HEADSTRONG SIGNS PARTNER AGREEMENT WITH BUSINESS OBJECTS TO ADDRESS ENTERPRISE-CLASS BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE SOLUTIONS

New York, NY - 25 October 2006

Headstrong, a global consultancy, today announced the signing of a partner agreement with Business Objects to develop and deploy domain-specific Business Intelligence (BI) solutions for enterprise customers. Headstrong’s BI practice possesses extensive capabilities in deploying innovative, scalable and sustainable BI and Data Warehousing solutions that help improve clients' business results.

The partnership brings together the strengths of Business Objects’ industry-leading BI tools with Headstrong’s understanding of domain-specific requirements for BI in financial services and other industries, specifically in areas such as Capital Markets, wealth management, compliance and mortgages.

"Headstrong provides added value to our BI solutions through their proven expertise in financial services,” said Tamra Muir, vice president of worldwide solution provider and distribution partners at Business Objects. “In addition, their managed services model offers customers a flexible and cost effective alternative deployment model for BI capabilities.”

As a channel partner, Headstrong will significantly enhance its value proposition to customers by offering services for Reporting Platform Consolidation and migration to Business Objects' market-leading BusinessObjectsâ„¢ XI Release 2 platform, in addition to providing its existing full-lifecycle Business Intelligence services. This partnership will help customers reduce the cost and time needed to deploy the very best BI solutions, and improve the ability of joint customers to make effective business decisions using Business Objects software.

“We have been implementing Business Intelligence solutions for over 10 years and are very selective in working only with vendors with best of breed Technology,” stated Mark Kim, Headstrong, BI/DW Practice Head. “Our customers benefit from a comprehensive set of solutions to make the most of their business data, and with Business Objects they have a platform that can deliver on that potential,” he added.

“Our partnership with Business Objects firmly establishes our commitment to provide the very best BI solutions, ultimately aimed at improving our customers’ ROI,” said Nicki Mehra, Headstrong’s managing director for Corporate Strategy. “This partnership greatly enhances our ability to make our customers more successful.”

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