Cognos Announces Support for IBM Dynamic Warehousing Initiative: New generation of business intelligence capabilities will enable organizations to gain real-time insight and value from their business information

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Cognos (Nasdaq: COGN; TSX: CSN), the world leader in business intelligence and performance management solutions, today announced its support for IBM's new Dynamic Warehousing initiative, geared to helping customers use advanced analytics as part of a real-time business process, and unlock knowledge buried in both structured and unstructured information.

By continuing to work closely with Cognos, we look forward to enabling our customers to add unmatched BI capabilities on top of integrated information so they can drive innovation, increase operational efficiency, and lower IT risk.

    Building upon IBM's enhanced version of the DB2 Warehouse and based on the DB2 9 Viper data server, the initiative includes new IBM Balanced Warehouse packages, which are pre-configured combinations of software, hardware and storage technologies optimized to meet a wide range of dynamic warehousing requirements.

"Cognos has been deeply involved in many major innovations with IBM in recent years. IBM's latest initiative is a positive step forward to helping organizations transform their static data into competitive assets, enabling customers in all industries to make better, faster decisions by delivering increased business insight to the right people at the right time," said Rupert Bonham-Carter, associate vice-president of global strategic alliances at Cognos. "IBM's commitment to driving greater efficiencies on the back-end - including with ever-complex data warehousing models - ultimately translates into significant value on the front-end for our customers, which is deserving of our support and ongoing collaboration."

"IBM is working with its key strategic partners to bring to market a Dynamic Warehousing initiative that promises to help our joint customers streamline business processes, transform customer service and generate new revenue opportunities," said Karen Parrish, vice president of business intelligence solutions for IBM. "By continuing to work closely with Cognos, we look forward to enabling our customers to add unmatched BI capabilities on top of integrated information so they can drive innovation, increase operational efficiency, and lower IT risk."

Cognos and IBM have a proven history over the past decade in delivering cost effective, integrated business solutions for global enterprises. Most recently, Cognos and IBM extended its global strategic alliance to help customers integrate their business processes across the enterprise and gain greater insight into business performance. The alliance agreement included joint development, marketing, and sales of SOA-based solutions to help customers optimize their analytics capabilities leveraging industry-specific best practices.

To date, the two companies have worked together on a number of successful technology and business solution initiatives, including:

-- Delivering Unstructured Information Management Architecture (UIMA) as a standard framework for search and text analysis of unstructured information

-- Bringing to market a number of industry-specific joint solutions for banking and public safety, including the highly-acclaimed IBM Crime Information Warehouse

-- Bundling Cognos 8 Workforce Performance as a standard analytic and reporting solution within IBM's full-service Human Capital Management (HCM) outsourcing solutions portfolio, in order to help global customers address the impending skills gap and graying workforce

Cognos and IBM also continue to work together to deepen product and platform interoperability. Most recently, Cognos announced support for IBM Information Server, which allows customers to extend the reach of Cognos 8 BI in order to unlock strategic information across complex and heterogeneous environments.

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.

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

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