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Slimmed-Down BI: IBM Cognos Express Supports In-Memory Analysis IBM Cognos Express combines software from the Cognos suite and Applix TM1, IBM's in-memory analysis engine. Starting with as few as five named users, the portfolio includes reporting, data visualization, analysis, and planning modules targeted at companies with 100 to 1,000 employees. Reporter addresses core query and reporting needs with drag-and-drop report authoring. Advisor eases analysis through easy-to-understand data visualizations. Planner supports budgeting and forecasting--think finance and business analysts. Xcelerator supports "what-if" in-memory analysis with support for Microsoft Excel. The software can be downloaded from the web and IBM says it can be configured and administered by as few as one or two people. Data access and integration technologies are built into the software and dashboards, and analyses can be handled on a self-service basis by untrained users.
The Agile ArchiveWhen it comes to managing data, donít look at backup and archiving systems as burdens and cost centers. A well-designed archive can enhance data protection and restores, ease search and e-discovery efforts, and save money by intelligently moving data from expensive primary storage systems.
2014 Analytics, BI, and Information Management SurveyITís tried for years to simplify data analytics and business intelligence efforts. Have visual analysis tools and Hadoop and NoSQL databases helped? Respondents to our 2014 InformationWeek Analytics, Business Intelligence, and Information Management Survey have a mixed outlook.