‘Powered by Cognos’ solutions drive adoption of performance management across global markets

¯Program membership doubles; SMB customers gain competitive edge¯

ORLANDO, Fla., May 17, 2007 -- Cognos (Nasdaq: COGN; TSX: CSN), the world leader in business intelligence and performance management solutions, today announced that global membership for its elite ‘Powered by Cognos’ program has more than doubled in the past year. There are now over 60 Powered by Cognos solutions for customers to improve and drive financial and operational performance initiatives.

Powered by Cognos is an elite program for partners who deliver performance management solutions that combine Cognos technology with their deep domain expertise. The partner companies in this program represent global solutions from a variety of vertical and solution areas including financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, compliance, enterprise performance and system infrastructure.

Large enterprises and small to medium-sized businesses benefit by reducing deployment risk because Powered by Cognos partners provide proven performance management solutions that are specific to their industry and business requirements. These solutions provide quick and easy access to operating and financial data to enable better business insight so that organizations can make effective and rapid business decisions.

“Our confidence in BrightStar Partners as a Platinum reseller partner and their tenure with and deep domain expertise in Cognos technologies confirmed our decision to bring MetaManager in house,” said Bill Hatch, Manager, Data Warehouse Applications at Astellas Pharma Inc. “This Powered by Cognos solution will greatly extend the power of our Cognos deployment and create tremendous value-add by dramatically decreasing the turnaround time experienced in many of our daily administrative tasks, and will create immediate ROI.”

"Concur® Reporting Powered by Cognos gives Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc. a powerful, flexible and user-friendly ad hoc reporting application,” said Barbara Jones, Purchasing Card/T&E Manager for Winn-Dixies Stores. “Concur's on-demand service provides the visual tools to create and run any report, no matter how complicated or data-driven, without the need to install or maintain any hardware or software."

New Powered by Cognos partners and solutions this year include:

Acumetrics Business Intelligence Inc. – Cognos CMS Head Start Solution

BrightStar Partners, Inc. – MetaManager

CBH – FSPM (Financial Services Performance Management) and HPM (Healthcare Performance Management)

Concur Technologies – Concur Reporting, Powered by Cognos (for Concur Total Travel and Expense)

DSS de Mexico – 3Pfinanciero (Planeación, presupuestos y pronósticos)

Netpartners Consultoria e Sistemas Ltda – Distributor Relationship Management - DI-RM

Phase Forward – InForm ITM version 4.5

Troux Technologies – Metis6

"Together with Cognos, we deliver packaged, yet flexible solutions to accelerate our customers’ performance management initiatives," said Joe Baird, CEO, CBH, Inc. "As a member of the Powered by Cognos program, we have the platform and delivery mechanism to increase the value we bring to customers. The support of the entire Cognos organization in the definition, development and delivery process has been instrumental to our success."

To qualify in the Powered by Cognos program, partner solutions must be developed exclusively on Cognos technology; deliver value-added benefits to customers above and beyond Cognos products; have performance management enablement as their core focus; submit new customer wins annually to maintain membership status; and have a defined promotional commitment in place and underway.

“The Powered by Cognos program is a key element of Cognos’ overall approach to help organizations around the world improve performance and gain a sustainable competitive advantage,” said Mel Zeledon, senior vice president, global alliances, Cognos. “These partners deliver solutions focused on key areas, including industry groups, enterprise performance and system infrastructure, all with the objective of enabling and engaging their customers to better manage company performance. All members of Powered by Cognos are integral players in delivering fast, proven performance management solutions to Cognos customers.”

For a complete listing of Powered by Cognos solutions, visit

About Cognos:

Cognos, the world leader in business intelligence and performance management solutions, provides world-class enterprise planning and BI software and services to help companies plan, understand and manage financial and operational performance.

Cognos brings together technology, analytical applications, best practices, and a broad network of partners to give customers a complete performance system. The Cognos performance system is an open and adaptive solution that leverages an organization’s ERP, packaged applications, and database investments. It gives customers the ability to answer the questions -- How are we doing? Why are we on or off track? What should we do about it? – and enables them to understand and monitor current performance while planning future business strategies.

Cognos serves more than 23,000 customers in more than 135 countries, and its top 100 enterprise customers consistently outperform market indexes. Cognos 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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