Cognos is a web-accessed business intelligence tool (used to transform per-student Banner data into meaningful and useful information). This tool allows users to analyze large amounts of information in a variety of ways in order to identify opportunities and address challenges.



OU IT provides this service for FREE to all Norman campus faculty, staff, and students.


This service is provided for FREE to all Norman Campus Faculty, Staff and Students by OU IT.


Cognos allows access to aggregate data (for those who need access beyond “single-student” view) whether that is lists or summary tables. Different levels of access to Cognos requires different levels of technical and data ability. The range of technical ability required can range from a basic knowledge of Excel to developing complex filters and writing SQL.

To determine what license type of Cognos is required, you can use this chart and decide which capabilities you need.

Capabilities Consumer Author Advanced Author
Interactively run existing reports X X X
View scheduled reports X X X
Create ad hoc basic reports   X X
Create charts   X X
Basic formatting and calculations   X X
Create filters and sort data   X X
Create complex reports     X
Enhanced formatting and advanced calculations     X
Write SQL and build detailed filters     X
Create complex joins     X

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