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Cognos Business Intelligence

Cognos provides a suite of business intelligence applications, lead by Cognos 8, claiming to provide "All capabilities, One product, One architecture".

Cognos identifies business intelligence applications work to identify best-practice decision areas, by business function, and integrating integrating reporting and analysis, planning, and measuring and monitoring capability to provide a complete performance management system.

The Cognos Business Intelligence framework of key analytics ensures the performance of managers is supported by providing ready access to dashboards and analytic reports relating directly to their functional area to make the best possible decisions.


Cognos Product Features

Key features of Cognos include:

  • One solution for all enterprise reporting and dashboard requirements.
  • Burst personalized reports to multiple locations and in multiple formats.
  • Multiple export formats: Excel, PDF, XML, HTML, and CSV.
  • Flexible distribution methods: centralized access, email, application integration, MS Office.
  • Automatic Multilingual capability to deliver reports in users' working language.
  • Advanced Self Service Authoring - single drag and drop authoring environment for all reports and dashboards.
  • Embed live applications, Web sites, and non-BI content within a report.
  • Report against any data source: relational, dimensional ERP, XML, Java beans, JDBC, LDAP, WSDL, Excel files, Access files, Flat files, and legacy systems such as VSAM, IMS, IDMS, and Cobol Copybooks. Also content management data - FileNet, Documentum, and OpenSoft.


Cognos Product Suite

The Cognos suite of business intelligence products include:

Cognos 8 Business Intelligence

  • Reporting
  • Analysis
  • Scorecarding
  • Dashboards
  • Business event management
  • Data integration

Cognos 8 Go! Consumer Modes

Designed to increase business intelligence user adoption rates.

  • Mobile/Wireless
  • Search
  • MS Office

Cognos 8 Planning

Creating and contributing to plans and budgets.

Cognos 8 Controller

Web-based consolidation and financial reporting.

Cognos Now!

Operational business intelligence for continuous visibility into performance.

Cognos Performance Applications

Ready-built reports, analysis, and metrics for key business functions.

Cognos 8 Workforce Performance

An analytic application for better workforce and HR metrics.


Cognos Scorecards

Cognos 8 BI Scorecarding offers strategic dashboards to link corporate strategy to execution, enabling:

  • measurement of performance against strategic objectives
  • communicate strategy
  • ensure accountability and ownership
  • provide employee focus


Cognos Dashboards

Cognos 8 BI dashboards produce tactical dashboards that aggregate data from multiple sources, providing a comprehensive snapshot of KPIs.

Business users get an at-a-glance view with seamless drill down to the platform’s powerful BI capabilities. This enables deeper analysis to improve decision making and reduce lag time in recognizing organizational performance issues.


Cognos Now BI

The Cognos Now! BI appliance provides operational dashboards that continuously monitor critical operational business information across the organization. It includes:

  • an easy-to-use interface that enables self-service dashboard creation and edit
  • metric customization
  • alert setting
  • drill down to detailed data.

Continuous monitoring of operational execution optimizes operational processes and improves business performance. For more information on Cognos Business Intelligence and Performance Products

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