Cognos Appoints Michael A. Morrison VP and General Manager, Financial Performance Management

    - Veteran software industry executive to lead Cognos' financial
performance management product initiatives -

    OTTAWA & BURLINGTON, MASS., October 29 /CNW/ - Cognos(R) (NASDAQ:   COGN)
(TSX: CSN), the world leader in business intelligence and performance
management solutions, today appointed Michael A. Morrison as VP and General
Manager, Financial Performance Management.

    Mr. Morrison will report to Cognos Senior Vice-President of Products,
Peter Griffiths. He joins Cognos from Applix, where he served as Chief
Operating Officer and held responsibility for all sales, marketing and
services operations.

    At Cognos, Mr. Morrison will have primary responsibility for driving
sustainable growth in financial performance management through the delivery of
market-leading product; investment planning and market requirements; and
engagement and support of sales teams to help facilitate growth and solution
success on a global scale.

    "We are pleased to welcome Michael to Cognos where his extensive
cross-functional management experience will drive our leadership in financial
performance management," said Peter Griffiths, senior vice-president,
Products. "Michael is an industry veteran with a strong track record and a
proven reputation. As a member of our executive management team, Michael will
help drive our top-level market-focused teams towards further growth, success,
and innovation in key opportunity areas of financial performance management."

    Prior to joining Applix in 2004, Mr. Morrison held various positions at
Cognos, including vice president of enterprise planning operations, vice
president of finance and administration, and corporate counsel. During his
11-year tenure with Cognos, he also led the Cognos financial applications
business unit, helping pioneer the business and increase sales. Prior to
joining Cognos in 1993, Mr. Morrison worked for NYNEX (now Verizon) as a
senior attorney.

    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

For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Cognos Steve Milmore,
781-313-2403 or Lois Paul & Partners, LLC Jessica
Sutera, 781-782-5789 or Investor Relations: Cognos John
Lawlor, 613-738-3503

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