MicroStrategy Incorporated, a leading worldwide provider of business intelligence (BI) software, announced that it is expanding its relationship with Microsoft Corp. by extending access to multidimensional data sources with support for Microsoft SQL Server 2000 and SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services. MicroStrategy 8 uses the industry standards of Web Services and XML for Analysis (XMLA) to connect to SQL Server Analysis Services.

With MicroStrategy's BI software, companies are able to make better business decisions by standardizing and tapping into information stored in multiple locations across their enterprise. MicroStrategy transforms vast amounts of data into actionable dashboards, reports, and comprehensive analyses that companies use to monitor and improve business performance. MicroStrategy's support for SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services will allow customers to report and analyze Analysis Services data and join it with data from other sources, enabling deeper insights to uncover problems and trends previously unseen.

In addition to a highly intuitive and visual web interface, users also inherit the advanced technical capabilities of MicroStrategy, including outstanding data and user scalability, integrated architecture, and Pixel Perfect reporting. This support expands MicroStrategy's multiple integration points with Microsoft, including Microsoft SQL Server 2005, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server, and the Microsoft Windows operating systems. MicroStrategy plans to continue enhancing its integration with SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services to take advantage of the latest capabilities in the Analysis Services release.

"MicroStrategy 8's direct access to Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services confirms MicroStrategy's strong commitment to providing direct access to any data source," said Nigel Pendse, author of The OLAP Report. "MicroStrategy's tight integration with Analysis Services, via the industry standards of Web Services and XML for Analysis (XMLA), allows customers to deploy reporting and analysis solutions with consistent functionality across multiple data sources, maintaining one centralized metadata for both relational and multidimensional sources."

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