SOURCE: Information Builders

November 14, 2007 13:04 ET

Information Builders Responds to IBM's Acquisition of Cognos

Underscores the Advantages of Independence: Innovation and Customer Focus

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - November 14, 2007) - Information Builders, the leader in production business intelligence (BI) solutions, issued the following statement with regards to consolidation in the BI market:

IBM's intended acquisition of Cognos is not unexpected as all major platform software vendors have now added business intelligence software to their offerings. While IBM, SAP, Oracle and Microsoft have just recently recognized the value of this critical technology, Information Builders has done so for more than 32 years.

As a major independent software vendor, Information Builders has maintained a leadership role in providing the best engineered innovations and the best customer service in this market. Today, Information Builders empowers the largest business intelligence deployments in the world in all areas of business, government, and education with deployments to millions of users.

The innovation that Information Builders will continue to deliver will extend its market position and expand the role of business intelligence in our global economy. Information Builders will:

  1. Continue to lead in industry citizenship
  Information Builders will continue to provide the widest support of
  hardware platforms, operating systems, data sources, applications,
  delivery options and flexible pricing models.  Most organizations
  possess technology from a multitude of vendors including IBM, Oracle,
  SAP, Microsoft and others.  Business Intelligence, therefore, is not
  a single platform solution.

  2. Provide the best architected technology
  The WebFOCUS BI Platform was built to scale, integrate all structured
  and real-time data, support all application requirements and all user
  interfaces. Organizations will continue to use WebFOCUS as their
  enterprise standard to support their widely deployed custom BI
  applications and dashboard requirements or in conjunction with other
  BI tools.

  3. Remain focused on innovation
  Innovation requires complete focus on the emerging market.  Since
  debuting the most robust Web server architecture for business
  intelligence in 1996, Information Builders has also introduced:
        - Self-service on-demand information generation for non-technical
          users
        - Integrated mobile and email delivery
        - Active Technologies for highly interactive portable dashboards,
          reporting and analysis
        - Real-time Enterprise Search solutions for BI
        - Operational BI including Process-embedded BI and Business
          Activity Monitoring
        - Data Visualization, Analytical Dashboards and Geographic
          BI solutions

  Information Builders has aggressive plans for the introduction of new
  state of the art interface technology in 2008.  The Company will
  remain focused on innovation, while Cognos and Business Objects turn
  their attention to integrating with their acquirer's technologies.

  4. Provide the best customer service
  In 2007, Information Builders' customers received top honors for their
  business intelligence applications from Gartner, TDWI, the Computerworld
  Honors program and many more.  Customers rate Information Builders
  highly for service, a focus on building long-term relationships and its
  ability to deliver the most dedicated and skilled local resources.

"Independence matters," said Gerald Cohen, CEO of Information Builders. "Organizations generally don't invest in just one platform. Information Builders leads the industry in interoperability and integration for BI and we continue to innovate. Our customers drive us to solve their business problems and that yields award-winning products and solutions. The fallout of BI market consolidation will highlight the difference between our approach and everyone else's, and will enhance our growth opportunities."

About Information Builders

Information Builders' award-winning combination of business intelligence and enterprise integration software has been providing innovative solutions to more than 12,000 customers for the past 30 years. WebFOCUS is the world's most widely utilized business intelligence platform. It provides the security, scalability, and flexibility needed at every level of global extended enterprises. Its simplicity helps create executive, analytical, and operational applications that reach dozens to millions of users. Information Builders subsidiary iWay Software provides state-of-the-art, multi-purpose integration engines that address all SOA, application, data, and information management requirements. Its integration adapters have been adopted by the leading software platform providers. Together, these products give Information Builders' customers the ability to live up to the company motto: Your business. No barriers.

Information Builders' award-winning technology has successfully provided quality software and superior services for 31 years to more than 12,000 customers, including most of the Fortune 100 and U.S. federal government agencies. Headquartered in New York City with 90 offices worldwide, the company employs 1,600 people and has over 350 business partners. For more information visit www.informationbuilders.com.

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