IBM Cognos is a cloud-based BI platform considered to be a truly path-breaking solution in the BI market. It essentially comprises more than thirty different elements to provide a solution to any organization’s analytical goals. At a high level, the solution features include business scorecards, dashboards, reports, analytics and data integration. The key differentiator for IBM Cognos is the focus on customer feedback and incorporating the customer needs into the solution time and again. The solution can cater to the requirements of companies of all sizes – large, medium and small businesses.
- Data sources: IBM Cognos can be used with any of the multidimensional and relational data sources. It supports Oracle, Microsoft, SAP and many others.
- Packages: The different-sub modules in the solution are Cognos TM1, Cognos Express, Cognos Disclosure, Cognos Insight and Cognos Enterprise. It is possible to install the different components on separate machines. This makes it easy for maintenance, upgrades etc.
- Usability: The solution is simple to use and user friendly. The user experience is consistent across all devices and offer simple dashboard creation tools. The system learns with the user, offers recommendations and automates processes for fast reporting. Insights are easy to share and export to Excel.
- Analytics: It is possible to perform ad-hoc analysis, identify issue indicators, profit analysis, and more. The solution supports Online Analytical Processing (OLAP). Users can also perform predictive analytics and come up with trend indicators, profit insights etc.
- Reports: IBM Cognos offers extensive financial forecast and budgeting features. Employee performance can be measured and monitored using this tool. All the reports can be viewed on the dashboard which can be customized to meet the user requirement.
- Industries Supported: The solution is a right fit for most of the industries such as aerospace, banking, defense, education, healthcare, manufacturing etc.
- Support: Customer support includes a rich library of videos, certification courses and access to IBM experts.
IBM Cognos in tandem with IBM’s Big Data analytics brings to customers’ a power-packed solution to make informed decisions.