Cognos Wins IBM PartnerWorld Beacon Award For Innovation That Matters In Government

    Innovative crime analysis solution helps police agencies reduce crime

    BURLINGTON, MASS., April 12 /CNW/ - Cognos (Nasdaq:   COGN; TSX: CSN), the
world leader in business intelligence and performance management solutions,
today announced it has been named winner of the "Innovation that Matters in
Government" award in the annual IBM PartnerWorld Beacon Awards competition,
which recognizes IBM Business Partners for their ingenuity, innovation,
customer satisfaction and outstanding achievements in providing on-demand
business solutions.

    Together, Cognos and IBM are delivering a state-of-the-art crime analysis
solution that can help police agencies drastically reduce crime. To improve
crime prevention police agencies must understand the data they collect, but
the volume of information from multiple systems is difficult to coordinate
effectively. In response, Cognos and IBM developed the Crime Information
Warehouse, designed to provide integrated mapping of departmental data across
different systems into a single source of actionable information that better
addresses policing needs.

    Leveraging DB2, WebSphere, Tivoli Storage Manager, System p and IBM
Global Services integration and customization services, the Crime Information
Warehouse enables police departments to report, analyze, and understand crime
statistics in near-real time. It delivers fast results, consistent information
across departments, user-friendly interface for easy adoption, enabling faster
and higher quality responses to crime trends and deployment requirements.

    IBM Beacon Award judges remarked that Cognos "has delivered an excellent
solution to meet the specific needs and requirements of police departments
while helping solve an important challenge these organizations face."

    "Recognized by the Beacon Awards, Cognos has worked closely with IBM and
its Business Partners to provide clients with innovative solutions that solve
real business issues," said Ravi Marwaha, general manager, IBM Global Business
Partners. "Cognos has set the standard for business excellence by delivering
unique solutions as well as high customer satisfaction."

    "Cognos is pleased to be recognized for the innovative solutions that
stem from our strategic alliance with IBM," said Rupert Bonham-Carter,
associate vice-president of strategic technology alliances, Cognos. "We will
continue to work with IBM to deliver joint business solutions to enable global
customers to optimize performance management and foster an environment where
strong decision-making can take place. Being selected for this award is
further proof of the industry leadership Cognos has established and
underscores the value that Cognos and IBM deliver to customers."

    Cognos is a leading provider of performance management solutions for
police and public safety organizations world-wide, including City of New York
Police Department, the Dutch Police, Merseyside Police, London Fire and the
Air Force Office of Special Investigations. Our solutions for state and local
governments help them to deliver timely, high-quality programs and services to
their citizens. Customers include State of Utah, State of Mississippi, City of
Albuquerque, and State of New York. For more information about Cognos
solutions for state and local governments, please visit


    Nearly 662 nominations were judged by a team of leading industry
journalists, analysts, and IBM executives, who selected winner and finalists
in 38 award categories. These IBM Business Partners will be honored during the
IBM PartnerWorld 2007 Conference in St. Louis, April 29 -May 2. For more
information about the IBM PartnerWorld Beacon Awards please 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 Cognos' Web site at

For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Cognos, Inc. David DeRosa,
613-738-1338 ext. 3317 or Lois Paul & Partners, LLC
Kristen Orfanos, 781-782-5852 or Investor Relations:
Cognos, Inc. John Lawlor, 613-738-3503

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