Microsoft SQL Server Surges Ahead of Competitors in OLAP

REDMOND, Wash., March 9, 2001 — In the two years since Microsoft Corp. made its debut in the online analytical processing (OLAP) space, Microsoft® SQL Server™
has overtaken competitors to become the third-largest OLAP vendor. According to the estimated analysis for 2000 produced by Business Intelligence Ltd. in The OLAP Report at http://www.olapreport.com/Market.htm , Microsoft jumped two places to the No. 3 position, knocking competitors Oracle Corp. and MicroStrategy Inc. down to No. 4 and No. 5, respectively.

The rapid growth of SQL Server 2000 can be attributed to the large number of organizations deploying its Analysis Services component for business intelligence applications. Designed to meet future business demands and widely praised for its increased scalability, responsiveness, security and administrative functionality, Analysis Services delivers a complete, end-to-end platform for analysis, including OLAP and data mining functionality. Additional information can be found online at http://www.microsoft.com/sql/olap/ .

Microsoft SQL Server 2000 is the complete database and analysis offering for rapid delivery of the next generation of scalable e-commerce, line-of-business and data warehousing solutions.

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