Contributed by Rebecca Wormleighton
With technology advances for the mainframe, companies can now cost-effectively build business analytics solutions on the same platform where their transactional systems reside. This is good news because it means that these business analytics solutions can now meet the needs of all employees—from executives to front-line workers—while delivering the technology requirements for an enterprise solution including security, scalability, availability and reliability.
To that end, IBM Business Analytics and Data Warehousing on System z provides an end-to-end solution on a single platform that’s capable of scaling to meet a variety of information-driven business user requirements. The solution encompasses data warehousing, business intelligence (BI) and predictive analytics capabilities that meet organizations’ need to deliver strategic, tactical and operational business analytics. An important new addition to this solution is IBM Cognos Business Intelligence v8.4 for z/OS.
The product delivers the BI capabilities that z/OS customers require to compete in today’s aggressive business environment. It makes a full range of reporting and analysis capabilities available to all users in the enterprise delivering the information they need to make smarter business decisions.
Organizations can use the enterprise-class IBM Cognos 8 platform in a z/OS environment known for its ability to meet the most demanding technology requirements. Reporting
From simple inventory lists to high volume billings to ad hoc business reporting, one size does not fit all. IBM has tailored a reporting solution for different user types to ensure it delivers the right information to the right users at the right time. Cognos Business Intelligence v8.4 for z/OS serves users from simple report consumers who can author and modify their own reports with minimal training or IT involvement, to professional authors and developers who require in-depth, sophisticated reporting capabilities.
Reporting with Cognos Business Intelligence v8.4 for z/OS makes departmental reports easy and complex global reporting much simpler. Global organizations can bring divisions, departments and international groups together so they all work with the same information. You can also author once, publish anywhere to create multi-page, multi-query reports in Microsoft Excel, PDF, XML, HTML or CSV, with the ability to schedule or burst delivery by email or portals in the language of your choice.
Multidimensional analysis helps organizations extract maximum value from their corporate data. When they can see data in different contexts on the fly, without tying up IT resources, business users and power users can go beyond simple reporting. Analysis with Cognos Business Intelligence V8.4 for z/OS transforms volumes of data into information about your business, so users can analyze information in a business context. For example, they can compare product or channel performance, in light of other important factors such as regions, customers and time.
With a multidimensional view, users can quickly gain insight into business performance, trends and changes more quickly than their competitors. Building from its strength in OLAP analysis, IBM Cognos Business Intelligence V8.4 is a leading analysis solution for multidimensional and relational sources.
Cognos Business Intelligence v8.4 on z/OS is built on the IBM Cognos 8 Platform, an open, enterprise-¬class platform that can address your reporting and analysis needs today and tomorrow. This platform delivers:
- Consistent information your business can understand, own and trust
- A modern service¬-oriented architecture (SOA) so you can use existing infrastructure, easily adapt to change and embrace open standards for long¬-term extensibility
- Broad system management to deploy, manage and scale while achieving on-¬time service commitments
With Cognos Business Intelligence v8.4 for z/OS, you have access to all IBM DB2 for z/OS data or Powercubes on Systems z. You can choose your preferred approach for data access, including direct connections to data sources or using metadata from extract, transform and load (ETL) processes. The Cognos 8 platform helps data professionals deliver reliable, consistent, and timely data for reporting, analysis and other BI capabilities.
The Value of z/OS
The combined IBM System z and z/OS platform is the right choice for Cognos Business Intelligence v8.4. You have neither the time nor the resources to spend on throw-away solutions, rip-and-replace systems or yet another technology trend. The epitome of investment protection, the z/OS operating system goes to great lengths to keep applications and data available, system resources secure, server utilization high and programming environments adaptable while maintaining compatibility for existing applications.
It also helps improve service with capabilities that enable you to respond rapidly to change and deliver high quality services at a low cost. It provides operational resiliency with technologies designed to keep your business running in the face of known and unknown risks and threats, whether internal or external. A holistic approach to encryption, security and auditing helps you manage risk.
What does this mean to your Cognos Business Intelligence v8.4 investment?
- Timely, accurate and secure access to information. With Cognos Business Intelligence v8.4 for z/OS, everything you need for business insight is on the same platform as the source data, increasing your business agility while keeping your data safe.
- Superior scalability, availability and performance. Because Cognos Business Intelligence v8.4 is deployed on z/OS, organizations have the ability to scale up and out, perform without degradation in application response time and offer continuous solution availability.
- Reduced costs and complexity. When you invest in Cognos Business Intelligence v8.4 for z/OS, you can realize significant savings in the hardware, software, operating and labor costs associated with the management and maintenance of your enterprise BI infrastructure
- Rapid deployment and expansion. The time associated with deploying a new BI application, increasing capacity or both can be reduced when you rely on z/OS for your Cognos Business Intelligence deployment.
Cognos Business Intelligence v8.4 for z/OS draws on deep IBM expertise in both BI and the System z platform. IBM offers training, services and consulting to help you build your IT system, integrate it and help your users get maximum benefit from it. Get a complete, open standards-based platform with a broad range of expertise to help expand the value of your information, optimize your business processes and optimize enterprise performance.