MicroStrategy, Inc. is a provider of business intelligence (BI), mobile software, and cloud-based services. The company is based in the Washington, D.C. area and serves companies and organizations worldwide. Founded in 1989 by Michael J. Saylor and Sanju Bansal, the firm develops software to analyze internal and external data in order to make business decisions and to develop mobile apps. The software can be deployed in companies' data centers, or as cloud services. MicroStrategy remains one of the few independent, publicly traded BI software providers in the business intelligence (BI) market. Its primary business analytics competitors include SAP Business Objects, IBM Cognos, and Oracles BI Platform. MicroStrategy is headquartered in the Washington, D.C. metro area and has worldwide operations in 27 countries. The CEO and chairman of the board of MicroStrategy is Michael J. Saylor, the companys co-founder. The company holds 31 granted patents and 9 additional applications under review.