Cognos Analytics is Western Michigan University's enterprise business intelligence solution. Content, including operational and strategic reporting and dashboards, is published to a Web-based portal accessible here:

Cognos Login

Technical notes

A VPN connection is necessary to access Cognos through WiFi or while off campus.

Cognos is down overnight for scheduled database refreshes and is available each day at 7:30 AM.

For best results, remember to enable pop-up exceptions for Cognos. While most browsers are supported, Chrome (latest release), Internet Explorer (v. 11), Edge (v. 44), and Safari (v. 9 or higher) are recommended.

Cognos Analytics Training Information 

To request a Cognos account, please go to and complete the Cognos access request form.

A recent user training session, which included instructions on how to navigate the portal and find and run content, was recorded and can be found in the WMU Mediasite portal

For questions about Cognos, contact Jason Jach or Becca Sly.

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