Cognos Appoints Mel Zeledon Senior Vice President, Global Alliances

    Former Hyperion, Siebel, and Oracle executive to lead Cognos alliances

    OTTAWA, AND BURLINGTON, MASS., March 13 /CNW/ - Cognos (Nasdaq:   COGN;
TSX: CSN), the world leader in business intelligence and performance
management solutions, today announced that Mel Zeledon has joined the company
as senior vice president, global alliances. Mr. Zeledon will be responsible
for leading the company's alliances strategy, field alignment and execution on
a global basis.

    Mr. Zeledon joins Cognos with more than 22 years of leadership experience
in the enterprise software industry. Prior to joining Cognos, Mr. Zeledon
served as vice president of partner sales at Hyperion Solutions, where he
managed the company's global systems integration partners. Earlier in his
career, Mr. Zeledon led global strategic alliance relationships at Siebel
Systems, co-founded and led sales and alliances at application service
provider Applicast, and founded and managed the Oracle Corporation subsidiary
and resellers in Central America. Mr. Zeledon, who has B.S. in Electrical
Engineering degree from the University of Costa Rica, was a Fulbright Scholar
at Stanford University, where he earned a Masters in Computer Science.

    Cognos continues to focus on delivering best-in-class Performance
Management solutions across all customer touch points including products,
services and partners. Alliances are crucial to the company's strategy to
further extend its lead in the performance management market and deliver a
depth of unprecedented value to its customers.

    "Mel is a proven leader in the information technology industry, with
extensive experience building and leading alliances in the enterprise software
market," said Les Rechan, Cognos Chief Operating Officer. "Mel's leadership
and proven record driving alliances results make him a very valued addition to
the Cognos management team."

    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

    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

For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Cognos Steve Milmore,
781-313-2403 or Lois Paul & Partners, LLC Kristen
Orfanos, 781-782-5852 or Investor Relations: Cognos
John Lawlor, 613-738-3503

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