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Cognos (formerly Cognos Incorporated) is an Ottawa, Ontario based company which makes business intelligence (BI) and performance management software. Founded in 1969, Cognos employed almost 3,500 people and served more than 23,000 customers in over 135 countries. Cognos was originally known as Quasar and adopted its current name in 1982. On January 31, 2008, Cognos was acquired by IBM.

Cognos 8 BI, which was launched in September 2005, combines the features of several previous products: ReportNet, PowerPlay, Metrics Manager, Noticecast, and Decision Stream.


Acquisitions made by Cognos

In September 2007, Cognos announced that it would be acquiring Applix. It had previously acquired 4Thought, Relational Matters, Scientific Time Sharing Corporation, DecisionStream, NoticeCast, Adaytum, Frango, Databeacon and Celequest, an Operational Intelligence company.


  • Business Intelligence
    • IBM Cognos 8 BI
      • Analysis Studio (Explore data to answer business questions)
      • Report Studio (Professional Report Authoring)
      • Query Studio (Ad Hoc Report Authoring)
      • Metric Studio (Monitor, Analyze, and Report on KPI)
    • IBM Cognos Now! Monitor
  • Extend BI
    • IBM Cognos 8 BI - Event Studio (Action based agents notify decision makers as events happen)
    • IBM Cognos Go! Search
    • IBM Cognos Go! Office
    • IBM Cognos Go! Mobile
    • IBM Cognos PowerPlay Transformer
    • IBM Cognos 8 Data Manager (formerly DecisionStream)
  • Finanacial Performance Management
  • IBM Cognos Series 7
    • IBM Cognos PowerPlay for Windows
    • IBM Cognos PowerPlay Web
    • IBM Cognos PowerPlay Transformer
    • IBM Cognos 7 Impromptu
    • IBM Cognos 7 Impromptu Web Reports
    • IBM Cognos 7 Decision Stream
    • IBM Cognos 7 NoticeCast
  • Performance Applications
    • Cognos Performance Applications for Oracle Apps
    • Cognos Performance Applications for SAP
    • Cognos Performance Applications for PeopleSoft
  • Analytic Applications
    • IBM Cognos 8 Workforce Performance
    • IBM Cognos 8 Finance


Cognos 8 BI has won numerous awards including the eWEEK Excellence Award in Analytics and Reporting, the LOTUS ADVISOR "Editor's Choice" Award, and TechTarget's 2005 Product of the Year.

In 2007, Cognos was named one of Canada's Top 100 Employers, as published in Maclean's magazine, one of only a handful of software development companies to receive this honour.

Recently, Cognos has been named to the InformationWeek 500, chosen as one of START-IT Magazine's "Hottest Companies of 2006" and won "Best of Information On Demand Showcase" as part of the IBM Information Management Awards.

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