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Great Circle gets aboard Cognos

UAE-based industrial group Great Circle is deploying a reporting and performance management solution from business intelligence (BI) specialist Cognos.

UAE-based industrial group Great Circle is deploying a reporting and performance management solution from business intelligence (BI) specialist Cognos.

It was announced this week that the group has selected the Cognos 8 BI platform, which allows the organisation to aggregate data from multiple sources that senior management can then access in summarised form via interactive ‘dashboards'.

The diversified industrial group, which started out as a shipppng company, will work with Cognos regional partner BSG to deploy the solution.

"We are taking an iterative prototyping approach to the implementation to ensure we deliver a system that is of ongoing value to the business," said Ajith Kumar, IT manager at Great Circle. "We expect to increase the speed and efficiency of our reporting and provide powerful analytic capability to our business users."

Sairavi N., financial controller at Great Circle, said the company chose the Cognos 8 BI platform because the solution allowed it to be the "owners of the data" and have ready access to it.

"This solution reduces the need to run around to track down the information you need when you need it. We will now have the flexibility to deliver reports quickly, efficiently and when we need them," commented Sairavi.

Raheel Khan, regional manager at BSG, added: "Our enterprise-wide solution is the only solution on a single web services architecture that will help businesses gain better insights into their organisation by putting the information into the hands of decision makers."