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Learn about Business Intelligence at UC San Diego.

Data drives decisions.

The Business Intelligence Competency Center (BICC) can help you:

  • Get to the data you need
  • Analyze your data
  • Display your data for discussion

Business Intelligence (BI) is the effective use and analysis of an organization’s raw data through analytics, querying, reporting, data mining and more. To satisfy your BI needs, we support two major analytics programs:

Cognos Analytics

Cognos Analytics is a browser-based broad business intelligence platform that offers capabilities from self-service data exploration and visualization through complex reporting and analytic solutions.

Our UC San Diego enterprise licensing for Cognos Analytics provides for all development and consumer level access. Learn more by reading Cognos Training on Blink.


Tableau desktop is a client application for Windows and Mac that emphasizes data discovery and interactive data visualization.

Licenses for Tableau desktop must be purchased by departments, but we have negotiated a UC San Diego discount. Contact busintel@ucsd.edu to request a quote (pricing varies in part based on how much time remains in the current maintenance cycle).

Interactive workbooks designed in Tableau desktop can only be shared with other Tableau desktop owners by default. Limited interactivity is available from a free Tableau Reader application, or information can be distributed in a non-interactive PDF.

To address this, we have obtained UC San Diego enterprise licensing for Tableau server to provide Tableau desktop users the ability to share interactive content on line. Contact busintel@ucsd.edu to request access to Tableau server.

We will provide governed data sources through Tableau server for use in creating visualizations as they become available.