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Grid Computing and Business Intelligence Leader Develop Best Practices to Drive Decision Making at Executive Levels


Platform Computing, the leader in distributed computing software, today announced it has become an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of Cognosâ, the leading global provider of business intelligence solutions.


Platform will initially OEM Cognos’ reporting and analysis solutions, including Cognos PowerPlay ® and Cognos Upfront ®, to expand the functionality of its enterprise Performance Management software solutions. Performance Management is an essential element of distributed and Grid computing, enabling an organisation to manage, provision and budget for IT assets, resulting in improved productivity and reduced overall cost. With the visibility provided by Platform’s solutions, organisations can make more strategic IT decisions at the corporate level, through valuable insight into user, system and application performance across the enterprise.


“Through Cognos’ business intelligence tools, we can build upon our foundation of proven performance management solutions to help companies understand how their IT investments are directly impacting business success – from time to market, to time to discovery,” said Paul Hill, Vice President, Marketing, Platform. “This partnership will provide our customers with the analytical insight they need to leverage the full power of their distributed computing investments.”


“This partnership further emphasises the enterprise nature of Cognos' reporting and analysis solutions and the value this brings to Platform customers as they implement Grid computing infrastructures,” said Ted Jandl, Vice President, Cognos. “In deploying Cognos’ solutions, Platform recognises the business requirement for organisations to more quickly and easily understand the critical factors driving their business.”


Platform will integrate Cognos PowerPlay, the world's best-selling OLAP (online analytical processing) software in its Performance Management suite. Cognos PowerPlay enables users to explore large volumes of summarised data with sub-second response times in a Web, Windows, or Excel environment. With Cognos PowerPlay, users at any business or technical skill level in a company can perform their own multidimensional analysis, create reports, and share them for better decision-making.


Cognos Upfront portal provides end users with a single, Web-based point of personalised access to Cognos business intelligence information and non-business intelligence content. Content delivery and management is centralised and accessible through a customisable interface that can be tailored to the unique needs of different types of users. By supporting end-user publishing of Cognos BI content and other business content, Upfront empowers users to access, create, and share valuable information across an extended organisation.


About Cognos


Cognos is the leading global provider of business intelligence solutions that optimize the performance of the world’s largest and most successful organisations. Founded in 1969, Cognos does business with more than 19,000 customers in 120 countries around the world. Cognos business intelligence solutions and services are also available from more than 3,000 worldwide partners and resellers. For more information, visit the Cognos Web site at http://www.cognos.com .


About Platform


Platform is the world’s leading distributed computing software provider, with desktop to Grid solutions that allow organisations to dramatically improve time to market and quality of results, while maximising their I.T. investment. Platform has strategic relationships with industry leaders including Compaq, HP, IBM, SGI, Sun, LION Bioscience and SAS and its open, scalable software solutions are the choice of more than 1,500 result-driven organisations around the world. Platform is a private company with 400 employees in 14 offices in North America, Europe and Asia. For more information visit http://www.platform.com.


For more information, please contact:


Richard Bennett or Tamsin Keynton
MCC International
01962 888100, richard.bennett@mccint.com
tamsin.keynton@mccint.com

Cognos and the Cognos logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Cognos Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries.


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