Cognos ReportNet(TM) 1.1 Embraced by Customers, Partners Worldwide

-- A broad range of global leaders select Cognos ReportNet solution as reporting standard --

BURLINGTON, Mass., March 16, 2004 -- Cognos (Nasdaq: COGN; TSX: CSN), the world leader in enterprise business intelligence (EBI) and corporate performance management, today announced Cognos ReportNet has been selected by companies worldwide.

Addressing the global demand for a true enterprise reporting solution, Cognos ReportNet offers unrivaled enterprise reporting coverage, fully integrated within the Cognos Enterprise BI Series, including flexible powerful, industry-leading OLAP analysis, scorecards, dashboards, event detection and alerting, and data integration.

Today the following organizations worldwide rely on Cognos ReportNet to deliver an all-in-one, single-vendor enterprise reporting solution that offers pixel-perfect, high-quality production reports, ad hoc query, and complex, compound operational reporting:

Isis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Isis Pharmaceuticals, Inc., is exploiting its expertise in RNA to discover and develop novel human therapeutic drugs. The company has successfully commercialized the world's first antisense product, and has 11 antisense products in development.

"Isis Pharmaceuticals is very pleased with Cognos ReportNet 1.1. performance and ease of use. Isis needed a pure Web environment for our ad hoc query and reporting requirements. Evaluating a number of competitive solutions, Cognos ReportNet was the clear choice to build a scalable, self- service enterprise reporting environment," said Linda Yaeger , executive- director informatics, Isis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.


Manugistics, a Cognos Pinnacle Partner(TM), provided extensive technical and field feedback to Cognos ReportNet 1.1. as a beta client. "With the deep integration of Cognos ReportNet and our Manugistics 7 Series, our global clients are today benefiting from a fully integrated planning, execution and business analytics solution to effectively manage complex, global supply chains," said Lori Mitchell-Keller, senior vice president, product development and strategy, Manugistics. "The enhanced enterprise performance of Cognos ReportNet 1.1 ensures our clients' ability to drive performance information across the extended enterprise. Cognos ReportNet provides a highly scalable, self-service reporting solution."

NEC Corp

NEC Corporation provides creation of solutions based on IT/network integration to customers worldwide. Incorporated in 1899, NEC has 199 subsidiaries, and employs 146,589. Tokyo-based NEC started selling Cognos ReportNet last year.

"Cognos ReportNet offers us a solution that can help us create a true self-serve Web-based reporting environment for our customers," said NEC Corporation Web Integration Division. "With Cognos ReportNet, we have a solution that deploys quickly, helps us leverage our customers' existing enterprise infrastructures to create a sophisticated, truly enterprise reporting environment, putting critical information in the hands of their users in their language of choice."

Phase Forward

Phase Forward, a Cognos ReportNet 1.1. beta tester, is the leading provider of data management solutions for clinical trials and drug safety, offering proven solutions in electronic data capture (EDC), clinical data management (CDM), and adverse event reporting (AER) as either an integrated solution or as stand-alone applications.

"Cognos ReportNet 1.1 will provide our pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device customers with greater visibility and access into their clinical study and operational data, enabling them to more effectively and efficiently manage their clinical trial processes. ReportNet's next-generation Web Services architecture, enterprise-proven performance and self-service reporting environment gives us a solution that easily integrates into our customer's existing enterprise infrastructures," said Don Spiliotis, principal software engineer at Phase Forward.


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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