Groundbreaking New Book on e-Business Intelligence
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30,000 Readers Join e-Business Intelligentsia in Six Weeks

Business Objects to Provide Online Access to One Chapter Per Month of New, Hit Book "e-Business Intelligence: Turning Information Into Knowledge Into Profit"

San Jose, Calif. - January 24, 2001 - Owens & Minor, a Fortune 500 company and one of America's top distributors of medical supplies generated over $60M in new business in 12 months thanks to e-business intelligence. Learn the secrets of their success - and that of more than a dozen other leading companies - by reading McGraw-Hill's new, hit book "e-Business Intelligence: Turning Information Into Knowledge Into Profit" by the highly successful entrepreneur and international executive, Bernard Liautaud.

The groundbreaking new book, "e-Business Intelligence" is the one must-have guide that can show companies how to move to the next level in exploiting the value of their information assets. To join the 30,000 readers who already rank among the e-business intelligentsia, click on and start reading today. In a move designed to bring e-business intelligence to everyone, Business Objects, the world's leading supplier of e-business intelligence (e-BI) solutions, is making "e-Business Intelligence: Turning Information Into Knowledge Into Profit" available via the web on a progressive basis.

Beginning in January 2001, one new chapter will be accessible each month from Business Objects. The first chapter, "The New e-Business Intelligentsia," is available now. Chapter two will become available on March 1, 2001, and the remaining chapters will become available on the first of each month thereafter. By offering readers a chance to log-on and taste e-business intelligence, Business Objects is providing business leaders an opportunity that should not be missed.

"This is a rare breed of business book. "e-Business Intelligence" combines strategic and tactical insight, and is fun to read as well," said Michelle Williams, e-commerce and technology editor for McGraw-Hill. "We realize that the core audience for this book are the very people who most value access to vital information anytime, anywhere. For them, the web is the perfect delivery vehicle, and that's why we decided to help Business Objects make the book available online."

"When I developed this book, there simply were not any information resources specifically geared to helping executives use e-business intelligence to achieve success in the information economy, " said Liautaud. "Now more than ever, businesses need to extract the maximum value from their information assets. By reading "e-Business Intelligence" they can do precisely that."

Published in November 2000 by McGraw-Hill, "e-Business Intelligence: Turning Information Into Knowledge Into Profit," is available today in hard cover at most bookstores and through online booksellers. In high demand in the international scene, "e-Business Intelligence" has already garnered contractual agreements to be translated into French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Korean, and Chinese.

About the Book
Liautaud's groundbreaking new book, "e-Business Intelligence: Turning Information Into Knowledge Into Profit," is the first book on the subject. Corporations using e-BI have the ability to access, analyze, and share their corporate data, not only across corporate intranets for thousands of employees, but outside the enterprise in the form of extranets for customers, partners, and suppliers. Liautaud believes that e-BI will be what connects the global marketplace and makes it possible for companies to gain the competitive advantage as we move forward in the 21st Century.

About the Author
Bernard Liautaud is president and CEO of Business Objects, the world's leading provider of e-business intelligence solutions. He founded Business Objects in 1990, and in 1996 was named one of the "Hottest Entrepreneurs of the Year" by Business Week. In just under 10 years he has built Business Objects to a global corporation with nearly 11,500 customers and more than a quarter billion in annual revenue. Business Objects was the first European software company to go public on Nasdaq. It is also included in Intelligent Enterprise's January 2000 and 2001 "12 Most Influential Companies in the Information Technology Industry," along with Microsoft, Oracle, Siebel, and SAP.

About McGraw-Hill
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