Cognos has upgraded its Cognos Metric Manager (CMM) scorecarding product, adding more seamless integration with other Cognos applications, enhanced scalability, and a higher degree of personalisation for users.
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In the previous version, users could only look at the actual number and the target number and examine the variance between them. Now they can bring in third-party data via the web from websites or other applications and load those into CMM.
Cognos has users in the hotel industry who wanted to view data such as the occupancy rates and average room rates of competitors to compare with their own. Now those users can bring that information into a report, and can take advantage of between one and eight fields, as opposed to a standard of three in the previous version,said Cognos product marketing manager Mike Smith.
Right now, metrics are indicated in one of three ways: in red if the metric is below tolerance level; yellow if the metric sits in the performance level, and green if the metric exceeds the tolerance level.
A tolerance level is a range of acceptable values for a given metric.
In version 2.0, these indicators have been expanded to include a half-red and a half-green indicator so users can know in more detail how metrics are performing.
Users can also indicate if they want to be notified via e-mail if a metric changes.
Cognos has improved CMM so that it integrates more seamlessly with its analytic applications, such as PowerPlay, its Enterprise Planning Series, and Enterprise BI Series 7 Version 2.
The product also supports more application servers including IBM’s WebSphere, BEA Systems' WebLogic, and Sun Microsystems’ ONE platforms. It also supports Microsoft Windows operating systems and Unix.
Rebecca Reid writes for ITWorld Canada