DataLan Delivers Enterprise Performance Management to Employees and Clients with BusinessObjects Enterprise 6

DataLan Delivers Enterprise Performance Management to Employees and Clients with BusinessObjects Enterprise 6

Business Editors/High-Tech Writers

SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sept. 2, 2003

Leading Systems Integrator Looks to Business Intelligence to

Streamline Operations and Boost Performance

Business Objects (Nasdaq:BOBJ), the world’s leading provider of business intelligence (BI) solutions, today announced that DataLan Corporation, a leading provider of technology solutions for connecting people with enterprise resources, has deployed BusinessObjects(TM) Enterprise 6 to power enterprise performance management (EPM) for its employees and clients. Enterprise 6 is the industry’s leading suite of integrated business intelligence products. DataLan will use the advanced features in Enterprise 6 to create web-based business intelligence solutions that will enable its managers and global clients to provide employees access to the critical business data they need to improve business performance.

DataLan, a Business Objects partner, is creating an intelligent infrastructure that will quickly distribute data gleaned from its Microsoft SQL Server data warehouse via the web. The system will also feature workflow engines that codify and preserve company best practices to boost speed and efficiency. BusinessObjects Enterprise 6 provides DataLan with a web-based business intelligence platform, and the tools to create digital dashboards. The solution allows DataLan to track key business performance statistics that will proactively suggest actions when key performance indicators fail to match predetermined targets.

“One of the main attractions of Enterprise 6 is that it contains the entire business intelligence stack — from data integration to sales analytics,” said Robin Williams, director of technical services at DataLan. “This means that there is a solution somewhere in Enterprise 6 for every issue we face as a company and for every project we tackle for our clients. It’s like a BI toolbox — every tool for every job is in there. What you select depends on the task at hand. You can’t say that about any other business intelligence product on the market today.”

For example, as a services firm one of the key measures of success for DataLan is matching project workloads against staff availability. A perfect balance would show every DataLan consultant booked to capacity and all projects staffed adequately. Achieving this balance can be difficult, and requires daily diligence from DataLan managers who will now access a dashboard powered by Business Objects solutions to ensure projects are completed on time, within budget, and according to prescribed client goals.

For clients, DataLan has become particularly adept at creating browser-based portal solutions, using intelligent dashboards to provide access to a wide variety of information via the web. This can be particularly useful for clients with mobile sales teams that need to actively track progress against goals but can’t make the time to download and sift through large static reports.

In recent months, DataLan has seen a surge in interest for data integration and dashboards among its business intelligence clients.

“Integration is an important practice for us,” said Williams. “Clients are increasingly considering data integration at the same point that they consider business intelligence. Most clients are no longer satisfied with just reporting. They want as close to real-time knowledge as they can get. With BusinessObjects Data Integrator, we can offer clients one solution with Business Objects.”

“Measurement is the key to a successful business strategy,” said Dave Kellogg, senior group vice president of worldwide marketing for Business Objects. “That is why we are so fervent about enterprise performance management and why we are excited about partners and customers like DataLan that live EPM daily. Companies such as DataLan turn to Business Objects to create collaborative business intelligence platforms that turn information into action because they know that is the future of business. Enterprise 6 is helping companies realize the future, today.”

For more information on BusinessObjects Enterprise 6, please visit: http://www.businessobjects.com/enterprise6/.

About DataLan

Today’s workers need access to the proper tools, the right information, and the people they need to work with. DataLan Corporation provides Access solutions connecting people with enterprise resources, Business Intelligence solutions for improving the quality and usability of information, and Collaboration solutions to enable employees, customers, and business partners to better work together wherever business takes them. As a leading business technology-consulting firm, DataLan approaches each client engagement as an opportunity to plan and implement those solutions that best support the client’s business objectives. DataLan can be reached at 914-288-0600 and www.datalan.com.

About Business Objects

Business Objects is the world’s leading provider of enterprise business intelligence (BI) solutions. Business Objects enables organizations to track, understand, and manage enterprise performance. The company’s solutions leverage the information that is stored in an array of corporate databases, enterprise resource planning (ERP), and customer relationship management (CRM) systems.

Popular uses of BI include management dashboards and scorecards, enterprise performance management applications, customer intelligence applications, enterprise reporting, financial reporting, and both customer and partner extranets. These solutions enable companies to gain visibility into their business, acquire and retain profitable customers, reduce costs, optimize the supply chain, increase productivity and improve financial performance.

Business Objects provides the industry’s most integrated business intelligence suite, called BusinessObjects Enterprise 6. This suite includes the industry’s best web query, reporting, and analysis; the most advanced and complete suite of analytic applications; and the best connectivity to packaged applications.

Business Objects has more than 18,000 customers in over 80 countries. The company’s stock is publicly traded under the ticker symbols NASDAQ: BOBJ and Euronext Paris (Euroclear code 12074). It is included in the SBF 120 and IT CAC 50 French stock market indexes. Business Objects can be reached at 408-953-6000 and www.businessobjects.com.

BusinessObjects and WebIntelligence are trademarks or registered trademarks of Business Objects S.A. in the United States and/or other countries. Other company and product names may be trademarks of the respective companies with which they are associated

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