In another milestone in extending user-friendly business intelligence software to mass users, MicroStrategy Incorporated  released a UNIX-based version of its award-winning MicroStrategy 7i platform. With the release of this new platform, called MicroStrategy 7i Universal Edition, MicroStrategy now offers a business intelligence (BI) product line that is compiled to 32-bit and 64-bit modes from the same code base and can run on Microsoft Windows, IBM AIX and Sun Solaris Operating System (OS).

"Many organizations today are trying to standardize on an enterprise business intelligence tools platform driven by the need to reduce costs and expand the number of knowledge workers -- including customers and suppliers," says Wayne Eckerson, director of research at The Data Warehousing Institute. "With the Universal Edition of MicroStrategy 7i, a 64-bit BI application server that can run on UNIX, MicroStrategy has taken its scalable, high performance BI platform to a new level in support of an organization's BI standardization efforts."

MicroStrategy 7i Universal Edition maintains MicroStrategy's commitment to provide the most complete BI platform capable of delivering all five styles of business intelligence - enterprise reporting, cube analysis, ad-hoc query and analysis, statistical analysis and report delivery and alerting - to thousands of corporate users, partners and customers.

MicroStrategy 7i's unified architecture delivers a broad spectrum of BI functionality ranging from daily operational reports, ad-hoc queries and in-depth OLAP analysis. MicroStrategy 7i's analytic server is architected to perform functions such as process queries, reports and analysis to millions of users; manage the definitions of reports, metrics and business that are used by all users in an enterprise in a central metadata repository; automatically generate highly sophisticated SQL to access the largest databases with high performance queries and reports; augment the native analytical capability of all major databases with an additional 200+ functions in the areas of OLAP, math, financial, statistical and logical operators; and eliminate the need to support multiple vendors and architectures for each different "style of business intelligence."

The MicroStrategy 7i analytic server is compiled to both 64-bit UNIX and 32-bit Windows environments from a single code base, which provides companies with the flexibility to freely choose the hardware and software that best fits their needs - both now and in the future. In addition, the support for UNIX and Windows operating systems allows querying, reporting and analytical infrastructure to grow incrementally to meet increasing numbers of users and volumes of data from small departmental applications to massive enterprise and extranet implementations. MicroStrategy 7i also facilitates the monitoring and analyzing the real-time and historical use and performance of the BI system, making it easy to tune the system appropriately, deploy new applications rapidly and manage large BI implementations with textual scripts.

MicroStrategy 7i Universal Edition is included in the MicroStrategy 7i release and was expected to be generally available the week of June 21, 2004. In this release, Intelligence Server will be available on Sun Solaris OS, IBM AIX and Microsoft Windows.

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