Cognos Previews New Analysis Capability for Business Users



    Cognos 8 BI Analysis for Microsoft Excel(R) will deliver exploration and
analysis capabilities for business users to interactively solve problems
within Excel while leveraging the trusted, secure foundation of Cognos 8 BI

    NEW YORK, April 17 /CNW/ - Cognos (Nasdaq:   COGN; TSX: CSN), the world
leader in business intelligence and performance management solutions, today
previewed Cognos 8 BI Analysis for Microsoft Excel(R), a new enterprise BI
capability that enables Microsoft Excel users to directly access centrally
controlled and secured Cognos 8 BI performance information for improved
decision-making.

    The self-service nature of the new capability will make it easy for
business analysts, financial analysts or line of business managers to
interactively explore and analyze multidimensional information within
Microsoft Excel, without draining valuable IT resources. Using formula-based
data access, business users will be able to find answers, solve business
problems and report key results in the format most convenient to them, while
leveraging the Cognos 8 BI infrastructure for data consistency, freshness and
security. For richer analysis and formatting, or for broader enterprise
distribution of reports, they can re-use the results of their exploration
within other worksheets or Cognos 8 BI's proven reporting and analysis
capabilities.

    "The ability to conduct drag and drop exploration and analysis of
controlled BI data within Excel will really benefit the business analyst who
wants to solve analytical problems in a familiar spreadsheet environment,"
said Vivian Adashek, financial systems project specialist, Manpower. "These
analysts are gaining direct access to the underlying data sources within Excel
so they can flexibly analyze trusted secure information from Cognos 8 BI
together with other data sources without requiring IT to do this for them. As
always, Cognos is listening and partnering with its customers on new product
innovations."

    With Cognos 8 BI Analysis for Microsoft Excel, business users will have
access to the entire Cognos 8 BI data layer. This provides a connection to
heterogeneous data sources, including planning and consolidation. They will
also gain a managed view of data through a single interface to explore,
select, filter and define the layout of the desired information. Flexible
query capabilities let business users refresh and modify their original
analysis, alter the layout, express information as formulas and manage the
query parameters. As the Cognos 8 BI data refreshes, or the query expands
through drill-down, linked Excel calculations and charts are updated
automatically.

    "In IDC's Services and Software Leading Indicators survey, C-suite
executives expressed their desire for improved integrated access to relevant
information as well as real-time monitoring of business performance," said
Kathleen Wilhide, Research Director, Financial Performance & Strategy
Management, IDC. "Business analysts are faced with multiple daily requests for
on-the-fly analysis. Through the use of Excel connected to the trusted Cognos
performance management environment, analysts are empowered to produce
self-service reports and analysis with familiar Excel, while maintaining the
integrity of information through a live connection to the enterprise system of
record."

    Cognos 8 BI Analysis for Microsoft Excel will extend Cognos' support for
Microsoft Office from consumption of pre-authored content within Office to
report authoring, exploration and analysis. It joins solutions already in
place for Cognos Controller, Cognos Planning, and Cognos 8 BI. By reaching
business users that may prefer to work in spreadsheets, it will enable
organizations to standardize on a single, trusted BI platform for all its
users. Standardization on Cognos lets IT fully leverage the single security
framework and proven web services-based architecture of Cognos 8 BI, while
business users across the enterprise benefit from a direct connection to the
same trusted performance information whether they are working from a
spreadsheet, mobile device or a browser-based capability.

    "Cognos is committed to supporting the BI needs of all users across
organizations, regardless of their preferred, or required, authoring
environments. Business analysts that are power Excel users may prefer to
manipulate data for reporting and analysis within Excel, but their current
method of cutting and pasting or manually entering information is fraught with
security risk and data latency issues. Like all users in the organization,
they will benefit from access to centrally trusted and controlled performance
information," said Leah MacMillan, vice president of product marketing,
Cognos. "This solution will immediately extend the value of a customer's
Cognos 8 BI deployment, and unlike other tools available, it is not limited to
exploration of proprietary data sources and does not require IT expertise to
enjoy its benefits."

    Availability and Preview

    Cognos 8 BI Analysis for Microsoft Excel is targeted to be available in
the second half of 2007. It will be initially previewed at Cognos Finance
Forum 2007, which spans North America and Europe with additional venues in
Latin America and Asia Pacific. For a full list of event venues, agendas,
speaking abstracts, dates and registration information, visit:
http://www.cognos.com/financeforums2007/index.html

    About Cognos Business Intelligence Products:

    Cognos 8 Business Intelligence (BI) delivers easy-to-use BI with the
right context, through familiar interfaces, at the right time. To further
enable faster and more effective decisions, Cognos offers additional consumer
modes that bring BI to the familiar working environments of every worker.
Cognos 8 BI Analysis for Microsoft Excel and the Cognos Go! Consumer modes
seamlessly extend the complete and proven capabilities of Cognos 8 BI to more
users across the enterprise. For further information about Cognos BI Products
visit: http://www.cognos.com/products/cognos8businessintelligence/index.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. Microsoft and
Excel are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corp. 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. Carrie Bendzsa,
613-738-1440 Carrie.bendzsa@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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