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Business Objects and Citrix Systems Simplify Reporting for Mid-Market Customers.

New Solution Helps Reduce Software Deployment Time from Days to Minutes

LAS VEGAS -- Building on the success of its Open Appliance Initiative, Business Objects (Nasdaq: BOBJ) (Euronext Paris ISIN code: FR0004026250 - BOB), the world's leading provider of business intelligence (BI) solutions, today announced it has partnered with leaders in the application delivery space - including Citrix Systems (Nasdaq: CTXS), rPath, and RightScale - to deliver a Crystal Reports[R] Server XI virtual appliance. The new offering is a pre-installed and pre-configured solution that will help reduce deployment time from days to minutes. In addition, for the first time, the two companies are offering customers a chance to instantly evaluate the product through a virtual 'test-drive', thus eliminating the cost and complexity typically associated with enterprise software evaluations.

"Today we are introducing a new, radically simplified way for small and mid-sized organizations to test drive and deploy the world's favorite reporting solution," said John Schwarz, CEO of Business Objects. "We have worked closely with Open Appliance Initiative partners Citrix, rPath, and RightScale to help customers deploy our software more easily and effectively. With the Crystal Reports Server XI virtual appliance, our aim is to provide faster time-to-value for mid-market companies and provide them with the same benefits and business value long enjoyed by their enterprise counterparts."

The partnership and collaboration between Citrix Systems and Business Objects underscores the growing importance of virtualization in the mid-market. With Citrix's new line of virtual appliances based on the XenSource technology, customers with limited IT resources will be able to easily deploy a Business Objects solution and take advantage of the tremendous flexibility, security, and cost-saving benefits that virtualization can provide.

"We are excited to team with Business Objects to produce a virtualization solution that addresses all application delivery challenges for organizations of any size or industry," said Mark Templeton, president & CEO, Citrix Systems. "We are now in an enviable position to virtualize, optimize, stream, secure, and manage any type of application for any customer delivery challenge."

Open Appliance Initiative: Continued Innovation

rPath and RightScale, both members of the OAI, have contributed significant technology advancements towards the realization of today's announcement:

"We transform enterprise applications into easy-to-use virtual appliances," said Billy Marshall, CEO of rPath. "We are thrilled to partner with companies such as Citrix and RightScale to make these benefits a reality for Business Objects as they deliver their leading Crystal Reports Server as a virtual appliance."

"Rightscale is delighted to help Business Objects enable pushbutton access to run trial versions of Crystal Reports Server in the cloud," said Michael Crandell, CEO of RightScale. "Business Objects, a pioneer ISV, is realizing the promise of cloud computing with Rightscale's ability to launch and manage virtual software appliances for trial or production use."

Availability

The Crystal Reports Server XI virtual appliance is expected to be generally available in Q1 2008.

For more information on the Crystal Reports Server XI virtual appliance, please visit www.rpath.com/crystalreports for a test drive. For more information on the Business Objects Open Appliance Initiative, please visit http://www.businessobjects.com/partners/oai/default.asp

About Business Objects

Business Objects has been a pioneer in business intelligence (BI) since the dawn of the category. Today, as the world's leading BI software company, Business Objects transforms the way the world works through intelligent information. The company helps illuminate understanding and decision-making at more than 44,000 organizations around the globe. Through a combination of innovative technology, global consulting and education services, and the industry's strongest and most diverse partner network, Business Objects enables companies of all sizes to make transformative business decisions based on intelligent, accurate, and timely information.

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.

Safe Harbor for Forward Looking Statements

Certain sections of this press release contain forward-looking statements that are based on assumptions regarding product release dates and features which will be included. However, these statements are not guarantees of the date of availability, which may be delayed or cancelled, or of the availability of features mentioned, which may be changed or removed prior to release. Statements such as "expected" or "planned" denote forward-looking statements, and the word "introduced" refers to pre-release marketing activities and does not denote general availability. 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 Business Objects' business is included in Business Objects' Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2006 and Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2007, 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.

Business Objects and the Business Objects logo, BusinessObjects and Crystal Reports 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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