Jordan's Furniture named Technology User of the Year by Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council

BURLINGTON, MA, November 14, 2007 - Cognos (NASDAQ: COGN) (TSX: CSN), the world leader in business intelligence and performance management solutions, today announced that Jordan's Furniture, a leading Massachusetts furniture retailer and Cognos customer, has won the prestigious Technology User of the Year award given by the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council.

“The winners of our 2007 Technology Leadership Awards highlight the creativity and success of companies and individuals that define and exemplify our technology community,” said Joyce Plotkin, president of the Mass Technology Leadership Council. “The awards are an important part of our continued efforts to raise awareness of the incredible innovation and leadership of our local industry.”

These awards recognize the best and brightest technology innovators and leaders. Awards are also bestowed upon companies that either develop or implement innovative technology solutions. The recognition highlights recent and significant contributions to companies or the broader industry. Jordan's Furniture and other winners were recognized at a Council event held at the Westin Copley Plaza, Boston last month.

“It is an honor to be recognized for our achievements in streamlining internal processes,” stated Steve Wholley, director of finance, Jordan's Furniture. “Our success is largely due to our work initially with Applix and their implementation partner, Mobile Software. With their support we have reduced our IT department's time spent on producing custom reports from 75% to less than 1%.” Applix is now an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of Cognos.

“Jordan's selection for this award is testament once again that the Cognos TM1 solution empowers the agile enterprise,” said Dave Laverty, senior vice president, Global Marketing, and chief marketing officer, Cognos. “In the market today, many customers are challenged by solutions that are too narrow or complex in scope. Cognos TM1 helps them overcome these obstacles by providing a business analytics solution that is easy to use and meets the needs of all users across the enterprise.”

More than 180 high-quality nominations were generated this year. The Council's Board of Trustees reviewed the nominations and narrowed the field to 57 finalists. Over the summer, the Council held two executive Networking Sessions to give Council members, Trustees and the Selection Committee the opportunity to get to know the finalists. A select group of leaders and influencers in the Massachusetts technology community selected the 15 winners.

For more information about the Council or the Awards, visit

About The Mass Technology Leadership Council, Inc.:

The Mass Technology Leadership Council, Inc. is the only association that addresses the critical leadership issues of innovative software and technology-enabled companies. It is dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship and promoting the success of companies that develop and deploy technology. The Council conducts educational programs; hosts industry events; facilitates networking; sponsors research; advocates in favor of technology policies that promote innovation, entrepreneurship and competition; and recognizes industry-leading companies and people.

About Jordan's Furniture:

Jordan's Furniture attracts record numbers of guests each week, selling more furniture per square foot than any other furniture retailer in the country. The first store opened in 1918 in Waltham. Now, the family includes a remarkable group of dedicated employees - the J-Team - who keep the spirit going with four stores. Dedicated to giving back to the community, Jordan's Furniture makes philanthropy a cornerstone of its business.

About Mobile Software:

Mobile Software is a Boston-based professional services organization with more than 15 years of experience. The company focuses on Business Intelligence software implementations, Data Warehouse technology and Web-based application development. Mobile Software has been an Applix partner for more than 7 years, successfully servicing clients in the financial, pharmaceutical, retail and insurance industries.

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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