MicroStrategy announces enhanced curriculum for Introduction to Enterprise Business Intelligence class

Free, One-day Class Provides Hands-on BI Instruction

MCLEAN, Va., Oct. 29, 2008 -- MicroStrategy(R) Incorporated (Nasdaq: MSTR), a leading worldwide provider of business intelligence (BI) software, today announced that it has updated its Introduction to Enterprise Business Intelligence class. The one-day course is offered at no charge to companies interested in learning about enterprise business intelligence and the MicroStrategy Business Intelligence Platform(TM).

The curriculum for the course was recently updated to address the changing business intelligence needs of organizations and provide insights into MicroStrategy's latest product enhancements. The new class syllabus focuses on five key areas that are instrumental in building successful enterprise BI applications:

1. An Intuitive and Interactive User Experience for Making Better, Faster Decisions

Understand business performance using dashboards, enterprise reports, cross-tabular reports, and chart reports. Users can analyze data, create reports, and design dashboards through a rich, user-friendly, graphical interface.

2. Fast Time-to-Value

Build a fully functional BI application in less than 30 minutes. Rapid application development helps to ensure that BI investments yield results quickly.

3. Competitive Differentiation through Analytics

Learn the comprehensive range of analytical capabilities from basic data aggregations to sophisticated statistical and predictive calculations.

4. Maintaining BI Applications at the Lowest Total Cost of Ownership

Minimize the ongoing costs of BI applications through reusable, objected-oriented application development and automated administration.

5. Visualizations that Enhance Data Comprehension and Discovery

Compare and investigate data using proper chart types and advanced visualizations that uncover and communicate data relationships, patterns, and trends.

MicroStrategy has offered the Introduction to Business Intelligence class since 2006 with thousands of participants attending classes held in cities around the world. Each quarter, MicroStrategy offers approximately 100 classes. Attendees have provided positive feedback on the course:

"The course provided a thorough overview of MicroStrategy's capabilities that supplemented my knowledge of MicroStrategy and motivated me to consider new ways to leverage the software on current and future BI applications," said Jayita Chatterjee, Associate Engineer and ETL Developer at The Advisory Board Company. "The instructor was knowledgeable on the subject matter and provided clear examples and instructions that facilitated learning."

"The MicroStrategy Introduction to BI class expanded my knowledge about MicroStrategy's Dynamic Enterprise Dashboards and the Web interface," said Alan Heger, Vice President of Information Systems at Russ Berrie & Co., Inc. "The hands-on exercises reinforced key subject areas, and the interactivity with the instructor, particularly when the instructor explained how MicroStrategy features could be used in real world situations, was useful and relevant to my business."

"I was very impressed with the knowledge of the instructor," said Allison Griffin, Senior Informatics Analyst at MD Anderson Cancer Center. "He was able to answer all attendee questions relative to our BI environments and was very proficient with the product, both from a consumer and developer standpoint."

"MicroStrategy's Introduction to Enterprise Business Intelligence class is an excellent opportunity for business users, BI project managers, IT specialists, and analysts to learn about enterprise BI and the capabilities of MicroStrategy's BI software," said Sanju Bansal, MicroStrategy COO. "The response from past attendees has been extremely positive and we are pleased to offer our new curriculum that covers the latest MicroStrategy product offerings."

For more information on MicroStrategy's Introduction to Enterprise Business Intelligence class, visit

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

MicroStrategy, MicroStrategy Business Intelligence Platform, and MicroStrategy Dynamic Enterprise Dashboards are either trademarks or registered trademarks of MicroStrategy Incorporated in the United States and certain other countries. Other product and company names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

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