Syntel and MicroStrategy strengthen global alliance

MicroStrategy Platform Integrated with Syntel’s Data Warehouse and Global Delivery Offerings

McLean, Va., August 17, 2004 – MicroStrategy® Incorporated (NASDAQ: MSTR), a leading worldwide provider of business intelligence software, today announced that it has strengthened its global alliance with Syntel. Syntel Inc. is a leading global provider of custom outsourcing solutions in a broad spectrum of information technology and information technology-enabled services.

As a MicroStrategy Global Alliance partner, Syntel will integrate the MicroStrategy Business Intelligence Platform™ with its Data Warehouse and Global Delivery offerings for Global 2000 customers. Syntel’s Data Warehouse solution helps customers’ access data in a timely and efficient manner, manage day-to-day business activities more effectively, and analyze and forecast business trends. Syntel’s Global Delivery is an applications outsourcing service.

“We’re pleased to add industry-leading technology like MicroStrategy to Syntel’s comprehensive suite of advanced technology solutions. Our data warehousing expertise and Global Delivery Service combined with MicroStrategy’s industrial-strength business intelligence platform will provide our customers with outstanding technology and service,” said Andy Sivaraman, Syntel’s Vice President- Strategic Programs & Alliances.

“By partnering with Syntel, we’re able to leverage their global presence and over 24 years of experience in IT, to help MicroStrategy increase its customer reach internationally, while building our Alliance Program with world-class integrators,” said MicroStrategy’s COO Sanju Bansal. “By integrating our technology with Syntel’s, customers can benefit from more efficient business operations and improved customer relations.”

About Syntel, Inc.

Syntel (Nasdaq: SYNT) is a leading global provider of custom outsourcing solutions in a broad spectrum of information technology and information technology-enabled services. The Company's vertical practices support the entire Design-Build-Operate-Optimize lifecycle of systems and processes for corporations in the Financial Services, Insurance, Retail, Health Care and Automotive industries. The first US-based firm to launch a Global Delivery Service to drive speed-to-market and quality advantages for its customers, Syntel now leverages this efficient model for the majority of its Global 2000 customers. Recently named one of Forbes Magazine's "Best 200 Small Companies in America," Syntel has more than 4,000 employees worldwide, is assessed at Level 5 of the SEI's CMM and is ISO 9001:2000 certified. To learn more, visit us at:

About MicroStrategy

Founded in 1989, MicroStrategy is a worldwide leader in the increasingly critical business intelligence software market. Leading Fortune 2000 companies are integrating MicroStrategy’s industrial-strength software into virtually all facets of their businesses. The MicroStrategy Business Intelligence Platform™ distills vast amounts of data into vital, probing insight to help drive cost-efficiency, productivity, customer relations and revenue-generation. MicroStrategy offers exceptional capabilities — excellent scalability, powerful analytics, user-friendly query and reporting features and an outstanding, easy-to-use Web interface. Top companies are using MicroStrategy to cost-effectively harness large, multi-terabyte databases; empower thousands of employees at all operational levels; and extend the benefits of business intelligence enterprise-wide and beyond to customers, partners and suppliers.

MicroStrategy has over 2,800 enterprise-class customers, including General Motors, Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse, Yahoo!, Visa International, Wells Fargo, Telecom Italia, AT&T Wireless Group and Aventis. MicroStrategy also has relationships with over 500 systems integrators and application development and platform partners, including IBM, PeopleSoft, Sun, HP, and Teradata, a division of NCR. MicroStrategy is listed on Nasdaq under the symbol MSTR. For more information or to purchase or demo MicroStrategy’s software, visit MicroStrategy’s Web site at

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