IBM Cognos ReportNet was the first product to deliver managed, production and ad-hoc reporting on a single service-based architecture.
ReportNet uses web services standards such as XML and Simple Object Access Protocol and also supports dynamic HTML and Java. ReportNet is compatible with multiple databases including Oracle, SAP, Teradata, Microsoft SQL server, DB2 and Sybase. Cognos ReportNet provides interface in more than 10 languages, has Web Services architecture to meet the needs of multi-national, diversified enterprises and helps reduce total cost of ownership.
Cognos ReportNet featured many innovations such as adaptive, drag-and-drop authoring and quick-to-deploy multilingual reporting. These and many more innovative features can be found in the product that followed: IBM Cognos 8 Business Intelligence.