What is Cognos?
Cognos is IBM's business intelligence (BI) and performance management software suite. The software is designed to enable business users without technical knowledge to extract corporate data, analyze it and assemble reports. Cognos is composed of nearly three dozen software products. Because Cognos is built on open standards, the software products can be used with relational and multidimensional data sources from multiple vendors, including Microsoft, NCR Teradata, SAP and Oracle. IBM also offers Cognos Express, which is designed for small to mid-sized companies. The Express edition allows companies to utilize the functions of Cognos 8 BI, while also adding planning, budgeting, and forecasting functions.
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