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Unica Announces Alliance with ISID to Enter Japanese Market.

WALTHAM, Mass. -- Agreement with Information Services International-Dentsu, Ltd. to Deliver Marketing Management Solutions in Japan

Unica Corporation (Nasdaq:UNCA), a global provider of Enterprise Marketing Management (EMM) and winner of CRM Magazine's Market Leader Award for marketing solutions, today announced an alliance with Information Services International-Dentsu, Ltd. (ISID). As a result, ISID will launch a new enterprise marketing management solution to power event-driven marketing solutions--based on Unica's Affinium Suite(TM)--helping Japanese businesses deliver customer-centric marketing operations.

Unica and ISID have completed an agreement to offer Unica's best-of-breed software to Japanese businesses seeking to implement event-driven marketing. ISID selected Unica for its product leadership, strong analyst ratings and high customer satisfaction. ISID will offer Affinium Campaign(TM), a core component of Unica's Affinium Suite, and assist Unica with its localization. Initially, ISID will focus on solutions for "right-time" marketing - the ability to deliver marketing communications that are so relevant and timely, they are welcomed by the customer. The solution allows companies to define and act upon hundreds of events that signal a change in customer behavior or an opportunity for customer communication, such as abandoned shopping carts, significant deposits, reduced airline fares to desired destinations or the availability of a new MP3 player. Affinium automatically executes, manages, and measures finely-targeted campaigns based on those events. It allows marketers to optimize and prioritize communications to ensure that customers and prospects do not receive irrelevant and excessive communications. Leading companies around the world use the Affinium Suite to best meet these requirements for customer-centric marketing.

Additionally, ISID will leverage its rich experience in the development and deployment of marketing related systems to offer support services including consulting and systems deployment, primarily focusing on the financial, catalog, travel, communications, and manufacturing industries.

"We chose ISID for the strength of the company's expertise in marketing--as it offers not only technology implementation services but other valuable strategic marketing services as well," said Yuchun Lee, CEO and co-founder of Unica. "Japan is the world's second largest economy, second only to the US in GNP. We're proud to be working with ISID to bring EMM solutions to this important market."

"ISID customers require technology-driven marketing solutions that will help them deliver more targeted and relevant communications, build customer loyalty and increase repeat business," said Kensuke Fujie, senior executive officer, ISID. "We are excited to be working with Unica based on Affinium's product breadth and leadership, strong industry analyst ratings and high customer satisfaction levels."

About Affinium Suite

Unica's Affinium suite provides a complete set of EMM functionality including customer and marketing analytics, campaign management, and marketing resource management. Affinium's unique Universal Dynamic Interconnect (UDI) technology connects to the existing databases and flat files throughout the organization without the need of creating a dedicated data mart, enabling marketers to efficiently plan, execute and measure cross-channel campaigns. By using Affinium, marketers can define a reusable marketing workflow to significantly improve operational efficiency. Affinium is designed to allow marketers who are not necessarily statisticians to implement data mining.

About Information Services International-Dentsu, Ltd. (ISID)

Since its founding in 1975, ISID has been serving customers as their business partner, offering total systems integration solutions encompassing consulting services, systems planning, design, development, deployment, and maintenance. Positioned as an IT Solution Innovator, ISID is actively serving in such areas as e-commerce, SCM, ERP, CRM, PLM and Web banking, focusing on Internet-enabled technologies. Headquartered in Tokyo, the company employs over 1800 people and has a capitalization of 8,180.5 million yen. For more information visit: http://www.isid.co.jp/english/index.html.

About Unica

Unica Corporation is a leading global provider of enterprise marketing management (EMM) software designed to help businesses increase their revenues and improve the efficiency and measurability of their marketing operations. Unica focuses exclusively on the needs of marketing organizations and our Affinium software addresses the principal functions of EMM including marketing and customer analytics, demand generation and marketing resource management. Approximately 300 companies in a wide range of industries use Affinium to manage the complexities and processes of marketing and facilitate the operations of a customer-centric business. Our customers include ABN AMRO, Capital One, Choice Hotels, Comcast, Debitel, Halifax Bank of Scotland, Lands' End, Nordstrom, Reader's Digest, Scotiabank, Vodafone and Wanadoo. We have offices across the United States including our corporate headquarters in Waltham, Massachusetts, as well in the United Kingdom, France, and Singapore. For more information, call 781-839-8000 or visit www.unica.com.

Copyright 2005 Unica Corporation. Unica and Affinium are registered trademarks of Unica Corporation. All other product names, service marks, and trademarks mentioned herein are trademarks of their respective owners.

This is a "safe harbor" statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Any forward-looking statements contained in this press release are based upon Unica's historical performance and its current plans, estimates and expectations and are not a representation that such plans, estimates, or expectations will be achieved. These forward-looking statements represent Unica's expectations as of the date of this press announcement. Subsequent events may cause these expectations to change, and Unica disclaims any obligation to update the forward-looking statements in the future. Matters subject to forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, including the possibility that the market for enterprise software does not develop as anticipated; the volatility of our stock price due to the difficulty in predicting operating results and the long sales cycle for our software; failure to develop new software products or enhance existing products; failure to retain key staff; the failure to maintain historical maintenance renewal rates; and the failure to properly protect our proprietary rights and intellectual property. These and other factors, including the factors set forth under the caption "Risk Factors" in Unica's prior filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, could cause Unica's performance or achievements to be materially different from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements.
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