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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

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) and MicroStrategy(R) Incorporated (NASDAQ:MSTR MSTR Microstrategy, Inc (stock symbol)
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 MERANT's DataDirect(R) ODBC (Open DataBase Connectivity) A database programming interface from Microsoft that provides a common language for Windows applications to access databases on a network.  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 The deployment of a mechanical device, electrical system, computer program, etc., is its assembly or transformation from a packaged form to an operational working state.

Deployment implies moving a product from a temporary or development state to a permanent or desired state.
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"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 The term Out of Box Experience usually refers to computer hardware or software. It describes the experience a user has when installing and/or performing initial configuration on a piece of hardware or software.  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 (Original Equipment Manufacturer) The rebranding of equipment and selling it. The term initially referred to the company that made the products (the "original" manufacturer), but eventually became widely used to refer to the organization that buys the products and  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 (Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition) A platform from Sun for building distributed enterprise applications. J2EE services are performed in the middle tier between the user's machine and the enterprise's databases and legacy information systems. , JDBC (Java DataBase Connectivity) A programming interface that lets Java applications access a database via the SQL language. Since Java interpreters (Java Virtual Machines) are available for all major client platforms, this allows a platform-independent database  and ODBC standards. Exclusive partnerships with Sun, Microsoft, IBM (International Business Machines Corporation, Armonk, NY, www.ibm.com) The world's largest computer company. IBM's product lines include the S/390 mainframes (zSeries), AS/400 midrange business systems (iSeries), RS/6000 workstations and servers (pSeries), Intel-based servers (xSeries)  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 A primary product of a company, which is typically why the company was founded and/or what made it well known. For example, MS-DOS, Windows and the Microsoft Office suite have been flagship products of Microsoft. CorelDRAW is a flagship product of Corel Corporation.  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 See J.D. 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 United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area.  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.

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