Microsoft Named One of 12 Most Influential Solution Providers For “Intelligent” Enterprises

REDMOND, Wash., Dec. 12, 2001 — Microsoft Corp. today was named a top company in the Intelligent Enterprise Dozen the 12 IT solution providers that most influence the development of
“intelligent” enterprises as selected by the editors of Intelligent Enterprise Magazine. Microsoft achieved this honor based on its commitment to delivering affordable business solutions that enable enterprises to improve business intelligence (BI) at a lower total cost of ownership and faster time to benefit, with products such as Microsoft® SQL Server™
2000 and its Analysis Services component.

“Microsoft integrated OLAP with the database in SQL Server 7.0 three years ago and added data mining in SQL Server 2000,”
said Stan Sorensen, director of SQL Server at Microsoft.
“We were the first to provide this capability in the relational database management system. These features support the rapid deployment of comprehensive business intelligence solutions that have a bottom-line impact for companies looking to increase their competitive advantage.”

The Dozen are chosen based on coverage and research, including reader feedback, in Intelligent Enterprise Magazine over the past year. The focus this year was on companies that provide IT solutions which enable businesses to competitively manage information in a tight marketplace. The rankings for the Dozen can be viewed at .

“Ultimately, enterprises become intelligent when they can leverage information resources to help individual users become more productive and make better decisions,”
said David Stodder, editorial director of Intelligent Enterprise.
“Even as Microsoft gains popularity in the enterprise space particularly in advanced databases, business intelligence and XML-based applications the company has not lost its focus on the ultimate objective of personal productivity. We salute Microsoft as a member of the 2002 Dozen.”

Microsoft SQL Server 2000 is the complete data management and analysis platform for rapidly delivering the next generation of scalable e-commerce, line-of-business and data warehousing solutions. Analysis Services, included with SQL Server 2000, is the leader in business intelligence. Analysis Services provides the critical BI functionality enterprises need to make smarter decisions. More information on Microsoft SQL Server business intelligence can be found at .

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