Cognos puts BI on Nokia and Windows Mobile phones

Cognos adds mobile BI support for Windows Mobile 6 and Nokia devices.

Cognos said Monday that its Cognos 8 Go! Mobile business intelligence software now supports Windows Mobile 6 smartphones, as well as Nokia Eseries and Nseries devices running S60 3rd Edition on Symbian OS.

The software works with Cognos' core BI (business intelligence) platform and can automatically reformat reports for various types of devices.

The Canadian firm had already developed support for Research in Motion's BlackBerry smartphones.

Cognos' move to support more mobile platforms is logical, according to David O'Connell, senior analyst with Nucleus Research in Wellesley, Massachusetts.

"They're going mobile. They've been doing it for a while," O'Connell said. "Basically, the more platforms you can put BI on, the more people you have adopting it, so there's more ROI."

Anastasia Valentine, product manager for Cognos, said the firm made the new clients in response to market interest. Customer interest in Windows Mobile 6 centered in the US and the Asian-Pacific region, while European customers desired support for Nokia devices, she said.

While the new products are fine-tuned for each platform, they are identical feature-wise to the BlackBerry client, according to Valentine.

Support for one of this year's hottest mobile devices, Apple's iPhone, isn't yet on Cognos' docket.

Despite the iPhone's explosive popularity, its immediate value to enterprises has been questioned. Forrester Research recently issued a report listing reasons why IT departments shouldn't support it, at least for now. Those warnings include the device's lack of support for push e-mail and its cost, Forrester said.

Valentine said Cognos isn't seeing much customer demand for iPhone support, adding that the company is also keeping an eye on Google's Android mobile development platform.

A "starter pack" for Cognos' mobile BI software, which includes a server-based license, licenses for 25 users and one year of support, costs US$31,000, Valentine said.

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