PREDICTif Assisted Smith & Associates to Migrate from Cognos 8 to Cognos 10

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PREDICTif helps Smith & Associates leverage Cognos 10’s powerful new functionality.

PREDICTif Solutions, a Houston based business intelligence consulting firm, and Smith & Associates, a world leading electronics trading and distribution company, are excited to announce the successful migration of Smith’s Cognos 8 platform to that of Cognos 10. Smith is now poised to leverage Cognos 10’s powerful new functionality such as Dynamic Query, Collaboration and Real-time monitoring.

“We have successfully leveraged Cognos for all our reporting, planning, forecasting and financial performance needs. Specializing in trading and distribution, our business demands real-time information and fact based decision making. Cognos 10 provides some exciting new features that we can utilize to better achieve our business objectives. PREDICTif did a fantastic job in ensuring the migration was innocuous and seamless to both the business as well as our IT staff,” said Phyllis Tsu, the CIO of Smith & Associates.

“PREDICTif believes that the Cognos 10 product stack provides a solid platform to enable a predictive business that is agile and responsive to the competitive world. As it relates to migration in general, we’ve assisted many of our customers over the years migrating from Cognos 7 to Cognos 8. We are both astonished and gratified with the ease in which were able to migrate Smith from Cognos 8 to that of Cognos 10. PREDICTif will continue to work with Smith & Associates in order to realize the full potential of the Cognos 10 product stack as we move them towards being a predictive business,” said Jeff Huang, the COO of PREDICTif Solutions.

PREDICTif will be happy to share our experience with this migration and our thoughts on the migration of Cognos 8 to that of 10 in general. We have developed a comprehensive and evolving Cognos 10 migration guide that has joined our already extensive portfolio of intellectual property. Combining our knowledge of Cognos 10 with our unique set of project methodology and software add-ons, we are uniquely positioned to ensure our customers maximize the return on their investment. In addition to its portfolio of intellectual property, PREDICTif has also developed a customizable training curriculum based on the Cognos stack ensuring customer self sufficiency after successful delivery of solutions. For more information about PREDICTif’s migration experiences or intellectual property, Please visit our web site:, for more details.

About Smith & Associates - Founded in Houston in 1984, Smith & Associates (, is a leader in the independent distribution of semiconductors as well as electronic components to electronics and high-tech manufacturers. Smith offers shortage sourcing for commodity and obsolete parts, innovative purchasing and inventory management solutions, redistribution of excess inventory, and component stocking for warranty and repair programs.

Smith & Associates employs more than 250 people worldwide and has annual revenues in excess of US$400 million. Smith's regional hubs in Houston, Hong Kong and Amsterdam are ISO certified and IDEA compliant. In addition, sales and purchasing offices are located in Silicon Valley, Barcelona, Guadalajara, New York, Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Seoul. For more information or to reach a Smith representative 24 hours a day, please call: 1.800.HOUSTON or +1 713.430.3000

About PREDICTif - PREDICTif is a business technology consulting firm with a unique focus on Predictive Business Intelligence (PBI) solutions. We are experts in end-to-end Business Intelligence (BI), Predictive Analytics (PA), Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) and the accompanying back-end data integration.

PREDICTif’s consulting and proprietary intellectual property offerings maximize return on investment, contribute towards the achievement of business objectives and ultimately enhance the enterprises ability to fully realize the potential of transforming into a Predictive Business. PREDICTif has office locations in Houston, Atlanta, New York, and Shanghai with expansion to the West Coast of the United States planned for end of Q2, 2011.

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