Cognos 7 Business Intelligence applications overview

Cognos Series 7

The main Cognos Series 7 Business Intelligence applications:

  • Cognos PowerPlay - multidimensional analysis and OLAP reporting software. PowerPlay is available in a couple of versions: PowerPlay Web, PowerPlay Client and PowerPlay for Microsoft Excel.
    Cognos PowerPlay windows Client application has more features available than PowerPlay Web Explorer.
  • Powerplay Enterpise Server is used to deploy cubes to the Cognos 7 WebPortal and also Cognos 8
  • Cognos PowerPlay Transformer is an application used to generate and update PowerCubes which are distributed to the end users
  • PowerPlay Connect - an application which manages connections to Cognos OLAP source or any of the supported OLAP servers (Hyperion Essbase, IBM DB2 OLAP, Microsoft Analysis Services, local Microsoft .cub files, SAP BW)
  • Cognos Impromptu - software for advanced reporting
  • Metrics Manager - scorecarding software
  • Notice Cast - event management application which runs in the background

    The data model and flow of the data in Cognos is as follows:
  • Analyze and define the data structure in source systems
  • Use PowerPlay Transformer to connect to one or more sources of data and build multidimensional models
  • Create the Cognos PowerCubes in Transformer and distribute those multidimensional models (and/or use PowerPlay Enterprise Server for distribution and to apply security to the OLAP cubes)
  • View the distributed PowerCubes using Cognos PowerPlay for Windows, PowerPlay for Excel, Powerplay Web or Cognos Visualizer

  • Cognos PowerPlay vs Analysis Studio - A comparison of cognos 7 PowerPlay and Cognos 8 Analysis Studio with an overview of the major differencies and features of each product