Cognos Extends Wireless Business Intelligence Solution to Microsoft Windows Mobile Smartphones

    - Cognos 8 Go! Mobile delivers business intelligence to Windows Mobile
users for timely, personalized and secure access to the most relevant business
information across the enterprise -

    BURLINGTON, MASS., December 17 /CNW/ - Cognos(R) (NASDAQ:   COGN) (TSX:
CSN), the world leader in business intelligence and performance management
solutions, today announced that it has extended its wireless business
intelligence solution, Cognos 8 Go! Mobile, to support Windows Mobile 6

    According to Gartner, the enterprise mobility market is expected to grow
dramatically over the next few years and "the number of mobile applications
deployed by enterprises to their employees will continue to grow by 30% per
year through 2011 (0.7 probability)."(a)

    Cognos 8 Go! Mobile is the industry's first business intelligence
solution designed to make it convenient to view, consume and interact with
highly relevant performance information on mobile devices. Cognos 8 Go! Mobile
delivers enterprise data through an intuitive interface optimized for each
different type of mobile platform. It now brings timely decision-support
information directly to Windows Mobile 6 devices. All decision makers who need
to access BI content across the enterprise, either through a mobile device or
on the Web, are able to use the same consistent, trusted source of operational

    Existing Cognos 8 BI customers, such as MTD Products, will be able to use
their Windows Mobile 6 smartphones to further leverage their BI investments.

    "We beta-tested this new version against our Windows Mobile Treo
environment and saw immediate opportunity to add value by bringing BI
reporting to new users across the company," said Natalie Sabo, manager,
Business Intelligence, MTD Products. "With Cognos 8 Go! Mobile, we have the
capability to provide executives and sales personnel with daily sales and
shipment information in a convenient, easily consumable format."

    Gartner reports that "worldwide combined shipments of PDAs and
smartphones totaled 57.4 million units in 1H07, a 36% increase compared with
the same period in 2006." They "forecast combined shipments of PDAs and
smartphones for all of 2007 to reach about 129 million units, up 42% compared
with 2006."(b)

    Within this growing market, Windows Mobile lets small to medium
businesses or larger enterprises extend Microsoft Office Outlook e-mail,
familiar Microsoft Office programs, and information management applications,
such as BI, to their mobile workers.

    "Windows Mobile delivers a flexible platform so that companies can adopt
the productivity tools and applications they need to maximize mobile
productivity," said Eddie Amos, general manager of global ISV partners at
Microsoft. "Mobile business applications that are designed for the platform,
such as Cognos 8 Go! Mobile, help our customers leverage their systems to make
more timely decisions based on real-time interaction with key operational or
financial performance information."

    Cognos reseller and OEM partners, including Genware Computer Systems Inc.
Locus Solution, LLC, and SpotOn Systems, Inc. beta-tested the new solution
with a view to servicing their enterprise or mid-market customers who will now
be able to extend their Cognos 8 BI solution to their Windows Mobile
environments and capitalize on consistent performance information wherever and
whenever they need it for improved decision-making. See related comments here:

    Cognos 8 Go! Mobile is purpose-built for Windows Mobile and lets
executives or front-line mobile workers securely access and interact with
timely and personalized operational and strategic performance information
automatically over the air. Even while users are offline, the product has a
rich mobile client that fully leverages the capabilities of Windows Mobile 6
and the Cognos 8 BI platform, for decision-making anytime, anywhere. These
capabilities include common security and access to all BI reports, graphs and
analysis within a single report authoring environment, without requiring
modification or duplication of reports. For further information about Cognos 8
Go! Mobile see:

    "This new version of Cognos 8 Go! Mobile uniquely addresses the needs of
Cognos customers who are Windows Mobile users and require mission-critical
performance information delivered directly to their mobile workforce," said
Leah MacMillan, vice president of product marketing, Cognos. "Customers can
expand the reach of their performance management deployments by efficiently
putting key business information securely in the hands of more employees
across the business. The net result is improved organizational performance for
better competitive advantage."

    (a) Gartner, "Gartner's View of Enterprise Mobility", by Leif
Olof-Wallin, July 16, 2007.

    (b) Gartner, "Dataquest Insight: Worldwide PDA and SmartPhone Shipments
Soar 45.7% in 2Q07", by Robert Cozza, October 2, 2007.

    Pricing and Availability:

    The solution is available direct from Cognos or its network of resellers
worldwide as a role-based, separately priced add-on option for Cognos 8 BI

    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. The names of actual companies and products mentioned
herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners. Note to Editors:
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For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Cognos, Inc. Carrie Bendzsa,
613-738-1440 or Lois Paul & Partners, LLC Jolene
Hajj, 781-782-5849 or Investor Relations: Cognos, Inc.
John Lawlor, 613-738-3503

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