MicroStrategy announces access to multidimensional data sources

MCLEAN, Va., Jan. 19, 2006 -- MicroStrategy(R) Incorporated (Nasdaq: MSTR), a leading worldwide provider of business intelligence software, today announced that the latest release of MicroStrategy 8 will offer access to multidimensional data sources, including Microsoft Analysis Services and Hyperion Essbase.

Using MicroStrategy 8, businesses can report on, analyze, and monitor data contained in all major relational databases as well as multidimensional sources from SAP, Microsoft, and Hyperion. The newest release of MicroStrategy 8 will make it easier for customers to standardize on MicroStrategy for enterprise-wide reporting and analysis.

MicroStrategy's Relational Online Analytical Processing (ROLAP) engine interactively accesses some of the largest and most robust data warehouses in business and government, using MicroStrategy's optimized dynamic SQL capability. The newest release of MicroStrategy 8 will contain a Multidimensional Expressions (MDX) engine capable of creating optimized dynamic MDX syntax, allowing MicroStrategy customers efficient access to MDX data sources such as Microsoft Analysis Services and Hyperion Essbase. Following its commitment to open and industry standards, MicroStrategy's new MDX engine uses the XML for Analysis (XML/A) standard as the basis for its new technology.

"The upcoming MicroStrategy 8 release will make it even easier for customers to standardize on the MicroStrategy platform," said MicroStrategy COO, Sanju Bansal. "With MicroStrategy 8, users can dynamically access the full breadth of their data warehouses and data marts with high performance and high scale. By providing direct access to multidimensional data sources, our customers have added flexibility and functionality to use MicroStrategy across their entire enterprise."

The next release of MicroStrategy 8, incorporating access to multidimensional data sources, is planned to be generally available in the first quarter of 2006.

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

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