Cognos 8 BI named a finalist for 2006 eWEEK Excellence Award

- Complete BI, single-architecture solution recognized for redefining enterprise business intelligence -

BURLINGTON, Mass., April 18, 2006 -- Cognos (Nasdaq: COGN; TSX: CSN), the world leader in business intelligence and corporate performance management (CPM), today announced that Cognos 8 Business Intelligence has been named a finalist in the Analytics and Reporting category in the Sixth Annual Excellence Awards program by eWEEK, a Ziff Davis Media publication and one of the IT industry's leading enterprise magazines. Winners will be announced at a special ceremony on May 23 in Boston. Analysis of the winning products and services will also be published in a special report in the June 19, 2006 edition of eWEEK and at

Cognos 8 BI is the only solution that provides the complete range of BI capabilities in a single product, on a single architecture. It is also the only solution to deliver a simplified, zero-footprint interface for all users, authors and administrators. Easy to integrate, deploy and use, Cognos 8 BI delivers a simplified BI environment that drives high user adoption, enables better decision-making, and serves as an enterprise-scale technology foundation for performance management, now and in the future.

"It's a great honor to be named a finalist for the eWEEK Award," said Dave Laverty, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Cognos. "Leading global organizations are embracing Cognos 8 BI as their BI platform as a way to deliver the most complete breadth of product functionality while leveraging and extending existing enterprise investments. Cognos 8 BI provides a solid BI foundation for companies demanding a simpler path to complete performance management."

The eWEEK Excellence Awards program provides enterprise professionals with a comprehensive benchmark for assessing a wide range of technology products and services. A panel of experts evaluates the entries, including eWEEK Labs analysts and eWEEK Corporate Partners -- senior enterprise IT professionals who act as reader representatives.

"A high level of innovation -- both from start-ups and industry stalwarts --was what impressed us most about this year's field of entries," said Eric Lundquist, eWEEK Editorial Director. "It's clear from the hundreds of entries evaluated by the Excellence Awards judges that vendors are responding quickly and effectively to the increasingly complex -- and constantly changing -- demands put on enterprise IT managers."

eWEEK is the essential technology information source for builders of enterprise infrastructure. eWEEK helps its readers successfully evaluate, deploy and leverage new technology solutions for competitive advantage. The publication and the web site deliver breaking news, technology evaluations, and strategic analysis on the technologies, platforms and trends that affect enterprise-wide computing.

About Ziff Davis Media Inc.:

Ziff Davis Media is a leading integrated media company serving the technology and videogame markets. The Company is an information services provider of technology media including publications, websites, conferences, events, eSeminars, eNewsletters, custom publishing, list rentals, research and market intelligence. In the United States, the Company publishes 7 magazines including PC Magazine, eWEEK, CIO Insight, Baseline, Electronic Gaming Monthly, Computer Gaming World and Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine. The Company exports the power of its brands internationally, with publications in 40 countries and 20 languages. Ziff Davis leverages its content on the Internet with a network of highly-targeted technology and gaming sites including,, and The Company also produces highly-targeted b-to-b and consumer technology events including DigitalLife. With its main headquarters and PC Magazine Labs based in New York, Ziff Davis Media also has offices and lab facilities in the San Francisco and Boston markets. Additional information is available at

About Cognos:

Cognos, the world leader in business intelligence and corporate performance management, delivers software and services that help 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 23,000 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

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.

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     Cognos, Inc., 781-313-2464

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