BI is present in all agencies using varying toolsets. These tools have often been selected based upon agency resource constraints and perceived BI requirements. The State has contracts in place for two enterprise class BI tool and reporting environments, Cognos, and Business Objects. Additional BI capabilities are present in spreadsheets, application specific BI implementations such as the Transparency website, and various other open source, and commercial implementations.
A major Cognos data warehousing environment is in place in the Division of Finance. Other BI large environments exist in a number of other agencies such as Health, Human Services, Utah Tax Commission, Human Resources, Workforce Services, Corrections, and the State Office of Education. Cognos is currently the vendor with the lar gest installed base of BI tools.
Reporting services for BI and general Web reporting are primarily provided by Business Objects Crystal Reports followed by Cognos Reports. Agency business needs for BI tools are based on agency business measurement requirements. These requirements can be met with a variety of approaches, many of which require minimal data integration and processing power. The scope of this standard recommendation is on enterprise class BI tools for analysis, and performance reporting, including dashboards and scorecards. These tools are especially appropriate when significant data aggregation is required, and they have proven scalability and flexibility for meeting changing Agency business and decision making information demands in a reliable and timely way.