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What: Shares of MicroStrategy
So What: Best known for providing business intelligence (BI) software that competes with similar offerings from IBM
Now What: It's always nice to see the stock you own beat expectations in reporting results, but the top- and bottom-line victories may not be responsible for MicroStrategy's big move today. Instead, I suspect that we can credit a 59% increase in license revenue. This metric means a lot to enterprise software companies, since it measures sales to new customers.
MicroStrategy's license revenue grew materially faster than overall revenue, which improved 32%. The implication? Release 3 of the MicroStrategy 9 BI platform, which went on sale in October, was a much bigger hit than anyone expected.
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