SAN JOSE, Calif. – July 8, 2002 – Business Objects (Nasdaq: BOBJ), the world’s leading provider of business intelligence solutions, today announced support from leading data mining and analytic software companies for BusinessObjects™ Application Foundation 3.0. Announced today, Application Foundation 3.0 is the newest version of the company’s analytic framework for quickly and easily delivering integrated enterprise analytic applications.

Business Objects has worked with KXEN, THINKANALYTICS, and IBM to provide customers with a range of new options for incorporating predictive analysis capabilities into enterprise analytic applications. These applications give users better insight into data and help them anticipate the results of targeted business decisions.


Business Objects has embedded predictive analysis technology from KXEN deep into Application Foundation 3.0. KXEN provides powerful predictive and descriptive modeling technology that enables companies to draw critical information from corporate data stores and then use that information for daily decision making. Unlike traditional data mining solutions that require the user to have high-level technical knowledge, KXEN software and applications based on it enable companies to easily process and model data and make quick, informed business decisions.

Applications based on predictive analysis enable users to easily collect the key pieces of information from the large stores of corporate data and use this information to forecast, model, and analyze complex relationships in the data. This gives business managers a realistic view of their customers, products, and supply chain, and enables them to test and measure the impact of their business decisions prior to implementation.

"At KXEN we are committed to helping users quickly identify patterns. This enables them to more accurately profile and predict their own customer behaviors, allowing them to use this insight to make informed business decisions," said Roger Haddad, CEO of KXEN. "We’re pleased Business Objects has integrated our technology into the predictive analysis engine in Application Foundation and look forward to continuing our relationship."


Business Objects is partnering with THINKANALYTICS, a leading real-time data mining platform and business analytics company, to provide open integration with leading statistics and data mining tools. The THINKANALYTICS data mining platform integrates predictive analytics into business applications and operational processes, combining external techniques and specialist algorithms with traditional data mining techniques.

Application Foundation 3.0 can connect to leading statistical tools to take advantage of their algorithms and analytic processing capabilities. This enables companies to deploy applications that seamlessly incorporate models and predictions from one or multiple statistics sources, thus providing greater automation and power to their applications and increasing the return on the investment in their existing technology environment.

"Many companies have a pocket of statistics tools somewhere in the organization, but historically this has been used by a chosen few employees. Our real-time, scalable data mining platform helps companies get statistics and data mining out of the back room and into the light of day by integrating it with all areas of the enterprise, including business intelligence, CRM, ERP, and supply chain applications," said Eddie Young, CEO of THINKANALYTICS. "We are pleased to work with Business Objects to provide an open solution that enables companies to integrate a variety of statistical and data mining techniques into their enterprise analytic applications."


Business Objects worked with IBM to test the integration of Application Foundation with external data mining tools. IBM delivers powerful data mining and scoring tools to enable companies to gain the insights that can make a difference to the bottom line. IBM DB2 Intelligent Miner for Data enables customers to identify and extract high-value business intelligence from enterprise data, while IBM DB2 Intelligent Miner Scoring enables users to easily deploy mining in real-time applications.

"IBM is pleased to work with Business Objects to provide customers DB2 business intelligence software running with Application Foundation to help them gain insight from their data," said Lauren Flaherty, vice president of marketing, IBM Data Management Solutions. "Users, regardless of their technical or mathematical competency, will now be able to spot trends in business information across many areas in real-time so they can more quickly make decisions to gain a competitive advantage."

For more information on Application Foundation, please see related press release entitled, "Business Objects Extends Depth of Enterprise Analytic Capabilities with Application Foundation 3.0," dated July 8, 2002.

About KXEN

KXEN (Knowledge eXtraction ENgines) is a global software company that provides advanced analytics for business decision-makers and data mining professionals. KXEN's powerful modeling technology transforms data quickly and easily into knowledge resulting in better everyday business decisions. KXEN partners with leading systems integrators and original equipment manufacturers to integrate analytic software components into enterprise applications and business processes. KXEN offers a state-of-the-art suite of predictive and descriptive modeling engines for scoring, classification and clustering, based on Vapnik's Statistical Learning Theory. KXEN is headquartered in San Francisco, CA, with Research and Development facilities in Paris, France and additional offices throughout the US and Europe.



THINKANALYTICS Ltd is a leading provider of real-time predictive analytic and data-mining technology through its flagship product K.wiz, and open embeddable platform. THINKANALYTICS provides solutions for financial services, insurance, telecommunications, bio-science, retail and fraud. It specializes in high-performance, high-volume and complex analytical solutions, including solutions for the Zero Latency Enterprise and Customer Relationship Analytics with its product thinkCRA. The company is privately held and headquartered in the UK with offices in London, Glasgow, Paris and Boston.

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About Business Objects

Business Objects is the world’s leading provider of business intelligence (BI) solutions. Business intelligence lets organizations access, analyze, and share information internally with employees and externally with customers, suppliers, and partners. It helps organizations improve operational efficiency, build profitable customer relationships, and develop differentiated product offerings.

The company’s products include BusinessObjects™ 2000, the industry's leading integrated business intelligence toolset and platform; and BusinessObjects™ Analytics, an integrated suite of enterprise analytic applications.

Business Objects pioneered the modern BI industry in 1990 by inventing a patented "semantic layer" that insulates users from the complexity of databases. In 1995, the company was first to focus on enterprise-scale BI deployments and today supports customers with more than 20,000 users. The company moved aggressively to the internet in 1997 by pioneering the market for BI extranets, a market that it continues to lead today. In 2000, the company delivered the industry's first interactive mobile BI solution. Today, Business Objects continues to innovate, creating and delivering a unique vision for enterprise analytic applications.

Business Objects has more than 15,500 customers in over 80 countries. The company's stock is publicly traded under the ticker symbols NASDAQ: BOBJ and Euronext Paris (Sicovam code 12074). It is included in the SBF 120 and IT CAC 50 French stock market indexes. Business Objects can be reached at 408-953-6000 and

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