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Information Warehouse/Cognos 8 tool


The Cognos 8 tool allows the Princeton Community to access data via canned reports, and also to create their own reports, using approved Princeton data sources.

Technical Architecture

The Information Warehouse leverages the commercially available Cognos Business Intelligence application suite, including the Report Studio and Query Studio report writing tools.  IBM purchased the Cognos Company, including the Cognos Business Intelligence application suite, in 2009.  Implemented at Princeton in 2005, the Cognos BI suite integrates with many Princeton applications to provide business intelligence services, including reporting abilities to PeopleSoft HR, PeopleSoft Financials, and PeopleSoft Student, and other non-PeopleSoft related applications, including Labor Accounting, Time Collection, and University Housing.  The Information Warehouse utilizes Princeton’s LDAP environment to provide authentication. 

Levels of access

All of Princeton University; varies upon functional business need.

Who should request access

Those needing data reports not available in transactional systems. Data sources are available in the Warehouse and accessed via the Cognos 8 tool only after being vetted, approved, and created.

How to gain access

This is dependent upon which data store is needed.

System requirements

Use of the Microsoft IE browser recommended.

System availability

Not Available from 12:00 AM till 8:00 AM, nightly.

Training opportunities



University OIT Help Desk Phone: 8-HELP Option #3