Cognos(R) Assumes Control of Applix; Subsequent Offering Period Expires October 30, 2007

    - Acquisition of Leading Analytics Company to Extend Cognos Financial
Performance Management Leadership -

    OTTAWA & WESTBOROUGH, MASS., October 17 /CNW/ - Cognos (NASDAQ:   COGN;
TSX: CSN), the world leader in business intelligence and performance
management solutions, and Applix, Inc. (NASDAQ:   APLX), a publicly held company
based in Westborough, Massachusetts and an industry leader in analytics, today
jointly announced that Applix stockholders have tendered (including by
guaranteed delivery) approximately 70% of the common stock on a fully diluted
basis (which represents approximately 87% of the issued and outstanding common
stock of Applix), giving Cognos control of the company. Additionally, Cognos
has designated four representatives to serve on Applix's board of directors,
replacing the Applix board members who have resigned and giving Cognos
majority board representation. Two of the previous Applix board members will
remain on the Applix board until the merger between the companies is

    The initial offering period of Cognos' tender offer to purchase all of
the outstanding shares of common stock of Applix expired at 12:00 midnight,
New York City time, on Tuesday, October 16, 2007. Cognos has accepted for
payment the approximately 14,032,484 shares (including shares tendered by
guaranteed delivery) tendered in the offer. Cognos and Applix also announced a
subsequent offering period commencing on Wednesday, October 17, 2007 and
expiring on Tuesday, October 30, 2007 at 5:00 p.m., New York City time.

    Pursuant to the terms and conditions of the Agreement and Plan of Merger,
dated September 4, 2007, by and among Applix, Cognos and Dimension Acquisition
Corp., a Massachusetts corporation and an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of
Cognos, following the expiration or earlier termination of the subsequent
offering period, Dimension will be merged with and into Applix, referred to as
the Merger, and each outstanding share of common stock of Applix not tendered
in the offer (other than shares held by Cognos or Dimension), will be
converted into the right to receive $17.87 per share in cash, without interest
thereon, less any required withholding taxes. Following the consummation of
the Merger, Applix will continue as the surviving corporation and an indirect,
wholly-owned subsidiary of Cognos. The Merger is expected to occur promptly
following Cognos' acceptance for payment of at least 90% of the common stock
of Applix during the subsequent offering period.

    During the subsequent offering period, Cognos' acquisition subsidiary,
Dimension Acquisition Corp., will accept for payment and promptly pay for
Applix shares as they are tendered. Stockholders who tender shares during such
period will be paid the same $17.87 per share cash consideration paid for
shares tendered during the initial offering period. Shares tendered during the
subsequent offering period may not be withdrawn.

    About Applix:

    Applix (NASDAQ:   APLX) empowers agile enterprises by offering the only
complete Business Analytics software solution. The Company is focused
exclusively on providing a single, cohesive Performance Management and
Business Intelligence solution, with strategic planning, forecasting,
consolidations, reporting and analytics across financial, operational, sales
and marketing, and human resources departments. The Applix platform, powered
by the renowned TM1 analytics engine, reaches farther, deploys easier, and
reacts faster than any business analytics solution available today. Applix and
its global network of partners help 3,000 customers worldwide manage their
business performance and respond proactively to the marketplace. Headquartered
in Westborough, MA, Applix maintains offices in North America, Europe and Asia

    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

    Important Information

    This document is for informational purposes only and is not an offer to
buy or the solicitation of an offer to sell any securities. The solicitation
and the offer to buy shares of Applix's common stock is only made pursuant to
the Offer to Purchase and related materials that Cognos and Dimension
Acquisition Corp. filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") on
September 18, 2007 and subsequently amended. Applix filed the
Solicitation/Recommendation Statement with respect to the offer with the SEC
on September 18, 2007. Applix stockholders should read the Offer to Purchase
and related materials carefully prior to making any decisions with respect to
the offer because they contain important information, including the terms and
conditions of the offer. Applix stockholders can obtain the Offer to Purchase,
the Solicitation/Recommendation Statement and related materials with respect
to the offer free of charge at the SEC's website at, from
MacKenzie Partners, Inc., the information agent named in the tender offer
materials, from Applix or from Cognos.

    Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

    Certain statements in this press release regarding the proposed
transaction between Cognos and Applix and any other statements regarding
Cognos' or Applix's future expectations, beliefs, goals or prospects
constitute forward-looking statements made within the meaning of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Ontario Securities Act. Any statements
that are not statements of historical fact (including statements containing
the words "believes," "plans," "anticipates," "expects," "estimates" and
similar expressions) should also be considered forward-looking statements. A
number of important factors could cause actual results or events to differ
materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements, including
the parties' ability to consummate the transaction.

For further information:

For further information: Cognos Steve Milmore, 781-313-2403 or Lois Paul & Partners, LLC Jessica Sutera,
781-782-5789 or Investor Relations: Cognos John Lawlor,
613-738-3503 or Applix Charlotte Locke, 508-475-2441 or Citigate Cunningham Jena Murphy, 617-374-4216 or Investor Relations: Applix Milt Alpern,

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