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Cognos Recognises Top Australian Partners of the Year

  • 16 April, 2008 08:33

<p>Sydney, April 16, 2008 – Cognos, an IBM company and world leader in business intelligence and performance management solutions, today announced its Australian 2008 Partners of The Year.</p>
<p>The 2008 Partner Awards recognise channel partners that meet or exceed assigned revenue targets, such as license sales and maintenance deals, and create successful customer relationships through the delivery of Cognos Performance Management based solutions for the Cognos full fiscal year 2008, ended February 29, 2008.</p>
<p>New South Wales and ACT-based solutions provider, Focus Strategies and Solutions, won overall honours as Cognos Partner of the Year for 2008 for the Australia/NZ region as well as winning the NSW/ACT Partner of the Year for the second year in a row.</p>
<p>Focus is a Cognos Platinum Partner and a Cognos Accredited Consulting partner which provides a comprehensive client services framework which includes consulting, implementation, and training services.</p>
<p>“Our business strategy over the past few years has been to stay on the leading edge of Performance Management solutions so that we can offer Cognos-based solutions for each of our customer’s specific needs and embed Cognos as a core part of our Focus Analytics Solutions. We are delighted to have received these awards and look forward to continuing to grow the business through a strong strategic alignment with Cognos in the years ahead,” said Tom Reich, Managing Director of Focus Strategies &amp; Solutions.</p>
<p>Bistech won “Queensland Partner of the Year”, while eFAB was named as the 2008 “Victorian Partner of the Year” for the second year in a row as it continued to develop its broad and versatile Cognos practice. In addition, Bilogic was named “The South Australia and Western Australia Partner of The Year” for its high quality service and reputation for delivering results on key customer projects.</p>
<p>Professional consulting firm, Cubewise, scooped “TMI Partner of the Year” for its market momentum success and a clear reward for its rapid prototyping strategy which produces a functioning proof of concept within days and eliminates risks associated with a large-scale implementations. The company has offices in Sydney, Melbourne and London.</p>
<p>“We are committed to providing the best business performance solutions to customers through working closely with Cognos and are thrilled to have won the inaugural TMI Cognos award in 2008. We are proud of our customers' trust in our ability to deliver results which drive resounding business value and look forward to sharing ongoing mutual success with them this year, said Jason Tranfield, Professional Services Director, Cubewise.</p>
<p>Cognos works with partners through the Cognos Partner Program providing the software, training, support and services which partners need to achieve outstanding results in their particular markets and areas of specialisation.</p>
<p>“We are very pleased to be able to formally recognise our partners' achievements through these awards. These organisations are outstanding examples of how partners are leveraging Cognos solutions in innovative and progressive ways to drive growth and productivity.</p>
<p>“With continued growth in demand for business performance management and changing IT requirements, our customers are increasingly looking to work with stable and truly independent partners in the space. At the same time, these awards recognise our local capability for delivering solutions that enable customers to realise exceptional returns on their Cognos investment. We look forward to working closely with our partners in the new Cognos IBM environment in the year ahead,” said Lesley French, Vice President Australia and New Zealand, Cognos.</p>
<p>About Cognos, an IBM company
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<p>Cognos, an IBM company, is the world leader in business intelligence and performance management solutions. It provides world-class enterprise planning and BI software and services to help companies plan, understand and manage financial and operational performance. Cognos was acquired by IBM in January 2008. For more information visit http://www.ibm.com/software/data/ and http://www.cognos.com.</p>
<p>Cognos and the Cognos logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Cognos Incorporated, an IBM Company, in the United States and/or other countries. All other names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.</p>
<p>Note to Editors: Copies of previous Cognos press releases and Corporate and product information are available on the Cognos Web site at http://www.cognos.com.</p>

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