Cognos, an IBM company and business intelligence (BI) and performance management (PM) solutions vendor has announced that IBM Cognos 8 Business Intelligence software is now available, for the first time, for Linux on System z.

With IBM Cognos 8 BI for Linux on System z, customers can efficiently report and analyse transactional systems directly on the mainframe, so workers across an organisation can use information to quickly identify and respond to critical business trends. Highly targeted information delivery and analysis capabilities let knowledge workers, ranging from front-line managers to executives, receive strategic business information where, when and how they need it to make better business decisions.
A result of IBM's rapid assimilation of its acquisition of Cognos, the product unites the proven reporting and analysis capabilities of IBM Cognos 8 BI with the power and reliability of IBM System z. This allows organisations across industries to leverage their mainframe investments to improve decision-making and overall business performance.
The availability of IBM Cognos 8 BI for Linux on System z extends IBM's Information on Demand business strategy, which unifies the company's software, hardware, consulting and research expertise to help customers gain access to the right information when they need it, along with business insights to address and respond to changing market demands.
Further in support of this strategy, IBM has established multiple worldwide System z competency centres to help customers learn about IBM Cognos 8 BI on System z, benchmark the System z architecture and interact with other IBM products and solutions.
The combination of IBM Cognos 8 BI and System z demonstrates the mainframe's resurgence as the strategic platform of choice for running modern applications.
More than 600 new applications and solutions were introduced for the IBM mainframe in 2007 – bringing the total to more than 4 000 applications available on the System z platform.
"System z customers want more users across their organisation making better, faster decisions using their infrastructure platform of choice," says David McWilliam, MD of Cognos SA. "With IBM Cognos 8 BI for Linux on System z, these customers will be able to take advantage of the broad range of proven BI capabilities for all types of users across the organisation to optimise operational processes while reducing infrastructure cost and complexity."