Business Objects announces new Enterprise Desktop Education Training Service

SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 3, 2002 --Business Objects (Nasdaq:BOBJ), the world's leading provider of business intelligence (BI) solutions, today announced BusinessObjects(TM) Enterprise Desktop Education, a new computer-based training service for Business Objects customers. Enterprise Desktop Education is customized to meet the unique education requirements of each organization and provides an easy and cost-effective means of training large numbers of employees to use business intelligence.

Enterprise Desktop Education gives organizations performance-based training for a large number of users at a low training cost per student. By getting employees to use BI and to be more efficient and informed in their daily job, organizations get a faster return on the investment in their BI system.

Enterprise Desktop Education provides a custom curriculum that uses each customer organization's actual data and integrates best practices and content-specific training. The training can be further customized based on users' existing abilities, department needs, and the company's overall business and IT strategy. This helps end users develop the skills required to immediately understand how to apply BI to their specific jobs.

The training is available via CD or an intranet, meaning users can follow the course from their computer at their convenience, anytime and anywhere. Students can learn at their own pace and organizations can train many users within the enterprise without having to take them out of the office.

"The end users are the acid test for any business intelligence project," said Crispin Read, vice president of product marketing at Business Objects. "The end users must understand BI and how to apply it to their job for an organization to have a successful BI deployment. Enterprise Desktop Education is an easy, customizable tool that enables all levels of employees to quickly learn how to use BI, which leads to a successful deployment and a fast return on the BI investment."

About Business Objects

Business Objects is the world's leading provider of business intelligence (BI) solutions. Business intelligence lets organizations access, analyze, and share information internally with employees and externally with customers, suppliers, and partners. It helps organizations improve operational efficiency, build profitable customer relationships, and develop differentiated product offerings.

The company's products include data integration tools, the industry's leading integrated business intelligence platform, and a suite of enterprise analytic applications. Business Objects is the first to offer a complete BI solution that is composed of best-of-breed components, giving organizations the means to deploy end-to-end BI to the enterprise, from data extraction to analytic applications.

Business Objects has more than 16,000 customers in over 80 countries. The company's stock is publicly traded under the ticker symbols NASDAQ: BOBJ and Euronext Paris (Euroclear code 12074). It is included in the SBF 120 and IT CAC 50 French stock market indexes. Business Objects can be reached at 408/953-6000 and

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