Although Cognos Express uses the same powerful analytical engine as the enterprise level Cognos TM1, it is designed for smaller businesses with less than 100 users.
It is competitively priced so that the Planning Module perpetual licences for 50 users costs approximately £25,000.
A Software-as-a-Service option is also available to suit Opex budgets.
Mini case study
When Yellow Buses was sold to a major international transport operator, the company no longer had access to its former owner’s Cognos TM1 environment, leaving a significant gap in its reporting capabilities. “Losing access to TM1 was a challenge, but we also saw it as an opportunity,” says Andrew Smith, Finance Director at Yellow Buses.
“The first step, however, was to find a solution that would be the right size for our business. The full version of TM1 was a larger-scale solution than a company in our position could reasonably justify, so we began looking for alternatives. When we saw IBM Cognos Express, we realised it was exactly what we needed – a solution that uses the same analytical engine, but is specifically designed to meet the needs and budgets of mid-sized businesses.”