Achmea Insurance Group Selects Cognos for Performance Management



    - Netherlands insurance company to meet strategic objectives using Cognos
8 Business Intelligence -

    BURLINGTON, MASS., April 11 /CNW/ - Cognos (Nasdaq:   COGN; TSX: CSN), the
world leader in business intelligence and performance management solutions,
announced today that Achmea Insurance Group has standardized on Cognos 8
Business Intelligence to support its financial and business planning and
reporting.

    Achmea, the largest insurance group in the Dutch market, employs 22,000
people working in six departments: Care, Pensions, Social Security, Direct
Distribution, Monetary Distribution and Intermediary Distribution, and Group
IT Services. Each division has its own key activities and operates under
several brands. Cognos will be implemented across the enterprise to support
business-critical and strategic goals, including financial and business
scenario-based planning.

    With Cognos 8 BI, Achmea will have a single product that easily
integrates into its existing infrastructure, which has multiple systems and
data sources. After Cognos successfully implemented two performance management
projects for the Social Security Division in 2006, Achmea decided to implement
Cognos across its enterprise. The Cognos consulting organization played a
crucial role in the successful completion of the projects by aligning Achmea's
strategic objectives with the Cognos 8 BI implementation.

    "We use integrated business performance management to monitor the
strategy execution," said Miloje Stevanovic, Manager of Change Management and
IT at Achmea. "Cognos 8 BI provides us with a very solid base and a strong
information platform."

    Achmea now has the complete range of BI capabilities from analysis,
scorecarding, and reporting, on a single, proven architecture. In addition to
delivering a single point of entry for business managers to access
information, Cognos 8 BI will simplify deployment and administration for the
IT department and reduce programming time. Cognos 8 BI is a groundbreaking
product that provides decision makers at all levels of the enterprise with a
consistent, accurate view of information to better manage performance. As a
single product that easily integrates into existing infrastructures with
multiple systems and data sources, Cognos 8 BI is a robust technology
foundation for BI standardization and performance management.

    "More and more companies realize that they aren't able to increase their
efficiency with their operational systems," said Laurence Trigwell, senior
director of financial services solutions at Cognos. "Strategic information is
what matters. Achmea's standardization is demonstrative of our vision of BI
and performance management working together across the enterprise for all
decision makers. Achmea now has a consistent, accurate view of information to
better manage its performance."

    Cognos is a recognized leader in delivering performance management
solutions for the insurance industry. Over 1,000 financial services
institutions worldwide use Cognos, including 4 of the top 5 global insurance
companies. Insurance customers include AAA Life, AIG, Aviva, Canadian Imperial
Bank of Commerce (CIBC) - Insurance division, Chubb Insurance Company of
Europe, MetLife and Prudential UK. For more information about Cognos solutions
for the insurance industry, please visit
http://www.cognos.com/solutions/industry/banking-financial-services/
insurance.html. (Due to its length, this URL may need to be copied/pasted into
your Internet browser's address field. Remove the extra space if one exists.)

    About Achmea

    Achmea is the largest insurance group on the Dutch market. Achmea
operates under brands such as Interpolis, Centraal Beheer Achmea, Zilveren
Kruis Achmea, Avero Achmea and FBTO. The common ambition of all insurers and
service providers in Achmea is to take care of their clients' cares. Central
questions in this matter are safety, health, pension, workforce participation,
company continuity and conditions of employment. For more information, please
visit the Web site: http://www.achmea.nl

    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 organisation'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, and at
BusinessWire's site at http://www.businesswire.com




For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Cognos, Inc. Steve Milmore,
781-313-2403 steve.milmore@cognos.com or Lois Paul & Partners, LLC Jolene
Hajj, 781-782-5849 Jolene_Hajj@LPP.COM or Investor Relations: Cognos, Inc.
John Lawlor, 613-738-3503 john.lawlor@cognos.com

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