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Satyam and Microsoft collaborate in the BI space

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DQC Bureau
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BANGALORE



SEPTEMBER 9, 2006

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Satyam Computer Services and Microsoft Corp. announced the opening of two

state-of-the-art Business Intelligence (BI) facilities in Singapore and

Shanghai. The two sites will be centers of excellence where researchers will use

real-life scenarios and data to test, develop, and implement innovative

solutions for the financial Services sector. The companies also announced the

availability of Satyam's iDecisions business intelligence application, built to

run on the Microsoft platform, including Microsoft SQL Server 2005. By

optimizing Microsoft and Satyam's BI solutions and services, a broad range of

financial business customers will be able

o realize enhanced customer benefits including greater ease of use and

reduced ownership and integration costs.



"Traditional BI solutions tend to be quite complex, expensive applications
which limit their usage in organizations," said Virender Aggarwal, Director

and Senior Vice President APAC-MEIA, Satyam Computer Services. "By porting

iDecisions framework to the Microsoft platform we can provide a lot more value

and ease of use, helping to make use of advanced data-warehousing and making BI

more accessible across enterprises of all sizes."



The labs will use SQL Server 2005 as the database engine, utilizing its
comprehensive analytical, reporting, integration, and data migration

capabilities. This will be integrated with Microsoft SharePoint Portal Server

2003 to provide collaboration, dashboard and scorecard functionalities and

enable companies to extend the value of their existing applications.

Satyam iDecisions, built on SQL Server 2005, will enable customers to better

manage critical, timely information, empowering them to benefit from the close

integration of SQL Server 2005 with Microsoft Visual Studio, the Microsoft

Office System, and a suite of new development tools, including the Business

Intelligence Development Studio.

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"The ongoing relationship between Satyam and Microsoft is further

evidence of how important strong, global, industry relationships are. Microsoft

and Satyam are providing solutions to enterprise customers that empower

employees to collaborate, expedite decision-making and increase

efficiencies," said Ken Wye Saw, Vice President Sales and Marketing,

Microsoft Asia Pacific. "According to IDC's latest worldwide BI vendor

report, the revenue growth rate of Microsoft BI tools in 2005 was, at 25

percent, more than twice the rate of the overall market. This collaborative

project with Satyam will help us continue to expand our joint solutions for the

BI sector. We are also exploring the possibility of extending the scope of the

BI testing facilities to other markets and other vertical industries," he

added.

Microsoft and Satyam developers will be able to perform a wide variety of

standard and non-standard demonstrations at the new sites, both on-site and

online. Test scenarios will include simulating fluctuating user volumes (stress

testing) and performing advanced analytics using data mining to predict credit

card attrition.

Analytical features will also address the latest industry standards such as

the uniform framework of Basel II, including highly specific customer

intelligence for increasing customer lifetime value and credit risk management

that financial businesses need. The labs will enable Microsoft and Satyam to

study customers' requirements more quickly to ensure faster and more cost

effective implementation of BI capabilities. The Shanghai lab will additionally

focus on creating local language versions for the business requirements in

Greater China.

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