Date: Thu, 14 Jan 2010 15:07:57 -0500
Reply-To: Bob Walker <email@example.com>
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From: Bob Walker <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: Cognos Business Intelligence
Big question. I have to be simplistic in responding. Cognos is primarily a
suite of apps designed to facilitate the reporting and sharing of (usually
pre-processed) business data for large enterprises involving many end-users.
Common uses include the sharing of business intelligence, real-time ordering
and inventory management, unit sales, tracking percent of plan, etc. SPSS
(PASW) is primarily a suite of apps designed for the collection,
preparation, and statistical analysis of (usually raw) data, regardless of
type; data can come from the scientific world, education, business, or
These apps overlap somewhat in their ability to manipulate and merge data,
create metrics, and in prediction/modeling, so some capabilities found in
one are also in the other. An example: I create data sets with variables
generated in PASW that, in turn, are used to create data cubes in Cognos
Transformer, and are then reported using Cognos Powerplay. But I would never
use these latter two apps to initially create my variables. IMHO, PASW is
the far superior platform for pure data analysis.
Fellow listers, please take me to task if I have misrepresented anything!
Surveys & Forecasts, LLC
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Sent: Thursday, January 14, 2010 2:02 PM
Subject: Cognos Business Intelligence
What are the differences between IBM SPSS and IBM Cognos?