Often an organization's need is to maintain the same look and feel for all the portals that they use. Hence, if they are using Cognos, they would like to modify the look and feel for Cognos too. This is often referred to as re-branding. Here are the links to the documents which cover this type of customization in detail:
One of the India's premier technical events, IMTC is to be held between 9-11 May, 2012 @ Hotel Leela Palace, Bangalore. Information Management Technical Conference (IMTC) brings in 80 Information Management sessions on different IBM softwares. The Technical tracks include:
Enterprise Content Management
Information Platform and Solutions
Business Analytics and Optimization
The event also includes the Hands-on Labs to learn tricks and techniques to drive greater efficiency and technical value to the participants and their organizations. The participants can also take advantage of the free of charge Certification Testing Exams.
Are you getting issues while configuring DB2 as content store for IBM Cognos BI?
The configuration is a little tricky, where you need to modify certain DB2 parameters for the content store database on DB2. The following document embodies all the required steps fpr configuration. The document had been authored for IBM Cognos 8.x, but the steps hold good for IBM Cognos 10 as well:
Did you know that you can access your trusted IBM Cognos BI content using your Blacknerry PlayBook and smart phones? You can use a native application on your Blackberry smartphone or a web application in case of PlayBook to access Cognos reports. Its easy to use and the information you access is safe and protected by a combination of RIM and IBM Cognos platform security.
IBM Cognos Mobile has been designed for the business users who need to access, analyze and share IBM Cognos Business Intelligence contents irrespective of their location. The business users can work with trusted BI content in a rich and visual experience whether offline or online for uninterrupted productivity.
IBM Cognos Mobile can leverage the existing BI content. A single administrative environment is used for Cognos BI and Cognos Mobile which helps the IT teams to keep up with the demands of users on varied devices.The product currently supports Apple iPhones, iPads and RIM Blackberry smart phones and playbooks. It terms of platforms, it supports Android 3, Symbian and Windows Mobile phones.
Ever thought of supplementing enterprise data with your own or personal data file? This will allow you to create a report using an external file that contains data which is not a part of the enterprise data that your Business Intelligence tool regularly accesses. With IBM Cognos 10 BI you can link this type of scenario data with enterprise data and create a professional report easily.
The following types of files can be used:
Microsoft Excel spreadsheets (.xls files)
Tab-delemeted files (.txt files)
Comma-separated files (.csv files)
XML data (.xml files)
To work with external data the administrator should first grant the permission Allow External Data capability (under the Report Studio capability) to report authors considering the report authors can already access Report Studio and Business Insight Advanced (you cannot use external data in Business Insight).
Before importing external data, the report author should start with an existing Cognos package. Then, the report author will have to import the external data file and link the columns in the external data file to those of the enterprise data (this can be a relational or dimensional data source). As a next step, the report authors need to publish a new package that enables the users to create reports using both external data and enterprise data.
Here is a video that explains the process of using external data in IBM Cognos 10 Report Studio:
We are in the age where the softwares are changing the way organizations do their business. IBM Business Analytics softwares are changing the way organizations take their decisions, allocate their resources, anticipate and change future outcomes. IBM Cognos 10 expands the traditional business intelligence with planning, scenario modeling, real-time monitoring and predictive analysis which makes it possible to deliver business intelligence to a wider audience.
To meet the always changing business requirements, the organizations today cannot sustain without collaboration in each and every business decision. The requirement is to allow the key business users to engage in various conversations about the business information and in turn get more value out of their Business Intelligence software. IBM Cognos 10 addresses collaborative decision making with annotations and by integrating with Lotus connections. Annotations shared within reports and dashboards it help every business user to stay fully informed and in turn take better business decisions. Lotus connections is a built-in collaboration and social networking tool to connect people so that they can share their insights and achive better business results. To know more, please check the demos from the following link:
While configuring IBM Cognos, using an incompatible Java version is a very common mistake. An incompatible Java version will not allow to IBM Cognos to function correctly. Most of the time the users are not sure what is the Java version that they are using:
Here are three ways with which you can find the versions of the Java that Cognos is using:
Method 1 - Using Command:
If you are aware of the Java home directory that is being used use the command "java -version" to find the exact version for Java.
Method 2 - From Cognos Configuration: a. Open Cognos Configuration b. Press Ctrl+F3
Method 3 - From Logs:
a. Open the file cbs_cnfgtest_run.log file under logs directory. b. Look for the entries: java_vendor, java_version
Once you know the Java version you can always check if that version is supported by version of Cognos that you are using:
Everyday the amout of data that generated all over the world is simply huge. This data comes from everywhere - from the invoices of airline reservation to the data collected by switches used in telecommunication industry. This data is termed as big data.
Big Data is generally governed by 3 Vs.
1. Variety - Structured and unstructured data, data of all varieties.
2. Velocity - Real-time, time-sensitive data
3. Volume - Large data: terabytes and petabytes of information
These three parameters make Big data a herculean task; it is an opportunity to find insight in new and emerging types of data, to make your business more agile, and to answer questions that, in the past, were beyond reach.
With the recent release of IBM Cognos 10.1.1, IBM Cognos now supports Apple iPad as well. Cognos Mobile users can now access and interact with all of the rich reports and dashboards that they need to make the smartest and quickest business decisions, all on Apple iPad.
With this new feature, users can instantly access Cognos Business Intelligence on Apple iPads with either a native application that can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or a web application (no installation necessary) - or on iPhone using a web application.
Users can easily uncover meaningful insights using the same intuitive Apple multi-touch techniques used for everything so the end useers have virtually no learning curve. If users have Cognos Mobile on their iPads, they can even access content when they are disconnected.
The information/content is safe and protected with a combination of Apple and Cognos Business Intelligence security.