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Study Demonstrates Information Builders Can Offer as Much as £1 million in Savings Over Competitors

London, UK – September 22, 2003 – Information Builders, the leader in enterprise business intelligence (BI) solutions and real-time Web reporting, today announced that a new Ventana Research study has named Information Builders as the vendor offering the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) for both user-defined and parameterised reports. Based on a series of scenarios that evaluated leading business intelligence vendors, the study revealed a variance as high as £1m per scenario when comparing Information Builders' cost for reporting deployments to the highest priced vendors evaluated.

Ventana Research conducted the six-month study to independently audit and certify leading business intelligence vendors’ TCO across real-world use cases. Information Builders beat out all participating competitors, including Cognos and Informatica in the categories of pre-defined reporting on both Windows and UNIX platforms, as well as parameterised reporting (note: Business Objects did not participate in the study). As these types of reports have broad user appeal and application relevance across an organisation, they represent the majority of the business intelligence market.

"The scenarios for predefined and parameterised reporting revealed Information Builders as significantly less expensive than many of its competitors," said Eric Rogge, Ventana Research's vice president and research director for BI. "Clearly they offer customers a competitive product set at a very attractive price point."

The Ventana Research study also underscored Information Builders' strength in its ability to scale. Information Builders maintained its lowest-TCO rank across a broad range of scenarios, from 1,000 to 10,000 users. Information Builders scored first in three of the 10,000-user scenarios and second in six of the 10,000-user scenarios.

"This report backs up what our customers have been telling us all along," commented Michael Corcoran, chief communications officer for Information Builders. "Our customers buy from us because we provide an extremely cost-effective option among the highest ranked business intelligence solutions in the market. We expect the new TCO benchmark from Ventana Research to be a valuable tool for companies evaluating business intelligence vendors."

Organisations and individuals interested in this research can purchase the full and/or end-user “Total Cost of Ownership for Business Intelligence and Performance Management Solutions” study at www.ventanaresearch.com.

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About Information Builders
Information Builders is one of the world’s largest privately owned software companies. With almost 30 years experience in the management and integration of information, Information Builders specialises in the supply of Web based Business Intelligence and Enterprise Application Integration. Its enterprise solutions enable the timely delivery of information to over 11,000 customers, 1800 employees and 350 business partners across the globe.

With headquarters in New York City, Information Builders has 90 offices worldwide. Fifty people are employed in the UK, at Wembley, Middlesex and in Warrington, Cheshire. Turnover worldwide is £300 million, with UK turnover at £10 million.

Press Contact:
Magdalen Bush/Sonia Panchal
Citigate Communications
Tel: 020 7282 2901/2923
Fax: 020 7282 1064
email:Magdalen.bush@citigatec.co.uk/sonia.panchal@citigatec.co.uk

Donna Land
Information Builders
Tel: 020 8982 4700
email:donna_land@ibi.com


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