Cognos Extends Leadership Position in Financial Performance Management; Unveils Solution Plans



    - New product integration, expanded blueprints for accelerated customer
success, and joint customer advisory board add to broadest financial
performance solution in market -

    BURLINGTON, MASS., December 11 /CNW/ - Cognos(R) (NASDAQ:   COGN) (TSX:
CSN), the world leader in business intelligence and performance management
solutions, today announced key product integration and customer initiatives
with recently acquired Applix, extending the company's proven expertise and
leadership position in financial performance management. The combined
offerings create a predictable, financial view of performance by structuring
and automating the processes that help companies plan, forecast and control
enterprise resources, analyze and optimize, and report on corporate
performance with confidence.

    The newest Cognos solutions extend planning, consolidation, and reporting
processes and give customers new and enhanced capabilities for complex,
interactive business modeling and analytics which can be applied to solution
areas like customer and product profitability, sales mix, and price / volume
variance analysis among others. Cognos TM1 Server, TM1 Excel, TM1 Web, and TM1
Executive Viewer are available immediately and leverage a patented, 64 bit,
in-memory multidimensional server. Cognos TM1 offerings, like all Cognos
solutions, have strong self-service values that allow business analysts to
create and evolve the performance management solution with the changing
business requirements without extensive IT support.

    Cognos is also extending its functional and industry Performance
Blueprints with TM1 technology so that customers can leverage the planning and
analytic power of Cognos TM1. Cognos Performance Blueprints address planning
and performance management process areas that directly impact an
organization's ability to create business value. The first TM1-enabled
Performance Blueprint will extend life sciences blueprints that address a
critical sales and marketing investment area for Samples Allocation and Sales
Quota management. The new blueprint will be available to customers free of
charge in calendar Q1.

    "The Cognos plan for integrating the Applix solution is based upon three
main tenets that are aligned with customer requirements," said Kathleen
Wilhide Research Director, Compliance and Business Performance Management
Solutions at IDC. "First, to provide their customers with enhanced and
optimized analytic capabilities supporting their applications, second to
augment the current offerings of the Cognos product suite in the areas of
planning, budgeting, consolidation, and new areas such as profitability, and
third to continue to evolve and enhance the TM1 solution, honoring existing
development roadmaps as they unfold the integration plan and articulate a
vision for a broader set of applications and capabilities."

    To map out future solution milestones, Cognos has formed a special
customer advisory board for joint Cognos/Applix clients to provide guidance on
integration strategy and product innovation roadmap. Leading organizations
such as American Express, Amgen, BAE Systems, NSTAR, and Wiley are now members
of the advisory board.

    By mid 2008 Cognos expects to introduce new capabilities to customers and
partners. Areas of investments may include innovation in the core Cognos TM1
solution set with improved, interactive web-based reports, distributed
administration, and support of multi-lingual implementations for global,
multinational customers. Cognos will deliver increased levels of automation
between purpose-built Planning, Consolidation, and Reporting applications and
Cognos TM1. This will ensure finance and business users are in greater control
of performance management data supporting these core financial processes. And
finally, Cognos TM1 Server data access will be supported by Cognos 8 Business
Intelligence.

    Joint partners of Cognos and Applix also understand the value that the
integrated solutions bring to their customer base. "Having become very
familiar with Applix TM1 capabilities in the past year and as a long time
Cognos partner, we see the integration plans as very compelling. The combined
strengths of TM1 and Cognos allow us to offer our customers a best-in-class
performance management solution while leveraging common platform services,"
said Mark Mueller, President of DataClarity, a Cognos Platinum Reseller
Partner.

    "Our vision for financial performance management is to provide integrated
solutions for the core processes that finance engages in to drive enterprise
performance and to extend those solutions through the use of Cognos 8 BI and
its broad user reach," said Doug Barton, vice president of product marketing,
Cognos. "Our announcements today ensure current customers can continue to
transform their performance management processes with confidence in Cognos FPM
solutions."

    Cognos training, consulting and support teams are providing customers
with a range of offerings and resources to help ensure their success with the
Cognos TM1 products. This includes a full complement of training courses for
business users and project teams, Guardian Services from consulting for Cognos
TM1 review, technical design and performance optimization, and full product
support. These can be found at
www.cognos.com/products/tm1/services-overview.html.

    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




For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Cognos, Inc. Connie Costigan,
613-738-1440 Connie.costigan@cognos.com or Lois Paul & Partners 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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