Microsoft Takes Lead in OLAP Industry

REDMOND, Wash., April 14, 2003 — Microsoft Corp. announced results of independent research demonstrating that it continued to take charge of the business intelligence (BI) industry in 2002, claiming the leadership position in online analytical processing (OLAP). The findings are presented in The OLAP Report, a leading source of independent research and analysis of the OLAP industry ( ). Microsoft, which doubled its installed base in 2001, followed with further growth in 2002 to overtake Hyperion Solutions Corp. as leader in the $3.5 billion industry, with 24.4 percent of total sales worldwide. Microsoft first integrated OLAP into the SQL Server (TM) relational database in 1998.

“Microsoft’s SQL Server Analysis Services grew faster than the market and therefore increased its market share again,”
said Nigel Pendse, lead author of the OLAP Report and the OLAP Survey, in this year’s market share report.
“As in previous years, usage of Analysis Services grew faster than SQL Server itself, as Oracle and DB2 sites continue to select Analysis Services to build BI solutions on top of their existing relational databases.”

Microsoft’s growth continued in an overall low-growth year for the business intelligence industry, with several vendors declining; Oracle Corp., for example, dropped out of the top six this year, continuing several years of decline to just 4.7 percent of the OLAP segment.

The rapid growth of SQL Server 2000 is driven in part by the large number of organizations deploying its Analysis Services component for business intelligence applications. Customers such as Motorola Inc. deployed SQL Server 2000 Analysis Services for its superior scalability, security and manageability, and now their employees are reaping the benefits from robust BI solutions at low total cost of ownership.

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 business intelligence that enterprises need to make smarter decisions. Over time, decisions made using this kind of intelligence can have a dramatic bottom-line effect on the business. More information on Microsoft SQL Server business intelligence can be found at

The OLAP Report, published since 1995, is a strictly independent source of information about OLAP products, applications, case studies and the industry, published by Optima Publishing Ltd. It is not vendor-sponsored and does not take advertising. It can be accessed at

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