Nestle Selects Cognos 8 BI to Complement Its SAP BW Reporting Solution: -- Global roll-out of C8 Business Intelligence follows successful implementation in pilot countries; Will enhance one of the world's largest implementations of SAP Business Warehouse to maximize IT investments -

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Cognos (NASDAQ: COGN; TSX: CSN), the world leader in business intelligence and performance management solutions, today announced that Nestle has selected Cognos 8 Business Intelligence to complement its SAP Business Warehouse reporting solution.

Giving staff access to the Cognos 8 BI reporting solution will help them better monitor, analyse and track performance so they can make decisions that directly influence the overall success of the business. Cognos 8 BI is flexible enough to meet the diverse information needs of the many communities within the Nestle group.

    Nestle has already deployed SAP Business Warehouse as its global standard for data warehousing and analytical reporting. The company will use Cognos 8 BI to complement the SAP Business Warehouse front end to give power users the ability to handle ad hoc reporting and grouping of data. It also provides the ability to merge external data from any source with data from SAP Business Warehouse, push pre-formatted and easily printable reports to end users, and adapt reports in line with different user needs.

The decision to use Cognos was made after a thorough competitive evaluation. Nestle selected Cognos 8 BI because of its tight integration with SAP Business Warehouse, ability to empower end users through self-service reporting, simplified administration, and robust report distribution capabilities.

"Nestle operates in a fast-moving sector where time to market and the ability to analyse products and performance by country, team or brand is critical," said Dave Laverty, CMO and senior vice-president of marketing at Cognos. "Giving staff access to the Cognos 8 BI reporting solution will help them better monitor, analyse and track performance so they can make decisions that directly influence the overall success of the business. Cognos 8 BI is flexible enough to meet the diverse information needs of the many communities within the Nestle group."

Cognos 8 Business Intelligence provides decision makers at all levels in the enterprise with a range of capabilities to better manage performance by delivering a consistent, accurate view of all business information. Powered by SAP NetWeaver, Cognos 8 BI easily integrates into existing infrastructures with multiple systems and data sources. It simplifies the Business Intelligence environment, improves user adoption, enables better decision-making and provides a robust foundation for enterprise Business Intelligence and performance management.

About Cognos:

Cognos, the world leader in business intelligence and performance management solutions, provides world-class enterprise planning and Business Intelligence 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 'Enterprise Resource Planning', 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 the Cognos Web site at http://www.cognos.com.

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