To help customers improve business processes, increase sales performance, and quicken competitive pressure response, Cognos will support SAP’s Business Information Warehouse 2.0 (SAP BW), a comprehensive, open-end warehouse solution. The alliance is part of Cognos’ ongoing commitment to support SAP BW. Cognos PowerPlay delivers SAP BW data in OLAP-format reports to consumers across an enterprise in a manageable, cost-effective manner. Cognos received SAP BW 1.2 certification in February 1999 and is an active SAP certification program participant. Cognos also is field testing and certifying PowerPlay and targeting a simultaneous release with SAP BW 2.0’s general availability. “SAP BW is a strategic platform for Cognos and its Business Intelligence (BI) solutions,” says Patrick O’Leary, Cognos strategic alliances vice president. “Cognos and SAP BW make it easy for customers to create a true end-to-end BI solution across the enterprise, allowing immediate access to the vast amounts of corporate data stored within SAP solution-based environments.”