Sophos secures its future performance with Cognos

24 April 2008

Cognos, an IBM company, and the world leader in business intelligence and performance management solutions, has announced that Sophos has selected IBM Cognos 8 Planning to improve its financial management.

Sophos, a world leader in IT security and control solutions, will use Cognos to improve its planning and forecasting. Budget holders across the world will use the web-based solution to update their finance teams on sales forecasts, headcount plans and cost projections for their region.

Real-time forecast visibility will help Sophos to plan required resources and predict results with greater accuracy. It will also help to guide decision-making on how best to achieve the company’s performance goals.

“We should now be able to complete complex forecasts within a few days, and provide accurate, regular updates within hours. The time and effort saved will allow our finance teams and budget holders around the world to focus more of their resources on driving company performance,” commented Charles Southey, VP of global IT at Sophos.

“This is a classic tale of a fast-growing company struggling to manage hundreds of admin-intensive spreadsheets and turning to Cognos to provide a secure, streamlined planning and forecasting environment. The technology is robust for the enterprise, yet an easy-to-use application for busy executives,” said Graham Walter, vice president of Cognos UK, Middle East and South Africa.

“IBM Cognos 8 Planning technology will allow Sophos to greatly reduce the workload of basic number crunching, freeing up time for the business to focus on driving what matters - performance,” he concluded.

Cognos is also a current user of Sophos security, using it to defend against known and unknown malware, spyware, intrusions and spam, and policy abuse.

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