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2018 Gartner Report: The Case for Data Governance

This year’s Gartner Magic Quadrant for BI & analytics report caught our eye, not because of where each software vendor was placed in the quadrants, but because of the emphasis Gartner placed on data governance.

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Windows vs. Linux: What’s Best with Cognos Analytics?

Clients often ask us which OS works best for Cognos Analytics, Windows or Linux. There is no easy answer. It really depends on the needs of your organization. In this blog, we go over the pros and cons of each to help you assess the best fit for your organization.

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Performing Advanced Analytics with Tableau

Tableau continues to beef up its capabilities for advanced analytics, providing built-in functions as well as integrations with third-party data science packages. In this blog post, we review the various methods of performing advanced analytics (Tableau’s built-in functions, integrated with Tableau, free standing analytics programing languages as well as enterprise software programs) and their pros and cons.

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Tableau + Cognos + Senturus: Aero Precision Saves $100K Annually

The Senturus analytics connector enabled Aero precision to say so long to time consuming, static reports and achieve its vision for producing automated, interactive, at-a-glance Tableau dashboards using live Cognos data. Numbers – and formatting – are consistent across reports, critical markers and historical trending are finally being surfaced, and they are saving $100K annually in one department alone.

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Securing & Filtering Data by User in Tableau

Tableau defaults to showing all the data in your visualizations to all of your users. But not all data is meant to be seen by all people. For example, you might need security rules that restrict data shown by region or by management level. In this blog, we’ll go over a couple different methods you can use to secure your data by user or group along with step-by-step instructions for each.

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OLAP: Past, Present…& Future?

Next generation technologies and visualization tools are causing people to question the relevancy of the OLAP cube. But should we be writing off OLAP? To address this question, we do a quick retrospective of where OLAP started and what it brought…and still brings…to the table.

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Drilling From One Cube To Another in Cognos Report Studio

We were working on a project in Cognos report studio in which the reports were using different cubes. The client wanted users to be able to drill from one cube to the other. Drilling from one dimensional report to another report that is using a different cube can be difficult to set up, but we’ll show you how.

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Tableau Dashboard Design: 10 Best Practices

After years of meeting with customers and using their requirements to build dashboards, we have learned some valuable insights about dashboard design. In this blog we share 10 best practices so you, too, can build dashboards that are beautiful, impactful, insightful, and – best of all – used in your organization.

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Choosing the Right Tool: Enterprise vs. Self-Service Analytics

When it comes to enterprise BI platforms and self-service analytics, there is no one size fits all answer. We list out strengths and weaknesses of each type of BI tool and provide guidance to determine which is best suited for your business scenario.

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