Business Objects launches BusinessObjects Knowledge Accelerator XI

Web-Based Product Provides Relevant, Convenient, and Cost-Effective User Training on BusinessObjects XI

SAN JOSE, Calif. & PARIS, France, Jan. 11, 2005 -- Business Objects (Nasdaq:BOBJ) (Euronext Paris ISIN code: FR0004026250 - BOB), the world's leading provider of business intelligence (BI) solutions, today announced the availability of BusinessObjects(TM) Knowledge Accelerator XI, the new version of its web-based user training and support solution for BusinessObjects XI. BusinessObjects Knowledge Accelerator XI provides customized, convenient, and cost-effective business user training to teach geographically dispersed workers how to get extreme insight from their organization's data using BusinessObjects XI, the BI industry's most advanced and complete BI platform.

One of the keys to a successful business intelligence implementation is end user proficiency with the software. As companies continue to increase the size and scope of their BI deployments, it has become increasingly important to ensure that users have the appropriate training to enable proper adoption and optimal usage of the software.

Knowledge Accelerator XI provides BusinessObjects XI users with an easily deployed and customized desktop training solution that allows users to learn at their own pace, while still doing their day-to-day work. In addition, it provides support for one-off questions specifically relevant to each user's role in the company, such as "How do I run a report that shows sales figures for the Western region?"

"Business Objects puts a high priority on supporting customers throughout the lifecycle of their products and ensuring they are successful with their business intelligence implementations," said Dan Klein, vice president of worldwide education services at Business Objects. "BusinessObjects XI delivers significant innovations that will extend the use of BI to a much broader set of users in organizations of all sizes. Knowledge Accelerator XI will help accelerate this adoption by providing globally dispersed end users with a training solution that can be easily customized and deployed. Knowledge Accelerator XI helps users understand the benefits of business intelligence, and develop the skills to use BusinessObjects XI to better perform their day-to-day activities."

Providing a Customized Training Platform

BusinessObjects Knowledge Accelerator XI delivers training for end-users out of the box, or the training can be based on job-specific scenarios and tasks, using the customer's data. The customization can be performed by the customer or by Business Objects Education Services -- including recreating the look and feel of a customer's deployment and specific workflow. For example, if a sales executive wants to perform three specific functions, Knowledge Accelerator XI will walk that individual through those steps and demonstrate best practices. This level of customization helps to ensure that the training is relevant to a customer's business, and to each individual user's needs.

Convenient and Cost-Effective Desktop Delivery

BusinessObjects Knowledge Accelerator XI allows companies to quickly deploy out-of-the-box education for the entire BusinessObjects XI platform, via an intranet, file server, learning management system, or CD. This means that training is delivered directly to the user's desktop, giving them the flexibility they need to learn when and where it best suits them. Knowledge Accelerator XI helps individuals familiarize themselves with business intelligence, as needed, at their own pace and schedule, without having to leave the office. In addition, this training helps to accelerate productivity and response to issues impacting their business, and drives more consistent and accurate interpretation of data. This ensures organizations obtain maximum value from their Business Objects implementation as quickly and cost effectively as possible.

For more information on BusinessObjects Knowledge Accelerator XI, or to view a live demonstration, please visit

About Business Objects Education Services

BusinessObjects Education Services are the authorized and certified skill development experts for Business Objects software. Education enables a better success rate with the software and accelerates value. Education Services offers unmatched training that is authentic, flexible, and valuable. The Business Objects Education Services team focuses on helping customers achieve better business success via training plan development services; comprehensive offerings and flexible delivery; and unique services such as Education Credits. For more information, visit

About Business Objects

Business Objects is the world's leading business intelligence (BI) software company. With more than 29,000 customers worldwide, including over 80 percent of the Fortune 500, Business Objects helps organizations gain better insight into their business, improve decision making, and optimize enterprise performance. The company's business intelligence platform, BusinessObjects(TM) XI, offers the BI industry's most advanced and complete platform for reporting, query and analysis, performance management, and data integration. BusinessObjects XI includes Crystal Reports(R), the industry standard for enterprise reporting. Business Objects has also built the industry's strongest and most diverse partner community, with more than 3,000 partners worldwide. In addition, the company offers consulting and education services to help customers effectively deploy their business intelligence projects.

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

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