Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Customizing / Re-branding IBM Cognos User Interface

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:

1. Customizing the Cognos 8 UI
2. IBM Cognos Proven Practices: Customising the IBM Cognos 8.4.x UI
3. IBM Cognos Proven Practices: Customizing IBM Cognos 10 Login

Sample customization / re-branding using the above documents:

Monday, May 7, 2012

IMTC India 2012 is knocking at the door !!

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:
  • Data Management
  • Enterprise Content Management
  • Information Platform and Solutions
  • Business Analytics and Optimization
  • Industry Solutions
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.

Click Here for more details.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Configuring DB2 as content store for IBM Cognos BI

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:

IBM Cognos Mobile on Blackberry PlayBook and smartphone

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.

Here is a video on this seamless experience -

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Take your BI reports home with IBM Cognos Mobile

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.

Why Mobile BI ?

  • Mobile BI empowers the business users to access the Business Intelligence contents using mobile phones and tablets.
  • Mobile BI lets the decision makers take their business decisions on the go.
  • Mobile BI has been the game changer over the past few years and is one of the leading trends in the BI market today.
  • With the increasing adoption of the tablets, Mobile Bi is getting more and more popular among the Business Users.
IBM Cognos Mobile is one of the market leading BI softwareswhich enables the users to consume their Business Intelligence reports from anywhere.

Take better business decisions using External / Personalized data in Cognos 10

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:

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Rethink your future Business Intelligence strategy with IBM Cognos 10 and Collaborative BI

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:

Monday, January 16, 2012

Latest Cognos Proven Practices document on Security

A good document to refer if you are planning to secure your Cognos environment. Covers all the authentication and authorization concepts that you need:

Also, here is the list of Top 10 Cognos Proven Practices documents for reference:

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

A webinar on Business Intelligence

If you are looking for a session on the basics of Business Intelligence, here is a webinar that you may want to attend: