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Hummingbird Announces Availability Of Hummignbird BI™ 8.5

  • 13 January, 2004 11:05

<p>Flexible and user-friendly BI tools enhance business intelligence solution enabling companies to improve their decision-making effectiveness at the lowest cost of ownership</p>
<p>Sydney, January 13, 2004 – Hummingbird Ltd. (NASDAQ: HUMC, TSX: HUM), the world-leading developer of enterprise information management systems (EIMS), today announced Hummingbird BI™ 8.5, the latest Hummingbird Enterprise™ business intelligence solution. This Hummingbird BI release includes a broad range of customer-driven functionality, flexibility, and scalability enhancements to simplify user experience and increase productivity.</p>
<p>"The need for enterprise-wide access to data is increasing dramatically. As a result, business intelligence tools are spreading to a growing number and variety of users in an enterprise," said Andrew Pery, chief marketing officer and senior vice president, Hummingbird Ltd. "Query and reporting tools remain the most critical BI tools because they meet most enterprise needs. The enhancements to Hummingbird BI – an integrated suite of query, reporting and analysis tools - were specifically made to handle these requirements, enabling companies to improve their decision-making effectiveness."</p>
<p>The new release of Hummingbird BI offers administrators and end users robust new features and functionalities to enhance their experience via the web or the desktop, boosting the user experience and minimising administrative and training requirements. Moreover, Hummingbird BI 8.5 contains architectural developments for openness, scalability and for tighter integration with other Hummingbird solutions.</p>
<p>Hummingbird BI 8.5 includes the following new features:</p>
<p>Enhanced Usability – Web and Desktop
Numerous enhancements have been made to further Hummingbird BI support of a wide range of users with different needs and levels of sophistication. This keeps user training to a minimum with straightforward and consistent interfaces across the thin-client and full-client tools. The many enhancements give users the ability to more quickly and easily create the reports they need, without administrative support, resulting in improved effectiveness across the organisation and reduced costs. BI Web users now have more of the features that are available to desktop client users allowing them to create and edit reports according to their own needs.</p>
<p>Ease of Administration
Many capabilities have been added to enhance the administrative features and functionalities of Hummingbird BI. This new release aids administrators in the deployment and management of BI functionality without adding new technical requirements or resources. Administrators will have the ability to create a distribution package and automate upgrades, making the administrator’s job much easier and quicker. By centralising the management of the BI solution, BI administrators save time and improve the service provided to users.</p>
<p>Hummingbird Enterprise Integration
Architectural enhancements have provided further integration with other Hummingbird products, particularly Hummingbird DM™ and Hummingbird Portal™. Hummingbird BI is an integral part of the Hummingbird Enterprise suite of integrated products, providing reporting and analysis tools to facilitate the 360º view of an enterprise. By taking advantage of the integration between Hummingbird products, customers can benefit from a seamless solution that addresses the broad continuum of enterprise needs.</p>
<p>"Hummingbird BI 8.5 raises the bar dramatically for our business intelligence solution," added Pery. "Our customers have always been delighted with the flexible and easy-to-use functionality of Hummingbird BI. We anticipate the enhancements to usability, administration and integration in this latest release will deliver even greater value to enterprise query and reporting activities."</p>
<p>Availability: Hummingbird BI 8.5 is now available. For more information, please visit the Hummingbird Web site at:</p>
<p>About Hummingbird Enterprise™
Hummingbird Enterprise™ offers customers a 360° view of their knowledge assets by bringing together Hummingbird’s industry leading portal, connectivity, document management, records management, knowledge management, business intelligence, collaboration, and data integration solutions into an integrated enterprise information management system (EIMS). Hummingbird Enterprise offers everything organisations need to manage the entire lifecycle of their business content.</p>
<p>About Hummingbird
Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, Hummingbird Ltd. is a global enterprise software company employing approximately 1470 people in nearly 40 offices around the world. The revolutionary Hummingbird Enterprise™, an integrated information and knowledge management suite, manages the entire lifecycle of information and knowledge assets. Hummingbird Enterprise creates a 360-degree view of enterprise content with a portfolio of products that are both modular and interoperable. Today, five million users rely on Hummingbird to connect, manage, access, publish and search their enterprise content. For more information, please visit:</p>
<p>Forward-looking statements in this press release, including statements relating to the Company's capital structure, future sales growth, profitability, competitive position and release of new products are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are based on assumptions made by and information currently available to the Company. Investors are cautioned that these forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause future results to differ materially from those expected. Such risks include, but are not limited to: the Company's ability to secure underwriting support and attract investors to its stock; the Company's ability to introduce new products in a timely manner and its ability to generate demand for, and gain market acceptance of, those products in an intensely competitive marketplace, where many of its competitors have substantially greater resources than the Company; the Company's ability to maintain revenue growth at current levels or anticipate a decline in revenue from any of its products; the Company's ability to reduce its costs to the extent required to maintain profitability should revenue decline; the Company's ability to hire, train, and retain highly qualified personnel; the Company's reliance on third party distribution channels as part of its sales and marketing strategy; and other risks detailed in the Company's various securities filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and Canadian securities regulators.</p>
<p>Hummingbird contacts:</p>
<p>Inder Duggal
Chief Financial Officer
Hummingbird Ltd.
Tel: 416-496-2200 ext. 2205 Michele Stevenson
Manager, Media and Public Relations
Hummingbird Ltd.
Tel: 416-496-2200 ext. 2623</p>

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