July 20, 2017 3:45 pm

What is IBM Cognos?

IBM Cognos is business intelligence (BI) and performance management software suite.

IBM Cognos is a suite of more than 30 software products for gathering, storing, providing access to data, planning, scenario modeling, real-time monitoring, and predictive analytics to help organisations to make smarter decisions and uplift their performance.

Lets have a look what exactly IBM Cognos can do for any organisation.  

What IBM Cognos can do for your organisation?

Reporting

Cognos offers wide reporting capabilities for different type of users, different industries and  different purposes:

  • Business users can create their own reports in any language without help of IT and securely distribute it within organisation.
  • IT administrators can deploy, manage and expand the reporting application from a central console that streamlines administrative tasks,
  • Report Studio (Professional report authoring tool formatted for the web)
  • Query Studio (Ad hoc report authoring tool with instant data preview)
  • Analysis Studio (Explore multi-dimensional cube data to answer business questions)
  • Metric Studio (Monitor, analyze, and report on KPIs)
  • Metric Designer (Define, load, and maintain metrics to be available in Metric Studio)
  • Event Studio (Action based agents to notify decision makers as events happen)
  • Framework Manager (Semantic metadata layer tool which creates models or packages)
  • PowerPlay Studio (formerly PowerPlay Web)
  • Cognos Express Reporter (Self-service reporting and ad hoc query)
  • Cognos Express Advisor (Freeform analysis and visualization)
  • Report Studio (Professional report authoring tool formatted for the web)
  • Query Studio (Ad hoc report authoring tool with instant data preview)
  • Analysis Studio (Explore multi-dimensional cube data to answer business questions)
  • Metric Studio (Monitor, analyze, and report on KPIs)
  • Metric Designer (Define, load, and maintain metrics to be available in Metric Studio)
  • Event Studio (Action based agents to notify decision makers as events happen)
  • Framework Manager (Semantic metadata layer tool which creates models or packages)
  • PowerPlay Studio (formerly PowerPlay Web)
  • Cognos Express Reporter (Self-service reporting and ad hoc query)
  • Cognos Express Advisor (Freeform analysis and visualization)
  • Cognos Express Xcelerator (TM1-based planning and business analysis, with Microsoft Excel and web interfaces)Analytic Applications (Packaged BI Applications, built on an adaptable platform and extensible into Business Analytics). Cognos Express Xcelerator (TM1-based planning and business analysis, with Microsoft Excel and web interfaces)Analytic Applications (Packaged BI Applications, built on an adaptable platform and extensible into Business Analytics).  All reports can be accessed on mobile devises from any location and any connectivity.

Dashboarding

Cognos offers user-friendly dashboard capabilities. Cognos dashboards are available in all languages and can be accessed from any location with mobile applications. Users can analyse data, format all kinds of content by changing filters, layouts, colours, text, displays, adding calculations and personalizing widgets and distribute the results to a broad business community even in off line mode. With Cognos users can distribute dashboards and integrate them for improved collaboration and alignment.

Statistics

Cognos Statistics allows organisations to incorporate statistical results with core business reporting without having to struggle with multiple tools. Statistical evidence can be added to reports. It reduces time of data analysis and preparations of business presentations.  All reports can be distributed to border business community: partners, suppliers, clients.

Analysis

Cognos Analytics gives users access to very deep statistical analyses as well as real time data analysis and predictive analytics. 

Scorecarding

Cognos scorecards allows organisations to track different sets of key performance indicators (KPIs), set up measurable goals and monitor progress of a project, create strategy maps, align strategy with operations, maintain metrics in a centralized data store and share it with more users.

Real-time (live-event) Management

Real-time (Live-event) management system can alert all users about issues, identify the cause of an issue and address solutions to those issues. Detailed real-time analysis and reports can be easily generated by users. Real-time management system has high level of centralized security and very simple central administration. 

Access from Mobile applications

Mobile apps for business intelligence make reports, analysis, dashboards and other information available on all devises and interfaces any time from any location, situation and connectivity. Users can analyse their data and build trends even when they are not connected to network. By using Mobile Applications users have simple access to business intelligence and can interact with information in a rich visual way.  

Collaboration

Cognos business intelligence software provides built-in collaboration and social networking capabilities to align people and insights in organisation with key stakeholders to improve decision making process.

Cognos Business Intelligence software has access to blogs, wikis, massage boards and social media platforms to gather information and create decision making process from different perspectives.   

Cognos Business Intelligence software provides dashboards capabilities to help users better describe their data, capture insight about it, prescribe how to use it and understand information it contains. It helps to take better decisions, coordinate workflow, manage initiatives and track projects.

Planning and budgets

Cognos enterprise planning and financial analytics are capable to match all requirements of any size organization from any industry: corporate budgeting, forecasting, profitability analysis, business scenarios, conditions, drivers, rates and assumptions, flexible modeling and so much more.

Who can use Cognos?

Business intelligence applications can be centrally initiated or driven by user demand, mission-critical and integral to an enterprise’s operations or occasional to meet a special requirement, enterprise-wide or local to one division, department, or project.

To suit business requirements of Individual users, Workgroups and medium sized organizations, Large Enterprises, Cognos comes in three versions: Cognos Insight, Cognoss Express, Cognos Enterprise.

Individual users

Cognos Insights analytics solution allows users to create and share custom applications and dashboards independently without having to rely on IT for assistance. With Cognos Insight Individual desktop users have access to exceptional data interactivity, analysis and visualization capabilities which helps to create amazing reports. Cognos Insights can integrate data of historical business intelligence, personal files and databases. Tailor-make applications and dashboards allowing individual users to view data in a way that suites to their unique business requirements.

Workgroups and Middle size businesses in a wide range of industries use Cognos Express software to manage costs, drive profitability and increase growth. On the other hand Cognoss Business intelligence and planning solutions help midsize companies with reporting, analysis, modelling, planning and expand as they grow.

IBM Cognos Express is offering following features for middle sized companies and Workgroups:

  • Cognos Express Reporter (Self-service reporting and ad hoc query)
  • Cognos Express Advisor (Freeform analysis and visualization)
  • Cognos Express Xcelerator (TM1-based planning and business analysis, with Microsoft Excel and web interfaces)
  • Report Studio (Professional report authoring tool formatted for the web)
  • Query Studio (Ad hoc report authoring tool with instant data preview)
  • Analysis Studio (Explore multi-dimensional cube data to answer business questions)
  • Metric Studio (Monitor, analyze, and report on KPIs)
  • Metric Designer (Define, load, and maintain metrics to be available in Metric Studio)
  • Event Studio (Action based agents to notify decision makers as events happen)
  • Framework Manager (Semantic metadata layer tool which creates models or packages)
  • PowerPlay Studio (formerly PowerPlay Web)
  • Analytic Applications (Packaged BI Applications, built on an adaptable platform and extensible into Business Analytics) [17]

Large Enterprises Cognos Server Facilitate better collaboration across project teams and stimulate more insightful decisions by sharing applications or by publishing work on the Cognos server. With Cognos Server large organisations can weigh-up all data variables to achieve optimal outcomes – even when not connected to a server. Cognos intelligent insights can suit the needs of your business in the best way by creating winning visualizations.

Cognos Enterprise offers the following features:

  • Report Studio (Professional report authoring tool formatted for the web)
  • Query Studio (Ad hoc report authoring tool with instant data preview)
  • Analysis Studio (Explore multi-dimensional cube data to answer business questions)
  • Metric Studio (Monitor, analyze, and report on KPIs)
  • Metric Designer (Define, load, and maintain metrics to be available in Metric Studio)
  • Event Studio (Action based agents to notify decision makers as events happen)
  • Framework Manager (Semantic metadata layer tool which creates models or packages)
  • PowerPlay Studio (formerly PowerPlay Web)
  • Analytic Applications (Packaged BI Applications, built on an adaptable platform and extensible into Business Analytics)  

Cognos Business Intelligence enables organizations to gain all the perspectives they need to increase performance by providing the following functions:

1) Analytics that everyone can use to answer key business questions to improve business outcomes,

2) Collective intelligence to connect people and insights to gain alignment, take better decisions and act faster,

3)Actionable insight everywhere it is needed in real-time, mobile, and business processes that enable instant response to changing business conditions