Cognos Features and Benefits
Cognos is built upon the modern Web Services architecture that was first released with Cognos Report Net, installation, configuration, and administration are coordinated. A single, open Web services API means that any business intelligence capability can be automated, and integrated with existing systems within your enterprise environment. All business intelligence services are accessed and managed via a common dispatcher, authentication provider, and Web infrastructure to provide a highly reliable and adaptable proven enterprise business intelligence solution.
Since all capabilities in one product, on one Web services architecture that deploys rapidly into complex enterprise environments. With an intuitive, zero-footprint, Web-based interface for all users, authors and administrators.
Cognos is easy to use and encourages widespread user adoption. Uniquely leveraging a single query engine, single metadata source, and single report spec, users can access any data through any BI capability to realistically achieve consistent business results – or a “single version of the truth”.
Deep, comparative analysis against very large relational and multidimensional data sources with functionality to enable powerful exploration and discovery. Cognos analysis provides the ease of use and exploration capabilities that PowerPlay users are familiar with plus new powerful analysis capabilities.
Comprehensive reporting and dashboarding that fully leverages and extends the proven value of Report Net, with new dimensional awareness on reports and dashboards for built in drill down, new flexible formatting enhancements for ad-hoc and professional reports, and new charts (such as gauges, maps and conditional charts) to deliver more value for end users.
Cognos Planning integration with Cognos 8 BI brings the whole value of business and production reporting, dashboards, scorecards, analysis, event lifecycle management and data management against the live plan, the published plan, workflow, and the consolidated ledgers.
Extended data management services let database administrators more easily manage large projects and gives the new transformation functionality. Use either Cognos solution or leverage 3rd party technologies for ETL from partners such as IBM (Ascential), Informatica, Microsoft and Oracle.
Cognos single authoring environment eliminates need to recreate reports and ensures consistent results across user environments (desktop, mobile, search, etc.). Users can maintain original report formatting and identify its source and creation date.
Cognos features support for prompted and bursted reports lightens IT workload while ensuring a broad distribution of information to mobile workforce. Once imported, users can manipulate BI content with MS Office features such as Auto Filter, Comments, Charting, and Formatting.
Cognos features provides real-time visibility into business operations, KPIs and KRIs, personalized by individual users, allowing rapid response to changing market conditions. Alerts can be used to make time-sensitive decisions, or to initiate actions such as generating workflows.
Cognos can also resolve events without user interaction by automatically launching business processes, including those of full business process management (BPM) systems.