Business intelligence software vendor Cognos has bought privately held Celequest, a BI company with expertise in real-time operational dashboards, as a way to attract more mid-market and departmental customers.
Like its BI pure-play rivals, Cognos is keen to find ways to make its software easier to use for more of an organisation’s staff. Dashboards represent a quick visual way for people to view the results of queries of corporate data and form a basis for assessing both individual and overall performance.
Celequest’s Lava dashboards are particularly useful those needing to constantly monitor their performance against a set of metrics. Accessing real-time data, users are also able to use the dashboards to flag performance issues, drill down on likely causes and implement measures to resolve the problems. Celequest also aims to make it simple to create and customise personal real-time dashboards.