About Cognos

Cognos is a web-based suite of tools from IBM that offers a full range of business intelligence capabilities including reports, analysis, dashboards, scorecards, mobile BI and more. 

Cognos Licensing levels are as follows:

  • Consumer – users are licensed to consume existing or standard reports as needed using the Cognos web portal.  Users in with this license generally consume existing reports to complete their daily tasks and are not required to know the data at a detailed level.  Basic data training is required for this role.

  • Query Studio - allows you to put together ad-hoc queries to quickly get answers to questions without the overhead of developing a full report

  • Business Insight - allows you to put together individual reports and charts into a dashboard for analysis and decision making across a wider set of data

  • Business Insight Advanced - used to build light-weight formatted reports

  • Report Studio - the advanced reporting writing tool used to build ,more complex reports.

All of these tools are delivered in Cognos' portal called Cognos Connection. 

For additional help within Cognos you can access the Resources tab. Within Cognos the Resources tab contains reference documents for all Cognos users, including Report Studio and Query Studio authors. There is a QRC available to Launch the Resources tab.

Cognos is Purdue's primary BI tool and is used to access many of the university's BI environments including Student ODS/EDW, the data marts, and GM AIMS.

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