Less than a week after acquiring analytics vendor Applix, business intelligence and performance management solutions provider Cognos has expanded its strategic relationship with Informatica, a provider of data integration and data quality software.
In essence, Cognos has signed a worldwide reseller agreement with Informatica for its data quality software. Under terms of the agreement, Cognos will resell Informatica Data Quality and Informatica Data Explorer products as part of its performance management portfolio. Cognos and Informatica will also team to jointly provide customers with data integration capabilities ion order to strengthen the overall performance management solutions from the respective organisations.
The upshot is that Informatica can extend its reach to new performance management markets through interoperability with Cognos Performance Management technology. The system combines technology, best practices, analytical applications and a network of partners into a single performance management solution. Also as part of the alliance, Cognos has created complementary Data Quality Professional Services to boost technology implementation.
Analysing the significance of the deal, Henry Morris, Senior VP of Worldwide Software and Services Research at IDC, said, “Data quality is a business issue that impacts corporate performance, and business stakeholders are key to the success of any data quality initiative," said. “The integration of Cognos performance management applications with Informatica data quality solutions (with associated Cognos and Informatica services) gives needed visibility into data quality issues to business professionals. This combined solution should increase confidence in the accuracy of information, enabling a more complete and accurate viewpoint on results, operations and strategies."