Cognos Positioned as Leader in Business Performance Solutions Report

    - Independent Research Firm Cites Cognos as Venerable BPS Thought Leader
with Product Breadth and Maturity -

    OTTAWA & BURLINGTON, MASS., October 11 /CNW/ - Cognos(R) (NASDAQ:   COGN)
(TSX: CSN), a world leader in business intelligence and performance management
solutions, today announced that Forrester Research, Inc. has named Cognos as a
Business Performance Solutions leader in its newly released report: The
Forrester Wave(TM): Business Performance Solutions, Q4 2007. Forrester named
Cognos as a leader based on the company's current product offerings, long-term
strategy and market presence.

    Cognos was among 10 companies selected by Forrester to participate in its
report on the business performance market. Specifically, Cognos scored top
marks on categories related to Functional and Industry-specific Performance
Management, Product Strategy and Vision and Strategic Alliances. The company
was cited for its thought leadership and product depth and maturity.

    "Cognos is a leader in Business Performance Solutions (BPS) with a
sophisticated vision and thought leadership programs as well as maturity and
depth in scorecarding, planning, and consolidations. Cognos also offers a
broad portfolio of planning and analytical performance blueprints that address
a wide variety of functional domains and industry vertical segments," noted
Paul Hamerman, vice president and principal analyst at Forrester, in the

    "We are proud to be recognized as a Business Performance Solutions leader
by Forrester, based both on our current offerings and on our strategy and
vision," said Dave Laverty, senior vice president, Global Marketing, Cognos.
"Cognos continues to set new standards in innovation and functionality to help
our customers achieve greater insights into business performance."

    The full independent report, The Forrester Wave: Business Performance
Solutions, Q4 2007 can be viewed at
reports.html. (Due to the length of this URL, it may be necessary to copy and
paste it into your Internet browser's URL address field. You may also need to
remove an extra space in the URL if one exists.)

    Cognos financial performance management solutions provide a single line
of sight across all time horizons. Planning and consolidation combine the
forward management view of the business (planning, budgeting and forecasting)
with the current and historical view of the business (consolidations,
reporting, and financial analytics.) This integrated operational and financial
view lets customers proactively address business challenges for greater
operational effectiveness. Cognos financial performance management solutions,
together with business intelligence, are key elements of the Cognos
Performance Management System, which combines technology, best practices,
analytical applications and solutions, and a broad network of partners into a
single performance management solution for customers.

    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 Contacts: Cognos, Inc. Steve Milmore,
781-313-2403 or Lois Paul & Partners, LLC Doreen
Maciak, 781-782-5832 or Investor Relations: Cognos, Inc.
John Lawlor, 613-738-3503

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