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Company nameCognos
Company typeBrand (of IBM)
IndustryBusiness Intelligence, Operational Intelligence, Performance Management, Workforce Analytics
Founder(s)Alan Rushforth
Peter Glenister
Defunct 2009
HeadquartersOttawa, Ontario, Canada
Key peopleRob Ashe, General Manager, IBM Business Analytics
ProductsIBM Cognos 8 BI; IBM Cognos Express; IBM Cognos TM1; IBM Cognos Now!; IBM Cognos 8 Platform
Revenue$979.26 million USD (2007)
Employees3,507 (2007)

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Cognos (Cognos Incorporated) was an Ottawa, Ontario-based company making business intelligence (BI) and performance management (PM) software. Founded in 1969, at its peak Cognos employed almost 3,500 people and served more than 23,000 customers in over 135 countries.

Originally Quasar Systems Limited, it adopted the Cognos name in 1982. On January 31, 2008, Cognos was officially acquired by IBM. The Cognos name continues to be applied to IBM's line of business intelligence and performance management products.

In January 2010, as part of a reorganization of IBM Software Group, Cognos software and software from recently acquired SPSS were brought together to create the Business Analytics division.

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