Business Objects charts new direction for business intelligence

SAN JOSE, Calif. & PARIS, May 2, 2007 -- Business Objects (Nasdaq: BOBJ; Euronext Paris ISIN code: FR0004026250 - BOB), today introduced the first in a series of new business intelligence solutions that deliver on its vision for the next generation of business intelligence, radically changing how business people access information and make decisions. The new offerings give all individuals in an organization complete access to business intelligence any time, anywhere, and from any device; providing real-time, actionable data and personalized information so users can make smarter and faster business decisions.

"Our focus is straightforward - to help our customers spread the light of intelligent information by making business intelligence pervasive throughout their organization," said John Schwarz, CEO of Business Objects. "We have designed our solutions to provide everyone access to the information they need, wherever they need it. The results? Smarter decisions and more strategic actions. This next generation of business intelligence enables companies to truly transform how they do business and reap the competitive and fiscal benefits of being more agile and more informed."

To learn more about why these new solutions are important to the business intelligence market, watch this video:

The products announced today join the broad portfolio of Business Objects business intelligence (BI) solutions:

BusinessObjects™ Mobile

The new BusinessObjects Mobile makes intelligent information accessible from any mobile device, allowing users to view and interact with the same information they get from their enterprise business intelligence environment while they're on the go. For the first time, mobile workers can take direct action based on what they see, changing underlying data or impacting process directly from their mobile device. The service oriented architecture (SOA) of BusinessObjects XI allows for simple and low cost deployment of mobile BI, without expensive additions to a customer's IT or telecommunications infrastructure.

For more information and to watch a video on the launch of BusinessObjects Mobile, visit

BusinessObjects XI Release 2 Productivity Pack

BusinessObjects XI Release 2 Productivity Pack is generally available, further supporting the vision of delivering intelligent information anywhere to all type of users. The solution provides enhanced connectivity through Web services and services oriented architecture, improved search for BI data, and the ability to gather and view OLAP data from multiple sources. These capabilities are designed to help break down the barriers between decision makers and the information they need.

To learn about BusinessObjects XI Release 2 Productivity Pack, visit

BusinessObjects Xcelsius™ Enterprise

BusinessObjects Xcelsius Enterprise is a new solution that combines secure, trusted information from BusinessObjects XI Release 2 with visualizations and the ability to drive decision making with "what if" scenario analysis from Crystal Xcelsius. The new Query as a Web Service capability in BusinessObjects XI Release 2 Productivity Pack allows any users to have a completely personalized dashboard in whichever environment they prefer, be it PowerPoint®, Excel®, Word, a portal or even as part of their BusinessObjects XI deployment.

To see more details on the power of BusinessObjects Xcelsius, visit

Business Objects On Demand BI Connectors

Business Objects continues to innovate and expand its on demand business intelligence offerings. With more than 40,000 subscribers already - significantly more than any other player in the BI industry - Business Objects is the clear leader in this space. With today's launch of Open Data Connector and Universal Web Services Connector, Business Objects is now the first company to provide an on demand BI and reporting solution that includes secure, live connectivity to both on demand and local data sources, through any on-premise or web-based application. As a result of these advances, customers are empowered to work more accurately and efficiently from anywhere.

To see more details and watch a video on Business Objects On Demand BI offerings, visit

Launch Web Event -- May 2, 2007

To learn more about these new solutions and how Business Objects is delivering pervasive, actionable, and personalized business intelligence solutions to the enterprise, please attend a special online event on May 2, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. PDT (1:00 p.m. EDT). To register, visit

About Business Objects

Business Objects has been a pioneer in business intelligence (BI) since the dawn of the category. Today, as the world's leading BI software company, Business Objects transforms the way the world works through intelligent information. The company helps illuminate understanding and decision-making at more than 43,000 organizations around the globe. Through a combination of innovative technology, global consulting and education services, and the industry's strongest and most diverse partner network, Business Objects enables companies of all sizes to make transformative business decisions based on intelligent, accurate, and timely information.

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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