Cognos App Bridges Client/Server and Web

Ottawa-based Cognos Inc.'s latest release of its analysis tool, to be shipped this week, blurs the line between its client/server and Web versions, says a user who has been running the beta release.

Malcolm Fowler, vice president of business development at Ernex Marketing Technologies Inc. in Burnaby, British Columbia, said he has been running PowerPlay 6.6 for internal employees on a Windows NT client/server platform.

Customers performing analysis via the Internet also use it.

Ernex handles electronic point-of-sale marketing for retailing clients. In the past year, the company has offered demographic information on its site for business analysis. Previously, some functions and reports created in PowerPlay's client/server version weren't available in the Web version.

"Everything inside the system is more fluid," he said. "They're starting to blend. It sounds easy, but those things are not easy."

Ernex decided two years ago to use PowerPlay.

"We're an Internet business. We collect our information over the Internet, and we had a vision that we wanted to deliver back to the customer electronically," Fowler said.

"With Cognos, when [information is] pushed out to the people, it has a more sophisticated look and feel and is user-oriented."

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