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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.
  • Authoring Lite - allows you to build ad-hoc queries to quickly get answers to questions without the overhead of developing a full report.
  • Authoring - the advanced reporting writing tool used to build more complex reports.

For additional help within Cognos after gaining access, review the Resources page for additional information for all Cognos users.

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



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