By Paul Hausser, Envisn, Inc.
Introduced in 1990, Cognos PowerPlay set a new standard in terms of both ease of use and power in decision support technology. It quickly became the leading product in the OLAP market and helped make Cognos a leader in solutions that empower the user. Analysts credit PowerPlay and tools like it as having significantly broadened the market by bringing decision support tools into all levels of the organization. Users finally had the ability to align data with the questions they needed answers to.