"Cognos has a portfolio of BI and PM solutions based upon a modern, SOA architecture. It’s been one of the leaders in this space for awhile with an enormous install base and many satisfied customers. IBM and Cognos had been working closely within IBM’s software brands to examine ways their mutual technology stacks could benefit.
Given IBM’s leadership position in SOA and portal, Cognos 8 was deemed a perfect fit with little overlap in features and functions. It offers an integrated platform with many BI and PM capabilities. It sits upon a common metadata layer allowing the end user to select from a deep set of functions (including query, reporting and dashboards) to deliver critical business information. This information may be provided to the end user in many formats or user interfaces, such as Web browsers or personal digital assistants."
Mike also says that the mainframe is the perfect server choice for BI applications. Advantages of using the System z include:
- Server consolidation
- Mission-critical BI and PM
- 24-7 operation and availability
- Security Compliance issues
- Environmental (green) factors
- Managing mixed workloads and BI on a common system
- Near real-time BI operations
- Closer proximity to data captured at the enterprise level
- Operational BI
- Lower total cost of ownership and higher return on investment
Most BI tools did not run on the mainframe, so companies often moved their reporting and analysis off to a distributed environment. But this caused more problems than it solved. Now you had redundant data in the enterprise which needed to be "synced" on a regular basis using data transfer processes that suck up CPU, network bandwidth, and disk space. The copied data idea started as being "yesterday's data" until users demanded more real-time information, which then meant implementing sophisticated data-change-and-replicate processes. IBM Cognos may have the real solution: put BI back on the mainframe with the data.
To read Mike Biere's entire story, see his July/August 2008 article in the IBM Systems Magazine.