Cognos Analytics Upgrade to provide cutting edge analytics capabilities
Company was an American worldwide industrial gases company. It was the largest industrial gases company in North and South America, and the third-largest worldwide by revenue. In 2018 it merged with Linde AG to form Linde plc.
Customer Need / Business Driver
Upgrade the current Cognos environment to latest version. This will also involve retirement of existing hardware and operating system. The user security also needs to be driven by AD instead of separately maintained Access Manager.
KPI was already handling the managed services of Praxair, given the good relationship with KPI they decided to take help from KPI in this project. Initially, Praxair wanted to have a blended shore delivery model, but ultimately this project was completely delivered by an offshore team.
What KPI Delivered
KPI did a small evaluation project before going into a full upgrade. KPI evaluated cloud and on-premise options for Cognos and found on-premise to be more suitable option for Praxair.
Since we are moving to a new version of Hardware as well, KPI team defined the hardware requirements and worked with the infrastructure architects to setup the servers.
Security going forward was going to be driven by AD, hence the complete planning and design was provided for a seamless experience to the users.
KPI team has upgrade about 1600 reports which are responsible for catering about 600 users.
Business BenefitsPraxair is on a latest technology platform which is supported by IBM. Performance of the systems has increased. Security is now driven from an enterprise authentication provider instead of standalone.
Gateway to new capabilities like DQM, self-service dashboarding, rich visualization etc. is open and these things can be turned around very quickly.