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Monday, February 4, 2008


Cognos 7 Business Intelligence applications overview

Cognos Series 7


The main Cognos Series 7 Business Intelligence and applications:


· Cognos PowerPlay - multidimensional analysis and OLAP reporting software. PowerPlay is available in a couple of versions: PowerPlay Web, PowerPlay Client and PowerPlay for Microsoft Excel. Cognos PowerPlay windows Client application has more features available than PowerPlay Web Explorer.


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Powerplay Enterpise Server is used to deploy cubes to the Cognos 7 WebPortal and also Cognos 8


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Cognos PowerPlay Transformer is an application used to generate and update PowerCubes which are distributed to the end users


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PowerPlay Connect - an application which manages connections to Cognos OLAP source or any of the supported OLAP servers (Hyperion Essbase, IBM DB2 OLAP, Microsoft Analysis Services, local Microsoft .cub files, SAP BW)


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Cognos Impromptu - software for advanced reporting


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Metrics Manager - scorecarding software


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Notice Cast - event management application which runs in the background


The data model and flow of the data in Cognos is as follows:


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Analyze and define the data structure in source systems


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Use PowerPlay Transformer to connect to one or more sources of data and build multidimensional models


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Create the Cognos PowerCubes in Transformer and distribute those multidimensional models (and/or use PowerPlay Enterprise Server for distribution and to apply security to the OLAP cubes)


· View the distributed PowerCubes using Cognos PowerPlay for Windows, PowerPlay for Excel, Powerplay Web or Cognos Visualizer.


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