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Business Objects, provider of business intelligence (BI) solutions, announced that the UK's National Offender Management Service (NOMS) has standardized on BusinessObjects(TM) XI Release 2, the industry's most advanced and complete BI platform.

BusinessObjects XI Release 2 will provide NOMS with an integrated solution for enterprise information management, reporting, analysis, and performance management. These capabilities will enable NOMS to deliver C-NOMIS, an end-to-end offender management system that consolidates more than 200 disparate prison and probation service databases to provide a single, accurate profile of an offender.

Eventually, more than 80,000 users within the criminal justice community, including courts, prison and probation services, police forces and other partner organizations, will be able to share up-to-the-minute information for more efficient and effective management of offenders.

"A key factor in our decision to standardize on Business Objects was its ability to provide one platform for data integration, data integrity and business intelligence," said Roy Suffield, C-NOMIS Project Director. "With C-NOMIS, we are using Business Objects to provide immediate access to an integrated view of trustworthy information for each offender. This powerful offender intelligence system will help transform the way correctional services staff receive information, improving productivity and enabling them to make more informed decisions which in turn will help them better protect the public. The expected time and operational cost savings are significant, in the region of GBP 50 million per year. In addition, C-NOMIS will be integral to helping NOMS achieve targets to reduce re-offending by 10% by the end of the decade."

Previously, the same offender information would be captured in various locations, leading to inaccuracies and making reporting a slow process, with information up to 24 hours out-of-date. All this creates extra workload. The eventual aim is to facilitate the sharing of data so that it is only captured once, be that when a person is prosecuted, sentenced or punished. Business Objects will enable C-NOMIS to provide all the people working with an offender with one view of accurate, up-to-date information for that person.

BusinessObjects(TM) Data Integrator XI will be used to extract data out of multiple prison and probation services databases and move it into an Oracle data warehouse for a consolidated view of an offenders' records. In addition, as an integrated part of this process, Business Objects Data Quality solutions will perform data cleansing on records for more than 200,000 offenders including name, address, date of birth, national insurance number and medical files, to remove duplication and ensure they are accurate, consistent and complete. Once information has been migrated and cleansed users will be able to easily analyze this single source of reliable data and generate and distribute reports using Web Intelligence(TM) XI and Crystal Reports(R) XI from Business Objects.

"Criminal justice organizations throughout the world rely on BI software from Business Objects to increase operational efficiency and improve performance," said Maurizio Carli, senior vice president and general manager EMEA at Business Objects. "By standardizing on BusinessObjects XI Release 2, NOMS now has a unified infrastructure in place that meets all of its information management and business intelligence needs. As a result, NOMS now has a single source of trusted information which can easily be shared across organizational boundaries, giving users confidence they are making decisions based on the most complete and accurate information available."

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