Celequest BI Appliance Powers Performance Management at the Midwest ISO

    - Leading Regional Grid Operator Selects Celequest's LAVA to Continuously
Track Operational Performance -

    OTTAWA & BURLINGTON, MASS., March 20 /CNW/ - Cognos (Nasdaq:   COGN; TSX:
CSN), the world leader in business intelligence and performance management
solutions, today announced that Celequest's LAVA(TM) BI appliance was selected
by the Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator (Midwest ISO), manager
of one of the world's largest energy markets, to track and analyze key
performance metrics across its entire energy trading network.

    The Midwest ISO is a leading regional grid operator, managing one of the
world's largest energy markets and clearing more than $2 billion in energy
transactions monthly in 15 U.S. states and the Canadian province of Manitoba.
The Midwest ISO evaluated several BI solutions, but ultimately chose
Celequest's LAVA to deliver insight into key performance metrics because of
the simplicity and speed of deploying the LAVA appliance. The Midwest ISO also
chose Celequest's LAVA due to its seamless integration with its existing
architecture and its robust security features that safeguard data locally

    "We chose Celequest's LAVA BI appliance from Cognos because it combines
the best of all worlds--scalability, security, ease of deployment and low TCO.
Celequest's operational BI architecture and self-service dashboards, delivered
in a secure appliance, will enable the Midwest ISO to track, analyze and
instantly react to rapidly changing business conditions in the fast-moving,
high-volume energy market," said Wayne Schug, Executive Director at the
Midwest ISO.

    "With Celequest's LAVA, organizations such as the Midwest ISO that manage
huge volumes of data traffic can give employees immediate visibility into
processes and performance metrics, enabling them to identify potential issues
before they occur," said Diaz Nesamoney, Cognos VP and General Manager of On
Demand Solutions. "We are pleased to work closely with the Midwest ISO to
provide them with critical insights into their world-class energy management

    About the Midwest ISO:

    The Midwest ISO ensures reliable operation of, and equal access to,
93,600 miles of interconnected, high voltage power lines in 15 U.S. states and
the Canadian province of Manitoba. The Midwest ISO manages one of the world's
largest energy markets, clearing more than $2 billion in energy transactions
monthly. The Midwest ISO was approved as the nation's first regional
transmission organization (RTO) in 2001. The non-profit 501(C)(4) organization
is governed by an independent Board of Directors, and is headquartered in
Carmel, Indiana with operations centers in Carmel and St. Paul, Minnesota.
Membership in the organization is voluntary. For more information, visit

    About Celequest:

    Celequest, acquired by Cognos in January, is the leading provider of
on-demand Business Intelligence (BI). Delivered as an appliance or as
Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Celequest enables companies to deliver
enterprise-class BI to their operational workers and executives at a low total
cost of ownership (TCO). Celequest's innovative technology includes data
integration, analytics and dashboards/reporting in a single integrated
product. Customers include Solectron, Dreyer's, Cendant, Software Spectrum and
Compassion International. For more information about Celequest, please visit

    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 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 John
Lawlor, 613-738-3503 john.lawlor@cognos.com

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