MicroStrategy Business Intelligence Helps Nation’s Third-Largest Distributor of Wine and Spirits Find Revenue and Cost Saving Opportunities

National Distributing Company Inc. to Provide Suppliers and Customers Web Access to Track Sales Activity Using MicroStrategy Software

McLEAN, Va., December 26, 2001 – MicroStrategy® Incorporated (NASDAQ: MSTR), a leading worldwide provider of business intelligence software, today announced that Atlanta, Ga.-based National Distributing Company, Inc. (NDC) is using the MicroStrategy Business Intelligence Platform™ to maximize sales opportunities and increase cost-savings. NDC, the third largest wholesaler of wine and spirits in the U.S., is a privately held company with more than 2,500 employees and over 50,000 customers.

NDC’s sales management is using MicroStrategy 7® to measure sales performance across all customer channels and at all key management levels in the organization. With MicroStrategy 7, NDC can more effectively spot sales trends and opportunities very early in the monthly business cycle, and quickly drill through data to identify the specific restaurants, hotels, grocery stores and liquor stores where opportunities exists.

“The MicroStrategy platform allows us to focus our resources quickly on those areas that result in profit and marketplace wins,” said Michael C. Carlos, chairman and Co-CEO of NDC. “Our system will not only give us the ability to monitor our key brands very closely at all levels of the organization, but in the near future will also provide our suppliers and customers the ability to securely track sales trends for their brands on a daily basis.” Jay Davis, President and Co-CEO of NDC states, “MicroStrategy’s Web-based, highly scalable platform will help us continue to build on our already strong supplier and customer relationships. It will help strengthen our supply chain from beginning to end. Key product and customer information has never been so easy to disburse to our managers, suppliers and customers.”

About National Distributing Company, Inc.

National Distributing Company is the most proficient beverage alcohol distribution/brokerage network in the U.S. because it is the very best at servicing the needs of its people, its suppliers, its customers and its community. For more information, please visit NDC’s Web site at www.ndcadultbeverages.com.

About MicroStrategy Incorporated

Leadership in a Critical Market: Founded in 1989, MicroStrategy is a worldwide leader in the critical business intelligence software market. Large and small companies alike are harnessing MicroStrategy’s business intelligence software to gain vital insights from their data to help them proactively enhance cost-efficiency, productivity and customer relations and optimize revenue-generating strategies. MicroStrategy's business intelligence platform offers exceptional capabilities that provide organizations -- in virtually all facets of their operations -- with user-friendly solutions to their data query, reporting, and advanced analytical needs, and distributes valuable insight on this data to users via Web, wireless, and voice. PC Magazine recently selected MicroStrategy 7™ as the 2001 “Editors' Choice” for business intelligence software.

Built for the Internet: MicroStrategy 7 is the Scalable Business Intelligence Platform Built for the Internet™. Its pure-Web architecture provides Web reporting, security, performance and standards that are critical for Web deployment. Within intranets, MicroStrategy's products provide employees with information to enable them to make better, more cost-effective business decisions. In extranets, enterprises can use MicroStrategy 7 to build stronger relationships by linking customers and suppliers via the Internet.

Diverse Customer Base: MicroStrategy's customer base cuts across industry and sector lines, with approximately 1,500 enterprise-class customers, including Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse, AT&T Wireless Group, Wachovia and GlaxoSmithKline. MicroStrategy also has relationships with over 400 systems integrators and application development and platform partners, including IBM, PeopleSoft, Compaq, Informatica and JD Edwards.

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MicroStrategy Incorporated
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