MicroStrategy Debuts its Latest Business Intelligence Software Platform, MicroStrategy 9.3
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MicroStrategy Debuts its Latest Business Intelligence Software Platform, MicroStrategy 9.3

New Release Introduces Enhancements for Visual Exploration, Dashboards, Big Data and Analytics

AMSTERDAM, July 10, 2012 — (PRNewswire) — �MicroStrategy® Incorporated (Nasdaq: MSTR), a leading worldwide provider of business intelligence (BI) software, today unveiled MicroStrategy 9.3, the latest version of the Company's core business intelligence platform, at MicroStrategy World 2012, the Company's European user conference being held in Amsterdam. 

MicroStrategy 9.3 contains powerful new capabilities that enhance MicroStrategy Visual Insight for data exploration and dashboard creation, allow businesses to gain insights from Big Data, and incorporate advanced analytics from R — an open source programming language for statistical computing.

MicroStrategy 9.3 empowers business people by providing them with the information they need to make better decisions and be consistently more productive.  The new release includes important enhancements in a number of areas, providing business people the ability to:

"MicroStrategy is extremely proud to announce the availability of MicroStrategy 9.3, which showcases our successful efforts in improving usability, time-to-value, and administrative ease," said Sanju Bansal, MicroStrategy Chief Operating Officer.   "We're particularly excited about the ease of use enhancements to MicroStrategy Visual Insight, which allow business users to create powerful insights and dashboards in minutes."

1. Explore Data Visually to Discover Actionable Business Insights
MicroStrategy 9.3 includes many new features in MicroStrategy Visual Insight, MicroStrategy's user environment that allows business people to visually explore and understand their data in a way that is fast, simple, and engaging. 

Compelling Visualizations.  MicroStrategy Visual Insight includes new data visualizations that quickly and easily let business people of all skill levels spot outliers, discover patterns, and uncover problem areas that otherwise may be difficult to discern. 

Improved Usability. MicroStrategy Visual Insight includes new features that simplify the data discovery process even further. 

Expanded Analytics. MicroStrategy Visual Insight gives business people access to over 300 analytical functions, thus supporting myriad business calculations.

Access to Data Across the Enterprise. MicroStrategy Visual Insight lets business people analyze data wherever it resides -- from relational databases, multi-dimensional databases, Hadoop distributions, Web services, or data imported from personal data stores, such as Excel files. MicroStrategy 9.3 improves the data import feature by automatically enriching time and geographic data.  For example, it can take a single date item and create week, month, quarter, and year dimensions automatically.  Similarly, MicroStrategy 9.3 can take geographic data at the city level and determine state and county automatically. 

To see a demonstration of MicroStrategy Visual Insight, visit http://www.microstrategy.com/bi-visual-insight.

2. Build and Share Your Own Dashboards In Minutes Without Help from IT
MicroStrategy 9.3 also enhances MicroStrategy Visual Insight to further enable business people to create engaging and effective dashboards in under 10 minutes with no help from IT.

3. Analyze Big Data Stored in Hadoop for New Business Insights
Analyzing Big Data — often terabytes of detailed transactional data or petabytes of unstructured machine-generated logs — is a growing imperative as companies look to their data as competitive assets. The goal is to discover new insights that were practically unobtainable, due to both technical and cost issues posed by the ever increasing volume of data. One technology gaining traction to store these large data volumes efficiently is the Apache Hadoop Distributed File System, or HDFS. MicroStrategy 9.3 can transparently analyze the data stored in Hadoop and unlock actionable business insights without the business user or report designer needing to know anything about the underlying data storage.

4. Search BI Application Metadata to Quickly Find and Build Reports and Dashboards

MicroStrategy 9.3 delivers a high quality search experience so business people can discover the information they need simply and quickly.

5. Improve Decision-making with Advanced and Predictive Analytics
MicroStrategy 9.3 can expand upon its repertoire of over 300 analytical functions to include the additional 5,000+ computations available within the "R" open source project, the most widely used statistical computing language.  MicroStrategy 9.3 can support all the analytics necessary to manage the business with mathematical and scientific precision.

6. Manage the BI Ecosystem with Minimal Administrative Effort
MicroStrategy 9.3 introduces MicroStrategy System Manager to allow organizations to deliver more BI for less cost and with better system availability.  This new administration product automates the many manual, multi-step processes required to manage a BI ecosystem. 

Join MicroStrategy for the MicroStrategy 9.3 Release Webcast
For more details on MicroStrategy 9.3, attend a Webcast on July 19, 2012. The Webcast will provide an overview and a demonstration of the highlights in MicroStrategy's latest release. To learn more about the Webcast and MicroStrategy 9.3, visit: http://www.microstrategy.com/Software/businessintelligence.

Try MicroStrategy 9.3 on the Cloud
MicroStrategy Cloud brings together MicroStrategy 9.3, analytical databases, and data integration capabilities in one integrated service. The MicroStrategy Cloud solution allows companies to either connect to data sources stored on-premises, in the MicroStrategy Cloud, or hosted in other cloud systems. Compared to traditional on-premises approaches, MicroStrategy Cloud is faster to deploy, more flexible, delivers world-class performance, and offers significant financial advantages.

MicroStrategy 9.3 is also available as a free 25-user software bundle that brings visual data discovery, Mobile apps, dashboards, and report delivery to departments at no charge. Visit http://www.microstrategy.com/freereportingsoftware/index.asp for more information.

About MicroStrategy Incorporated
Founded in 1989, MicroStrategy is a leading provider of enterprise software platforms for business intelligence (BI), mobile intelligence, and social intelligence applications.  MicroStrategy's BI platform enables leading organizations worldwide to analyze the vast amounts of data stored across their enterprises to make better business decisions.  Companies choose MicroStrategy BI for its ease-of-use, sophisticated analytics, and superior data and user scalability.  MicroStrategy's mobile intelligence platform helps companies and organizations build, deploy, and maintain mobile apps across a range of solutions by embedding intelligence, transactions, and multimedia into apps.  MicroStrategy's social intelligence platform includes a number of applications that help enterprises harness the power of social networks for marketing and e-commerce, as well as a suite of free consumer friendly apps that use MicroStrategy's enterprise technologies.  The MicroStrategy Cloud offering combines MicroStrategy and third-party software, hardware, and services to enable rapid, cost-effective development of hosted BI, mobile, and social applications.  To learn more about MicroStrategy (Nasdaq: MSTR), visit www.microstrategy.com and follow us on Facebook ( http://www.facebook.com/microstrategy) and Twitter ( http://www.twitter.com/microstrategy).

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