In this blog post, Catherine Muir, Editor - Technology Evaluation Centers, discusses the exciting new Cognos Business Intelligence RFI tool, co-developed by TEC and IBM, available to you now.
Read Catherine's post and learn the myriad ways you can leverage this ground-breaking RFI tool powered by TEC!
If you’re researching the enterprise application market for BI applications and trying to evaluate product capabilities in comparison to your requirement set, you know that the standard process for getting information from a software vendor about what their solution supports is usually tedious and long. And often if the research process is not done correctly it can introduce more costs and delays in the project or even derail the entire project.
In the research process one should compile a list of functions and features that are relevant and desirable to the business and then get the product experts to articulate the level of support they can supply for these functions and features through a request for information (RFI). However, it can often take months and much effort from both parties before you have the data you need to make an informed software selection decision.
Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) and IBM have partnered to provide an easier and faster way for software seekers to get more accurate functionality data for the IBM Cognos BI solution. The Cognos Business Intelligence RFI Express tool, powered by TEC, delivers a request for information (RFI) worksheet tailored to your specific needs, showing detailed capabilities of the Cognos BI solution in the areas where you require support.
The process is simple. From an existing list of Cognos BI’s complete business intelligence capabilities, select the criteria you need at as detailed a level as you require, then click submit, and your RFI will be sent to your inbox. In just a few minutes you’ll have all the information you need, with little effort and at no cost. And you can be confident that the data in your tailored RFI is accurate, as the level of support for all the criteria in the RFI have been reviewed and confirmed by a TEC industry analyst.
According to TEC CTO Mehdi Aftahi, “With RFI Express, technology buyers and suppliers can exchange the information necessary for the software selection process in a maintenance-free and cost-effective way, greatly reducing the time required for the RFI procedure.”
“The best application for BI is the one that fits your requirements,” says TEC BI Analyst Jorge Garcia. “The most successful BI implementation projects start with due diligence and research, to ensure selection of an application that has the power, ability to deliver, and features to fit the organization’s needs.”
Having a way to minimize the burden of starting a software selection research project from scratch can make a big difference for reducing pre- and post-deployment costs, and make the process easier from start to finish. Check out RFI Express for Cognos BI now to help streamline your business intelligence software selection process.