Couche-Tard Eastern Canada Division Selects Cognos 8 Controller for Corporate Reporting



    Leading convenience store operator selects Cognos for more efficient,
flexible financial consolidation and corporate reporting

    OTTAWA & BURLINGTON, MASS., August 8 /CNW/ - Cognos (Nasdaq:   COGN) (TSX:
CSN), the world leader in business intelligence and performance management
solutions, today announced that Couche-Tard Eastern Canada Division has
selected Cognos 8 Controller for corporate reporting. The Cognos solution will
be used to produce market reviews and financial statements for internal
reporting on profitability and income tax returns on the many entities within
Couche-Tard's Eastern Canada Division.

    Couche-Tard Eastern Canada Division was looking for a solution that would
allow its staff to provide faster and more accessible financial reporting for
the 600 stores in Eastern Canada. In addition to reducing the data integrity
risks associated with spreadsheets, Couche-Tard expects to decrease the amount
of time it takes to produce its financials with the added flexibility of
altering performance reports more easily with Cognos 8 Controller.

    "The main value we saw in selecting Cognos 8 Controller is that it will
be faster and more flexible than our existing solution," said Robert Mathieu,
director of finance for Couche-Tard Eastern Canada Division. "We will use
Cognos 8 Controller to do all of our internal reporting, preparing financial
statements for income tax returns for the many companies within the group and
for official corporate statements."

    Couche-Tard is a long-time user of Cognos 8 Business Intelligence (BI)
providing a true performance management platform for the Eastern Canada
division. In addition to supporting corporate reporting with Cognos 8
Controller, Cognos 8 BI provides for all of Couche-Tard's operational
reporting and analysis, including store-level reporting, category management
and vendor performance across all divisions.

    Cognos 8 Controller will deliver a single, secure, and robust reporting
process for Couche-Tard's finance group in the Eastern Canada division.

    Organizations are looking to improve their close, consolidate and report
process made difficult by continual business changes, new SOX, IFRS, and local
compliance requirements and collection of data from disparate systems. Cognos
8 Controller automates and structures the financial consolidation process,
provides centralized control and collection of data, supports the improvement
of the internal controls environment and ensures delivery of valid, financial
performance information for internal and external reporting. Customers get a
transparent, accurate and timely enterprise view of financial performance.

    "Couche-Tard Eastern Canada Division's selection of Cognos 8 Controller
is testament to the depth and completeness of the Cognos solution portfolio
and our ability to partner with customers across all of their key performance
management initiatives," said Doug Barton, vice-president, product marketing,
Cognos. "Cognos 8 Controller delivers the power of linking the financial
consolidation and corporate reporting application with world-class business
intelligence and yet ensures this mission critical process is easily owned and
maintained by finance managers responsible for performance management and
regulatory compliance."

    Cognos 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 is a recognized leader in delivering business intelligence and
performance management solutions for the retail industry. In fact, 30% of the
world's top 250 retailers, and over 300 retail chains worldwide, are already
Cognos customers. In addition to Couche-Tard, retail customers include
Burlington Coat Factory, Steak N Shake, Amazon.com, LVMH Perfumes & Cosmetics,
and 7-Eleven. More information about Cognos solutions for retail can be found
at http://www.cognos.com/solutions/industry/retail/index.html.

    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 http://www.cognos.com.

    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 http://www.cognos.com




For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Cognos, Inc. Adrienne Vienneau,
613-738-1440 Adrienne.vienneau@cognos.com or Lois Paul & Partners Doreen
Maciak, 781-782-5868 doreen_maciak@lpp.com or Investor Relations: Cognos, Inc.
John Lawlor, 613-738-3503 john.lawlor@cognos.com

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