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MicroStrategy Signs OEM Agreement with MERANT DataDirect; -- OEM Partnership Enables Rapid Deployment of Business Intelligence Applications --.

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MCLEAN, Va. & ROCKVILLE, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 17, 2001

MERANT (NASDAQ:MRNT; LSE: MRN) and MicroStrategy(R) Incorporated (NASDAQ:MSTR) today announced that MicroStrategy is embedding MERANT's DataDirect(R) ODBC drivers into the MicroStrategy 7(TM) platform for business intelligence. The agreement enables MicroStrategy to provide customers with seamless data connectivity from MicroStrategy 7 to the latest versions of industry-leading databases including Oracle, Informix and Sybase. With this agreement, MicroStrategy significantly simplifies the use of its product while giving customers extended information access capabilities for easier and faster system deployments.

"We selected MERANT's DataDirect group based on their market leadership in database connectivity middleware, along with the expertise they demonstrated through their development and technical support teams," said Sid Banerjee, vice president of product marketing at MicroStrategy Incorporated. "By bundling DataDirect ODBC drivers with our platform, we simplify database access for our customers, and enhance their out-of-box experience with MicroStrategy. One of our goals is to help our customers be more successful with our product by enabling rapid deployment of business intelligence solutions."

"We are excited to be the vendor of choice to provide ODBC data connectivity for MicroStrategy," said Eric Egertson, vice president of OEM business development for MERANT's DataDirect group. "MicroStrategy is a leading platform provider in business intelligence. By including DataDirect technology within its software platform, MicroStrategy delivers more value to its customers."

This relationship benefits both MicroStrategy's customers and its technical staff. In the past, MicroStrategy worked with many ODBC drivers from different vendors to provide connectivity across multiple databases. Now, by bundling MERANT DataDirect technology, MicroStrategy's development and support teams can work with a single vendor for all of their database connectivity requirements, providing consistent functionality and behavior across all databases.

MicroStrategy 7 is the scalable business intelligence platform built specifically for the Internet, providing a pure-Web architecture for reporting and analysis on today's growing multi-terabyte data warehouses. DataDirect Connect(R) ODBC is a suite of cross-platform ODBC drivers that leverage native wire protocols and database vendor middleware to deliver reliable data connectivity to all major databases at the highest levels of efficiency and performance available today.

DataDirect Connect ODBC drivers for MicroStrategy platform are automatically included with the purchase of MicroStrategy 7 software.

About MERANT DataDirect

MERANT is the industry leader in data connectivity, dedicated to the J2EE, JDBC and ODBC standards. Exclusive partnerships with Sun, Microsoft, IBM and leading database vendors enable MERANT to offer the industry's best components for data connectivity with its DataDirect product line. That's why more than 4.5 million users and hundreds of software vendors choose DataDirect when they need to access data--whether for a single project, a commercial application, or as part of the enterprise-wide infrastructure for mission-critical data. In short, anyone who wants to bring applications to market faster and have them perform without worry--no matter what the standard, platform or database.

About MicroStrategy Incorporated

For 11 years, MicroStrategy has helped corporations transform their operational data into actionable information. Its flagship product is MicroStrategy 7(TM), the Scalable Business Intelligence Platform Built Specifically for the Internet(TM). Its pure-web architecture provides the Web reporting, security, performance, and standards that are critical for deployment over the Internet. With proven data and user scalability, MicroStrategy is capable of analyzing today's growing multi-terabyte data warehouses and distributing information to millions of users via Web, wireless and voice. The open and flexible platform provides the business intelligence foundation for all query, reporting and advanced analytical applications across the enterprise and out to partners and customers in extranet deployments.

MicroStrategy has approximately 1,100 enterprise-class customers, including Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse, AT&T Wireless Group, First Union Corporation and GlaxoSmithKline. MicroStrategy also has relationships with over 200 systems integrators, application development, and platform partners, including IBM, PeopleSoft, Compaq, Informatica and JD Edwards.

MicroStrategy was founded in 1990 and is listed on Nasdaq under the symbol MSTR. For more information on the company, or to purchase or demo MicroStrategy's software, please visit MicroStrategy's Web site at http://www.microstrategy.com.

MicroStrategy, MicroStrategy 7, MicroStrategy Business Intelligence Platform, Scalable Business Intelligence Platform Built Specifically for the Internet are either trademarks or registered trademarks of MicroStrategy Incorporated in the United States and certain other countries. MERANT, DataDirect, and DataDirect Connect are trademarks, of MERANT. Any product and company names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

This press release may include statements that may constitute "forward-looking statements," including its estimates of future business prospects or financial results and statements containing the words "believe," "estimate," "project," "expect" or similar expressions. Forward-looking statements inherently involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results of MicroStrategy Incorporated and its subsidiaries (collectively, the "Company") to differ materially from the forward-looking statements. Factors that could contribute to such differences include: the possibility that the conditions to the securities class action and shareholder derivative settlement agreements will not be satisfied; the Company's ability to secure financing for its current operations and long-term plans on acceptable terms; the ability of the Company to implement and achieve widespread customer acceptance of its MicroStrategy 7 software on a timely basis; adverse reaction by the Company's employees, investors, customers, vendors and lenders to the restatement of the Company's financial results or its future prospects; the Company's ability to recognize deferred revenue through delivery of products or satisfactory performance of services; continued acceptance of the Company's products in the marketplace; the timing of significant orders; delays in the Company's ability to develop or ship new products; market acceptance of new products; competitive factors; general economic conditions; currency fluctuations and other risks detailed in the Company's registration statements and periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. By making these forward-looking statements, the Company undertakes no obligation to update these statements for revisions or changes after the date of this release.
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