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Self-Service Reporting and Data Visualization (Cognos)

The Business Intelligence (BI) System (also known as Cognos), provides Northwestern with accessible and comprehensive reporting and analytics solutions for University schools and business units.

The BI System includes three reporting and analysis tools, called BI Studios, which can be used to develop interactive self-service reports and predict outcomes based on historical performance. Tableau may also be used in conjunction with Cognos to create and publish data visualizations and dashboards. ERA also manages Microsoft Power BI (an alternative to Tableau) licenses, but does not provide technical support for the product.

Cognos BI studios, Tableau and Power BI can be utilized individually or in tandem, depending upon the data needs of a specific project. Get started with self-service reporting and analysis.


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How to Request Service

Need assistance with new, complex, or cross-system report or an integrated of data set for self-service reporting and analysis? Complete and submit a Project Request form.


Last Updated: 13 December 2021

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