But there's some cause for concern over MicroStrategy's "high reliance on a largely disappearing network of partners, many of which have been acquired," for architectural components such as ETL (extract, transform and load), data quality and MDM (master data management), Evelson added.
Zolfaghari downplayed the impact of its partners being acquired, noting that Informatica, a major provider of such tools, remains independent. MicroStrategy also maintains "robust relationships" with companies such as IBM, SAP and Oracle, he said.
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Chris Kanaracus covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Chris' email address is Chris_Kanaracus@idg.com