Cognos, a provider in the business intelligence (BI) and corporate performance management field announced the worldwide launch of Cognos ReportNet, a new Web-based enterprise query and reporting solution. Cognos ReportNet offers a Web-based report and query authoring environment, extensive multilingual support and Web Services-based architecture to meet the needs of today's multinational, diversified enterprises and to dramatically reduce total cost of ownership.

Cognos ReportNet offers unrivaled enterprise reporting coverage, unparalleled openness and flexibility. Designed to scale to 100s of 1,000s of users, Cognos ReportNet draws upon Cognos query and reporting leadership, delivering a revolution in reporting. It is fully integrated within the Cognos Enterprise BI solution, including flexible scorecards, dashboards, powerful industry-leading OLAP analysis, event detection and alerting, and data integration.

"Cognos' new ReportNet could set the standard for Web-based ad hoc query and end-user reporting. The pressure will be on competitors," said Dave Folger, vice-president, Web and collaboration strategies (WCS), META Group.

According to Giga, a wholly owned subsidiary of Forrester Research Inc, Cognos ReportNet gives Cognos a long-term advantage over competitors given the solution's focus on scalability, broad enterprise deployment, native integration with its entire product portfolio and open standards (SOAP and Web Services) approach. See full report "Cognos' ReportNet: A Radical Departure in Reporting Architecture, Licensing and Direction" rt.pdf.

Cognos ReportNet is a major breakthrough for BI and reporting convergence. It brings a completely new level of simplicity in the design and use of reporting and analysis for large sets of users with varying needs," said Mark Smith, CEO and SVP Research, Ventana Research.

Selected by a wide range of global organizations Cognos ReportNet delivers:

Fast Time to Results – Cognos offers pixel-perfect, high-quality production reports to massive numbers of users. Delivering unprecedented flexibility and ease of use for business users, Cognos ReportNet allows customers to create complex reports with drag-and-drop simplicity.

A Range of Reporting Requirements – Built from the ground up from the latest Web services technologies, Cognos ReportNet covers all reporting requirements from ad hoc query, managed reports and business reports, to bills, statements and invoices. With fully functional zero footprint Web-based deployment, Cognos ReportNet eliminates the need for IT to install and manage client desktop software.

Multilingual Support – Cognos ReportNet offers multinational organizations a one-stop reporting solution that is locale-sensitive, supported by a single meta data model and offers full Unicode support. Due to the unprecedented multilingual support, reports can be built once and consumed in over 25 languages based on user preference. Cognos ReportNet is immediately available in Japanese, English, German and French user interfaces.

Ability to Leverage Existing Infrastructure – Cognos ReportNet is designed to leverage existing enterprise infrastructure, giving IT administrators a completely open and data neutral solution that is both platform and enterprise infrastructure independent. Offering native support for SAP BW as well as an extensive list of relational, ERP, and other transactional systems, Cognos ReportNet allows enterprises to create a single report that can draw from a wide range of heterogeneous data sources, giving business users a single view of critical business information.

Global Deployment – Cognos ReportNet offers an n-tier, multiserver multithreaded architecture, lowering the enterprise cost of ownership and enabling large-scale global deployments. Cognos ReportNet's open architecture allows organizations to leverage their existing enterprise security.

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