Cognos Invites Finance Executives to Share Proven Performance Management Best Practices at Its Worldwide Finance Forum 2007 Series

    Invitation to Attend - Interview Opportunities - Product Demos

    BURLINGTON, MASS., April 10 /CNW/ - Cognos (NASDAQ:   COGN; TSX: CSN) the
world leader in business intelligence and performance management solutions, is
hosting a series of complimentary, high-profile events as part of its global
Finance Forum 2007 Series. During these events, delegates will learn about
best practices, and hear expert advice and real world experiences on
Performance Management for the Office of Finance.

    Launching on April 17th in New York City, the Cognos Finance Forum is for
C-level and senior executives from finance, planning, budgeting, forecasting,
accounting, analysis, and compliance departments. Attendees will access
tangible business strategies from the following sources:

    --  A solutions showcase area that includes hands-on tools and techniques
such as Cognos Performance Blueprints, as well as planning, consolidation, and
business intelligence product demonstrations.

    --  Cognos executives, drawing on their own experience with Fortune 1000
customers, will demonstrate how new information technology underpins proven
practices to transform performance management.

    --  Cognos customers will share their approaches to support revenue and
profit growth; align operational tactics with corporate objectives; and drive
participation and accountability with Performance Management implementations.

    "Every one of our customer presenters at the events this year can
demonstrate a high value proposition, and we believe this offers real
opportunities to share best practices and for other companies to learn what
business benefits they may be missing out on," said Doug Barton, vice
president, performance management, Cognos. "The finance community continues to
turn to Cognos as a proven leader to help improve performance management
decision making, and this is the driver for the event theme: Unprecedented
Visibility. Complete Control."

    "Manpower focuses on raising productivity through improved quality,
efficiency and cost-reduction across our workforce," said Vivian Adashek,
financial systems project specialist, Manpower - speaker at the Finance Forum
in NYC and Toronto. "This requires rapid and accurate communication of timely
business information across the organization. With Cognos, we've implemented
practical approaches to management and operational reporting and enterprise
planning, which have allowed us to move reporting and analysis beyond the
finance department and across the organization."

    The keynote speaker for the Forum series is David Axson, President of the
Sonax Group, former Head of Corporate Planning at Bank of America, co-founder
of The Hackett Group, and author of Best Practices in Planning and Performance
Management, now in its second edition. Mr. Axson will describe practical steps
to create simpler, faster, more focused and effective performance management

    Key partners and sponsors of (N.A.) Cognos Finance Forums 2007 include:
IBM, Deloitte, Blue Line Planning, CenterStone Solutions LLC, CBH, eCapital
Advisors, ISA Consulting, JCB Partners, Lodestar Solutions, NewComp Solutions,
and QueBit.

    Cognos Finance Forum 2007 spans North America and Europe with additional
venues in Latin America and Asia Pacific. For a full list of event venues,
agendas, speaking abstracts, dates and registration information, visit:


    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. Adrienne Vienneau,
613-738-1338 x5186 or Lois Paul & Partners, LLC
Doreen Maciak, 781-782-5832 or Investor Relations:
Cognos, Inc. John Lawlor, 613-738-3503

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