Innovative Retail Strategies Featured in Newest Cognos eNewsletter

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Latest issue of Cognos Performance Perspectives eNewsletter details innovative retail strategies.

Cognos, the world leader in business intelligence and performance management solutions, today announced the availability of the December issue of its Cognos Performance Perspectives eNewsletter.

This month's edition, published at the height of the holiday shopping season, spotlights retail trends as well as innovative management strategies.

The stories cover three specific areas of corporate performance management: IT, Finance, and Business decision-making. Highlights of the issue include:

  • Lead the Business or Lag Behind? Questions for the Retail CIO: Why Wal-Mart's IT dominance may be on the decline, and lessons CIOs can learn to avoid the same fate.
  • Bye, Bye Box Stores? How shoppers are rewriting the rules in retail by choosing personalized shopping experiences over mega-stores, and how smart retailers are capitalizing on the trend.
  • The Invisible Manager: Why mass collaboration and teams are replacing traditional management structures, giving rise to the "invisible" manager -- one who facilitates and guides innovation through collaboration and spins wealth from pure human talent.
  • Big Decisions, Big Dreams: Insights from Dr. John Izzo, author of Values Shift: The New Work Ethic and What It Means for Business, on successful businesses that aim high and dream big dreams.

Good decisions are the building blocks of great business performance. The performance management system from Cognos integrates software, services, best-practices, and partners. By integrating information, technology, and people, your decision-makers can become performance managers. Performance managers look at metrics, plans, and reports in their functional area to make the best possible decisions.

They also use this same approach to connect with others. For example, if Marketing decisions improve demand, then Sales and Operations needs to know to ensure the supply is ready. In this way, your good decisions cause other good decisions. The end result is better alignment, accountability, and performance.

Cognos Performance Perspectives is the Cognos eNewsletter with a subscriber list of 23,000. It is published every six weeks in English, French, German, Dutch, and Italian. Learn more at Cognos Performance Perspectives.

About Cognos
Cognos, the world leader in business intelligence and performance management solutions, provides world-class enterprise planning and BI software and services to help companies plan, understand and manage financial and operational performance.

Cognos brings together technology, analytical applications, best practices, and a broad network of partners to give customers a complete performance system. The Cognos performance system is an open and adaptive solution that leverages an organization's ERP, packaged applications, and database investments. It gives customers the ability to answer the questions -- How are we doing? Why are we on or off track? What should we do about it? -- and enables them to understand and monitor current performance while planning future business strategies.

Cognos serves more than 23,000 customers in more than 135 countries, and its top 100 enterprise customers consistently outperform market indexes. Cognos performance management solutions and services are also available from more than 3,000 worldwide partners and resellers. For more information, visit the Cognos Web site at

Cognos and the Cognos logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Cognos Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries.

The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

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