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Cognos 8 Business Intelligence 8.1.1

IT vendor response to corporate governance mandates drove innovation in many categories this year, but nowhere was this more apparent than in the entries for Analytics & Reporting. The category winner, Cognos 8 Business Intelligence 8.1.1, addressed enterprise interest in achieving improved governance without a cumbersome and costly proliferation of systems.

"Cognos has integrated its diverse product offering into a flexible Web services architecture," said eWeek Corporate Partner judge Tom Miller, senior director of IT at FoxHollow Technologies, in Redwood City, Calif. "The use of a single metadata layer and query engine provides for a cohesive view of business information."

With the deep-dyed awareness of compliance concerns that comes from FoxHollows work in medical device development and support, Miller has a sharply focused shopping list: "The need to aggregate, classify and report information in a timely manner has become critical," he said in his comments during the final stages of evaluation. "These products must be business-flexible, scalable, secure and cost-effective." The judges found Cognos entry a match for this high standard.



Attenex Patterns

Vast compilations of digital records create overwhelming discovery workloads during litigation-a burden that Attenex Patterns ably eases. Attenexs Patterns is "the best e-discovery tool that I have used," said Stanley Gibson, partner at Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Marmaro, in Los Angeles, and a Patterns customer the judges interviewed for real-world perspective. "There is no other tool Im aware of," Gibson said, with comparable aids for visualizing clusters of conceptually related documents.

Fujitsu Software

Interstage XWand 7

As business processes become ever more "born digital," enterprise architects face both opportunity and challenge in achieving cross-process integration. Emerging standards such as Extensible Business Reporting Language offer leverage toward that end, and Fujitsu Softwares Interstage XWand 7 gives developers a capable platform for XBRL adoption.

-Peter Coffee

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