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COGNOS INC.

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  1. COGNOS INC. Eddie Haizlip Danny Roach Greg Sparks

  2. Background • Founded in 1969. • Offices in 14 countries. • Corporate Offices in Ottawa, Canada • Sales Headquarters in Burlington, Mass. • 1300 Employees Worldwide

  3. History • Designed custom information systems in the 70’s and early 80’s. • PowerHouse 4GL rolled out in the early 80’s. • Took leadership position in application tools in proprietary mid-range computers. • In client/server environment, Cognos rolled out PowerPlay, their first BI solution.

  4. Today • One million seats in a thousand companies. • BI solutions support over 100 OLAP data sources. • Can intergrate many enterprise applications • Examples: Oracle Financials PeopleSoft SAP

  5. Software Categories Business Intelligence Impromtu PowerPlay Scenario 4Thought

  6. Software Categories Web-based BI PwerPlay Enterprise Server Impromptu Web Reports Impromptu Web Query DataMerchant

  7. Software Categories 4GL Tools PowerHouse 4GL Axiant Power2000

  8. Visualizer • Management and measurement tool • Extends PowerPlay and Impromptu • Advanced reporting and analysis • Graphs multiple data dimensions • Graphs geographical data

  9. Data Example • Large amounts of data in succinct visual reports and virtual rooms of information. • www.cognos.com/visualizer/walk6.html

  10. NovaView • Cognos’ OLAP client • Uses SQL Server 7.0 OLAP services • Bought from Panorama Software Systems

  11. COGNOSuite • Suite of integrated products for turning data into knowledge • Includes three key components • PowerPlay • Scenario • Impromptu

  12. PowerPlay • Industry-leading OLAP solution • Utilizes Analyze-then-Query approach to data analysis

  13. PowerPlay Features • Drill down capabilities • Ability to slice and dice for flexible presentation • Analyze trends over time • Visualize data graphically • Drill through to details or other cubes

  14. Scenario • Data-mining component of the suite • Identifies relationship among factors • Allows drill down to supporting factors for a selected factor • Inverse is also true - Scenario will identify those factors which don’t impact a given factor • Combined - this means better decisions

  15. Scenario Practical Uses • Classification according to key factors • Market segmentation • Customer profiling • Areas of focus • Targeted strategies

  16. Impromptu • Used for ad-hoc reports • From scratch or based on canned reports • No SQL needed (drag and drop)

  17. Advantages of Impromptu • Frees up IS resources • Empowers the user • Results in the right data in the right hands • Raises overall effectiveness of the user through more informed decision-making

  18. COGNOS in Action Solutions and Case Studies

  19. Challenges Faced • IT environments include many different systems, that are not integrated • IT departments are impeded by labor-intensive reporting • Managers do not have timely access to business information.

  20. Benefits of Business IntelligenceSoftware • Users can easily explore and analyze all the business information they need • IT staff is no longer tied up with time-intensive report processing • Improved decision-making processes has led to increased revenues.

  21. Cognos Success Stories • Avon Products, Inc. • The Timken Company

  22. Avon Products Inc. • Founded in 1886 • The world’s largest direct seller of beauty products • $5.1 billion annual revenues • 2.7 million independent sales reps. • Markets over 400 brands • 135 countries

  23. Business Process Redesign • Redesign began in 1996 • Avon chose Cognos line of Business Intelligence (BI) products: • PowerPlay - quickly and easily explore multi-dimensional information and create OLAP reports • Impromptu - ad hoc querying of data and access to transaction-level information

  24. Avon’s Succes Story • Reduced cost by streamlining their analysis and reporting processes • For example, printing and distribution costs • Credits Cognos BI solutions to the $250 million increase in revenue, due to the improved decision making processes.

  25. Future Plans • Installation of PowerPlay Enterprise Server • Incorporates the Web • Lowers overall cost of business intelligence system because the cubes are built once and are accessible from all users of the system. • Gives all users of the BI a common front end • Able to extend the benefits of the system to their global operations.

  26. The Timken Company • Established in 1898 • Headquartered in Canton, Ohio • Produces tapered roller bearings • Offers a selection of more than 200 types and 30,000 sizes • These bearings are used by every major manufacturing industry worldwide

  27. System Needs • Began implementation in 1996 • Needed a new job costing system (JCS) • Costing is difficult because Timken’s products are made to order. • Under the old system, product cost rates were updated once a year based on averages gathered from production history.

  28. New Job Costing System • Chose Cognos Impromptu and PowerPlay • Impromptu for generating reports • PowerPlay to track sales and costs by district, type of product, size of product, and where the product originated from.

  29. Benefits of New System • The finance, sales, and marketing departments are able to accurately track and set product costs. • Results in fairer pricing for all their customers • Using the drill-down features they are able to analyze cost detail to an activity level for any customer order.

  30. Data Cubes • Using PowerPlay’s OLAP tool, Timken integrates the data from the JCS into a data cube • Compare and track the product cost versus the profitability • Cost has in excess of 100,000 rows • Profitability involves more than 1 million rows

  31. Future Goals • Expand the system to implement the Web for faster decision making capabilities • In the process of implementing the Web-versions of Impromptu and PowerPlay

  32. Thanks for your time