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IBM Unveils New Business Analytics Software for Midsized Clients

In the recently released IBM Global CIO Study, 83% of mid-market executives ranked "business intelligence and analytics" as their top prriority.  To help these organizations meet their objectives, IBM yesterday launched IBM Cognos Express, an "all-in-one business intelligence and planning solution specifically designed and priced for midsized clients. Deployed in just a matter of hours, the new solution offers clients a low-cost and low-risk, integrated approach to planning, analyzing and reporting performance, identifying trends, and ultimately helping businesses make smarter business decisions."

The new IBM Cognos Express solution provides pre-configured business analytics and planning capabilities in a single offering, enabling midmarket executives to quickly launch their business analytics strategy and then evolve it as their needs grow. The solution easily plugs into an organization’s existing infrastructure and can be up and running in just a few hours. New capabilities can then be added over time as business requirements change. The new solution also offers a centralized, Web-based console that manages all administrative aspects of installation, deployment and ongoing management, minimizing the need for IT staff assistance. 
Built on an open platform, the IBM Cognos Express portfolio includes three products that can be purchased together or individually to meet a specific need: 
  • IBM Cognos Express Reporter – lets business users securely access any type of data to create detailed financial, operational, transactional production reports and ad hoc queries using simple drag and drop authoring capabilities
  • IBM Cognos Express Advisor – offers sophisticated analysis and “what if” scenario planning for long- and short-term performance forecasting. Key metrics can then be shared among stakeholders using live dashboards
  • IBM Cognos Express Xcelerator – helps managers transform their common spreadsheets with an underlying in-memory analytics engine for real-time multidimensional analysis, planning, budgeting and forecasting
IBM Cognos Express is part of a broader family of new software and hardware offerings that were launched yesterday through the IBM General Business Express Advantage program.  

If you are interested in learning more about IBM Cognos Express, we will be hosting a virtual launch event on Tuesday September 29, 2009 from 9:45 am – 4 pm Eastern. The event will feature product demonstrations and technical overviews on BI and analytics for the midmarket, as well as an Expo Area and Communications Lounge where participants can chat live with IBM representatives and business partners. To register, please visit