MarineMax, (NYSE: HZO), the largest recreational boat retailer in the United States, is using IBM business analytics to streamline operational planning, improve decision-making, and enforce more consistent, collaborative information access across the company. Since implementing the solutions, the retailer has been able to cut inventory costs, improve return on marketing spending, and reduce overall planning cycles from months to just a few weeks, among other benefits. [Read more…]
Cognos announced that NestlÃ© has selected Cognos 8 Business Intelligence to complement its SAP Business Warehouse reporting solution.
NestlÃ© has already deployed SAP Business Warehouse as its global standard for data warehousing and analytical reporting. The company will use Cognos 8 BI to complement the SAP Business Warehouse front end to give power users the ability to handle ad hoc reporting and grouping of data. It also provides the ability to merge external data from any source with data from SAP Business Warehouse, push pre-formatted and easily printable reports to end users, and adapt reports in line with different user needs. [Read more…]
MassHousing, a provider of affordable housing for both individuals and major developments across Massachusetts, needed a flexible and robust BI solution capable of generating an integrated portal reporting system for its Executive Information System (EIS), which bridges six separate business divisions: Home Ownership, Rental Development, Rental Management, Corporate, Mortgage, Insurance and MassHousing Overall. MassHousing selected Cognos BI over competitive products because of Cognos’ ability to adapt to changes that occur within the data, as well as its simplified maintenance and administration. By combining Cognos BI solutions with the EIS, MassHousing employees can gain an accurate and integrated view of key information across the entire organization, for a complete, holistic view of the agency’s key information. [Read more…]
Jenzabar, Inc. is extending its long-standing partnership with Cognos by offering the powerful Cognos 8 Business Intelligence suite to new and existing Jenzabar customers.
In conjunction with the Jenzabar family of administrative solutions, Cognos 8 BI will deliver a complete range of BI capabilities to Jenzabar clients: reporting, analysis, scorecarding, dashboards, and business event management as well as data integration on a single, proven architecture. The solution will also deliver powerful search functionality for both BI and Enterprise Search. Cognos 8 BI offers schools a simplified BI environment that improves user adoption, enables better decision-making, and serves as an enterprise-scale foundation for performance management. [Read more…]
Cognos (Nasdaq: COGN; TSX: CSN) today previewed Cognos 8 BI Analysis for Microsoft ExcelÂ®, a new enterprise BI capability that enables Microsoft Excel users to directly access centrally controlled and secured Cognos 8 BI performance information for improved decision-making.
The self-service nature of the new capability will make it easy for business analysts, financial analysts or line of business managers to interactively explore and analyze multidimensional information within Microsoft Excel, without draining valuable IT resources. Using formula-based data access, business users will be able to find answers, solve business problems and report key results in the format most convenient to them, while leveraging the Cognos 8 BI infrastructure for data consistency, freshness and security. For richer analysis and formatting, or for broader enterprise distribution of reports, they can re-use the results of their exploration within other worksheets or Cognos 8 BIâ€™s proven reporting and analysis capabilities.
â€œThe ability to conduct drag and drop exploration and analysis of controlled BI data within Excel will really benefit the business analyst who wants to solve analytical problems in a familiar spreadsheet environment,â€ said Vivian Adashek, financial systems project specialist, Manpower. â€œThese analysts are gaining direct access to the underlying data sources within Excel so they can flexibly analyze trusted secure information from Cognos 8 BI together with other data sources without requiring IT to do this for them. As always, Cognos is listening and partnering with its customers on new product innovations.â€ [Read more…]