La institución utiliza la herramienta de Cognos para gestionar el gran número de documentos que genera (registros de estudiantes, resultados académicos, datos financieros, investigación, etc.) en campos como las admisiones a la universidad, becas, obtención de financiación, recursos humanos, contratos, adquisiciones. De esta forma se pretende economizar recursos y costes.

Nota de prensa en inglés de Cognos USA.

The University of Texas at Austin Tracks Funding Trends with Cognos
Tuesday February 17, 8:02 am ET

Cognos BI used to support key funding campaigns, analyze volumes of student and administrative data

BURLINGTON, Mass., Feb. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — With the largest single-campus enrollment levels and one of the largest graduate schools in the nation, The University of Texas at Austin generates vast amounts of student, academic, research, and financial data. University leaders now have a new business intelligence solution from Cognos, the world leader in enterprise business intelligence (EBI) and corporate performance management solutions, to help them gain critical insight into funding trends, research grants, academic planning processes, and fundraising initiatives.

The university has deployed Cognos EBI solutions in subject areas such as admissions, financials, human resources, research contracts and grants, capital campaign information, and facilities management. During the coming year, academic and student information will be added to the Cognos repository.

«One of the goals of the project is to allow university leaders to be able to easily access information to make informed, business decisions,» said Cathy Lester, associate director and project IQ director, The University of Texas at Austin. «Our deans want to compare academic performance, semester credit hours to instructional salaries, and positions, both within and across our 15 colleges, and to peer institutions globally.»

The key for the university’s BI solution is the friendly web interface, which allows executives to easily explore the information. As state funding decreases and operational costs rise, the university needs to find ways to economize, and reliably evaluate the effectiveness of cost-saving measures as they are implemented.

«Business intelligence, with well-integrated data, can also give us a 360 degree perspective on a topic. For example, universities cultivate corporate relationships via donations, scholarships, career services, research contracts and grants, visiting lecturers, purchasing, and so on. With solutions like Cognos we can begin to develop an easier way to analyze and trend these complex relationships,» added Lester.

«The University of Texas at Austin is an exemplary example of how a Higher Education institution is leveraging data across the organization to gain insights into key business processes and drive performance,» said Terence Atkinson director of public sector solutions at Cognos. «With analysis and reporting for finance, research, admissions, academics, operations and HR, The University of Texas at Austin is clearly progressive in exploiting business intelligence solutions.»

To learn more about how The University of Texas at Austin is using Cognos BI to improve human resources operations, gain increased insight into financial performance, and create the National Science Foundation report (a ranking report that helps determine funding levels for research projects) please join Cathy Lester and Terence Atkinson, at noon EST on February 19th for a web seminar focused on the benefits of business intelligence for higher education. To register, please visit

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