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January 05, 2007 08:00 ET

Business Objects Chosen as One of Canada's 50 Best Employers by Hewitt Associates

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 5, 2007) - Business Objects (NASDAQ:BOBJ)(Euronext Paris ISIN code: FR0004026250 - BOB), the world's leading provider of business intelligence (BI) solutions and Canada's largest independent BI software provider, today announced that it has been selected as one of the 50 Best Employers in Canada by Hewitt Associates, a global human resources services company. Organizations on the list were found to have lower turnover among both full- and part-time employees, receive more applications for job openings, and experience better business results. Hewitt's 50 Best Employers in Canada list was published Wednesday in the Globe & Mail's Report on Business magazine and in La Presse.

Hewitt's annual survey selects organizations across Canada with the highest employee engagement, based on employee empowerment and an investment in employee development (see http://was7.hewitt.com/bestemployers/canada/pdfs/the_list_1-3-07.pdf). The selected companies understand what matters to employees and have human resources programs designed to meet their expectations. Hewitt determined the rankings based on responses from more than 100,000 Canadian employees, along with additional input from over 2,000 leaders and human resources professionals.

"Consistently garnering feedback helps Business Objects find ways to better motivate and inspire our team members," said Greg Wolfe, senior vice president and general manager of Business Objects Americas. "We learned that our teams want to evolve their careers, so we work with them to find a wide variety of mentoring, professional, and personal development opportunities."

High Employee Engagement Following Crystal Decisions Acquisition

Prior to being acquired by Business Objects, Vancouver-based Crystal Decisions had been on the list for several years. Following the acquisition, Business Objects has reinforced its commitment to employee engagement and put in place tracking and monitoring programs as part of its integration of the two company cultures.

"It is uncommon to see a company return to high levels of employee engagement so quickly after a major acquisition. This achievement speaks volumes about Business Objects' commitment to understanding and encouraging its employees," said Neil Crawford, leader of the Best Employers in Canada study at Hewitt Associates.

About Hewitt Associates

With more than 60 years of experience, Hewitt Associates (NYSE:HEW) is the world's foremost provider of human resources outsourcing and consulting services. The company consults with more than 2,400 organizations and administers human resources, health care, payroll and retirement programs on behalf of more than 350 companies to millions of employees and retirees worldwide. Located in 35 countries, including Canadian offices in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary and Regina, Hewitt employs approximately 22,000 associates. For more information, please visit www.hewitt.com.

About Business Objects

Business Objects is the world's leading business intelligence (BI) software company, with more than 39,000 customers worldwide, including over 80 percent of the Fortune 500. Business Objects helps organizations of all sizes create a trusted foundation for decision making, gain better insight into their business, and optimize performance. The company's innovative business intelligence suite, BusinessObjects™ XI, offers the BI industry's most advanced and complete solution for performance management, planning, reporting, query and analysis, and enterprise information management. BusinessObjects XI includes the award-winning Crystal line of reporting and data visualization software. Business Objects has also built the industry's strongest and most diverse partner community, and 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 www.businessobjects.com.

The Business Objects logo, BusinessObjects, Crystal Reports, Intelligent Question, and Xcelsius are trademarks or registered trademarks of Business Objects in the United States and/or other countries. All other names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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