Similarity Systems, Cognos Partner on Business Intelligence Analytics

Integrated cleansing and monitoring to present data quality metrics in Cognos 8 Business Intelligence

Integrated cleansing and monitoring to present data quality metrics in Cognos 8 Business Intelligence

Austin TX — January 17, 2006 — Similarity Systems, a provider of business-focused data quality solutions, has announced a silver level technology partnership with Cognos, a provider of business intelligence (BI) and corporate performance management (CPM). Through the Cognos Technology Partner Program, the two companies will provide enterprise customers with solutions for analyzing, managing, monitoring and improving the quality of data within their Cognos business intelligence and analytics platforms.

Under the agreement, Similarity Systems and Cognos have partnered to enable Similarity Systems' data quality metrics to be presented in Cognos 8 Business Intelligence. The two companies will also cooperate in joint marketing and sales initiatives to promote good data quality strategies for Cognos' customers.

Cognos said 8 BI integrates into existing infrastructures with multiple systems and data sources. These source systems can have varying levels of data quality. The degree to which a business intelligence system can achieve its promised insights and analysis depends heavily on the quality of the source data. With Similarity Systems ATHANOR data quality solution, Cognos 8 BI users can take control of enterprise-wide data quality, monitoring data quality levels within the data warehouse and tackling the up-stream source data quality issues at multiple points across the organization.

Cognos 8 BI is designed to provide chief information officers and business leaders with a complete view of business issues for high value decision-making on a global scale. By dealing with the quality of source data and monitoring ongoing quality levels in the data warehouse, Similarity Systems data quality solutions provides Cognos' customers with access to the high quality information they need to drive better business decisions, said Garry Moroney, CEO, Similarity Systems.

Similarity Systems' ATHANOR is a data quality solution that enables business information owners to maintain centralized control and management of data quality standards. Similarity Systems solutions offer the functionality needed to initiate and manage data quality strategies, from profiling and analysis of multiple data sources through to cleansing, de-duplication and consolidation. The solution is supported across multiple platforms and can handle all data types including Unicode character sets.