New Cognos ReportNet offers new data source integration

Cognos has developed a new version of its ReportNet reporting tool, offering new language support, better Microsoft Office integration and support for a broad range of data sources, including integration with IBM and SAP BW environments, the company says.

According to Cognos, ReportNet 1.1 was developed in response to global customer feedback, and includes new charting capabilities such as waterfall or progressive charts, as well as system management through extended auditing capabilities.

Scalability test results from the IBM SPC lab in California demonstrated the new version's scalability and performance supporting 190,000 named users, Cognos claims.

"According to our research, global organizations are increasingly looking for ways to reduce the total cost of ownership of managing multiple BI solutions," says Wayne Eckerson, director of research at TDWI. "Many organizations are thus looking to standardize their business intelligence infrastructure on a single, integrated platform that provides functionality appropriate to all types of internal and external analytic users.

"This announcement from Cognos demonstrates that it provides a comprehensive BI solution for enterprise BI deployments that require compound reports, scorecards, dashboards or multidimensional cubes," Eckerson says.

Cognos ReportNet 1.1 offers:

  • Multilingual support: ReportNet is available in 10 languages -- English, French, German, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Dutch, Spanish, Finnish, Italian and Swedish -- all from a single server. Reports can be built once and used in over 25 languages.
  • Enhanced Microsoft Office Integration: The new version provides formatted Microsoft Excel report output, offering consistent integration with Excel, including native Excel charting, formatting and multi-sheet support.
  • Enterprise Platform Support: Offering native support for SAP BW, ReportNet is one of the first enterprise applications to be certified as "Powered by SAP NetWeaver" for its integration with SAP NetWeaver, SAP's open integration and application platform. With support for IBM WebSphere Internet infrastructure software, IBM WebSphere Portal software, IBM DB2 Intelligent Miner, Information Integrator, DB2 database and DB2 Cube Views for BI WebSphere, ReportNet 1.1 allows enterprises to create a single report that can draw from a wide range of heterogeneous data sources, giving business users a single view of critical business information.
  • Full reporting requirements: Cognos ReportNet covers all reporting requirements, from ad hoc query, managed reports and business reports, to bills, statements and invoices. It provides enhanced report caching to minimize network impact, and also delivers single-click navigation between ad hoc queries and a professional reporting environment.

"Hundreds of companies worldwide use the product because it is a standard for enterprise reporting. This announcement places us at the head of the pack with a fully integrated, single-vendor BI solution that offers everything from flexible scorecards, dashboards, OLAP analysis, reporting and ad hoc query, to event detection and alerting, and data integration," says David McWilliam, MD of Cognos in South Africa.

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