Business Objects and Netezza expand relationship to deliver business intelligence solutions for SAP customers

SAN JOSE, Calif. & PARIS & FRAMINGHAM, Mass., February 8, 2007 -- Business Objects (Nasdaq:BOBJ)(Euronext Paris ISIN code: FR0004026250 - BOB) and Netezza Corporation today announced that the companies are working together to extend the full benefits of business intelligence to SAP customers. Many leading organizations around the world are achieving significant benefits today by jointly leveraging the technologies from both companies. This added dimension to the Business Objects and Netezza alliance is intended to bring the same level of benefits to customers that leverage SAP solutions as a key part of their information infrastructure. The combination of the high-performance Netezza Performance Server® (NPS®) system and BusinessObjects™ XI Release 2 business intelligence platform results in a powerful BI foundation that delivers the full spectrum of BI capabilities – including reporting, analytics, dashboards, and data integration, while minimizing data management complexity and driving rapid time to value.

Business Objects recently extended integration with Netezza to include the Business Objects SAP Rapid Marts. These Rapid Marts deliver pre-built data flows, business logic, and a data schema that is fully aware of the SAP R/3 metadata, therefore accelerating the deployment of SAP-specific BI applications. This integration adds to the optimized connectivity that already exists between Netezza and the Business Objects analysis and data integration applications, and puts a comprehensive BI solution in the immediate reach of SAP customers.

The integrated Business Objects and Netezza BI solution for SAP customers consists of the following key elements:

BusinessObjects Enterprise, BusinessObjects Web Intelligence®, Crystal Reports®, Crystal Xcelsius™ and BusinessObjects Dashboard Manager applications

BusinessObjects Data Integrator and the Business Objects SAP Rapid Mart

Netezza data warehouse appliance

The integrated solution will allow customers to quickly move data from their SAP application environment to the Netezza data warehouse appliance to analyze and report against this information using Business Objects applications. This complete solution is architected to enable rapid deployment, minimize data latency, deliver breakthrough query performance against large volumes of detailed data, and deliver an overall lower cost of ownership.

Leading organizations that are leveraging Business Objects and Netezza together in their enterprise BI initiatives, such as CompuCredit Corporation, Debenhams, and Epsilon, are realizing this type of impact today. The remarkable increase in performance and simplicity which Netezza offers, allows organizations to fully and more easily leverage the capabilities of the Business Objects platform while scaling their BI footprint more quickly and cost effectively. This results in faster BI user adoption and enables richer analytics, which ultimately amplifies the organizational impact of BI.

“Very often business people have problems getting at their own data to derive meaning and purpose from it, this is where we come in” said John Schwarz, CEO of Business Objects. “Together with Netezza we provide customers rapid access to operational data from their SAP implementation, transforming it into intelligent information. We deliver an innovative, turn-key business intelligence solution that extends the value of SAP deployments and adds a new dimension of lightning speed in accessing the sea of data in SAP environments.”

“A large number of Netezza’s customers are already leveraging our data warehouse appliance with Business Objects applications with great success,” said Jit Saxena, CEO and co-founder, Netezza Corp. “I am excited about the expanded relationship we are developing with Business Objects, as it will help us to deliver on the full promise of business intelligence to new customers. We look forward to working with Business Objects to further enhance the performance, value, ease-of-use, and reach of BI.”

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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

About Netezza Corporation

Netezza, the global data warehouse appliance market leader, enables enterprises to make their critical data actionable -- quickly, simply and affordably. The Netezza Performance Server® (NPS®) family of products delivers breakthrough performance, unmatched ease of deployment and operation, and innovative flexibility and scalability at a much lower total cost of ownership than traditional data warehouse solutions. Based in Framingham, Mass., Netezza has offices in Washington, DC, the United Kingdom and the Asia Pacific region. The Company is backed by leading venture capital firms, including Matrix Partners, Charles River Ventures, Battery Ventures, Orange, Sequoia Capital and Meritech Capital Partners. For more information about Netezza, please visit

The Business Objects logo, BusinessObjects, Crystal Reports, Crystal Decisions, Web Intelligence, 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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