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Cognos (Cognos Incorporated) was an Ottawa, Ontariobased company the leading provider of business intelligence
solutions that optimize the performance of the world's largest and
most successful organizations Founded in 1969, at its peak Cognos
employed almost 3,500 people and served more than 23,000
customers in over 135 countries. Business intelligence (BI) is a
category of applications and technologies for gathering, storing,
analyzing, reporting on, and providing access to data to help
enterprise users make better business decisions. Cognos
consistently adds immediate context to business-driving
information, aligning decisions and making enterprises more agile.
Originally Quasar Systems Limited, it adopted the Cognos name in
1982. Cognos is a fragment scissored off the Latin word "cognosco,"
which means "knowledge from personal experience". January 31,
2008, Cognos was officially acquired by IBM.The Cognos name
continues to be applied to IBM's line of business intelligence and
performance management products.
Cognos Incorporated is a global provider of
business intelligence software solutions.
The Corporation develops, markets, and
supports an integrated business
intelligence platform that allows customers,
as well as their partners, customers, and
suppliers, to analyze and report data from
multiple perspectives. The company
markets and supports these solutions both
directly and through resellers worldwide.
From business intelligence to financial performance and
strategy management to analytics applications, IBM Cognos
software can provide what your organization needs to become
top-performing and analytics-driven. With products for the
individual, workgroup, department, midsize business and large
enterprise, Cognos software is designed to help everyone in your
organization make the decisions that achieve better business
outcomes—for now and in the future. Choose the business
intelligence or performance management product you want and
be confident that it can grow seamlessly as your needs expand.
Powerful and scalable business intelligence and performance management
Integrated business intelligence and planning for workgroups and midsize
Personal analytics for the desktop
Bring your data to life in the best format for interpretation and analysis.
On-demand planning, budgeting, reporting, analysis and modeling
Cognos Disclosure Management
Reporting and process automation for finance in a controlled, auditable
Automated reporting and XBRL tagging to reduce risk and improve efficiency
IBM announced its acquisition of Cognos in
November for $4.9 billion. It continued to
operate as a wholly owned subsidiary (Cognos,
an IBM company) until January 1, 2009, when it
was absorbed into IBM Infosphere product line
under IBM Information Management Software
brand within the company's Software Group.
The software is now called "Cognos Business
Intelligence and Financial Performance
Management" or Cognos BI and FPM.