Cognos is to expand its portfolio of Web-based business intelligence tools with the release in August of new versions of its Powerplay and Impromptu Web server products.
The products will incorporate Cognos Architect.
Cognos will also release a new meta data management tool; Upfront, a portal facility to enable companies to customise their business intelligence activities to the needs of individual users; Cognos Query, a reporting tool expected to sell from £30,000 for a 100-user licence; and Decision Stream, a tool for importing information into data warehouses, which will sell from £50,000.
Cognos CEO Ron Zambonini told PC Week last week that 80% of Cognos users would be using browsers to access business intelligence applications within 18 months and that a market shift in that direction is already boosting the company's licence sales.
In the past Cognos has typically been bought by business units within an organisation, but the boom in Web access has meant that more companies implement Cognos tools across the enterprise, Zambonini said.
"It means faster installation, and the total cost is much less because there's no need for training," he said. "Our price per user is going down, but this means people can deploy more users, and they are. Cognos has done well working in departments of large companies, but we're now able to look at the whole enterprise."
The company has begun boosting staff numbers in its service division to deal with increased business, said Zambonini, who added that Cognos would look to grow by acquisition over the next year, as part of a strategy to boost its $300 million (£186 million) turnover to $1 billion (£0.6 billion) within five years.
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