Incorporated in France and headquartered in San Jose, California, Business Objects S.A. (BOBJ) is a leading provider of business intelligence software. The company's suite of products includes tools for integrating data, querying, reporting, online analytical processing, information broadcasting, business alerts for end-users, analytic application framework, and pre-packaged analytic applications. The company generates revenue from two primary sources: license fees (39.9% of revenues in the first nine months of 2007) and services (60.1%). In addition, BOBJ provides consultation, training, and support and maintenance services. Geographically, the Americas, Europe, and the rest of the world contributed 52.4%, 40.3% and 7.3%, respectively, of revenues during the first nine months of 2007. Business Objects offers a complete set of business intelligence (BI) tools that enable companies to leverage information that is stored in an array of corporate databases. Following the December 2003 acquisition of Crystal Decisions, the company has become the leader in BI software, which is expected to grow by 10% annually over the next five years, and BOBJ has continually grown faster than the industry.


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