Friday, November 4, 2011

Hot off the press - A new book on Report Studio

If you are looking for a comprehensive guide for IBM Cognos 10 Report Studio with loads of practical examples, this book from IBM Press is all you need:

IBM Cognos 10 Report Studio: Practical Examples

Saturday, October 22, 2011

How to find the Java version that is being used by IBM Cognos?

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:

IBM Cognos 8.4.1 Supported Environments -

IBM Cognos 10.1 Supported Environments -

Two Cognos 10 Cookbooks that you cannot afford to miss

A deeper look at DQM:
IBM Cognos 10 Dynamic Query Cookbook -

A must read for Active Reports:
IBM Cognos Active Report 10.1.1 Cookbook -

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Take your big Business Decisions with IBM Big Data

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.

If you are keen on seeing industry leading solutions with Big data, attend the Big Data and Infosphere Streams - Are you future ready? session in IBM Software Universe 2011. Here are the details of the session:

More on Big data:

Cognos 10 and FileNet integration

With the new release of Cognos 10.1.1, FileNet can now be integrated with Cognos 10. This was not supported in earlier versions.

There is nothing additional required other than having a suitable FileNet environment running.

The following documentation links contain the steps for integration:

To realize the full power of IBM Cognos 10 BI, attend the hands on demos on Cognos in IBM Software Universe 2011. For the details of the available sessions, please refer the following link:

IBM Cognos Mobile and iPad

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.

If you are keen on seeing industry leading solutions with Cognos Mobile, attend the BI on the Go session in IBM Software Universe 2011. Here are the details of the session:

Few more articles on Cognos Mobile and iPad:
IBM Cognos Mobile
IBM Cognos 10 Mobile on the iPad
Mobile BI – Cognos 10 on the iPhone

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

IBM SWU 2011 - Where do you get the updates?

All the ongoing updates on IBM SWU 2011 can be found @ IBM Software Universe India blog.

If you are socially inclined, follow the Twitter ID : @ibmsoftware_in and tweet with the event hashtag: #ibmswuin.

Retail Banking and Business Intelligence

The financial enterprises have very less time in implementing software to achieve value and ROI. In Retail Banking, the business requirements are to drive revenue, increase operational efficiency, manage risk and retain the most valuable customers.

Go through the following Performance Blueprints offered by IBM which combine the power of IBM Cognos 8 BI for reporting, analysis, scorecards and more.

Retail Branch Banking Performance:

Retail Banking Customer Segment:

To see the complete Cognos solutions for retail banking, attend the IBM Software Universe 2011 event which includes a session on Retail Banking Analytics.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

More information on IBM SWU 2011

Articles from


IBM Cognos Mobile - BI on the Go

If your need is to explore, analyze and share IBM Cognos Business Intelligence content from anywhere you are, IBM Cognos Mobile is the solution. You can access the same reports and gain insights in the same way as you do with IBM Cognos BI. The mobile solution is reliable and secure. It does not matter weather you are online or offline, you can work with rich and visually compelling BI content anywhere. This increases productivity and makes the mobile decision-making simple like never before.

Here is a small demo on IBM Cognos Mobile:

If you are keen on seeing industry leading solutions with Cognos Mobile, attend the BI on the Go session in IBM Software Universe 2011. Here are the details of the session:

Navigate to the following site for more details on IBM Cognos Mobile:

IBM Software Universe 2011 - What is in it for you ?

The 7th IBM Software Universe event is due in the next 20 days, it is time to see what the softwares can do for your organisation. The participants of the earlier editions of IBM Software Universe wait year long for this event, as this event is known to be India's largest software expo. The highlight of this years event will be the Solutions Expo which falls in the must-not-miss category and consists of hands-on and the solution-specific demos for different IBM softwares. There are 7 in-depth tracks which are being planned - Information & Analytics, Integration and Business Process Management, Intrastructure Management, Security & Risk, Collaboration, Software & Product Innovation and Smarter Commerce. These tracks are on diverse technologies and at a level of detail unmatched in the industry. For example, the Information & Analytics track will include a demo on Retail Banking Analytics which helps banks to drive revenue, increase operational efficiency, manage risk and retain the most valuable customers. This demo consists of 350+ pre-defined Reports and Dashboards to make decision making simpler for Retail Banking. There will also be an interesting demostration of the capabilities of IBM Cognos Mobile in this Information & Analytics track.

For more details on Solution Expo, please visit the following link:

If you are willing to interact with IBM subject matter experts and gain insights on industry best practices, this is the oppotunity for you. This is undoubtedly the best technical learning ground for the software professionals in India.

The following link has the agenda for the event:

Here is the link where you can register for this most awaited software event for 2011:

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Creating a custom chart palette in Cognos

Adding you own custom chart palette was possible in Cognos 8 using the techniques mentioned in the following Cognos Proven Practices document:

These steps also work fine in Cognos 10, if the legacy chart engine is selected.

However, the same steps do not work for the new charts in Cognos 10, for which another Cognos Proven Practices document has been published recently:

Saturday, June 11, 2011

IBMs AQ Maturity Model. Whats your AQ?

Today organizations are trying to introduce Business Analytics to all levels of employees, so that making better decisions become a practise even at the most granular level of the organization. But, bringing Business Analytics to the fore is not a one-day task, the organizations need to understand what their current level is and the areas they can improve upon. This makes it all the more important for organizations to follow a Business Analytics maturity model.

IBM has recently launched AQ (Analytics Quotient) Maturity Model. The are four stages in this maturity model which are: Novice, Builder, Leader and Master.

To explore the AQ Maturity Model in more detail please refer to the following site:

where you can know more about
1. Whats your AQ?
2. Different stages of AQ Maturity model
3. How can you improve?
4. The tools that can help you to improve
5. Case Studies and White Papers

Further Reading:

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Data Visualization: The future of Business Intelligence

In the past few years the importance of data visualization has come to the forefront for the Business Intelligence software. Data visualization or information visualization or visual analytics is nothing but the visual representation of important enterprise data in terms of graphs and charts. The business user's need has always been a graphical representation which makes sense and can be easily explored or analyzed so that the trends and patterns can be spotted with ease. Moreover, the graphs and charts that are seen by the upper management needs to summarize information and should provide actionable ideas to them. Considering these facts today the Business Intelligence tools are being designed with the data visualization at its core.

The focus of Business Intelligence today is shifting towards the point of view of the business users. The new kinds of charts, graphs and dashboards which became available to business analysts over the last few years is really mind-boggling. Also, the view of Business users are changing and they are not willing to only analyze the stale data in Data Warehouse instead they are looking forward to analysis of real-time data as well with the help of data visualization.

Here are some interesting visualizations from IBM. These visualizations are part of a project named Many Eyes. You can also create your own visualizations with sample data:

IBM Cognos 10 has come up with completely new features like Business Insight ans Business Insight Advanced using which a business user can create his personal dashboard in a flash using the report objects (list, charts, graphs or crosstabs) from other reports. So without having to create anything the business users can today reuse their report objects into their personalized dashboards along with the ability of adding the own analysis on the top of it. This feature allows the business users to put their creativity into use.

The demos for IBM Cognos 10 Business Insight and Business Insight Advanced is available at the following link:

The new kinds of charts and graphs which have been introduced in Cognos 10 is also enormous. If you have seen or used the previous versions of IBM Cognos you can realize the number of charts and graphs that has been added in Cognos 10. Here is a screenshot for the selection screen for the charts available in Cognos 10:

However, the most discussed feature in Cognos 10 is Active Reports. This functionality allows the report authors to create interactive reports for offline use (when the users are disconnected). Business users can explore the information independent of their location or network connectivity. Here is the link to the Active Reports demo from IBM:

Another great addition in IBM Cognos 10 is the use to external data which enables the users to focus on the real-time data as well. A business user might be having the latest data in an excel sheet and not yet uploaded to the reporting database. Using this feature, they can analyze this data along with the current data with the data they have in data warehouse. For an overview of this feature, check the following video:


Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Using old IBM Cognos 8 charts in IBM Cognos 10

Do you know you can use the older legacy charts of IBM Cognos 8 in IBM Cognos 10?

List of new charts in IBM Cognos 10:

Here are the steps that you need to carry out for this:

i. Open Report Studio with any package
ii. Navigate to "Advanced" tab under Tools->Options
iii. Make the checkbox against "Use Legacy chart Authoring" checked
iv. Click on Apply
v. Click on OK

Now when you try to create a new chart report you get to see the old list that you have seen in IBM Cognos 8: