Business Objects named a market leader in enterprise business intelligence platforms by Forrester Research

SAN JOSE, Calif. and PARIS, Aug. 5, 2006 -- Business Objects, an SAP company (NYSE: SAP), today announced that industry analyst firm Forrester Research has named Business Objects as a leading vendor in enterprise business intelligence (BI) platforms with the strongest current product offering across all vendors. The July 2008 report, "The Forrester Wave(TM): Enterprise Business Intelligence Platforms, Q3 2008," indicates that Business Objects delivers a rich set of mature, best-in-class BI tools.

Through hands-on lab evaluations, vendor surveys and customer-reference calls, Forrester's 151-criteria evaluation of 12 enterprise BI platform vendors found that Business Objects achieved the highest scores for their current offering. Below are key comments from the report about why Business Objects is a leader in the market:

-- "There's indeed a best-in-class Business Objects tool for every BI use case: Crystal Reports(R) for production reporting, Web Intelligence(R) for ad-hoc querying, Voyager for online analytical processing (OLAP), Polestar for guided BI search, Xcelsius(R) for interactive dashboards and several more."

-- "Business Objects' suite of products is front and center in the combined SAP and Business Objects future product road maps. Even though SAP has no significant prior experience in integrating large acquisitions, so far the merger integration is going well. We expect Business Objects' products to benefit significantly from the infusion of SAP's resources, technologies, and deep industry expertise."

-- "One of the main advantages of implementing the entire suite of products from SAP Business Objects is that end-to-end data lineage and impact analysis become a no-brainer."

-- "Most of the tools are also available as a virtual appliance for easy procurement, installation, and configuration."

As Forrester points out in the report, the BI market continues to be dynamic: "Contrary to popular belief, this vibrant market continues to evolve across multiple dimensions. We are currently on the cusp of a next generation BI with different user interfaces, integration with process and rules, end-user self-service, alternative analytical database management system (DBMS) technologies, and many others."

Business Objects is a leader in the market in providing transformative BI solutions that address the next generation of BI users. By making information easily accessible and consumable via simplified user interfaces, Business Objects helps companies to bridge the information divide between BI "power users" and everyday business users, such as marketing managers or x-ray technicians. Business Objects solutions provide easier access to relevant, individualized information -- originating from within or outside of the enterprise, in structured or unstructured formats -- empowering all people with the data they need to work more efficiently.

Customers continue turning to Business Objects because it provides all information to all people on one platform (see February 12, 2008 press release, titled "Business Objects Announces Industry's First Intelligence Platform") and its approach to software delivery offers customers choice. Unlike other vendors Business Objects combines BI with solutions for enterprise performance management and governance, risk and compliance, and is best positioned to help organizations optimize their business performance.

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