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Top Independent Survey Ranks MicroStrategy Highest in Data Scalability
For the Fourth Year, Survey Finds MicroStrategy Customers Analyze Largest Data Volumes


MCLEAN, Va., April 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- MicroStrategy� Incorporated (Nasdaq: MSTR - News), a leading worldwide provider of business intelligence software, today announced that The OLAP Survey 4, a leading independent survey of the business intelligence software market, has once again validated the large data handling capabilities of MicroStrategy's software. For the fourth consecutive year, MicroStrategy's business intelligence software was found to be superior to that of Business Objects, Cognos and Hyperion in data scalability.

The OLAP Survey 4, conducted by independent analyst Nigel Pendse, surveyed nearly 1,000 customer sites and found that MicroStrategy customers accessed the largest data volumes by a wide margin. According to the survey, MicroStrategy customers are accessing a median of 250 Gigabytes of data. This is larger by more than a factor of three over Oracle Discoverer, the second- place product, a factor of 17 greater than Business Objects and a factor of 28 greater than Cognos PowerPlay's median data volumes.

"Yet again, MicroStrategy sites reported by far the largest data volumes of all BI vendors, with a substantial gap between MicroStrategy and the second place product," said Nigel Pendse, author of The OLAP Survey 4. "Despite most vendors claiming to be able to handle large, detailed applications, it is clear that only MicroStrategy's customers are actually implementing such transaction-level BI databases. This puts it ahead in a whole class of important applications."

The products reviewed in The OLAP Survey 4 in rank order by 
median data volume were:

      BI Vendor                   Rank             Median Data
                                                   Volume (GB)

    MicroStrategy                  1                 250.0
    Oracle Discoverer              2                  75.0
    SAP BW                            3                  75.0
    Oracle OLAP Option          4                  38.0
    Business Objects               5                  14.4
    Cognos PowerPlay            6                   8.8
    Oracle Express                   7                   4.7
    Hyperion Essbase              8                   4.2
    Microsoft AS                     9                   3.6
    Applix TM1                       10                    <1
    MIS Alea                          11                    <1

"We are delighted that for four years running, MicroStrategy has ranked significantly ahead of the other BI products in data scalability," said MicroStrategy's COO, Sanju Bansal. "Companies are collecting and storing more transaction-level detail from their various transactional and ERP systems, driving an increase in the size of databases that can be analyzed. MicroStrategy incorporates relational OLAP (ROLAP) and performance optimization techniques that permit efficient direct access to large data volumes, allowing customers to uncover critical insights that would not be revealed if there were restrictions on the amount of data that could be processed."

To view a summary of The OLAP Survey 4 results, go to:

About The OLAP Survey 4

The OLAP Survey 4 (, the largest and most comprehensive survey of OLAP products to date, is a quantifiable survey of the $4 billion OLAP market. The survey, conducted by Nigel Pendse and, analyzed data from nearly 1,000 sites in 51 countries. No vendors were involved in developing the questions, or in sponsoring the survey, making it the most reliable and unbiased research on the OLAP market. This year's survey asked more than 50 usage and adoption questions concerning 42 different OLAP products.



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