Getting started with MicroStrategy - Tutorials and Sample Data

To help you get started using the Visual Crossing Mapping Plug-in for MicroStrategy, we have created a series of tutorials with accompanying sample data. Following these tutorials will help you explore some of the features of the product and some of the advanced geographic analytical capabilities that can be applied to your data.


Quick installation guide

To install the Visual Crossing plug-in please see following guide:


Sample data for tutorials

To download the sample data, please download and unpack the zip found at



The following tutorials demonstrate some of the key features of the Visual Crossing Plug-in.  All use the same dataset and data preparation.  So once you are setup to do any one of them, you can easily do them all.  Also, there is no specific order, so you can do them in the order the most interests you.


  • Business data can often be described by a series of custom geographic regions, districts or territories.  These regions can be store locations that feed from the same distribution center or customers that can be reasonably visited by a single sales agent. Visual Crossing solves this problem of displaying custom regions based on the underlying business data automatically and in real-time.

Visual Crossing also enables users to compare different geographic areas of the business in order to see trends and make adjustments.

You can explore these two related types of geographic analysis in this tutorial.


  • This tutorial will introduce you to formatting a default Visual Crossing map and then doing some simple geographic analysis using trade areas.  It starts with a dataset of store points and customer points.  This dataset contains two measures, sales and profit.  When asked to map this dataset Visual Crossing will automatically create an initial map for us that shows our customer and store points color-coded based on their measure values.  You will edit the formats and labels before beginning a trade area analysis using the Visual Crossing Location Info functionality.  This analysis will show the geographical reach of the stores based on the distance that customers travel in relation to the revenue that those customers bring to the store.



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