You are your password: How #MobileIdentity management hopes to replace your first dog’s name

“Mother’s maiden name”
“Name of your first pet”
“Favorite restaurant”

Those are but a few of the security questions or reminders that help us keep track of passwords across multiple sites and applications. Online service, like Evernote, that sync across multiple devices have stored countless username/password combinations to keep our digital society moving.

However, passwords will be long forgotten – rather than temporarily so – by the end of the decade, said one tech exec who is pushing for a new approach to passwords.

Hugh Owen, vice president of product marketing at MicroStrategy, said, “[Mobile identity management] is going to be very mainstream in a very short period of time. It will be interesting how long it is – maybe four years, five years – before we look back and remember upon the time where we used to rely on passwords and had to remember them all.”

His company is helping to push mobile identity management through wearables, what many security experts hope is the magic bullet for the long outdated mother’s maiden name, “123456” or string of random characters scrawled on a sticky note. Mobile identity management is any service that makes use of pre-verified mobile devices, like smartphones or smartwatches, to send authentication keys, temporary tokens or expiring passwords to provide access to some secure system.

Research increasingly shows traditional authentication hurdles are easily duped and more trouble than they’re worth, and enterprises would do well to look for alternatives both internally and client-facing.

Last month hackers used background information amassed from different cyberattacks and social engineering efforts to dupe the “Get Transcript” application on, siphoning nearly $50 million in illegally requested tax returns in the process. Take that into account with the research Google released in May that shows traditional authentication means do not even help users – only 60 percent of users remembered the answers to questions like “What is your favorite food?” – and make it more likely for cyber criminals to correctly guess questions with popular answers. Some people think mobile identity management could be the answer in the enterprise.

For that reason, MicroStrategy continues to develop its mobile identity management app Usher, a version of which launched with the Apple Watch. Owen said that the idea is nothing new, but it will be the heavy adoption of wearables – which 451 Research contends is already underway with the release of the Apple Watch – that will help take the complex back-end process of identity management and simplify it to a few taps of a smartwatch face.

With Usher’s newest features, organizations can use an Apple Watch to access office locations, devices, business systems and more, and validate identities and discover nearby users. Owen said the new Apple Watch capabilities are more conducive to the at-a-glance workflows of the average user, and he’s always impressed by the creative ways client’s utilize Usher’s software development kits to extend the platform to functions they need.

“We’ve seen some really interesting implementations of it in terms of banking where people are using Usher as the method of second-factor authentication for both giving people access to systems and also approving transactions. It’s integrated in such a way that it’s just part of the workflow,” Owen said.

He also mentioned some programs the company set up at the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Georgetown University, the latter of which is conducting an ongoing “smart campus” pilot that allows students access to buildings and online accounts through the app as opposed to a physical key card.

Some competitors, namely oneID and Authy, also seek to attract an enterprise audience, but MicroStrategy seems to be gaining notable traction. For instance, Apple specifically mentioned its partnership with MicroStrategy’s enterprise efforts in its most recent earnings call, a rare name drop for the normally taciturn Cupertino company.

For the enterprise, mobile identity management seems like a no-brainer. The technology is there; all that’s needed is the implementation. This could be the killer use case that brings smartwatches out of the C-suite and into the hands (on to the wrists?) of the average user.


Source:  You are your password: How mobile identity management hopes to replace your first dog’s name


#DataWrangling – How #CPG #CategoryManagers Lasso Their Data Without Getting Gored

If you are a category manager or captain in the Walmart supplier arena, chances are you have become an expert in Excel. Without knowing it you have been data wrangling, and why not, what other tool enables you to combine data from such disparate data sources any easier? Granted, it’s work you have to do on a regular basis, and if these awesome spreadsheets and dashboards become popular in your organization, you get to refresh them on a regular basis, but that’s just the cost of doing business. If you have been lucky enough to get to use a BI tool like Tableau or MicroStrategy 9, then some of this work has been streamlined for you. Now, once you get your data refreshed, the visualizations can fall in line very easily. Getting the data refreshed is not always so easy though. MicroStrategy has traditionally been IT focused, with enterprise grade everything, focusing on data governance by the IT organization, while Tableau has focused in on the business department or user, that needs cool visualizations, but may not be the best at getting data into the tool in an automated fashion, but you can just whip up an excel spreadsheet and link it in. Viola – presto magic dashboards. In essence, you had to trade enterprise for ease of use.

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With MicroStrategy 10, that is no longer a problem. MicroStrategy effortlessly blends structured warehouse data (read IT generated and governed data) with data from your own pocket. Build something popular they want refreshed on a regular basis? Fire it off to the Administrator, and they can recreate what you built to auto-refresh with each data load. A lot of what you build is a one-off to answer a buyer question about on-shelf availability, or you’ve got some market basket data that is driving a question. It’s not necessarily something that needs to be built, refreshed, and maintained as a corporate dashboard or report. But, you do want to blend this data that is loaded each week in your enterprise data warehouse, like your POS sales or your historical inventory. But what if the data is not formatted correctly to report against?

You could make the argument that you need to load everything into the data warehouse, but why would you do that if you have a one-off analysis and you may never need that data again. Only one DSR makes it pretty easy to add data like it’s tissue paper for integration with the rest of the demand signal data for use in MicroStrategy, and that is the Vortisieze DSDH (Demand Signal Data Hub) – mostly because we are using Cloudera as the backend. If you knew you were going to run these reports on a regular basis, or needed them refreshed – then by all means add them to the data warehouse, but now the choice to not add data to the data warehouse does not default you back to Excel – you can do this in MicroStrategy Desktop, blend it with the enterprise data you have come to trust, and refresh this on a weekly basis with a few mouse clicks.

What enables this is the Data Wrangling feature that is new with MicroStrategy 10 that is not available in any other tool I have seen. See, one of the benefits of utilizing ETL (Extract, Transform, and Load) to load data into your data warehouse, is that your ETL team will cleanse and harmonize your data so that it lines up correctly with the rest of your data. States won’t be a mish-mash of two letter abbreviations or full state names. Data won’t be mixed formats – that is the whole point of ETL. So, when you skip the ETL team, you are on your own to cleanse and harmonize your data. Traditionally this meant dropping your data to excel and spending a few hours searching and cleaning it up so that the reports made sense. MicroStrategy 10’s new data wrangling feature will do some minor cleanup of local data sources for you without the need for an ETL team.

Now, you can have the best of both worlds. MicroStrategy 10 has been designed to give the business user the most flexibility in data sources, and not rely on your ETL or IT team to cleanup local dirty data, but still be able to leverage corporate data sources that have been cleaned and vetted. Got a marketing data set direct from twitter? Want to marry that with POS sales or weather? I can’t imagine these tasks can get much easier now, and you have more flexibility than ever to bring in your ETL team when they are truly needed. With the ability to go and buy a single license of MicroStrategy 10 for $600, there is not much standing in your way of being the organizational rock star of analytics. Plus, now you get to add the cool title of “Data Wrangler” to your credentials.






#MicroStrategy 10 Adds New #Hadoop #Analytics Capabilities

The leader in the BI analytics platform sphere, and the preferred BI tool by Vortisieze, MicroStrategy is now allowing users to enjoy the richness of data that Hadoop allows.

  • MicroStrategy Inc.’s has launched a major upgrade to its namesake business intelligence platform that promises to help organizations make more out of the vast troves of data they’re storing in Hadoop. That’s done through improved connector bundled natively into the new release.
  • MicroStrategy 10 enables analysts to manipulate imported information using new search and visualization functionality that the company says removes the need to use external tools for that job. That avoids the overhead associated with moving files back and forth, which can amount to significant time savings at the petabyte scale in which many production-grade Hadoop clusters operate.
  • The company promises to take even more delay out of the equation with optimizations to its multi-dimensional analytic algorithms, which now makes it possible to put more data into the logical constructs used to group similar metrics for faster queries. MicroStrategy said that the update has helped PayPal, Inc. achieve sub-second response times for 400-gigabyte workloads.
  • Analysts can take advantage of that performance through the improved interface also introduced in the new release, which is extended to mobile devices with a new companion app that can track the the performance of each user. The client also includes a badge-based security system that allows administrators to control who can access what and how.

Source:  MicroStrategy 10 brings new analytic capabilities to the Hadoop table





#MicroStrategy 10 Secure Enterprise Now Generally Available Worldwide

While not the only BI tool available in the Vortisieze offering, MicroStrategy is the preferred BI analytics tool for the Vortisieze data-as-a-service.

MicroStrategy 10 provides enterprise-grade analytics, mobile and security software combined in one groundbreaking platform.

MicroStrategy 10 Secure Enterprise contains a host of new features and enhanced functionality:

  • Revamped data discovery offers enhanced exploration and visualization capabilities on both Mac OS and Windows. New built-in data wrangling capabilities enable users to quickly prepare data for analysis without using other tools.
  • New governed data discovery makes it simple to promote dashboards from the desktop to the enterprise, providing a seamless path from self-service analytics to enterprise BI.
  • New native Hadoop access makes analyzing petabytes of multi-structured data easy. MicroStategy 10 offers native HDFS connectivity within a complete enterprise analytics environment.
  • Bigger, better in-memory performance lets users put more data on parallel-partitioned in-memory cubes, so organizations can run faster queries across larger volumes of data.
  • Completely redesigned HTML5 interface makes self-service analytics faster, more intuitive, and easier to use, so users can quickly connect to any data and drag-and-drop their way to business insights in an instant.
  • New Operations Manager enables administrators to save time and drive efficiency by managing and monitoring all of their environments from a single interface.
  • Cutting-edge platform security, powered by biometric and multi-factor authentication, provides enhanced security for every method of analytics delivery, conveniently and seamlessly.
  • Convenient user verification with a smartphone app replaces the need for users to log in with a password.
  • Out-of-the-box employee productivity app, built on MicroStrategy’s proprietary telemetry database, gives managers powerful insight into employee activity and performance.

Version 10 underscores MicroStrategy’s commitment to serving the enterprise analytics needs of global organizations.


Source:  MicroStrategy 10 Secure Enterprise™ Now Generally Available Worldwide