IBM manufactures and markets computer hardware, middleware and software, and offers hosting and consulting services in areas ranging from mainframe computers to nanotechnology.

Inventions by IBM include the automated teller machine (ATM), the PC, the floppy disk, the hard disk drive, the magnetic stripe card, and the relational database, the SQL programming language, the UPC barcode, and dynamic random – access memory (DRAM)

It is also a major research organization, holding the record for most patents generated by a business (as of 2017) for 24 consecutive years


It is an IBM tool powered by IBM TM1, Planning Analytics automates and improves your essential planning, budgeting, forecasting and analysis processes. It provides flexible, multidimensional modeling to represent your business, and it delivers self-service analytics for all your business users.

From a customizable planning workspace, the solution discovers insights automatically – directly from your data – and can provide the speed, agility and foresight you need to deliver better business results. Ultimately, you can create timely, reliable plans to put insight into action.


Cognos is IBM’s business intelligence (BI) and performance management software suite. The software is designed to enable business users without technical knowledge to extract corporate data, analyze it and assemble reports.

From business intelligence to financial performance and strategy management to analytics applications, IBM Cognos software can provide what your organization needs to become top-performing and analytics-driven.

With products for the individual, workgroup, department, midsize business and large enterprise, Cognos software is designed to help everyone in your organization make the decisions that achieve better business outcomes—for now and in the future. Choose the business intelligence or performance management product you want and be confident that it can grow seamlessly as your needs expand.


Cognos TM1 offers enterprise planning and analytics built on a common information and technology platform. This enables users to employ the same skills as they adopt additional performance management capabilities, saving time and cost. TM1 transforms planning, budgeting, forecasting analysis and score carding to establish a more dynamic, reliable performance management system based on contributions from users throughout the organization.TM1 Integrates with IBM Cognos Business Intelligence in a single performance management platform that consolidates data from multiple sources and applications.