Cognos(R) ReportNet(TM) Certified For SAP NetWeaver(TM) Integration; Extends Existing Certifications

-- 'Powered by SAP NetWeaver, Cognos ReportNet gives SAP customers a consistent view of corporate performance --

BURLINGTON, Mass., Jan. 21, 2004 -- Cognos (Nasdaq: COGN; TSX: CSN), the world leader in business intelligence (BI) and corporate performance management solutions, today announced Cognos ReportNet is one of the first enterprise applications to be certified as "Powered by SAP NetWeaver" for its integration with SAP NetWeaver(TM), SAP's open integration and application platform. Selected by a wide range of global enterprises worldwide, Cognos ReportNet delivers rapid and effective global-scale enterprise reporting from SAP(R) Business Information Warehouse (SAP BW), a core product within mySAP(TM) Business Intelligence (mySAP BI), an SAP NetWeaver technology solution.

Further extending its commitment to SAP solutions and its partnership with SAP, Cognos successfully completed the certification tests for deployment of Cognos Dispatcher Service Version 1.0 on SAP Web Application Server (SAP Web AS) Release 6.20, achieving "Powered by SAP NetWeaver" status. This certification extends Cognos ReportNet's existing SAP certified integration, including "Certified for SAP NetWeaver" for OLAP BAPI and Enterprise Portal iViews announced at SAP TechEd '03, Sept. 9-12 in Las Vegas.

"SAP BW customers looking to standardize on a single set of tools for their reporting should look very seriously at Cognos ReportNet. [It] offers excellent support for SAP BW through SAP-certified BAPI integration, sound MDX language capabilities, and exploitation of the customer's existing SAP BW data and business rules," said Colin White, president and founder of BI Research, BI Research is a leading research, education and consulting firm.

"Today's announcement extends our enterprise value to SAP customers. Cognos ReportNet provides one of the industry's most comprehensive, integrated reporting from SAP BW," said Peter Griffiths, senior vice president, products, Cognos. "Cognos ReportNet delivers global-scale, enterprise reporting in conjunction with SAP BW, fully leveraging SAP BW business content, business rules, metadata and security. This enables SAP customers to drive the broad deployment of SAP BW to the extended enterprise."

Allowing customers to fully leverage their software solutions from SAP and other vendors, Cognos ReportNet ensures that business users receive a consistent view of corporate performance information in a single, easy, browser-based, drag-and-drop interface for simple or sophisticated reports for all levels of users.

Cognos ReportNet solution draws upon Cognos reporting and query leadership, delivering a revolution in reporting. Cognos ReportNet is fully integrated within Cognos Enterprise BI solution, including flexible scorecards, dashboards, powerful industry-leading OLAP analysis, event management, and data integration.

Cognos ReportNet delivers:

-- Increased ROI -- leverages investments in SAP BW with complete access to all InfoProviders, reuse of security and server infrastructure, increased reporting functionality and ease of use for a broad-based global community of users;

-- Simplified IT efforts, faster time to result -- easy integration with mySAP Enterprise Portal, via certified iViews, self-service reporting for business users, reduced need to build and maintain MultiProviders as an existing infrastructure investment including the SAP Web AS to obtain a low overall cost of ownership

Cognos is a member of the SAP Software Partner program. Today, more than 100 global Cognos consultants and partners are trained on mySAP BI integration to help ensure customers get the highest degree of support and success.


Cognos, a world leader in business intelligence and corporate performance management solutions, delivers software that helps companies drive, monitor and understand corporate performance.

Cognos delivers the next level of competitive advantage -- Corporate Performance Management (CPM) -- achieved through the strategic application of BI on an enterprise scale. Our integrated CPM solution helps customers drive performance through planning; monitor performance through scorecarding; and understand performance through business intelligence.

Cognos serves more than 22,000 customers in over 135 countries. Cognos enterprise business intelligence and 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

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     Cognos, 613-738-1440

     Don Jennings
     Lois Paul & Partners, LLC

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