IBM gives Cognos Analytics a facelift

Cognos Analytics

IBM has redesigned the user experience for its Cognos Analytics business intelligence software, utilising the same self-service design principles that guide Watson Analytics.

Deployed on premise or accessed via the cloud, the web-based Cognos Analytics now enables business users and IT professionals to author and distribution reports across workgroups, and access self-service dashboards about critical business information such as monthly financial reports, weekly sales pipeline trends, daily production yields, and hourly inventory levels.

“IBM helps enterprises across all industries extract new insights from the explosion of available data to drive competitive advantage,” said Beth Smith, GM, IBM Analytics Platform.

“With Cognos Analytics, we have reimagined BI, delivering a modern user experience for business users, helping them gain the self-service independence they want without compromising the trusted scale an enterprise platform IT needs. Now our clients can gain the insights to effectively manage and improve the outcomes of their business.”

Providing a single environment for all types of business reporting, the redesigned solution combines self-service and managed data analytics capabilities. Intent-driven modelling capabilities enable users to easily pull together data they need without having to understand the technical details of data sources. Smarter search allows users quickly and easily find relevant content, and be guided to the most appropriate visualisations for that data.

Sharing self-service design principles, IBM said Watson Analytics enables user discovery, analysis predictions and visualisation, with Cognos Analytics providing a scalable source of enterprise BI.