Information Builders' WebFOCUS recognized as a leader in enterprise business intelligence by independent research firm

Objective Report Names WebFOCUS a Leader in Analytic Reporting, Enterprise Reporting, Business Reporting, and Consolidated Platform Reporting

NEW YORK, Aug. 31, 2004 -- Information Builders, the leader in enterprise business intelligence (BI) and operational reporting, today announced that it was named as a leader in Forrester Research, Inc.'s report, Grading BI Reporting and Analysis Solutions, published on August 23. Information Builders was ranked as a leader in every category examined -- analytic reporting, enterprise reporting, business reporting, and consolidated platform reporting. Information Builders' position within each category also indicates that it has the strongest product strategy of all companies evaluated.

"Reporting is fundamental to all companies," writes Keith Gile, research analyst for Forrester. "Most companies strive to standardize on a single reporting and analysis platform to deliver analytic, business, and enterprise reporting, but it is a reality for very few."

Forrester surveyed 13 BI vendors for this report. The Forrester Wave(TM) charts have three major elements -- current offering, strategy, and market presence. Forrester evaluated each vendor's offering as follows: 26 criteria related to the current offering, 10 for strategy, and 10 for market presence, for a total of 46 criteria. Using four scenarios -- analytic reporting, enterprise reporting, business reporting, and a consolidated reporting platform encompassing all -- Forrester assigned weightings to each of the criteria to help prospective buyers understand the strengths and weaknesses of the products in each situation.

"Information Builders' WebFOCUS is the only product on the market that has the scalability and feature-set to provide the next generation of enterprise BI," says Gerald Cohen, CEO of Information Builders. "Large organizations need very flexible analytical and operational BI systems to broadly distribute information that executives and employees need to improve their business. WebFOCUS has proven successful in this capacity, as well as in larger applications that interact with customers, partners, and suppliers. We find that Forrester's BI Wave validates our product focus and vision for the BI market."

About Information Builders

Information Builders, a $300 million company, is the leader in enterprise business intelligence and real-time operational reporting. The company's WebFOCUS product -- the industry's most secure and flexible -- is able to meet all the reporting needs of the extended enterprise, ranging from analysts to power users to the widest deployments for hundreds of thousands of users. Additionally, WebFOCUS' empowerment of organizations seeking to leverage all their data by accessing it all -- from legacy to data warehouse -- is unmatched.

Information Builders' award-winning technology has successfully provided quality software and superior services for 29 years to more than 12,000 customers, including most of the Fortune 100 and U.S. federal government agencies. Headquartered in New York City with 90 offices worldwide, the company employs 1,750 people, and has over 350 business partners.

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