Analytics & Reporting

By Peter Coffee  |  Posted 2005-04-11 Email Print this article Print

With IT systems yielding ever-more real-time data, analytics and reporting tools are no longer the province of back-office gnomes.


Composite Software Inc.
Composite Information Server 3.0

With IT systems yielding ever-more real-time data, analytics and reporting tools are no longer the province of back-office gnomes.

For a list of all the winners and finalists of the fifth annual eWEEK Excellence Awards, click here. Front-line managers want to take advantage of up- to-the-minute info, in the context of previous levels and trends, to make their decisions before opportunities fade. Theyre not prepared, though, to rip out and replace their database investments or redesign their business around any IT vendors monolithic approach.

Superior response to this strategic mandate earned Composite Software ( its first trip to the eWEEK Excellence Awards winners circle, where the companys Composite Information Server took top honors for its combination of convenience for the developer and performance for the user.

"It took our ODBC sources, integrated them and produced a JDBC [Java Database Connectivity] source that was easily consumed, with just a configuration change rather than an application change," said user Gary Lien, IT architect at Life Time Fitness Inc., in Eden Prairie, Minn.


Cognos Inc.
Cognos Enterprise Planning 7.2

IT has a crucial role in meeting rising expectations for corporate governance. Timeliness, accuracy and insight are more essential than ever to both internal staff and outside directors. Cognos Cognos Enterprise Planning aids both the forward-looking perspective of real-time operations and the backward-looking scrutiny of Sarbanes-Oxley Act compliance. Cognos Enterprise Planning is a component of the suite that includes 2003 Excellence Awards finalist Cognos Metrics Manager.

Offering both browser and spreadsheet access to powerful data views, Cognos Enterprise Planning offers hope to those charged with putting data into a coherent picture. More information is at

Informatica Corp.
PowerExchange 5.2.1

Data-intensive systems demand the ability to notice and report change, rather than getting bogged down in repetitive trips through static records. PowerExchange features a Changed Data Capture facility that detects data updates and delivers them via real-time or batch interactions, with minimal need for custom code. That agility earned Finalist honors for this product from Informatica, whose Application 5 suite was an Excellence winner three years ago (

Judges liked the products ability to draw from mainframe, relational database or file-based data sources; its robust recovery from network faults and standards-based security also make PowerExchange well suited to the modern IT environment.

Excellence Awards Winners and Finalists:
  • Analytics & Reporting
  • Application Development
  • Business Integration Systems
  • Business Relationship Management
  • Desktop & Mobile Hardware
  • E-Business Foundations
  • E-Mail Management & Security
  • Enterprise Collaboration & Messaging
  • Enterprise Storage Hardware
  • Enterprise Storage Software
  • IT Quality Assurance Tools
  • Productivity Applications
  • Server Hardware
  • Networking & Management Tools
  • Networking Infrastructure
  • System & Application Management
  • Authentication & User Management
  • Network Data-Stream Protection
  • Vulnerability Assessment & Remediation
    Peter Coffee is Director of Platform Research at, where he serves as a liaison with the developer community to define the opportunity and clarify developers' technical requirements on the company's evolving Apex Platform. Peter previously spent 18 years with eWEEK (formerly PC Week), the national news magazine of enterprise technology practice, where he reviewed software development tools and methods and wrote regular columns on emerging technologies and professional community issues.Before he began writing full-time in 1989, Peter spent eleven years in technical and management positions at Exxon and The Aerospace Corporation, including management of the latter company's first desktop computing planning team and applied research in applications of artificial intelligence techniques. He holds an engineering degree from MIT and an MBA from Pepperdine University, he has held teaching appointments in computer science, business analytics and information systems management at Pepperdine, UCLA, and Chapman College.

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