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Back to BI Basics Part 2: Reporting
Delaney Turner 270002T14M firstname.lastname@example.org | | Tags:  reporting business_intelligence ibmsoftware cognos
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In last week's “Back to Basics” entry, we looked at some of the key features that make IBM Cognos BI a great foundation to help optimize your business. We started with an overview of IBM Cognos 8 BI. This week, we look at how the reporting capability with IBM Cognos 8 BI can benefit every kind of user — from simple report consumers to professional authors and developers.
What is a report?
A report represents facts conveying important information to the people consuming them. And there are as many kinds of reports as there are people who consume them.
To an executive, it's often a high-level view of key performance indicators. For a manager, a report provides information about vital aspects of the business. It's often a view into profit and loss or important information, such as customer accounts, employees, product lines, and development schedules.
To a frontline employee, a report usually provides answers to operational questions such as: How is our production capacity performance? What maintenance remains to be performed? What orders are scheduled for shipment today?
For most organizations, reporting is first step in a business analytics journey, as it offers the quickest and simplest way to satisfy users' immediate needs for information.
Why IBM Cognos 8 BI Reporting?
IBM Cognos 8 BI delivers a robust, technologically advanced solution for professional reporting. It enables you to make smarter business decisions by providing a comprehensive set of reporting capabilities and access to the information you need.
Reporting with IBM Cognos 8 BI delivers a single, Web-based, solution for all components of the reporting lifecycle: