IBM yesterday launched IBM Cognos Express, a business intelligence and planning solution specifically designed and priced for mid-sized clients. Deployed in a matter of hours, the solution offers clients a low-cost and low-risk, integrated approach to planning, analyzing and reporting performance, identifying trends and, ultimately, helping businesses make smarter business decisions, the company says.

A recent IBM Global CIO Study involving 2,500 CIOs from 78 countries found that 83% of mid-market executives ranked “business intelligence and analytics” as their top priority for improving competitiveness and cutting costs. Faced with limited budgets and overstretched IT resources, mid-sized organizations are seeking faster and more affordable analytics solutions that can help them cope with information overload.

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