (Riesling) and crazy mountainbike freeriders ;-)

Besides spending quite some time in riding the bike, I founded am small company focussing on IT related consulting, services and education.

Faszinated by several papers about enterprise modelling (SOM) and data modelling (SERM), I decided to study 'Business Information Systems' at the University of Bamberg.

 

By the way, this is a great place for riding the bike and rock climbing as well ;-)

A student exchange program took me to Hungary, where I continued my studies with advanced classes in International Management and Marketing at Corvinus University of Budapest for about a year. Unfortunately I did not take my bike with me, but there are great alternatives to not get bored...

Being back in Bamberg, I focussed on the subject 'System Development and Database Application' and graduated in 'Business Information Systems' with a master's degree. During this time I got in touch with a scientific institution at University of Bamberg, operating a datawarehouse and reporting platform using MicroStrategy... and joined MicroStrategy in the Service team Frankfurt as Consultant, later on Manager Professional Services.

 I would like so read a get connected article about:

@Adam W  

@ATR 
@CvS 
@DarrenHolmblad 

@Jon Jones 

@Lina 

@Z4Dan 

...

 

More to come soon...

Peter Franken

Get Connected - Joel D'Cruz

by Active Contributor Joel D'Cruz Active Contributor on ‎01-09-2015 03:04 PM (3,631 Views)

Hello!

I thought I would take this chance to introduce myself. As you might have guessed my name is Joel and I work for MicroStrategy here in the Tysons Corner HQ. My current role is in the Technology department looking at how MicroStrategy can partner in different ways with other organizations. If you have ideas or comments, feel free to shoot me an email or message me - I am happy to hear from you all.

 

I got ahead of myself there... Let me trace back a bit.. I was born in, and lived for most of my life in Pune, India.

After I completed my undergraduate education, I worked for a couple of years, before moving to Washington DC to study at the George Washington University.

Before I graduated I ended up interviewing with, and accepting a job with MicroStrategy in the Technical Support team. As it turns out, Jaime Perez was my first supervisor. Hi Jaime! That was a long time ago, and in this building that we no longer work in (below).

I remember being hugely impressed when I first tried out the SQL Engine in MicroStrategy over 10 years ago, and even now, am always surprised and excited by the interesting features that our engineering teams churn out. I also enjoyed working in Tech Support (is that weird?) - I got to see a lot of different ways in which people use our software. And lots of different ways in which even well written software breaks.

 

In Technical Support I specialized in the inner workings of the Intelligence Server - administration, installation, job workflows, Cubes/Caches, History List, XML APIs, Authentication (especially Kerberos and LDAP), Database connectivity, memory management, stability etc., etc.

In the next few months or so I will try and post my observations and thoughts about different aspects of the product right here in the community for all of you to pick on. Since moving to the Technology team I hope to help make a difference to the products we release, so that future MicroStrategy releases will be simpler to use, and much more powerfully address your needs.

 

Joel D'Cruz

Principal Program Manager

 

P.S. Here's the view this afternoon from our HQ building (overlooking the I-495 "Capitol beltway")