Cognos Announces Support for IBM Dynamic Warehousing Initiative

    New generation of business intelligence capabilities will enable
organizations to gain real-time insight and value from their business

    BURLINGTON, MASS., March 13 /CNW/ - Cognos (Nasdaq:   COGN; TSX: CSN), the
world leader in business intelligence and performance management solutions,
today announced its support for IBM's new Dynamic Warehousing initiative,
geared to helping customers use advanced analytics as part of a real-time
business process, and unlock knowledge buried in both structured and
unstructured information.

    Building upon IBM's enhanced version of the DB2 Warehouse and based on
the DB2 9 Viper data server, the initiative includes new IBM Balanced
Warehouse packages, which are pre-configured combinations of software,
hardware and storage technologies optimized to meet a wide range of dynamic
warehousing requirements.

    "Cognos has been deeply involved in many major innovations with IBM in
recent years. IBM's latest initiative is a positive step forward to helping
organizations transform their static data into competitive assets, enabling
customers in all industries to make better, faster decisions by delivering
increased business insight to the right people at the right time," said Rupert
Bonham-Carter, associate vice-president of global strategic alliances at
Cognos. "IBM's commitment to driving greater efficiencies on the back-end -
including with ever-complex data warehousing models - ultimately translates
into significant value on the front-end for our customers, which is deserving
of our support and ongoing collaboration."

    "IBM is working with its key strategic partners to bring to market a
Dynamic Warehousing initiative that promises to help our joint customers
streamline business processes, transform customer service and generate new
revenue opportunities," said Karen Parrish, vice president of business
intelligence solutions for IBM. "By continuing to work closely with Cognos, we
look forward to enabling our customers to add unmatched BI capabilities on top
of integrated information so they can drive innovation, increase operational
efficiency, and lower IT risk."

    Cognos and IBM have a proven history over the past decade in delivering
cost effective, integrated business solutions for global enterprises. Most
recently, Cognos and IBM extended its global strategic alliance to help
customers integrate their business processes across the enterprise and gain
greater insight into business performance. The alliance agreement included
joint development, marketing, and sales of SOA-based solutions to help
customers optimize their analytics capabilities leveraging industry-specific
best practices.

    To date, the two companies have worked together on a number of successful
technology and business solution initiatives, including:

    --  Delivering Unstructured Information Management Architecture (UIMA) as
a standard framework for search and text analysis of unstructured information

    --  Bringing to market a number of industry-specific joint solutions for
banking and public safety, including the highly-acclaimed IBM Crime
Information Warehouse

    --  Bundling Cognos 8 Workforce Performance as a standard analytic and
reporting solution within IBM's full-service Human Capital Management (HCM)
outsourcing solutions portfolio, in order to help global customers address the
impending skills gap and graying workforce

    Cognos and IBM also continue to work together to deepen product and
platform interoperability. Most recently, Cognos announced support for IBM
Information Server, which allows customers to extend the reach of Cognos 8 BI
in order to unlock strategic information across complex and heterogeneous


    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


    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

For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Cognos, Inc. David DeRosa,
613-738-1338 ext. 3317 or Lois Paul & Partners, LLC
Kristen Orfanos, 781-782-5852 or Investor Relations:
Cognos, Inc. John Lawlor, 613-738-3503

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