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Witness Systems Honored by Cognos for Excellence in Performance Management; ''Best OEM Embedded Solution'' Award Underscores Customer Enthusiasm for Robust Impact 360 Workforce Optimization Reporting.



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: WITS), a leading global provider of workforce optimization software Free and Open Source software
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 and services, today announced that Cognos, a world leader in business intelligence and performance management solutions, has named its Impact 360(TM) Workforce Optimization software as "Best OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) The rebranding of equipment and selling it. The term initially referred to the company that made the products (the "original" manufacturer), but eventually became widely used to refer to the organization that buys the products and  Embedded Inserted into. See embedded system.  Solution." The company was honored hon·or  
n.
1. High respect, as that shown for special merit; esteem: the honor shown to a Nobel laureate.

2.
a. Good name; reputation.

b.
 among Cognos' global partners for excelling in innovation, influence, thought leadership, and a shared vision and passion for corporate performance management.

Cognos' Best OEM Embedded Solution designation recognizes the OEM partner delivering the strongest embedded business intelligence (BI) leveraging Cognos' technology within its core software solution. Impact 360 serves as the industry's most complete, unified workforce optimization optimization

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 solution, delivering software and services for quality monitoring/full-time recording, workforce management Workforce Management (WFM) encompasses all the responsibilities for maintaining a productive and happy workforce. Sometimes referred to as HRMS systems, or even the larger ERP systems (Oracle, PeopleSoft, SAP). There are many software vendors within this space. , performance management and e-learning under a framework that provides a single user interface, centralized cen·tral·ize  
v. cen·tral·ized, cen·tral·iz·ing, cen·tral·iz·es

v.tr.
1. To draw into or toward a center; consolidate.

2.
 administration and comprehensive reporting.

Leveraging Cognos, the Impact 360 centralized reporting engine allows users to choose from an extensive list of pre-configured reports or easily develop custom reports using online evaluation and e-learning data. By streamlining these often time-consuming procedures, the solution enables users to make better decisions faster, and implement them right away. And because Impact 360 provides centralized administration and reporting - even across multiple sites - customers also experience a reduction in their total cost of ownership.

"Cognos' broad, global ecosystem of successful partnerships helps our customers drive performance management through a blend of technology, product and services offerings that best suits their needs," said Neal Hill, senior vice president, global development for Cognos. "Building on our recent innovations such as Cognos 8 BI, performance applications and industry blueprints, our partners have achieved new successes and demonstrated even greater depth of industry expertise. We are proud to honor As a verb, to accept a bill of exchange, or to pay a note, check, or accepted bill, at maturity. To pay or to accept and pay, or, where a credit so engages, to purchase or discount a draft complying with the terms of the draft.  Witness Systems for its contributions in helping customers gain greater visibility and insight into their organizations and drive performance management to the next level."

"Cognos has a strong OEM partner program, and we value our relationship with the company based on its vision, solution capabilities and alignment with our customers' reporting needs," said John Bourne John Bourne (born July 27, 1943) is a Welsh artist and painter, and a member of the Stuckists art movement. Life and art
John Bourne was born in Staffordshire. He spent much of his childhood in Northern Ireland.
, senior vice president, global product management for Witness Systems. "Powered by Cognos Business Intelligence, our Impact 360 workforce optimization reporting engine delivers competitive advantage in a maturing market - helping contact center directors and other strategic business users better understand their operations to make more informed decisions."

About Impact 360

Impact 360 is a workforce optimization (WFO WFO Weather Forecast Office
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) solution that unifies software and services for quality monitoring/full-time recording, workforce management, performance management and e-learning under a framework that provides a single user interface and centralized administration. Since announcing the industry's broadest WFO solution last year, Witness Systems has further evolved Impact 360 with the addition of new features and functionality. Enhancing its software and services based on customer feedback enables users to gain a broader view and better understanding of performance, deliver in-depth root cause analysis and resolve issues faster. By unifying these components, Impact 360 maximizes the information flow within the enterprise, providing deep insight into workforce performance, customer interactions and customer service processes, while driving cost savings, strategic decision-making and competitive advantage.

About Witness Systems

Witness Systems (NASDAQ: WITS) is the worldwide leader in software and services that help businesses capture customer intelligence and optimize optimize - optimisation  their workforce performance. The company's Impact 360(TM) solution unifies quality monitoring, compliance and IP recording, workforce management, performance management and e-learning. Primarily deployed in contact centers - as well as the remote, branch and back offices of global organizations - the workforce optimization solution captures, analyzes and enables users to share and act on cross-functional information across the enterprise. With Impact 360, organizations can improve interactions and the underlying back-office processes that enhance the customer experience and build customer loyalty. For more information, visit us at www.witness.com.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-looking Statements forward-looking statement

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: Information in this release that involves Witness Systems' expectations, plans, intentions or strategies regarding the future are forward-looking statements that are not facts and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. They are identified by words such as "anticipates," "expects," "intends," "plans," "believes," "estimates," and similar expressions. These statements are based upon information available to Witness Systems as of the date of this release, and the company assumes no obligation to update any such forward-looking statement. Forward-looking statements believed true when made may ultimately prove to be incorrect. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, some of which are beyond our control and may cause actual results to differ materially from our current expectations. Some of the factors that could cause actual future results to differ materially from current expectations include fluctuations in customer demand and the timing of orders; the company's ability to manage its growth; the risk of new product introductions and customer acceptance of new products; the rapid technological change which characterizes the company's markets; the risks associated with international sales as the company expands its markets, including the risks associated with foreign currency fluctuations; the ability of the company to complete and integrate successfully any acquisitions or investments it may make; and the ability of the company to compete successfully in the future, as well as other risks identified under the caption "Management's Discussion and Analysis Management's discussion and analysis (MD&A)

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 of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" in the company's Form 10-K Form 10-K

A report required by the SEC from exchange-listed companies that provides for annual disclosure of certain financial information.


Form 10-K

See 10-K.
 for the year ended December 31, 2005 and its Form 10-Q Form 10-Q

See 10-Q.
 for the quarter ended March 31, 2006, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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