Create custom dashboards and applications on the desktop


IBM® Cognos® Insight is a personal analytics solution that empowers users to independently explore, analyze, visualize and share data without relying on IT for assistance. In minutes, analysts and line-of-business managers can create and share custom applications, dashboards and visualizations to help solve individual and workgroup challenges.

IBM Cognos Insight delivers outstanding data interactivity, analysis and visualization capabilities to individual desktop users.


  • Work with personal and corporate data, as well as trusted business intelligence (BI) data and reports without scripting. Connect to local files, databases, existing BI reports and even predictive data.
  • Add to or revise existing data, and automatically apply changes across large data sets with powerful data spreading functions.
  • Break down and examine data to view it in a way that makes the most sense to you or your business using your mouse to navigate.
  • Use exception highlighting to compare and demonstrate exceptions in your data on the fly.
  • Go from raw data to analysis and a published dashboard in as little as 60 seconds.
  • Analyze and optimize your plans based on different assumptions that take into account ever-changing market conditions.
  • Model best-case, worst-case and most-likely outcomes based on your key business drivers.
  • Create custom rules that can be used to automatically perform comparisons or calculations.
  • Create and share compelling visualizations that clearly communicate your analytic results.
  • Control the look and feel of your analysis so you can deliver new insights in the most meaningful and understandable way.
  • Choose from a rich set of chart types and predefined design themes to add style and visual appeal.
  • Filter results based on the association between related groups of information, and apply simple search to drill down to a particular member in a set.
  • Share and use applications built with Cognos Insight across a workgroup or throughout the enterprise.
  • Publish insights to a Cognos server to provide users with access from a variety of mobile devices, including the Apple iPad, as well as through the web and Microsoft® Excel.
  • Connect to an IBM Cognos TM1® planning application, conduct detailed what-if scenario modeling with both corporate and personal data, and write-back directly to the centrally managed plan.
  • Start with the free Cognos Insight Personal Edition, which has the tools you need to explore, analyze and visualize data from the convenience of your desktop. Download the Personal Edition at www.analyticszone.com.
  • When you need to share your insights and import data from multiple sources, upgrade to the Cognos Insight Standard Edition.
  • License Cognos Insight with IBM Cognos Express or IBM Cognos Enterprise when you are ready to grow into broader capabilities, such as managed reporting and forecasting.

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