Cognos Expands Strategic Relationship with Informatica

    - Adds Data Quality Software and Professional Services to Performance
Management Portfolio -

    BURLINGTON, MASS. & REDWOOD CITY, CALIF., September 10 /CNW/ - Cognos
(NASDAQ:   COGN; TSX: CSN), the world leader in business intelligence (less
than) than) and performance management (less
than) than)
solutions, today announced it has expanded its strategic relationship with
Informatica Corporation (NASDAQ:   INFA), a leading provider of data integration
and data quality software. Cognos has signed a worldwide reseller agreement
with Informatica for its data quality software. The companies will also expand
their go-to-market cooperation in the field for data integration to provide
customers with complete best-of-breed solutions.

    "Data quality is a business issue that impacts corporate performance, and
business stakeholders are key to the success of any data quality initiative,"
said Henry Morris, Senior VP of Worldwide Software and Services Research at
IDC. "The integration of Cognos performance management applications with
Informatica data quality solutions (with associated Cognos and Informatica
services) gives needed visibility into data quality issues to business
professionals. This combined solution should increase confidence in the
accuracy of information, enabling a more complete and accurate viewpoint on
results, operations and strategies."

    Under terms of the agreement, Cognos will resell Informatica Data Quality
and Informatica Data Explorer products as part of its performance management
portfolio. Cognos and Informatica will also team to jointly provide customers
with data integration capabilities that will enhance and strengthen the
overall performance management solutions in their organizations.

    Informatica Data Quality allows business leaders to collaborate with IT
and take ownership in improving the quality of data for performance management
initiatives, empowering the right people in the organization to implement
effective and durable data quality processes. Informatica Data Explorer
discovers incompatibilities and data inconsistencies in the many disparate
source systems that feed data warehousing and BI systems and cause downstream
problems. The two companies will also cooperate in joint marketing and sales
initiatives to promote best-case data quality strategies for performance

    As part of this alliance, Cognos has created complementary Data Quality
Professional Services to help customers implement successfully. The Cognos
Data Quality Rapid Assessment Service is a quick-win approach to understand
how well existing data assets support a customer's performance management
solution - helping identify how to improve the accuracy and completeness of
data to increase business confidence in the overall solution. The service
culminates with the delivery of a baseline Data Quality Assessment Summary
that delivers data quality reports, best practices and concrete

    "This announcement extends our long-term partnership with Informatica and
strengthens our position as the Performance Management expert. With proven
software from Informatica, combined with our Data Quality services focused on
performance management, we can address data quality issues that span the full
breadth of performance management data, not just customer data typically found
in other solutions," said Mel Zeledon, SVP of Global Alliances at Cognos.
"This is another step on the road to delivering a complete and consistent view
of information. With Cognos 8 BI, we enabled all BI capabilities to
consistently access data wherever it resides in IT, we provided a common view
of information so business users can work from the same numbers in terms they
understand, and now we are addressing the quality of the data itself."

    "Cognos and Informatica share a platform-neutral approach to software and
have a mutual desire to help our customers get the most from their enterprise
data," said Harry Gould, SVP of Worldwide Alliances at Informatica. "Cognos
solutions provide CIOs and business leaders with a complete view of business
issues for high-value decision making on a global scale. By ensuring that the
quality of business information can be effectively monitored and readily
improved, Informatica Data Quality gives Cognos customers the opportunity to
drive better business decisions."

    The data quality reseller agreement and the proactive collaboration
around data integration expand the reach of Informatica's best-of-breed
capabilities to new performance management markets and provide
interoperability with Cognos Performance Management for customers. The Cognos
Performance Management System combines technology, best practices, analytical
applications, and a broad network of partners into a single performance
management solution for its customers.

    The Informatica Data Quality products and the Cognos Data Quality
Professional Services are immediately available from Cognos. For more
information, please visit

    About Informatica

    Informatica Corporation (NASDAQ:   INFA) is a leading provider of
enterprise data integration software and services. With Informatica,
organizations can gain greater business value by integrating all their
information assets from across the enterprise. More than 2,850 companies
worldwide rely on Informatica to reduce the cost and expedite the time to
address data integration needs of any complexity and scale. For more
information, call 650-385-5000 (1-800-653-9871 in the U.S.), or 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

    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: Cognos Steve Milmore, 781-313-2403 or Lois Paul & Partners, LLC Jessica Sutera,
781-782-5789 or Informatica Deborah Wiltshire,
650-385-5360 or Investor Relations: Cognos John
Lawlor, 613-738-3503 or Informatica Stephanie
Wakefield, 650-385-5261

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