BusinessObjects XI release 2 receives top honors from and IT Week

Industry Leading Business Intelligence Solution Named “Gold Product of the Year” and Receives “Top 20 Excellence Award”

SAN JOSE, Calif. & PARIS, February 9, 2007 -- Business Objects (Nasdaq:BOBJ) (Euronext Paris ISIN code: FR0004026250 - BOB), the world’s leading provider of business intelligence (BI) solutions, today announced that BusinessObjects™ XI Release 2 has been honored with top awards from and IT Week. named BusinessObjects XI Release 2 its 2006 “Gold Product of the Year” in the Business Intelligence and Data Analytics category, and IT Week bestowed the business intelligence solution with one of its “Top 20 Excellence Awards.”

“BusinessObjects XI Release 2 is again being recognized for its tremendous ability to transform the way businesses access and use intelligent information. The continued honors and accolades are a powerful statement to our customers and our competitors that Business Objects has developed an unrivaled business intelligence solution,” said Herve Couturier, senior vice president of products at Business Objects. “We are proud and excited to know that the editors of and IT Week and are among the growing number of people singing the praises of BusinessObjects XI Release 2.”

For its “Product of the Year Awards,” judges rated sixteen business intelligence and data analytics solutions based on innovation, performance, ease of integration, ease of use and manageability, functionality, value, and service and support. Of those sixteen solutions, BusinessObjects XI Release 2 was deemed the overall best in quality, and received the highest, “Gold,” Award. In its assessment, stated, “Our judges were nearly unanimous in their choice of BusinessObjects XI Release 2 as the winner. One said that it is ‘clearly the leader in functionality’ and praised its features as ‘deep and broad.’ ‘Most of the other nominees have a much narrower functionality, which means you would need to implement a number of products to achieve the same results as BusinessObjects,’ he concluded.”

While selecting its “Top 20 Excellence Awards,” IT Week explored the hundreds of new products introduced during the last year and chose 20 that “did the most, performed the best, gave us an edge, improved productivity, streamlined a process or were just plain cool.” Among other criteria, BusinessObjects XI Release 2 was honored with one of IT Week’s Top 20 Excellence Awards because of its rich functionality and speed.

To see the full Product of the Year Award listings, please visit A complete list of IT Week “Top 20 Excellence Awards” winners is available in the January 22, 2007 issue of IT Week and also can be viewed at

BusinessObjects XI Release 2, the industry’s most advanced and complete BI platform, enables companies to answer critical questions and share trusted insight across their organization. For additional information on BusinessObjects XI Release 2, please visit

About Business Objects

Business Objects is the world’s leading business intelligence (BI) software company, with more than 42,000 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™ 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.

Business Objects has dual headquarters in San Jose, Calif., and Paris, France. The company’s stock is traded on both the Nasdaq (BOBJ) and Euronext Paris (ISIN: FR0004026250 - BOB) stock exchanges. More information about Business Objects can be found at

The Business Objects logo, BusinessObjects, Crystal Reports, Intelligent Question, and Xcelsius are trademarks or registered trademarks of Business Objects in the United States and/or other countries. All other names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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