IBM Cognos 8 Business Intelligence

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Complete capabilities in one product, on a single architecture. See key features for both business and IT users, including Framework Manager, the Adminstration Console, and integration with Microsoft Excel.

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Improved through the input of successful customers, IBM Cognos 8 Business Intelligence version 8.3 contains many new features to help you deliver more targeted information to more user communities, while also being easier to deploy and manage.

Support for more user communities Reach a broader range of user communities
Targeted capabilities let users see more data in fewer clicks to work more effectively.
More targeted information Deliver more personalized & targeted information
Deliver higher-value information to improve decision-making and increase user productivity.
Easier to deploy and manage Easier to deploy & manage
Expanded modeling and administration capabilities make your BI deployment easier to manage than ever before.

The performance management system from Cognos integrates software, services, best-practices, and partners.

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IBM Cognos Now!

IBM Cognos Now! is a family of operational business intelligence and performance management solutions available as appliances or hosted software-as-a-service (SaaS) models.

IBM Cognos 8 Planning

IBM Cognos 8 Planning is a finance-managed solution that provides real-time visibility into resource requirements and future business results.

IBM Cognos TM1

IBM Cognos TM1 software provides a real-time approach to consolidating, viewing, and editing enormous volumes of multidimensional data.
IBM Cognos 8 Controller

IBM Cognos 8 Controller

IBM Cognos 8 Controller provides Finance organizations with unmatched capabilities for managing the close, consolidation, and reporting process.
IBM Cognos Performance Applications

IBM Cognos Performance

Ready-built reports, analysis, and metrics for key business functions.
IBM Cognos 8 Workforce Performance

IBM Cognos 8
Workforce Performance

An analytic application for better workforce and HR metrics.

ARMONK, NY - 31 Jan 2008: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced it has completed its acquisition of Cognos(R) (NASDAQ: COGN) (TSX: CSN), a publicly-held company based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. IBM will reveal its business strategy for the Cognos acquisition during a press briefing on February 6.

IBM announced a definitive agreement to acquire Cognos on November 12, 2007. IBM acquired Cognos to accelerate its Information on Demand strategy, a cross-company initiative that combines IBM's strength in information integration, content and data management and business consulting services to unlock the business value of information.

Through this acquisition, IBM and Cognos will become the leading provider of technology and services for business intelligence and performance management, delivering the industry's most complete, open standards-based platform with the broadest range of expertise to help companies expand the value of their information, optimize their business processes and maximize performance across their enterprises.

The Cognos acquisition supports both IBM's acquisition strategy and capital allocation model, and will contribute to the achievement of the company's objective for earnings-per-share growth through 2010. To date, IBM has announced 25 strategic acquisitions in support of its global Information on Demand effort.

Additional information about IBM's Information on Demand strategy is available at: For more details about the combination of IBM and Cognos see:



  • Business Intelligence
    • IBM Cognos 8 BI
      • Analysis Studio (Explore data to answer business questions)
      • Report Studio (Professional Report Authoring)
      • Query Studio (Ad Hoc Report Authoring)
      • Metric Studio (Monitor, Analyze, and Report on KPI)
    • IBM Cognos Now! Monitor
  • Extend BI
    • IBM Cognos 8 BI - Event Studio (Action based agents notify decision makers as events happen)
    • IBM Cognos Go! Search
    • IBM Cognos Go! Office
    • IBM Cognos Go! Mobile
    • IBM Cognos PowerPlay Transformer
    • IBM Cognos 8 Data Manager (formerly DecisionStream)
  • Financial Performance Management
    • IBM Cognos 8 Planning
      • Cognos Analyst
      • Cognos Contributor
    • IBM Cognos 8 Controller
    • IBM Cognos TM1 (formerly Applix TM1)
    • IBM Cognos Finance (formerly LEX2000)
  • IBM Cognos Series 7
    • IBM Cognos PowerPlay for Windows
    • IBM Cognos PowerPlay Web
    • IBM Cognos PowerPlay Transformer
    • IBM Cognos 7 Impromptu
    • IBM Cognos 7 Impromptu Web Reports
    • IBM Cognos 7 Decision Stream
    • IBM Cognos 7 NoticeCast
  • Performance Applications
    • Cognos Performance Applications for Oracle Apps
    • Cognos Performance Applications for SAP
    • Cognos Performance Applications for PeopleSoft
  • Analytic Applications
    • IBM Cognos 8 Workforce Performance
    • IBM Cognos 8 Finance

In September 2007, Cognos announced that it would be acquiring Applix.[2] It had previously acquired 4Thought, Relational Matters, LEX2000, DecisionStream, NoticeCast, Adaytum, Frango, Databeacon and Celequest, an Operational Intelligence company.



Cognos (formerly Cognos Incorporated) is an Ottawa, Ontario based company which makes business intelligence (BI) and performance management software. Founded in 1969, Cognos employed almost 3,500 people and served more than 23,000 customers in over 135 countries. Cognos was originally known as Quasar and adopted its current name in 1982. On January 31, 2008, Cognos was officially acquired by IBM.[1]

Cognos 8 BI, which was launched in September 2005, combines the features of several previous products: ReportNet, PowerPlay, Metrics Manager, Noticecast, and Decision Stream.