Burlington, Mass., Sept. 27, 1999 - Cognos announced support for SAP Business Information Warehouse 2.0, a comprehensive and open end-to-end warehouse solution. The combination of SAP BW and Cognos business intelligence solutions allows customers to further streamline business processes, increase sales performance and respond quicker to competitive pressures. Cognos PowerPlay delivers SAP BW data in the form of OLAP reports to consumers across the enterprise in a manageable, cost-effective manner drawing on the centralized benefits of both client/server and Web technologies.

"Many companies have invested in enterprise resource planning/management (ERP/ERM) systems to standardize business processes and consolidate day-to-day transaction data for greater efficiency and productivity throughout their organization," said Wolfgang Martin, vice president, application delivery strategies of META Group, an industry analyst firm. "Today, businesses are realizing that, despite the business benefits to be gained from their ERP/ERM system, they require a business intelligence solution that will enable them to leverage that information for the greatest impact on the bottom line."

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