TYSONS CORNER, Va., Feb. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- MicroStrategy® Incorporated (Nasdaq: MSTR), a leading worldwide provider of business intelligence (BI) software, today announced that it has been positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the "Leaders" quadrant in the 2012 "Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence Platforms" report.(1) According to Gartner, "Organizations continue to turn to BI as a vital tool for smarter, more agile, and efficient business." Gartner describes Leaders as "vendors that are reasonably strong in the breadth and depth of their BI platform capabilities, and can deliver on enterprise-wide implementations that support a broad BI strategy. Leaders articulate a business proposition that resonates with buyers, supported by the viability and operational capability to deliver on a global basis." A copy of the Gartner report is available, compliments of MicroStrategy, at http://www.microstrategy.com/Gartner. In 2011, MicroStrategy continued to provide sophisticated BI platform capabilities and delivered numerous technology innovations. MicroStrategy Empowers Business Users with Visual Insight MicroStrategy enhanced ease-of-use by introducing a new data discovery feature, Visual Insight, that enables business users to explore data and spot trends, minimizing the need for IT to create reports and dashboards. With Visual Insight, business people have the power to control the process and get answers to questions quickly and easily. MicroStrategy Mobile Provides Extensive Feature Set for Mobile BIOrganizations continued to adopt MicroStrategy's mobile BI platform to measure performance, monitor significant trends and take business action using their iOS and Android mobile devices. MicroStrategy's mobile customers include such leading brands as GUESS?, Inc., Whole Foods Market, Herbalife, MetLife, Edmunds.com, eHarmony, and Sonic Automotive. MicroStrategy Transaction Services Accelerates Business Speed and ProductivityMicroStrategy Transaction Services helps companies accelerate the speed and productivity of their businesses by enabling mobile apps that connect to transactional systems and databases. Introduced in July 2011, MicroStrategy Transaction Services allows mobile apps and web-based dashboards to include action-taking features, including submitting orders, one-click approvals and denials, taking notes for tracking and directing business activity, and writing information back to data sources. MicroStrategy Delivers on Big DataVia continued investments in 'big data' technology, MicroStrategy enables organizations to easily reveal business insights hidden in their large, highly complex data sets. In 2011, MicroStrategy enhanced its in-memory technology to provide improved scale and performance for large user populations. Also, in October 2011, the Company partnered with Cloudera to introduce a Hadoop connector so that organizations can quickly and easily perform analytics on structured or unstructured data stored in Hadoop. MicroStrategy Launches Major Initiative in the CloudIn July 2011, MicroStrategy introduced MicroStrategy Cloud, a cloud-based platform-as-a-service. MicroStrategy Cloud enables rapid, cost-effective development of business intelligence and mobile and social apps. Compared to traditional on-premises BI approaches, MicroStrategy Cloud is faster to deploy, delivers better performance, and offers significant financial advantages. MicroStrategy Cloud is powerful and flexible enough to support the full range of cloud use cases, from fast, tactical BI solutions, to the largest implementations where performance and scalability are imperative. Unlike general-purpose cloud solutions, MicroStrategy Cloud is architected and optimized for large data volumes, high concurrency, and high performance. MicroStrategy Cloud includes the entire MicroStrategy BI platform technology for reporting and analysis, enabling users to tap into enterprise data from their desktop or mobile device, improving insight and business decision-making.