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Cognos 8 Business Intelligence

A business intelligence application designed by Cognos.
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This product has been acquired by IBM and rebranded to IBM Cognos.

Cognos 8 Business Intelligence delivers the complete range of BI capabilities: reporting, analysis, scorecarding, dashboards, business event management—as well as data integration—on a single, proven architecture.

Cognos 8 BI also delivers powerful search functionality for both BI and Enterprise Search. Easy to integrate, deploy and use, Cognos 8 Business Intelligence delivers a simplified BI environment that improves user adoption, enables better decision-making, and serves as a foundation for performance management on an enterprise scale.


Analysis tools from Cognos enable you to explore information that pertains to all dimensions of your business—regardless of where the data is stored. You can perform complex, in-depth analysis quickly, examining performance metrics by time period, geographical region or product group. A user-friendly interface allows all users, regardless of business or technical level, to view data relationships graphically and change displays with ease. You can see information from different departments or regions and drill down from summary to transaction level detail to discover the underlying causes of business fluctuations.


Dashboards communicate complex information quickly. They translate information from diverse corporate systems into high-impact presentations using gauges, maps, charts, and other graphical elements. Cognos 8 Business Intelligence supports dashboards without the need for a separate application—saving cost, administration time, and training. Cognos dashboards unite data from different core areas such as sales, marketing, finance, HR, logistics, and distribution for a complete, multi-departmental picture.


Cognos 8 BI gives you access to a complete range of self-serve report types. It adapts to any data source including Oracle, SQL, IBM, Teradata, Sybase, and ODBC, and operates from a single metadata layer. With common data definitions and understanding of priorities, you spend less time debating the data and more time deciding what action to take. The result is higher user adoption, better decisions across the organization, and the ability to respond more quickly to threats or opportunities.


Scorecards enhance conventional reporting by including user-set targets to let people see immediately how the company is performing in critical areas. You can set targets for operational priorities in your own department and monitor your progress. Cognos scorecards provide people with the information they need to take ownership of their performance: visibility into strategy, understanding of the part they play in making the strategy succeed, and the metrics to measure success.

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