Antarctica Systems Inc.

Antarctica Systems Inc.

July 13, 2005 11:00 ET

Antarctica Signs Technology Partnership with Business Objects to Extend User Adoption

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - July 13, 2005) - Antarctica Systems Inc. (ASI), an enterprise provider of guided analytic software, today announced the signing of a technology partnership agreement with Business Objects (NASDAQ:BOBJ) (Euronext Paris ISIS code: FR0004026250 - BOB), the world's leading provider of business intelligence (BI) solutions. Antarctica is now a member of the Business Objects Technology Partner Program and the two organizations will pursue joint technical, sales and marketing activities.

Antarctica's Visual Net software offers Business Objects customers a unique user interface that provides for enhanced visual representation of complex data. Visual Net uses relative image sizing and color-coding to more easily spot trends, outliers, and areas of focus that may not be apparent with typical charting and graphing techniques. The solution extends investments made with Business Objects and helps increase their return on that investment by increasing user adoption of BI technology.

"Business Objects and Antarctica are both focused on helping companies extend the use of business intelligence to more users within and outside an organization," said Jon Dorrington, Vice President of Alliances at Business Objects. "The integration of BusinessObjects™ XI and Antarctica's Visual Net helps extend the value of Antarctica's unique interface, making it fast and easy for our joint customers to get the answers they need to make smarter business decisions."

Antarctica complements the performance management and enterprise reporting capabilities of Business Objects by allowing a user to launch a Visual Net object from a performance management dashboard, explore and investigate an issue, and then capture results within Crystal Reports®. With an intuitive, visual interface, users can see both summary and detail information in context as well as visually filter large amounts of information.

"Business Objects is the gold standard for Business Intelligence and we are excited to be working with them," says Barry Yates, President and CEO of Antarctica Systems. "Partnering with Business Objects to drive increased user adoption will create significant benefits to our joint customers and allow them to realize even higher returns on their Business Objects investments."

Visual Net requires minimal user training and, because business users can explore and investigate issues on their own, little or no reliance on Information Technology staff is required.

About Business Objects

Business Objects is the world's leading business intelligence (BI) software company. With more than 30,000 customers worldwide, including over 80 percent of the Fortune 500, Business Objects helps organizations gain better insight into their business, improve decision making, and optimize enterprise performance. The company's business intelligence platform, BusinessObjects™ XI, offers the BI industry's most advanced and complete platform for reporting, query and analysis, performance management, and data integration. BusinessObjects XI includes Crystal Reports®, the industry standard for enterprise reporting. Business Objects has built the industry's strongest and most diverse partner community, and also offers consulting and education services to help customers effectively deploy their business intelligence projects.

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

About Antarctica Systems Inc.

Antarctica Systems Inc. is an enterprise provider of Visual Reporting software founded by XML co-creator and Open Text Inc. founder, Tim Bray. Antarctica's mission is to extend the value of an organization's investment in Business Intelligence by providing a highly visual reporting engine. Through a compelling user experience, Antarctica's flagship product Visual Net provides an intuitive, visual console that lets business users see problems, both summary and details, in a very understandable way. Users can explore and investigate these problems to understand root causes of performance, and answer the question 'why'. Visual Net also enables users to comprehend and navigate vast amounts of data, shifting their focus from analysis to insight and action.

The company is privately held with headquarters in Vancouver, BC and sales offices across North America. For additional information, please visit

Antarctica and Visual Net are trademarks or registered trademarks of Antarctica Systems Inc. in Canada and foreign countries. Business Objects and the Business Objects logo, BusinessObjects, and Crystal Reports are trademarks or registered trademarks of Business Objects S.A. or its affiliated companies in the United States and/or other countries. All other referenced trademarks belong to their respective owners.

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