San Jose, Calif., Aug. 11, 1999-- The Data Warehousing Institute (TDWI) has named Business Objects and its customer Owens & Minor as winners of the 1999 Best Practices in Data Warehousing Award for the "Warehouse and the Web" category. The category covers innovative use of technology and Web browsers to deliver information from data warehouses to solve business problems and improve customer service.

Business Objects is being recognized for its implementation of WebIntelligence - the company's integrated query, reporting and online analytical processing (OLAP) solution for the Web - at Owens & Minor, a Fortune 500 company that distributes national brand medical and surgical supplies. Using WebIntelligence as its front-end data access tool, Owens & Minor has developed a supply-chain extranet that allows its customers and suppliers to track sales, manage inventory and negotiate improved contracts through product consolidation.

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