Microsoft Honored as a Leader in Business Intelligence

REDMOND, Wash., Nov. 16, 2001 — Microsoft Corp. today was named in the top 10 of the 2001 DM Review 100, a prestigious award recognizing the top 100 business intelligence vendors as chosen by the readers of DM Review. This award reinforces the leadership position of Microsoft®
SQL Server (TM) 2000 in business intelligence through its integrated Analysis Services component.

“We are honored to be included in the DM Review 100,” said Bill Baker, general manager of SQL Server Business Intelligence at Microsoft. “Our greatest achievement is helping customers be successful with their BI solutions. Our success is even more evident in today’s economy when companies are forced to take a long, hard look at their bottom line and question their return on investment. SQL Server 2000 has become the top-selling OLAP server, far outpacing other products in the market.”

The DM Review 100 measures the level of satisfaction in expertise, service and support of BI vendors with consideration for the extent of product usage. Microsoft has been named in the top 10 for the past three years. The 2001 DM Review 100 alphabetical listing can be found at .

Microsoft SQL Server 2000 is the complete database and analysis offering for rapidly delivering the next generation of scalable e-commerce, line-of-business and data warehousing solutions. SQL Server 2000 Analysis Services provides the BI enterprises need to make smarter decisions. Over time, decisions made using this kind of intelligence can have a dramatic bottom-line impact on the business. More information on Microsoft SQL Server Business Intelligence can be found at .

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