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- MicroStrategy Chosen Over Key Competitors -

MicroStrategy Incorporated, a leading worldwide provider of business intelligence software, today announced that the Student Loans Company (SLC), dedicated to administering the United Kingdom's higher education student loans funding arrangements, has chosen the MicroStrategy 7 Business Intelligence Platform. The MicroStrategy platform was selected as being the best solution for the administration of the Student Loans Company's 2.8 million customer accounts.

SLC works closely with the Department for Education and Skills (DfES). Due to the DfES's strict firewall policy, SLC experienced complications in delivering information and generating reports for users accessing its Web site. After considering tools from Cognos and Oracle, SLC chose the MicroStrategy platform for its ability to smoothly administer Web-based issues to a large user base.

"The combination of the commitment of SLC's Data Warehousing Team and the choice of MicroStrategy as the strategic Web tool has ensured the success of our data warehouse and this success is attracting the interest of all our stakeholders," said Liz Craig, Project Manager at the Student Loans Company.

Version 7.1 of MicroStrategy 7, which became generally available in May this year, is a scalable business intelligence platform built for the Internet. Its pure-Web architecture provides the Web reporting, security, performance, and standards critical for deployment over the Internet. Because of its proven data and user scalability, it is the only platform capable of analysing today's growing multi-terabyte data warehouses and distributing information to millions of users via Web, wireless and voice.

"We are delighted that the Student Loans Company has chosen MicroStrategy 7 for its business intelligence needs," said Bob Skeens, UK Country Manager of MicroStrategy Incorporated. "Given the enormous size of its user base, it was easy for SLC to see that MicroStrategy provided the requisite functionality for current requirements and could easily scale for future needs."


About The Student Loans Company

The Student Loans Company is the non-departmental government body that administers the Government's student loans scheme to students in higher education in the UK. In total it has 2.8 million customers and during the last academic year paid out around 750,000 loans to students currently in higher education. Serving the whole UK from its Glasgow base, it employs around 650 staff within its high tech facilities.

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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.

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