To generate our three-year plans, we can now layer strategic initiatives on top of our business-as-usual financial plan and perform what-if analyses to analyze what these initiatives could mean for overall performance. This allows us to better prepare for what the future may bring. We have received outstanding support from Aviana – their consultants took the time to listen and gain a deep understanding of our requirements, provided strategic consulting with a detailed knowledge of business analytics, and are very results-driven. We couldn’t be happier with the result.

Jim Swanson, Director of Strategic and Financial Planning, Columbia Sportswear

Business Challenge story

A large-scale ERP systems implementation combined with substantial business process transformation threatened the viability of Columbia Sportswear’s existing finance reporting and planning processes. How could the company maintain and eventually enhance the flow of information to key decision makers?


Working with Aviana, an IBM Business Partner, Columbia Sportswear implemented IBM® Cognos® TM1® and integrated the solution with its existing IBM Cognos Business Intelligence software and ERP systems.


Harmonizing data and streamlining planning and reporting processes enables analysts to provide global information to decision makers, avoiding days of manual workarounds and information delays.

Solution Category

  • IBM Hybrid Cloud
  • Solution Components

    • Cognos Business Intelligence
    • Cognos TM1
    • IBM-SAP Alliance
    • Planning Analytics
    • SAP ERP