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Business Objects Redefines Business Intelligence Search.

Combined Power of Business Intelligence and Search Simplifies and Extends Information Access to a Broader User Community

SAN FRANCISCO -- Business Objects (Nasdaq:BOBJ)(Euronext Paris ISIN code: FR0004026250 - BOB), the world's leading provider of business intelligence (BI) solutions, today announced new solutions and partnerships for business intelligence search. These solutions seamlessly integrate BI and search technologies to help users easily find critical business information across structured and unstructured data. As part of today's announcement, Business Objects is also launching an Open Search Initiative (OSI), a partner network of leading text analytics, enterprise search, and consulting companies.

"Business Objects is driving an important shift in the evolution of business intelligence and information access," said Bernard Liautaud, founder, chairman of the board, and chief strategy officer at Business Objects. "Today's knowledge worker wants information to be ambient, immediate, trustworthy, and based on a complete view of the business. By adding search to our BI platform, we are providing users with a simplified yet sophisticated way to gain access to the wealth of information that exists in structured as well as unstructured data. In the coming year, Business Objects plans to unveil additional innovations and partnerships that will continue to redefine how users and organizations access and apply information to improve performance."

Search Capabilities in BusinessObjects XI Release 2 Productivity Suite Dramatically Increases Information Worker Productivity

The new search capabilities from Business Objects are part of BusinessObjects XI Release 2 Productivity Suite, the latest update to the company's BI platform currently expected to be released in the first half of 2007. Using a key word search, customers can quickly retrieve relevant information from their Business Objects environment, including Crystal reports, Web Intelligence reports, or Dashboard Manager. New capabilities categorize search results, which helps customers further refine and easily browse results. In addition to searching for information within the BI system, Business Objects enables users to query databases and applications directly, creating a new Web Intelligence report to answer their business question.

With the addition of search to BI, Business Objects greatly expands the ways users can benefit from BI. For example, an emergency room doctor could use search within BI to scour a broad set of data sources to find out how many instances of food poisoning have been reported in the past 24 hours, where people are affected, and determine common causes. This real-time access to trustworthy data could help medical professionals spot and prevent wide-spread outbreak of food-related illnesses.

"One of the reasons we standardized on Business Objects is because the company continues to deliver innovative solutions that help us improve the quality of care we deliver to our patients," said Jonathan Rothman, Director of Data Management at Emergency Medical Associates. "Adding search to business intelligence technology will provide us with powerful benefits, like giving our broad community of users an intuitive and simple interface for accessing information quickly and easily. This technology is especially important in healthcare, where doctors, nurses, and administrators need accurate information at their fingertips so they can improve patient care and operational performance in real time."

Business Objects and Enterprise Search Help Customers Find Information from One Portal

By partnering with the leading enterprise search vendors, Business Objects enables customers to search for unstructured and structured data from one familiar portal. Because the portal is personalized, customers can retrieve only data that matches their functional role and security profile.

"IBM and Business Objects share a commitment to helping customers find the information they need to improve their business performance easily and quickly," said Chet Kapoor, vice president development, IBM Content Management and Discovery Services. "The integration of Business Objects and IBM OmniFind Enterprise Edition will remove barriers to accessing information and extend the value of business intelligence by enabling users to search across their enterprise content repositories and their BI ecosystem. Combining access to structured and unstructured data will enable deeper analysis and provide organizations with critical business insights."

Business Objects and Text Analytics Partners Give Deeper Understanding of Unstructured Data

As part of today's announcement, Business Objects is partnering with leading text analytics vendors to help customers identify critical, previously undetectable events and relationships within unstructured data. Text analytics and BI analyze unstructured data and identify concepts, names of people or places, relationships, and opinions within the documents. For example, text analytics could help customers identify product issues in data gleaned from e-mails, field notes, reviews, or blogs. Customers can seamlessly analyze this data and share it across their organization with Business Objects reports or dashboards.

Business Objects Partners Form Open Search Initiative to Give Customers Easy, Smart Access to Structured and Unstructured Data

Today Business Objects is announcing the Open Search Initiative (OSI), a partner network dedicated to providing customers with intelligence from both unstructured and structured sources. These partnerships include the leading enterprise search and text analytics vendors; and also, global and regional consulting companies to help implement BI and search solutions. Business Objects and the OSI partners are committed to joint product development and technology integration, marketing, and sales training. The OSI partners include Attensity, BearingPoint, Clarabridge, ClearForest, Endeca, FAST, IBM, Inxight Software, and Oracle.

Availability

Search features in the BusinessObjects XI Release 2 Productivity Suite are currently expected to be available during the first half of 2007. Partner solutions are expected to be delivered throughout 2007.

Safe Harbor for Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties concerning the company's product release date, features which will be included in the product and the company's ability to establish key strategic relationships. Actual events or results may differ materially from those described in this press release due to a number of risks and uncertainties. These potential risks and uncertainties include, among others, the date of availability for the company's product, which may be delayed or cancelled, the availability of the features mentioned which may be changed or removed prior to release, the introduction of new products by competitors or the entry of new competitors into the company's markets and the company's ability to establish and preserve its key relationships with its OSI partners. Forward-looking statements are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended. More information about potential factors that could affect the company's business is included in Business Objects' Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2005 and Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2006, each of which is on file with the SEC and available at the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. All forward looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release. Business Objects is not obligated to undertake any obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect events, circumstances or changes in expectations after the date of this press release.

About 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[TM] 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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