SQL Server Earns Business Intelligence Awards for Microsoft

REDMOND, Wash., Dec. 11, 2002 — Microsoft Corp. today announced it has been recognized for its leadership in delivering business intelligence (BI) with two awards from industry publications Intelligent Enterprise Magazine and DM Review Magazine. Microsoft was selected by Intelligent Enterprise editors as a top company in the Intelligent Enterprise 2003 Dozen — the 12 IT solution providers that most influence the development of
“intelligent” enterprises. And earlier this month DM Review readers selected Microsoft as one of the 2002 DM Review 100: the top 100 business intelligence vendors. Microsoft achieved these awards for delivering affordable business intelligence solutions that are readily available to individuals at all levels of an organization. Microsoft’s vision is to provide Business Intelligence for Everyone through software that enables employees to access and understand the information they need to make daily decisions. This vision of BI connects the vital links between employees, strategic IT and corporate profitability. This capability is built into products such as Microsoft®
SQL Server (TM) 2000 and its integrated Analysis Services component.

SQL Server 2000 offers customers built-in data mining, online analytical processing (OLAP), data warehousing, and extract, transform and load (ETL) capabilities. In the past year, further capabilities have been added to SQL Server, making business intelligence even more accessible. They include the SQL Server Accelerator for BI, which helps industry partners build analytical solutions more quickly, SQL Server Notification Services, and SQL Server 2000 Windows®
CE Edition 2.0, which give customers fast and easy access to their data any time on any device.

The Intelligent Enterprise 2003 Dozen are chosen based on technology leadership, customer innovation and satisfaction, and sheer influence in areas key to the development of data-rich, value-generating IT solutions. The dozen are selected through extensive research, including analysis of the year’s coverage in the magazine and reader feedback. The focus this year was on companies delivering solutions that bring higher value to customer relationships, enable greater visibility into enterprise business performance, and set the stage for affordable intelligent computing. The rankings for the dozen can be viewed at http://www.intelligententerprise.com/ .

The DM Review 100 award winners are selected through a survey in which readers rate the vendors of business intelligence products used in their organizations. The results are based on rankings in three categories: product quality, market share and customer satisfaction. The full methodology and results can be seen at http://www.dmreview.com/ .

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 leading business intelligence platform. 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 http://www.microsoft.com/sql/techinfo/bi/ .

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