About us.

We help organizations transform data into real-world intelligence and answer their toughest business questions.

What we do.

We provide powerful software solutions and expert services that empower every individual with actionable intelligence, helping enterprises unleash the full potential of their people and investments. Our analytics and mobility platform delivers high-performance business applications that meet the needs of both business and IT.

Pioneering the Intelligent Enterprise

In 1989, MicroStrategy was founded on the belief that the future would belong to the ultimate data-driven organization--what we call the Intelligent Enterprise™. Ever since our founding, we’ve been relentlessly innovating to deliver software and services that help enterprises transform using data and redefine what’s possible.

There’s nothing more powerful than an organization that’s aligned and propelled by real-time information. Since our founding, we have been on the leading-edge of enterprise innovation. Our focus on customer success remains a keystone for MicroStrategy. We remain committed to providing our customers with powerful software solutions and expert services that empower every individual with actionable intelligence so that they can unleash the full potential of their people and investments, and advance their journey towards the Intelligent Enterprise.

  • 1989

    MicroStrategy was founded in Wilmington, DE, by MIT alumni Michael J. Saylor and Sanju Bansal. The company’s early focus was on developing data mining software for businesses.

  • 1991

    MicroStrategy released its first business intelligence product, an executive information system designed to provide graphical analyses of data.

  • 1993

    MicroStrategy unveiled the industry’s first relational OLAP interface (DSS Agent 2.0)

  • 1995

    MicroStrategy introduced the first true relational OLAP product suite for enterprise-wide decision support applications, enabling business users to conduct relational OLAP analyses directly against a relational warehouse without any constraints on dimensions, database size, analytical complexity or number and types of users. (DSS Agent 3.0)

  • 1997

    MicroStrategy released the industry’s first maintenance and administration tool (DSS Administrator)

  • 1998

    Major events included a successful initial public offering in June and the launch of the industry’s first Information Broadcast Server for distribution, alerting and notifications (DSS Broadcaster)

  • 1999

    MicroStrategy launched the world’s first personal intelligence network (Strategy.com)

  • 2000

    MicroStrategy launched a completely re-architected version of the company’s core intelligence platform on 32-bit, enabling the building of numerous BI, eCRM, narrowcast networks, ERP analytics, mobile commerce and click-stream analysis applications (MicroStrategy 7). MicroStrategy also delivered a write-back transaction solution for users via web, wireless and voice (MicroStrategy Transactor)

  • 2002

    MicroStrategy introduced the first technology that combines multi-dimensional OLAP analysis with the full analytical power and depth of relational OLAP on 64-bit, accomplished through Intelligent Cubes. (MicroStrategy 7i). MicroStrategy also announced that its platform was certified to run on Unix, Linux and Windows operations systems. MicroStrategy helped organizations quickly build, integrate and deploy analytical applications to corporate intranets and extranets using a web SDK. (Web Services Development Kit)

  • 2004

    MicroStrategy delivered high-value BI technology to users of Microsoft® Office applications, including Word, PowerPoint®, Excel, and Outlook, significantly expanding the ranks of an enterprise's knowledge workers who can access enterprise data and enhance their work in all facets of business operations. (MicroStrategy Office)

  • 2005

    MicroStrategy introduced a single unified architecture for reporting, analysis, and monitoring and an innovative Web interface that makes business intelligence more approachable for all users. (MicroStrategy 8) OLAP In-memory, a streamlined functionality, scalable architecture and single metadata are the hallmarks of this technology milestone.

  • 2006

    MicroStrategy also introduced a Multidimensional Expressions (MDX) engine capable of creating optimized dynamic MDX syntax, allowing MicroStrategy customers efficient access to MDX data sources such as Microsoft Analysis Services and Hyperion Essbase. Following its commitment to open and industry standards, MicroStrategy's MDX engine used the XML for Analysis (XML/A) standard as the basis for this technology innovation. (Multidimensional Data Sources)

  • 2007

    MicroStrategy was the first to tightly integrate its analytics platform with advanced dashboard visualization and animation capabilities. (Dynamic Enterprise Dashboards)

    MicroStrategy was the first to deliver MicroStrategy Mobile, the first mobile BI product to market. MicroStrategy Mobile offered powerful features that enable business users to receive the same reports on their BlackBerry smartphone that they receive on their desktop, without the need for reformatting or retrofitting existing reports.

  • 2009

    MicroStrategy introduced adaptive caching technology called In-memory ROLAP, which took advantage of the large addressable memory now available on 64-bit Unix, Linux, and Windows computer servers, and provided a performance-optimized middle-tier database that responded directly to data requests from reports, dashboards, and OLAP analyses. MicroStrategy 9 also introduced new SQL generation optimizations that greatly improved performance for sophisticated queries involving complex metrics. (MicroStrategy 9)

  • 2010

    MicroStrategy offered interactive reports and dashboards on the Apple iPad. With MicroStrategy, iPad users could seamlessly access MicroStrategy-based reports, business charts, and information dashboards at their convenience. MicroStrategy also introduced MicroStrategy Mobile Suite, an easy-to-access, no cost software and services package that allowed companies to try MicroStrategy Mobile.

  • 2011

    MicroStrategy delivered a product that helped companies accelerate the speed and productivity of their businesses by building mobile apps that connect to back-end transactional systems and databases. (MicroStrategy Transaction Services in MicroStrategy 9.2.1) Users of mobile apps and web-based dashboards could submit orders, make one-click approvals and denials, take notes for tracking and directing business activity, and write-back to data sources. Using either SQL for database transactions, or XML for web services applications, thousands of user transactions are stored, triggering new business processes, reallocating resources, and accelerating business activity. An earlier version of the transaction-based product was introduced in 2000.

    Also in 2011, MicroStrategy broke the 100,000 user barrier with only 32 CPU cores.

    MicroStrategy unveiled the first cloud-based service to enable rapid, cost-effective development of BI and mobile apps, leveraging hundreds of thousands of terabytes of data and scaling to hundreds of thousands of users. (MicroStrategy Cloud)

  • 2012

    MicroStrategy delivered dozens of powerful new capabilities and improvements to MicroStrategy's data discovery software, Visual Insight; increased support for advanced analytics from 'R' — an open source language for predictive analysis; and improved connectivity to Hadoop. In addition, MicroStrategy delivered a high speed "Google-like" search experience and introduced an innovative, new administration product, MicroStrategy System Manager, for automating manual, multi-step processes. Taken together, these enhancements ensured that business people receive critical business information at the right time for making better business decisions. (MicroStrategy 9.3)

  • 2014

    MicroStrategy enabled more companies across the globe to easily deploy a comprehensive analytics platform and the number one mobile BI solution by making MicroStrategy available on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Marketplace. (MicroStrategy Analytics and Mobile Now Available on AWS Marketplace)

    MicroStrategy announced the availability of a massively scalable, cloud-based, in-memory analytics service designed to deliver extremely high performance for complex analytical applications that have the largest data sets and highest user concurrency. (MicroStrategy PRIME)

    MicroStrategy delivered a set of new and enhanced mobile apps and service offerings for the MicroStrategy Mobile App™, rated the number one Mobile BI solution by leading industry analysts.

  • 2015

    MicroStrategy introduced digital identity and telemetry with Usher, enabling organizations to trust interactions for physical and logical access, communications, and other interactions between people, data, and physical locations. (MicroStrategy Usher on-premise and in the cloud). For the first time, MicroStrategy's analytics platform combined traditional business intelligence functionality with data discovery, mobile analytics and powerful enterprise security. (MicroStrategy 10 Secure Enterprise)

  • 2016

    MicroStrategy made its MicroStrategy Desktop product free. Users entering the field of analytics and BI, including students and young professionals, could leverage MicroStrategy Desktop to explore popular data sources and build insightful visualizations to help make better business decisions. (MicroStrategy Desktop)

  • 2017

    MicroStrategy introduced numerous capabilities and enhancements to its version 10 platform offering, including a data connector SDK, support for intelligent narratives, improvements for big data analytics and mobile app development, support for ML, AI integration and predictive analytics with R Integration, and much more. MicroStrategy 10 innovations, including Dossier and Workstation, represented a big leap forward for users to do more with their analytics regardless of their technical skill or role, and underscored our vision of delivering ‘Intelligence Everywhere.'

Our core values

Engaged

  • We team up with customers, partners, and one another.
  • We show up on time, curious and ready to perform.
  • We contribute each and every moment and take pride in our work.

Precise

  • We define and adhere to comprehensive and thoughtful procedures to meet key business objectives.
  • We continually measure both activity as well as results with objective performance metrics.
  • We propagate excellence and empower people via shared knowledge systems and training materials.

Agile

  • We expect that change is necessary for success and we embrace it.
  • We synchronize our activities with shared systems and schedules.
  • We are relentless in our pursuit of product, process, and self-improvement.

Transparent

  • We share operational intelligence and organizational assignments as broadly as possible in order to promote teamwork, trust, productivity and agility.

Cheerful

  • We balance our intense pursuit of excellence with respect for the individual.
  • We embrace moments of celebration, laughter, and good cheer.
  • We always strive to maintain a happy and harmonious work environment.

Leadership

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Michael J. Saylor

President, Chairman of the Board, and CEO

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Steve Holdridge

Senior Executive Vice President, Worldwide Services

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Timothy Lang

Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer

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Phong Le

Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Financial Officer

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Kevin Norlin

Senior Executive Vice President, Worldwide Sales

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W Ming Shao

Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel

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Investor information
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Michael J. Saylor

President, Chairman of the Board, and CEO

Mr. Saylor has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer since founding MicroStrategy in November 1989, and has served as President since January 2016, a position he previously held from November 1989 to November 2000 and from January 2005 to October 2012. Prior to that, Mr. Saylor was employed by E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company as a venture manager from 1988 to 1989 and by Federal Group, Inc. as a consultant from 1987 to 1988. Mr. Saylor received an S.B. in Aeronautics and Astronautics and an S.B. in Science, Technology and Society from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mr. Saylor is the bestselling author of the book The Mobile Wave.

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Phong Le

Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Financial Officer

With MicroStrategy since 2015

Mr. Le has served as Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since August 2015, and as Chief Operating Officer since June 2018. Prior to joining MicroStrategy, Mr. Le served as the Chief Financial Officer of XO Communications, a privately-held telecommunications company, from August 2014 to August 2015. From March 2010 to August 2014, Mr. Le held senior positions at NII Holdings, a NASDAQ-listed telecommunications company, including Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis, Vice President of Strategy and Business Operations, and Vice President of Strategic Finance. Prior to that, Mr. Le worked in the consulting practice at Deloitte from 1998 to 2010, where he held various positions, including Senior Manager. Mr. Le holds a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University and an M.B.A from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Timothy Lang

Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer

Mr. Lang has served as Senior Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer since November 2014 and was serving as MicroStrategy’s Senior Vice President, Analytics, a position he had held since September 2014. Prior to joining MicroStrategy, Mr. Lang served as the chief product officer for Talemetry Inc., a leading provider of talent generation SaaS solutions, from September 2010 to September 2014, and as vice president, product for SAP SE from January 2008 to September 2010. Prior to that, Mr. Lang held positions at SAP BusinessObjects and Crystal Decisions. Mr. Lang received a B.Soc.Sci. in Information Management from the University of Melbourne.

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Kevin Norlin

Senior Executive Vice President, Worldwide Sales

With MicroStrategy since 2018

Kevin Norlin is Senior Executive Vice President, Worldwide Sales at MicroStrategy. In this role, Mr. Norlin leads the sales organization globally. Before joining MicroStrategy, he was at NCR where he led its Worldwide Financial Services Sales Organization, overseeing a portfolio of $3.2B in revenue and over 550 employees in more than 170 countries. Prior to NCR, Mr. Norlin held sales leadership roles at HP Enterprises, Dell Software, Quest Software, Sun Microsystems, and IBM. Mr. Norlin holds a B.A. from Louisiana State University.

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W Ming Shao

Senior Executive Vice President & General Counsel

With MicroStrategy since 2000

W. Ming Shao has served as Senior Executive Vice President & General Counsel since December 2014, and has previously served in various senior positions, including Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, and Senior Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, since joining MicroStrategy in February 2000. Prior to that, Mr. Shao was a lawyer practicing at the global law firm Hogan & Hartson L.L.P. (now Hogan Lovells US LLP). Mr. Shao received an A.B. in Government from Cornell University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

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Steve Holdridge

Senior Executive Vice President, Worldwide Services

With MicroStrategy since 2017

Steve leads Worldwide Services for MicroStrategy. Leveraging over 20 years’ experience leading global teams supporting Fortune 500 companies, Steve is responsible for services strategy and execution across Customer Success, Consulting, Support, Education and Cloud delivered by a worldwide team of over 850+ services professionals. Known for his obsession with services innovation to drive customer results in the enterprise software industry, his leadership experience spans strategy and technology services, implementation disciplines, and business leadership for consulting and software firms including Infor, Oracle and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Currently serving on the global Executive Advisory board for the Technology Services Industry Association (TSIA), Steve started his career leading development, support and services at BIS Solutions after earning his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo.

Careers

Smart people, amazing products, and innovative ideas are what make MicroStrategy a fun, exciting place to work. If you’re passionate about great technology and want to help organizations get the most out of their data, we would love to meet you. Check out our careers page to search our current openings and learn more about the perks of being a MicroStrategist.

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