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OEM partnership enables rapid deployment of business intelligence applications

MERANT and MicroStrategy Incorporated today announced that MicroStrategy is embedding MERANT's DataDirect ODBC drivers into the MicroStrategy 7 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.

Bob Skeens, UK Country Manager, MicroStrategy, said, "MERANT is an ideal OEM partner for MicroStrategy, and we are delighted with the new agreement. Joining hands with MERANT's DataDirect group means we have access to market leading database connectivity middleware. This will enable us to offer our customers seamless database access, thus simplifying their overall business intelligence experience with MicroStrategy."

"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 behaviour 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 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 DataDirect 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 DataDirect to offer the industry's best products for data connectivity. 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

MicroStrategy is a leading worldwide provider of Intelligent E-Business software and related services. MicroStrategy's technology platform is creating a new generation of one-to-one e-business solutions that enable global 2000 organisations to build personal relationships with their partners, supply-chains, and customers. MicroStrategy delivers these solutions via web, wireless, and voice. In addition to its industry leading technology, MicroStrategy also offers a comprehensive set of consulting, training and support services for its customers and partners.

MicroStrategy has approximately 1000 customers across such diverse industries as retail, finance, telecommunications, dot-com, insurance, healthcare, pharmaceuticals and consumer packaged goods. MicroStrategy also has entered into relationships with more than 270 systems integrators, application development and platform partners. For more information, please visit MicroStrategy's Web site:


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