MicroStrategy Positioned in ‘Leaders’ Quadrant of Analyst’s 2008 Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence Platforms Report

Published on February 7, 2008 in Computer & Electronics, Computer Software, Internet, Technology


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McLean, Va., (February 07, 2008) –

MicroStrategy® Incorporated (Nasdaq: MSTR), a leading worldwide provider of business intelligence (BI) software, today announced that it has been positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the leaders quadrant in the 2008 Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence Platforms report.1

According to Gartner, “BI platforms enable users to build applications that help organizations learn and understand their business.” Gartner describes leaders as “vendors that are reasonably strong in the breadth and depth of their BI platform capabilities, and can deliver on enterprisewide implementations that support a broad BI strategy. Leaders articulate a business proposition that resonates with buyers, supported by the viability and operational capability to deliver on a global basis.”

A full copy of the Gartner report is available, compliments of MicroStrategy, at http://www.microstrategy.com/GartnerMagicQuadrant2008.

Thousands of Companies Rely on MicroStrategy
Thousands of companies, many with vast amounts of data and large user populations, rely on MicroStrategy to report on and analyze their data to make analytically-based business decisions. The OLAP Survey, a leading independent survey of the business intelligence (BI) software market, has recognized MicroStrategy’s large data handling capabilities for six consecutive years, noting that MicroStrategy sites reported the largest data volumes of all business intelligence products reviewed in the survey.

Several of MicroStrategy’s customers were recognized at its annual user conference in January 2008 for outstanding business performance with their MicroStrategy-based business intelligence applications:

GEICO, a leading auto insurer, uses MicroStrategy to analyze over 20 terabytes of customer and sales data. GEICO’s MicroStrategy applications have more than 1,500 users who execute over 2,000 reports daily. With MicroStrategy’s dashboards, GEICO personnel can gain greater insight into sales activity to enhance customer relationships and generate sales growth.

The U.S. Postal Service has approximately 30,000 managers in every major functional group that rely on MicroStrategy to improve operations, detect fraud, and increase efficiencies in mail service. The U.S. Postal Service has a 60-terabyte Teradata data warehouse.

Corporate Express US, one of the world’s largest business-to-business suppliers of essential office and computer products and services, uses MicroStrategy for its customer extranet. More than 10,000 Corporate Express customers are expected to use this online service, which allows them to run reports and analyze data related to their office supply purchases.

Ryder, which provides leading-edge transportation, logistics, and supply chain management solutions worldwide, has a BI environment that supports 10,000 users. More than 40,000 reports are run each week to help Ryder employees monitor fleet management and transportation service information.

Leading Independent Provider of Open Systems BI
MicroStrategy is the leading independent provider of open systems business intelligence software. MicroStrategy is committed to the highest standards for interoperation and open system flexibility, enabling customers to freely choose software platforms that do not lock them into working with specific hardware or software platforms.

MicroStrategy provides easy exchange of open system components such as DBMS, ETL, Operating Systems, Directory Services, ERP, and Web software to allow customers to seamlessly exchange one component of the technology stack with another. By maintaining tight working relationships with complementary technologies, MicroStrategy gives its customers flexibility in creating their BI systems, while ensuring high performance and stable operations.

Commitment to BI Innovation
To achieve its vision of pervasive enterprise BI, MicroStrategy is committed to ongoing performance improvements and technical innovation in areas including:

* Delivering sub-second query performance for all common queries
* Instant access by thousands of users
* Advanced interactive visualization techniques beyond tables and graphs, helping business decision-makers to understand their data
* New user interface paradigms that allow users to freely explore and navigate through the entire data warehouse
* Lights out operation providing 24-7 fault-tolerant operation
* Delivering information to all significant mobile and stationary user interfaces
* Delivering relevant alerts information automatically and proactively
* Embedding intelligence automatically in operational applications
* Making advanced analytics easily accessible by all business users

“We believe our position in the leaders quadrant is confirmation of the superb technology and service that MicroStrategy provides to its customers,” said MicroStrategy COO Sanju Bansal. “We continue to enhance our technology to provide a premium customer experience, and we complement this technology with a full range of education and consulting services to ensure our customers get the greatest value from their business intelligence investments. We take great pride in our industrial-strength business intelligence software and the foundation we have built to help our customers move into the future.”

About the Magic Quadrant
The Magic Quadrant is copyrighted February 1, 2008 by Gartner, Inc. and is reused with permission. The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner’s analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the Magic Quadrant, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors placed in the “Leaders” quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is intended solely as a research tool, and is not meant to be a specific guide to action. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

About MicroStrategy
Founded in 1989, MicroStrategy is a global leader in business intelligence (BI) technology. MicroStrategy provides integrated reporting, analysis, and monitoring software that helps leading organizations worldwide make better business decisions every day. Companies choose MicroStrategy for its advanced technical capabilities, sophisticated analytics, and superior data and user scalability. More information about MicroStrategy (Nasdaq: MSTR) is available at www.microstrategy.com.

1) Gartner, Inc. “Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence Platforms, 2008” by James Richardson et al, Feb. 1, 2008

MicroStrategy, MicroStrategy Business Intelligence Platform are either trademarks or registered trademarks of MicroStrategy Incorporated in the United States and certain other countries. Other product and company names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

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