Cognos launches SAP R/3 analytics

Cognos Inc. rolls out new analytical applications for SAP AG as well as a repackaging of its analytical applications.

Cognos Inc. is announcing this week new analytical applications for SAP AGs enterprise resource planning platform as well as a repackaging of its analytical applications designed to make it easier for customers to buy them.

The Ottawa, Ontario, company announced on Tuesday the availability of a suite for SAP R/3, including analytic applications for SAP sales, accounts receivable, general ledger, accounts payable, inventory and procurement. Cognos already offers analytic applications tailored to Oracle Corp.s and J.D. Edwards & Co. business applications.

Cognos Analytic Applications for SAP R/3 are customized for SAP applications and include 2,900 business questions, 500 known key performance indicators and 200 pre-packaged reports, officials said. Customers can integrate the applications into their SAP environments without scripting.

The Cognos Analytic Applications include time trending, a graphical interface, self-service reporting and analytics, historical analysis, dimensionality and drill-downs, cross-functional analytics and reporting, and pre-packaged reports addressing ERP customizations.

In conjunction with the SAP announcement, Cognos is expected to announce this week new bundles of its analytic applications that improve cross-functional analytics capabilities.

The Customer Analytics bundle combines sales and accounts receivable analytics, Financial Analytics combines accounts receivable, accounts payable and general ledger analytics, and the Supply Chain Analytics bundle combines inventory, procurement and accounts payable analytics.

In addition to providing a more complete, integrated view of customer relationships, financial management and the supply chain respectively, the bundles are also designed to speed deployment, with customers able to deploy some bundles in as little as 23 days, Cognos officials said.

Both Cognos Analytic Applications for SAP R/3 and the analytic bundles are available now.