Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services Is Available Today

Customers and Partners Join Microsoft Executives to Introduce SQL Server Reporting Capabilities

REDMOND, Wash., Jan. 27, 2004 -- Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) today announced the availability of SQL Server(TM) 2000 Reporting Services. Reporting Services provides companies with a powerful new reporting tool that can increase business insight by providing real-time information from any data source to any device. As a result, employees at every level will have better access to information that will increase their ability to make more-informed decisions and provide more business value to their company. With the addition of Reporting Services, SQL Server, a part of the Microsoft(R) Windows Server System(TM), provides the single most comprehensive data management and business intelligence (BI) platform on the market, with integrated analytics that include online analytical processing; data mining; data warehousing; extract, transform and load tools; and reporting functionality. This integrated, end-to-end approach helps companies make better decisions faster while lowering their total cost of ownership.

"Reporting Services is an enterprise-level reporting solution that is more affordable than competitive solutions in the marketplace today. It builds on the success of SQL Server 2000 to provide an integrated and scalable solution whether it is used to send interactive reports to five or 50,000 subscribers," said Paul Flessner, senior vice president of Enterprise Servers at Microsoft. "With Reporting Services, our customers benefit from a cost-effective, easy-to-use reporting solution that enables them to better leverage data from their disparate systems for smarter business decisions."

Industry Acclaims Microsoft's Comprehensive, Cost-Effective BI Offering SQL Server 2000 offers a broad business intelligence platform that helps enable customers and partners to easily build custom business intelligence applications. This flexibility and interoperability provide users with powerful business intelligence solutions tailored to their specific needs. Customers such as ASB Bank Ltd., Best Buy Company Inc., Coldwater Creek Inc., Cox Communications Inc., IS Partners Co., Long & Foster Companies, Mary Kay Inc., PREMIER Bankcard, RF Micro Devices Inc., Scout-Master and TSYS have already started to implement Reporting Services solutions.

"In six short weeks, Reporting Services helped PREMIER Bankcard develop an enterprisewide business intelligence reporting solution that will result in a workload reduction equivalent of at least three full-time employees, giving those employees time to work on other, more-proactive projects," said Dan Zerfas, vice president of application development at PREMIER Bankcard. "Reporting Services is the perfect combination of flexibility, scalability and performance required to support the high-growth rate that we have been enjoying. With just 40 report authors across three business units, we look to deliver 400 BI reports to 500 users at all levels."

Reporting Services provides an open and extensible reporting platform industry partners can use to broaden their offerings without investing in building reporting infrastructure. Microsoft is collaborating with companies including ActiveViews Inc., Aspirity LLC, Comprehensive Software Systems, Configuresoft, Fenestrae, Geac Computer Corporation Ltd., Hitachi Consulting Corp., IntelligentApps Ltd., Intellinet Corp., OutlookSoft Corp., MaxQ Technologies Inc., MIS AG, Professional Advantage, ProClarity Corp., Solutions Consulting Group, Silvon Software Inc., SPSS Inc., Trax Retail Solutions Inc. and Unisys.

Industry analysts have also expressed high expectations for the value Reporting Services will bring to customers and partners. According to Giga Information Group analysts Philip Russom and Keith Gile, Reporting Services has the potential to reshape the niche market for reporting, just as SQL Server's Analysis Services has for online analytic processing (OLAP) and Data Transformation Services (DTS) has for extraction, transformation and load (ETL). Educational efforts by Microsoft will raise the profile of reporting technologies and the realization of their usefulness, while bringing usability and cost within the technical and budgetary grasp of far more companies.(1)

A valid SQL Server 2000 license is required for each server on which Reporting Services is deployed. It is available in nine languages including traditional and simplified Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean and Spanish.

About SQL Server

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(1) "Microsoft Announces Reporting Services, Signaling Changes in Markets for Reporting Product," Giga, a wholly owned subsidiary of Forrester Research Inc., Feb. 20, 2003

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 Customers and Partners Support Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services
                                 Quote Sheet
                                 January 2004


    "At ASB Bank, we strive to be one step ahead, leading the market in
innovation and customer service. Reporting Services delivers. It increases
productivity and reduces our time to market. It allows information delivery to
meet the business needs as the business grows and changes. As part of our
proof of concept, we were able to deliver Web-based reporting in five days
that in the past had taken five weeks to develop. In terms of
cost-effectiveness and integration with the Microsoft products, it was the
obvious choice."
                                 --Chris Mitchell
                                   Manager Data Warehouse
                                   Group Technology Solutions
                                   ASB Bank Ltd.

    "We've done an initial evaluation and think Reporting Services has the
potential to solve many of our information delivery challenges, with great
usability and a manageable cost. We will use Reporting Services as the target
platform for a limited number of BI projects in 2004, and there is potential
for a much broader rollout if the initial experience goes as expected."
                                 --Harold Knutson
                                   Vice President
                                   Corporate Systems and Data Solutions
                                   Best Buy Co. Inc.

    "Our business intelligence team works in a fast-paced environment where
timely information is key to the strategic decision-making process. Reporting
Services quickly allows us to supply easy-to-use, interactive reports in a
'self-service' format, which has significantly reduced the workload of our BI
team while streamlining access to information. In addition, Reporting Services
integrates well with our SQL Server data warehouse environment and makes it
easy for our business intelligence analysts to configure, while offering
similar ease of use to all our customers who need to create and print custom
reports. My vision is that we will use the self-service access component of
Reporting Services to handle up to 80 percent of customer questions. This will
free up my BI team to concentrate on the strategic analysis necessary to help
Coldwater Creek continue building a premier, national, women's apparel brand."
                                 -- Dan Moen
                                   Vice President
                                   Business Intelligence and Marketing
                                   Coldwater Creek Inc.

    "A major benefit of Reporting Services is that I can have business
analysts create the reports end users need, instead of queuing them up to be
done by a software developer. This new capability will free an estimated
800 developer-hours per year, which will save us a lot of money because we
won't need to outsource nearly as much development work as we have in the
                                 --Tim Winebarger
                                   NOC Tools Group
                                   Cox Communications Inc.

    "Reporting Services enables us to provide our customers with daily, weekly
and monthly customer service information. It has taken away the burden of
scheduling, generating and delivering the huge number of reports we deliver to
our clients. Our key account managers have been freed up to focus on taking
action and unlocking value in the information we generate, rather than being
burdened by the manual process of generating and distributing information. In
addition, we view Reporting Services as a tool that can be used by our global
distribution businesses. Relative to other systems we have tried, it seems
more affordable, provides flexibility and does not require a particularly
specialized skill set to set up."
                                 --Craig Aiken
                                   Customer Feedback Systems
                                   IS Partners Co.

    "Our goal was to build a single, unified reporting platform that would
allow us to quickly release a new set of performance measurement reports and
subsequently port our existing catalog of more than 250 reports. Reporting
Services has proven to be a perfect solution: Our software developers were
impressed by the first-class report designer, tight integration with Visual
Studio(R) .NET, short learning curve and overall extensibility of the
framework. Meanwhile, our business sponsors appreciated the compressed time to
market and the fact that they didn't have to make another million-dollar
software investment."
                                 --Lance Morimoto
                                   Senior Manager
                                   Long & Foster Companies

    "SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services provides an integrated environment for
report development, management and delivery. Within three weeks of getting our
hands on Reporting Services, we knew it was the right way to go. Users will
benefit from a single portal through which they can subscribe to and view
reports. Users also will enjoy a more consistent report look and feel."
                                 --Doug Voss
                                   Supply Chain Information Services and
                                   Mary Kay Inc.

    "In six short weeks, Reporting Services helped PREMIER Bankcard develop an
enterprise-wide Business Intelligence reporting solution which will result in
a workload reduction equivalent of at least three full-time employees, giving
those employees time to work on other more proactive projects. Reporting
Services is the perfect combination of flexibility, scalability and
performance required to support the high-growth rate that we have been
enjoying. With just 40 report authors across three business units, we look to
deliver 400 BI reports to 500 users at all levels."
                                 --Dan Zerfas
                                   Vice President
                                   Application Development
                                   PREMIER Bankcard

    "We are pleased with the results we've achieved using SQL Server 2000
Reporting Services. This new reporting solution is a cost-effective system
that provides RFMD the simplicity and flexibility we need to create essential
business reports. Specifically, SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services has
provided RFMD with an approximate fourfold increase in report development
productivity, improved access to information for end users, and low total cost
of ownership."
                                 --Forrest Moore
                                   Chief Information Officer
                                   Corporate Vice President of Information
                                   RF Micro Devices (RFMD)

    "SQL Server Reporting Services is stable, easy to program and
implement -- it has changed the way we do reporting. Now we're using reports
in place of complicated Web pages and convoluted, expensive reporting
products. Reporting Services has helped us meet our challenges quickly and
move on."
                                 --Paul Turley
                                   Chief Architect

    "Without SQL Server Reporting Services, we would not have been able to
consolidate multiple disparate data sources into concise reporting output
(e-mail, Web content and, for some customers, old-fashioned paper) in a rapid
fashion. In the financial area we face the prospect of having to access and
report on data housed on multiple systems of record, to include IMS, DB2,
Oracle, SQL Server, MySQL and even legacy-based systems employing flat file
database structures. SQL Server Reporting Services enabled us to create a new
dimension for our core application product TSYS ProphIT, and do this in the
rapid fashion based on superb extensibility and integration with Visual Studio
.NET. The power of the product for us was the capability to extend current
.NET Web services to include code and offerings that extended reporting
without massive changes to our core Web services."
                                 --Tim Kelly
                                   ProphIT Team


    "ActiveViews is leveraging the flexibility and delivery power of Reporting
Services to empower business users to interactively and iteratively build
their own reports. It's allowing us to offer the market an inexpensive
alternative to costly legacy reporting systems for both corporate IT and ISVs
and really complete the job of delivering meaningful data access to many, many
more business users."
                                 --Rob Hicks
                                   ActiveViews Inc.

    "SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services is positioned to provide organizations
with a comprehensive and extensible report development and distribution
platform. We are excited to offer customers the training and consulting
necessary to quickly realize the benefits of Reporting Services."
                                 --Elizabeth Vitt
                                   Consulting Manager
                                   Aspirity LLC

    "Reporting Services has enabled Configuresoft to easily deliver new
dashboard reporting capabilities that simplify IT security and operations
management as well as corporate compliance with government legislation like
HIPAA and GLBA. In addition, Reporting Services eliminates the need for our
customers to purchase a third-party reporting engine for Enterprise
Configuration Manager, and reduces development costs for us by providing
reporting capabilities that seamlessly integrate with our tool."
                                 --Randy Streu
                                   Vice President
                                   Product Management
                                   Configuresoft Inc.

    "Through Microsoft's Joint Developer Program (JDP), Microsoft and
Comprehensive Software Systems (CSS) have truly had the opportunity to build
the most advanced reporting technology for the financial services industry.
CSS's expansive knowledge of the industry's needs, as well as our deep
understanding of the limitations of existing 'industry standard' technology,
has enabled Microsoft to raise the bar considerably for financial services
reporting technology with Microsoft SQL Reporting Services."
                                 --Michael T. Landy
                                   Co-founder and CTO

    "We are pleased to announce our integration with Reporting Services,
expanding Fenestrae messaging and mobility solutions to include business
intelligence requirements. We continue to build on the tightest partnership
with Microsoft, delivering our customers and partners true integration with
Reporting Services from the launch."
                                 --Nick Horlsen
                                   Vice President
                                   Strategic Alliances

    "We look forward to introducing our customers to Reporting Services. Since
reporting and analysis is a corporate necessity, it is critical that we have a
solution our customers can depend on. With so many BI tools out there, having
Reporting Services at hand will save our hundreds of SQL Server customers the
time and hassle of vendor evaluation. Our services consultants are already
taking advantage of Analysis Services and Data Transformation Services.
Reporting Services will be another great tool to have in their 'bag.'"
                                 --Tim Wright
                                   Chief Technology Officer
                                   Geac Computer Corporation Ltd.

    "As a provider of consulting services to enterprise organizations, Hitachi
Consulting provides innovative solutions to meet our customers' needs. We
evaluate new technologies almost every day for our clients to ensure that we
are delivering leading-edge solutions with long-term viability. After
extensive research on the various BI and reporting platforms, we chose
Reporting Services because it enables our consultants to deliver an integrated
and extensible solution without significant software and development costs."
                                 --Brian Biglin
                                   Senior Manager
                                   Hitachi Consulting

    "Large corporations will be able to leverage the existing skills base and
business knowledge they currently have in Excel to develop corporate
performance management applications based on Reporting Services and Analysis
Services in a fraction of the time, complexity and cost of any existing
alternative solution."
                                 --Paul Martin
                                   IntelligentApps Ltd.

    "Intellinet is very excited about the launch of Reporting Services and the
great business value it creates for our clients. Reporting Services enhances
the value of the BI solutions that we implement for our clients and allows
them to make better, faster business decisions. Reporting Services is
resulting in improved troubleshooting capabilities, better maintenance, more
efficient use of resources and improved report processing."
                                 --Dave Fackler
                                   Managing Partner
                                   Development Practice
                                   Intellinet Corp.

    "Coupled with the dynamic parameter feature of eProphet, the Reporting
Services linked report capabilities have enabled us to provide structured
analysis. Users of eProphet can now create relationships between multiple
reports and have these reports filtered by a set of shared parameters. This
unique feature allows business analysts to provide controlled data exploration
capabilities to the decision-makers, thus allowing them to make quick, sound
business decisions."
                                 --Anthony Peccerillo
                                   Vice President
                                   MaxQ Technologies Inc.

    "Our integration with Reporting Services enables us to provide an even
more robust solution to our customers. Reporting Services' scalable
infrastructure brings benefits such as extended report delivery and management
functionality, enhancing our MIS DecisionWare product suite."
                                 --Stefan Sexl
                                   General Manager
                                   MIS AG GmbH

    "OutlookSoft is pleased to have participated as a beta partner during
Microsoft's development of Reporting Services. The integration of Reporting
Services with OutlookSoft Everest provides exciting new functionality and
benefit to all our Business Performance Management clients."
                                 --Perlie Voshell
                                   Vice President
                                   OutlookSoft Corp.

    "ProClarity welcomes the introduction of Reporting Services to the BI
market, as the combined offering with ProClarity will enable customers to
cost-effectively deliver a complete solution that includes both relational and
best-in-class OLAP functionality on the Microsoft platform. With the
integration of Reporting Services and the ProClarity Analytics Platform,
Microsoft and ProClarity will deliver custom analytic applications and BI
capabilities beyond those previously available at a value point that cannot be
achieved elsewhere."
                                 --Clay Young
                                   Senior Vice President
                                   Strategic Marketing
                                   ProClarity Corp.

    "Reporting Services will make a huge impact on the middle market as in
recent years we have seen demand for reporting solutions grow while cost of
other reporting products increased. By coupling Reporting Services with
Microsoft's other Business Intelligence products, we will be able to offer our
midmarket customers powerful information systems that were traditionally
reserved for much larger corporations, due to the large investment that was
required. Now our clients will be able to use Microsoft-based information
systems to drive their business performance."
                                 --Mark Miller
                                   Microsoft Business Manager
                                   Professional Advantage

    "SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services is helping us get bigger projects that
we can deliver within shorter time frames. By integrating Reporting Services
with Data Transformation Services and Analysis Services we are deploying
custom BI products with Enterprise Reporting, Cube Analysis and Ad-Hoc
Querying for a fraction of the traditional cost. Functionality for Report
Delivery and Alerting also costs less with Business Intelligence Portal (BIP)
for SharePoint. We have seen an average of 80 percent reductions in time to
market delivery of our BI solutions."
                                 --Bill Edmett Jr.
                                   Practice Management
                                   SCG Inc.

    "The integration of Reporting Services with our Stratum suite of
enterprise performance management applications will allow our fast-moving
consumer-goods customers to easily deliver performance-related reports to
remote and extended users any time or anywhere as they manufacture and
distribute their products to market. This integration evolved in direct
response to today's growing velocity of business, which has forced greater
requirements on manufacturers, distributors and retailers to share business
performance data not only with more users throughout their enterprises, but
with partners across their trading networks as well. Our Reporting Services
integration will transform the process of creating and distributing reports
from being IT-driven to one that's driven by end users. Plus, our customers
will be able to leverage the benefits of Reporting Services right out of the
box since it's integrated with an application they already know."
                                 --Michael J. Hennel
                                   President and CEO
                                   Silvon Software Inc.

    "With the launch of Reporting Services, Microsoft is further strengthening
its position in the business intelligence marketplace. Not only are we excited
about OLAP Hub's support of Reporting Services, but we also expect Reporting
Services to provide additional value to our suite of predictive analytics
technology. Ultimately, we envision a joint solution that combines SPSS
predictive analytics with Microsoft's Analysis Services."
                                 --Jon Otterstatter
                                   Executive Vice President and
                                   Chief Technology Officer
                                   SPSS Inc.

    "Trax, like Microsoft, is focused on helping retailers build smarter and
more profitable enterprises. With SmartStore(R) supporting Reporting Services,
together we are empowering retail enterprises with a complete business
solution for simplifying internal processes, managing consistent flow of
information, and storing, analyzing and extracting valuable data. The result
is expert shrink reduction and store operations effectiveness that build and
maintain greater chainwide profitability."
                                 --Ron Southard
                                   Vice President
                                   Sales and Marketing
                                   Trax Retail Solutions

    "Unisys delivers Business Intelligence Solution Blueprints, allowing
organizations to quickly and easily deploy an enterprise-level solution based
upon the Microsoft Reporting Services platform. This approach allows our
customers to implement a fully qualified solution that allows them to reduce
risk, limit their total cost of ownership (TCO) and maximize the revenue that
they will realize from these strategic initiatives. Unisys is committed to
Microsoft and its suite of BI tools and has created a Reporting Services
Solution Blueprint to allow customers to easily and quickly implement a
comprehensive Microsoft BI infrastructure for their enterprise."
                                 --Don Montgomery
                                   Business Intelligence
                                   Unisys Corp.

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