Business Objects helps pave the way for performance management at Georgia Department of Transportation

BusinessObjects XI Release 2 and Business Objects Global Services to Drive Key Initiatives

SAN JOSE, Calif. & PARIS, Aug. 2, 2006--Business Objects (Nasdaq:BOBJ) (Euronext Paris ISIN code: FR0004026250 - BOB), the world's leading provider of business intelligence (BI) solutions, today announced Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) is using BusinessObjects(TM) XI Release 2 to track the performance of the agency's many transportation projects. The organization can now more accurately manage initiatives like road and bridge development, contract bidding processes, and ensure on-time completion of projects. As part of the engagement with GDOT, the Business Objects Global Services team managed the implementation of BusinessObjects XI Release 2 and designed the data flows for performance management.

In addition, GDOT executives use BusinessObjects XI Release 2 to closely manage financial and cash flow forecasting for billions of dollars in state programs. This is especially critical for projects that fall into the state's transportation improvement program (STIP), which are high profile initiatives for the state.

GDOT also depends on BusinessObjects XI Release 2 performance management solutions, including BusinessObjects Performance Manager and BusinessObjects Dashboard Manager, to ensure the agency is on track to meet goals for 14 strategic objectives including customer service, operations delivery, financial resources, employee development, and consultant relationships. These areas are traditionally tracked by upper management in the organization, but now business intelligence is being widely used by the rank and file of the agency. This is contributing to a cultural change within the organization.

"With the view of business data and relationships offered by BusinessObjects Performance Manager and BusinessObjects Dashboard Manager, we are seeing a shift in the thinking of many of our employees," said Jim Davis, Strategic Development Administrator at Georgia Department of Transportation. "The technology gives deeper insight for business managers and engineers to see how their activities map to success of larger agency projects. People are more interested in metrics and measurement than ever before, and how they can apply them to improve our organization."

The GDOT used Business Objects Global Services and solutions to determine how information could be accessed more quickly and by more people throughout the agency. Key metrics like the status of a highway pre-construction program were typically gathered using Microsoft Access queries that would then be transferred to Excel spreadsheets. Business Objects Global Services worked with GDOT to create one streamlined and consistent process for all departments in the organization.

Another challenge was accessing data quickly from a PeopleSoft system, which was owned and managed by the Georgia's State Accounting Office. Once a request was submitted, it could take months to get the results. Now by using BusinessObjects Data Integrator XI, GDOT can move the data over and into a data warehouse. The information can then be queried directly by GDOT employees. Business Objects provided the GDOT with an enterprise information management solution that enables faster, more accurate information access for the agency.

"GDOT is a great example of how a full suite of Business Objects products working together can really affect change in an organization," said Jay Johnson, vice president of the Government Business Unit at Business Objects. "From the initial services engagement to using enterprise information management and Performance Manager, the agency has already seen a shift in the way business is run in a few short months."

About Georgia Department of Transportation

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About Business Objects

Business Objects is the world's leading business intelligence (BI) software company, with more than 39,000 customers worldwide, including over 80 percent of the Fortune 500. Business Objects helps organizations of all sizes create a trusted foundation for decision making, gain better insight into their business, and optimize performance. The company's innovative business intelligence suite, BusinessObjects(TM) XI, offers the BI industry's most advanced and complete solution for performance management, planning, reporting, query and analysis, and enterprise information management. BusinessObjects XI includes the award-winning Crystal line of reporting and data visualization software. Business Objects has also built the industry's strongest and most diverse partner community, and offers consulting and education services to help customers effectively deploy their business intelligence projects.

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