SAP Customers Use Cognos Performance Management Platform to Drive Effective Decision-Making



    - World-class Cognos Performance Management capabilities quickly enable
high value business decisions for global organizations deploying SAP -

    ORLANDO, FLA., October 15 /CNW/ - Cognos(R) (NASDAQ:   COGN) (TSX: CSN),
the world leader in business intelligence and performance management
solutions, today announced that customers worldwide are successfully enabling
timely, high value enterprise wide business decisions by combining Cognos'
industry-leading performance management capabilities with their SAP ERP and
SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse.

    Ventana Research has found that "most companies standardize their
transaction processing (accounting, inventory management and so on) within
core enterprise systems such as ERP or CRM because this software handles these
sorts of repetitive and often interconnected tasks well. On the other hand,
corporations have shown no preference for ERP when it comes to functions
involving decision support and analytics; frequently they find that
alternative approaches are better for their purposes."(*)

    Cognos delivers dynamic and effective globally scalable reporting, ad-hoc
query, analysis, dashboarding and scorecarding capabilities on top of SAP ERP
and SAP NetWeaver Business Information Warehouse applications. The Cognos
solution helps organizations drive more effective performance management based
decision-making. Global customers who are using Cognos 8 BI to extend their
SAP solutions for managing best-in-class performance include Arla Foods,
Bauhaus, CheckFree Corporation, Mainova, Molnlycke Healthcare and Nestle:

    Arla Foods is the second largest dairy company in Europe and a global
supplier of dairy products for leading food producers throughout the world.
The company has one of the largest production instances of SAP NetWeaver 2004
Business Information Warehouse worldwide and is using Cognos 8 BI to produce
business reports for corporate reporting and timelier decision-making. One of
these Cognos reports contains over 700 key metrics, making it an extremely
rich and complete business overview.

    "Our internal and external knowledge workers receive daily reports
according to their role and access rights," said Ulrik Hinke, BI business
process manager, Arla Foods. "With Cognos, we've been able to gain six hours a
day in the critical month-end closing period through the generation of reports
in parallel, with effective email distribution and Cognos 8's ability to
support the presentation of complex information. Our employees have access to
pertinent corporate data when they need it; without an ongoing reliance on
specialized IT resources. The efficiency of our Cognos reporting platform
helps us make effective business decisions in a very timely and efficient
manner."

    BAUHAUS opened Germany's first specialist DIY market in Mannheim in 1960.
With its innovative concept BAUHAUS enabled shoppers to find everything they
needed in a relaxed atmosphere under one roof. The concept proved to be a
success: throughout Europe the company now employs more than 14,000 people in
more than 185 outlets. With more than 28,000 m squared of sales space, BAUHAUS
in Dusseldorf-Gerresheim, Germany is now the largest DIY market across Europe.

    "We have improved our reporting systems enormously with Cognos 8 BI. As a
strategic extension to SAP BW and other data sources, Cognos 8 lets
considerably more employees access important business information," said a
BAUHAUS representative. "Access is especially easy, flexible and fast. In the
past, Head Office had to print individualized reports and mail them out. Now
staff in the different outlets can open and analyze all the information they
need in the portal. This reduces costs and our response times, which means
that Cognos increases our competitiveness. Pioneers are always the first to
lead - and that's what we are with Cognos 8."

    CheckFree Corporation (Nasdaq:   CKFR), is a leading provider of financial
electronic commerce services and products. A Cognos BI customer for 10 years,
CheckFree uses Cognos 8 BI against SAP BW data to produce detailed financial
forecasting and budgeting reports across multiple cost centers.

    "By using Cognos 8 BI in our SAP BW environment, we've been able to
improve our employee usage rates through a more user-friendly, self-service
reporting interface," said Brian Davis, manager, enterprise report
development, CheckFree. "Our data refresh rate has also improved from a
24-hour time period to hourly. Previously our financial analysts had to pull
information from SAP and manually create reports within a spreadsheet. Now,
the users can self-serve and our financial analysts are not overloaded and can
focus on strategic analysis instead of manual data manipulation."

    Mainova AG is a leading German provider of electricity, heat and water.
For Mainova, the rationale to invest in Cognos 8 BI on top of SAP BW stemmed
from a computing environment that spanned multiple data sources and provided
limited visibility to Mainova's customer base. The sales, marketing, billing
and finance departments now use analytical reports based on sales statistics
that provide in-depth analysis of consumer behavior patterns in terms of
revenue and consumption.

    "By integrating Cognos 8 BI and SAP BW, we are efficiently addressing and
managing our performance management challenges," said Ismute Tews, Data
Warehouse Project Manager, Mainova AG. "We now see customer needs directly and
respond to requirements from our individual departments without delay. Cognos
8 for our BW data warehouse provides us with a proven and valuable economical
advantage by delivering formatted information out of our BW system about sales
markets and customer requirements as well as improving the collection of
revenue and consumption data, while saving both time and money."

    Molnlycke Health Care is one of the world's leading providers of
single-use surgical and wound care products and services to the healthcare
sector. Molnlycke selected Cognos 8 BI to provide employees with a consistent
view of corporate information by combining data from its SAP and non-SAP
systems across the enterprise.

    "The success of our BI strategy is based on sailing on SAP BW and driving
performance with Cognos 8 BI," said Roderick Mooren, IT Director, Molnlycke
Health Care. "Through the tight integration between Cognos and SAP, we have
been able to consolidate all the information from our offices worldwide which
has increased overall visibility into the organization and enabled management
to make more informed decisions."

    "Customer experience has shown us that building a successful performance
driven enterprise tends not to be achievable with an ERP-only approach," said
Leah Macmillan, vice-president, product marketing, Cognos. "To build
sustainable competitive advantage, organizations can look to the successful
examples of Arla, Bauhaus, CheckFree, Mainova, and Molnlycke Healthcare. These
organizations depend on interoperability with SAP and they rely on Cognos'
proven self-service capabilities and independent, market leading performance
management platform to enable expedient delivery of complete and relevant
information, from both SAP and non-SAP sources."

    About Cognos 8 BI on SAP:

    Cognos 8 BI is built on a proven Web services-based, services-oriented
architecture and certified Powered by SAP NetWeaver(R). For further
information on Cognos software and solutions for SAP visit:
http://www.cognos.com/solutions/data/sap/business_intelligence.html

    (*)Ventana Research, "When ERP is Not the Right Choice," by Robert D.
Kugel, October, 23, 2006. Article ID: V06-60.

    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.




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For further information: Media Contacts: Cognos Carrie Bendzsa,
613-738-1440 carrie.bendzsa@cognos.com or Lois Paul & Partners Jolene Hajj,
781-782-5849 jolene_hajj@lpp.com or Investor Relations: Cognos John Lawlor,
613-738-3503 john.lawlor@cognos.com

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