Princeton's Analytic, Visualization & Reporting Tools

Princeton currently supports both the IBM/COGNOS suite of BI (Business Intelligence) tools and Tableau. Here is a very brief summary of how each is utilized at the University.

CognosIBM/COGNOS has been, and will continue to be, the main reporting tool for the University. Princeton has used COGNOS since 2004 and is currently running version 10.2 of the software. There are currently more than 160 campus users who either create queries or reports and approximately 3500 users who view reports. Data in the Warehouse is accessed through the COGNOS tools, with each data collection (package) managed by a Data Custodian (see "Access and Use Data"). Decisions concerning access, security, and report creation and distribution are made by the appropriate Package Custodian.  

  • Represents the primary “front door” to the Information Warehouse
  • Will continue to focus on operational reporting
  • Capable of supporting analytics and visualization
  • Scaled to support the entire University and Princeton-specific security issues
  • Provides a supportable platform for scheduled and ad hoc report distribution
  • Totally browser based with unlimited client usage
  • Centrally managed, highly structured

To find out more about data in the Warehouse and the COGNOS tools, please send an email to cedar@princeton.edu.

 

tableau IconTableau is an additional tool that serves as an option for data analytics and visualization. Princeton recently acquired both Tableau Server and Tableau Desktop licenses and is in the process of introducing the tool to the university community. Tableau Server is currently at version 9.3.3.
 
  • Primary source of data is the Information Warehouse
  • Will not replace IBM/COGNOS as the enterprise reporting tool
  • Lacks some of the enterprise wide reporting capabilities, such as report distribution and “bursting” and may not easily integrate with  Princeton-specific security issues
  • Has the capability to easily integrate local sources of data (spreadsheets, surveys etc.) with data from the Information Warehouse
  • Includes both a desktop version (limited number of licenses) and a web version for Interactors and Viewers

To find out more about Tableau and obtaining licenses, please send an email to cedar@princeton.edu.