All Aboard the Cognos Express

I must confess I am, and always have been, an Enterprise gal. My entire career has been spent in the company of large organisations and big-name brands – Qantas, Australia Post, Telstra, NAB, ANZ, Vodafone, BHP, Toll…if you can recognise the logo, chances are I’ve worked with- or for- them in the past 13 years.

Like their small to mid-sized counterparts, large Enterprises can’t escape the fundamental challenge of meeting the analytical needs of departments with a department-sized budget. For many, an Enterprise-wide approach to analytics is simply not realistic. The challenge of course, is being able to meet the needs of the department, with the comfort that as the organisation grows, the departmental solution can scale to meet the changing needs of the business.

Fortunately, IBM has been working towards a solution that meets the needs of small to mid-sized organisations and Enterprise departments, with the support of an integrated infrastructure that can scale with business growth.

IBM Cognos Express 10 delivers essential analytical capabilities including reporting, analysis, planning, modelling, and even desktop, off-line and iPad support. It’s easy to install with a pre-configured solution that includes everything required for simple deployment and management; easy to use with self-service access for business users; and easy to buy – packaged and priced for the small to mid-sized solution.

Of most importance is that the foundation of Cognos Express is the same architecture that supports Cognos Enterprise – that is an integrated Cognos platform with the reporting and dashboard capabilities of Cognos Business Intelligence, coupled with the budgeting, forecasting & modelling capabilities of Cognos TM1. A superior partnership that together can deliver greater insight into organisational performance. As your organisation grows, the same reports, dashboards, forecasts and models simply become bigger and better. When it comes to business analytics, organisations really can start small, with a glide path for growth.

They say a Leopard can’t change its spots, but this Kat can!