Deakin University Deploys Cognos 8 BI

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Australian university expands Cognos solution to gain more flexibility and visibility into disparate data sources to drive more informed decisions.

There's a lot of time-consuming and manual processes currently involved with getting data out of the transaction systems

Cognos (Nasdaq: COGN; TSX: CSN), the world leader in business intelligence and performance management solutions, today announced that Deakin University, one of Australia's largest universities, has upgraded its Cognos deployment to Cognos 8 Business Intelligence (BI).

In late 2004, Deakin University deployed Cognos as its reporting solution to keep executive management and government up to date on student enrollment information. The university decided to upgrade to Cognos 8 BI for increased flexibility in filtering and building ad-hoc reports to support decisions across the entire university. For example, a faculty member can now look at data on student load and slice the data in any dimension to focus on specific student characteristics. The organization also wanted the flexibility to roll out analysis, metrics, and event management capabilities to support changing business needs in the future within Cognos 8 BI's single product and architecture. Finally, Deakin University plans to expand Cognos 8 BI to report HR and financial information from several transactional data systems which reside outside of the data warehouse, such as Alesco.

"There's a lot of time-consuming and manual processes currently involved with getting data out of the transaction systems," said Michael Gibson, data warehouse manager, Planning Unit, Deakin University. "Cognos will greatly simplify these processes and enable executive management, in particular, to access data they didn't have before in a timely fashion. In addition, with Cognos 8 BI, we can make better management decisions by accessing information related to university-wide planning, infrastructure, staffing, and marketing, while meeting strict government compliance regulations through timely and complete reporting."

"Upgrading to Cognos 8 BI gives Deakin University access to the full range of BI capabilities, including reporting, analysis, scorecarding, dashboards, and business event management on a single, proven architecture," said Terence Atkinson, director of education and government solutions at Cognos. "Whether working on a data warehouse or separate transactional data sources, Cognos is able to help Deakin University respond to current management and compliance requirements. In addition, Cognos 8 BI can help Deakin University grow BI organically to meet the constantly changing and evolving needs of the organization."

Cognos is a recognized leader in delivering performance management solutions for colleges and universities. Over 1,000 higher education institutions worldwide use Cognos, including Southern Methodist University, The George Washington University, University of Minnesota, University of Toronto, University of Ulster (Ireland), and University of Wollongong (Australia). For more information about Cognos solutions for higher education, please visit http://www.cognos.com/solutions/industry/education/higher.html.

About Deakin University:

Deakin University holds a unique place amongst Australian universities. A relatively young University, it is also one of the nation's largest with more than 34,000 students across five campuses in Geelong, Melbourne and Warrnambool. Many of these students study in 'off-campus' distance learning mode, while others study with Deakin's offshore partners.

Deakin aims to be recognized as Australia's most progressive University. It is committed to ensure that its teaching, its research and its international programs are relevant, innovative and responsive. The University is recognized for the excellence of its off-campus education and online teaching, and offers students genuine flexibility in course structure.

About Cognos:

Cognos, the world leader in business intelligence and performance management solutions, provides world-class enterprise planning and BI software and services to help companies plan, understand and manage financial and operational performance.

Cognos brings together technology, analytical applications, best practices, and a broad network of partners to give customers a complete performance system. The Cognos performance system is an open and adaptive solution that leverages an organization's ERP, packaged applications, and database investments. It gives customers the ability to answer the questions -- How are we doing? Why are we on or off track? What should we do about it? - and enables them to understand and monitor current performance while planning future business strategies.

Cognos serves more than 23,000 customers in more than 135 countries, and its top 100 enterprise customers consistently outperform market indexes. Cognos performance management solutions and services are also available from more than 3,000 worldwide partners and resellers. For more information, visit the Cognos Web site at http://www.cognos.com.

Cognos and the Cognos logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Cognos Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries. All other names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

Note to Editors:

Copies of previous Cognos press releases and Corporate and product information are available on Cognos' Web site at http://www.cognos.com.

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