Cognos Customers Extend Performance Management Investment with Cognos 8 Planning



    -- Cognos' updated enterprise planning capabilities extend integration
with business intelligence to deliver improved performance visibility and
control across organizations --

    BURLINGTON, MASS., October 2 /CNW/ - Cognos(R) (NASDAQ:   COGN) (TSX: CSN),
the world leader in business intelligence and performance management
solutions, today announced that customers worldwide are extending their
performance management investment with Cognos 8 Planning 8.2.

    Now in the deployment phase with customers, Cognos 8 Planning 8.2 extends
integration with the Cognos 8 Business Intelligence platform, enabling the
development of performance management solutions that fully leverage BI data,
allow for shared infrastructure through a single interface and provide
additional process accelerators across finance and line of business
operations.

    Cognos 8 Planning 8.2 shares the identical platform services and data
management layer that Cognos 8 BI uses for scorecarding, reporting and
analysis. This deep integration delivers a single, trusted, reliable data
source that finance can easily access and IT managers can more easily manage
and support.

    "Cognos Planning is a critically important, strategic solution for us.
With Cognos 8 Planning 8.2, we're able to build more complex applications
outside the Office of Finance and across our business with a larger number of
data sources," said Joel Schwalbe, CIO, CNL Financial Group. "Our business
community loves the performance increases, the strengthened security and the
ability to seamlessly leverage the reporting and analysis capabilities of the
entire Cognos performance management platform for a standardized approach.
This also gives us greater efficiencies by reducing maintenance requirements
for the IT department."

    Cognos 8 Planning 8.2 provides enhanced integration with third-party
certified data sources such as SAP/BW. This seamless integration improves data
access and management and reduces total cost of ownership for customers.

    "As an SAP customer, the integration of Cognos Planning 8.2 with SAP data
is something we welcome to improve data access and reporting," said David
Shaw, director of financial planning and analysis, Ryerson Inc. "We appreciate
the productivity improvements made in this release through elements like input
validations which reduces administrator cross-checking, decreases planning
cycle time and facilitates enforcement of corporate policies. The attachments
feature also helps business planners and contributors easily communicate the
policies and rationale for their plans and forecasts to form one shared system
of record for performance."

    Cognos Planning employs a distributed global administration model which
helps Finance and IT avoid becoming a bottleneck to the administration of the
planning process across geographies, business units and departments. Business
or process owners are able to determine security rights and automate process
steps such as data uploads.

    "With Cognos Planning we have much smoother way to leverage existing
security systems over our previous spreadsheet-based system," said
Jean-Christophe Saury, financial controller, HPM, a Division of Saint-Gobain.
"With sophisticated capabilities that scale to the enterprise for managing
performance, trend analysis, and unified security and authentication to
tightly control user access rights, we can seamlessly add new Businesses to
our planning and budgeting process."

    "The convergence of BI and performance management capabilities continues
as customer requirements and implementation strategies require planning and
budgeting capabilities, robust reporting, and data integration. Cognos has
responded to these demands with the expanded capabilities of Cognos 8 Planning
version 8.2," said Kathleen Wilhide, research director, GRC and BPM Solutions,
IDC. "With capabilities such as increased integration of heterogeneous data
sources and seamless reporting powered by Cognos 8 BI, users can achieve
maximum value from the implementation of the updated Cognos Planning 8.2
solution."

    Cognos Planning helps Finance departments define and link the operational
drivers for a company's entire planning, budgeting and forecasting process,
enables broad-based collaboration in planning across organizations, and helps
managers align resource allocation decisions in response to changing market
conditions quickly and with confidence. It is a core component of the Cognos 8
Performance Management Platform that enables finance to automate existing
spreadsheet-based systems, establish best practices, and extend solutions to
holistically model the organization, providing decision-makers with greater
visibility and control of future operating performance.

    "As we continue to extend our financial performance management
capabilities, Cognos' rich history of innovation offers customers reliable and
robust solutions that add to the breadth of the entire Cognos 8 Performance
Management platform," said Doug Barton, vice president, performance
management, Cognos. "We are confident organizations will continue to drive
performance gains with the one solution that delivers a dramatic increase in
visibility into business drivers and improved control over the levers for
financial and operational performance improvement."

    For additional Cognos 8 Planning 8.2 information, visit:
http://www.cognos.com/products/planning_consolidation/enterprise_plan
ning/planning_next_steps.html (Due to the length of this URL, it may be
necessary to copy and paste it into your Internet browser's URL address field)

    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 the Cognos Web site at
www.cognos.com.




For further information:

For further information: Cognos, Inc. Carrie Bendzsa, 613-738-1440
Carrie.bendzsa@cognos.com or Lois Paul & Partners, LLC Doreen Maciak,
781-782-5832 Doreen_maciak@lpp.com or Investor Relations: Cognos, Inc. John
Lawlor, 613-738-3503 john.lawlor@cognos.com

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