Cognos ReportNet Scales to More Than 190,000 Named Users in Real-World Tests; Offers Proven Performance in IBM Environments

-- ReportNet demonstrates mission-critical performance; delivers success to joint IBM-Cognos customers --

BURLINGTON, Mass., March 16, 2004 -- Cognos (Nasdaq: COGN; TSX: CSN), the world leader in enterprise business intelligence (EBI) and corporate performance management, today announced results from a series of extensive scalability tests conducted at the IBM Solution Partner Center lab in San Mateo, CA. According to the results, Cognos ReportNet demonstrated massive scalability in a truly concurrent user environment with mission- critical response times for Web-based content navigation, report viewing and report execution to 190,000 named users.

Cognos ReportNet also demonstrated excellent performance in other large deployment simulations ranging from 20,000 to 50,000 named users on a 16-CPU Windows configuration. In production reporting tests, ReportNet demonstrated outstanding throughput results that yielded 78 pages per second or 6.7 million report pages per day. These batch-reporting tests were based on a 26-page PDF report.

The tests ran on multiple hardware configurations, including IBM eServer xSeries and IBM eServer BladeCenter, and drew directly from an IBM DB2 Universal Database and IBM WebSphere Application Server.

The results underlined Cognos ReportNet's clear superiority in enterprise reporting market, offering scalability to 100s of 1,000s of users, ease of use and a dramatically low total cost of ownership.

"Our joint solutions offer global organizations the kind of performance, scalability and business user-oriented enterprise reporting required in today's global marketplace," said Janet Perna, general manager, DB2 Information Management Solutions, IBM Software. "The power of the IBM middleware and server platforms in conjunction with the mission-critical, user-friendly performance of Cognos ReportNet, delivers key competitive advantage and time to value to our customers. A longstanding IBM Partner, Cognos is laying the infrastructure to help its customers achieve the vision of delivering information on demand."

"Cognos ReportNet delivers unprecedented performance in an IBM environment. Our strategic partnership with IBM is driving business value throughout our customers' extended enterprise, extending the reach of business intelligence solutions into new and emerging markets," said Rob Ashe, president and COO, Cognos.

Cognos ReportNet supports IBM technologies including IBM WebSphere(R) Internet infrastructure software, IBM WebSphere Portal software, IBM DB2 Intelligent Miner, Information Integrator, DB2 database and DB2 Cube Views for BI and enterprise operating systems such as IBM AIX(R) and is available on IBM eServer pSeries and xSeries systems. Organizations can benefit from a joint solution that is validated to run smoothly, quickly and reliably.

Cognos ReportNet is fully integrated within the Cognos Enterprise BI solution, including flexible scorecards, dashboards, powerful industry-leading OLAP analysis, event detection and alerting, and data integration.

"Cognos ReportNet is a powerful new tool to increase efficiency and help us better serve our customers. Even after only a few months in production, Cognos ReportNet, in conjunction with IBM DB2, has allowed us access to important data to enhance our ability to manage customer relationships, allowing us streamline our product set and improve our customer service," said LaQuita Hudson, vice president of decision support at First Citizens Bank.

"First Citizens also benefits from the richness of the Cognos Enterprise BI (EBI) Series, providing quite literally a one-stop shop for BI," added Hudson.

In April, Cognos and IBM announced a multi-year global agreement to market comprehensive business intelligence offerings. Under the terms of the agreement, IBM and Cognos will jointly market and sell integrated solutions to numerous verticals and lines of business such as sales, marketing, and human resources.

Cognos is an advanced member of IBM's PartnerWorld for Developers, is certified as a IBM Total Storage Proven and is IBM Server Proven partner. For more information on Cognos ReportNet scalability results visit


Cognos, the world leader in enterprise business intelligence and corporate performance management, delivers software that helps companies drive, monitor and understand corporate performance.

Cognos delivers the next level of competitive advantage - Corporate Performance Management (CPM) - achieved through the strategic application of BI on an enterprise scale. Our integrated CPM solution helps customers drive performance through planning; monitor performance through scorecarding; and understand performance through business intelligence.

Cognos serves more than 22,000 customers in over 135 countries. Cognos enterprise business intelligence and 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


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