SOURCE: IBM

October 19, 2007 11:29 ET

IBM and Business Objects Extend Strategic Relationship

Agreement Further Simplifies Customer Implementation of Business Intelligence Solutions

ARMONK, NY, SAN JOSE, CA and PARIS--(Marketwire - October 19, 2007) - IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Business Objects (NASDAQ: BOBJ) (Euronext Paris ISIN code: FR0004026250 - BOB) today announced a new agreement to develop and distribute pre- integrated data warehousing and business intelligence solutions to help customers harness information and make better business decisions.

"Customers are seeking ways to innovate and derive greater business value from their information," said Ambuj Goyal, General Manager IBM Information Management, "To help meet this challenge, we are extending our partnership with Business Objects to accelerate the introduction of new Information on Demand solutions."

Under the terms of the agreement IBM will include a starter edition of Business Objects business intelligence solutions with IBM DB2 and IBM DB2 Warehouse. In addition, Business Objects will distribute and resell IBM's DB2 Warehouse with its Business Objects XI solutions and CFO Performance Management applications.

"Today, Business Objects and IBM -- two of the leaders in BI, performance management and data warehousing -- are coming together to help customers of all sizes capitalize on their corporate data to gain better business insight," said John Schwarz, CEO of Business Objects, "This agreement will deliver significant value and choice to our mutual customers and partners by providing market-leading business intelligence on a proven and reliable information infrastructure."

Geisinger Health System is one of the many companies already benefiting from joint IBM and Business Objects solutions. "Business intelligence is critical to helping us transform our extensive clinical information into improved patient care," said Dr. Ronald A. Paulus, chief technology and innovation officer, Geisinger Health System. "When making decisions that could ultimately influence the care for over 2 million patients, we must be able to trust both the data and technology behind our BI. This agreement enhances our confidence in the partnership between these companies and their ability to fulfill our information management needs, both today and into the future."

About IBM

For more information about IBM's Information on Demand growth initiative, please visit: http://www-306.ibm.com/software/data/information-on-demand/

About Business Objects

Business Objects has been a pioneer in business intelligence (BI) since the dawn of the category. Today, as the world's leading BI software company, Business Objects transforms the way the world works through intelligent information. The company helps illuminate understanding and decision-making at more than 44,000 organizations around the globe. Through a combination of innovative technology, global consulting and education services, and the industry's strongest and most diverse partner network, Business Objects enables companies of all sizes to make transformative business decisions based on intelligent, accurate, and timely information.

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 www.businessobjects.com.

This press release contains forward looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to (i) statements regarding Business Objects' and IBM's plans for joint development and distribution of pre-integrated business intelligence and data warehousing solutions, collaboration on solutions for the CFO, integration of Business Objects pre-built analytic applications with IBM industry frameworks, the combination of certain Business Objects applications with IBM's DB2 Warehouse and the establishment of a jointly staffed strategic development lab and (ii) statements regarding the anticipated benefits to customers and partners from the Business Objects-IBM joint development and distribution arrangement. Actual events or results may differ materially from those described in these presentations due to a number of risks and uncertainties. These potential risks and uncertainties include, among others, risks associated with the parties' ability to (i) realize anticipated benefits from the joint development and distribution arrangement, (ii) deliver anticipated benefits to customers and partners and (iii) attract and retain customers, as well as other risks detailed in our SEC filings, including those discussed in our quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2007. All of our filings are on file with the SEC and available at the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. We are not obligated to update these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this document.

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