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Business Intelligence with MicroStrategy Cookbook by Davide Moraschi

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Adding data to a document – the dataset

In our "Hello World" document we used a string constant to greet our users. While some of them may find this polite, it is bluntly useless; now it is time to give some more information, and we will add a report to the document to display real numbers.

When creating documents we speak about datasets; a report is a dataset, a graph is also a dataset, and we said that a document can be based on more than one dataset.

Before going further, I would like to clarify a point and give my own point of view: the document datasets do not have to be pre-existing reports. We can build them specifically for the sole purpose of document creation. And it is perfectly acceptable: let me explain.

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