Questions Log:What’s New in Cognos Analytics 11.2.0 -

Questions Log:
What’s New in Cognos Analytics 11.2.0

The questions in this log were collected during the Senturus webinar What’s New in Cognos Analytics 11.2.0.

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Q: When will Cognos Analytics 11.2.0 be available for download?
A: IBM is putting the final touches on it. It will be available early May, 2021.

Q: Will PowerPlay Studio be reshaped in Cognos Analytics 11.2.0?
A: Powerplay Studio is being maintained. IBM performs regular conformance updates, but no new features are going into the component.

Q: What is the end-of-life of Cognos Analytics 11.1.7?
A: 11.1.7 is a long-term support release. That means IBM will continue to support it 100% including fix packs for a total of two years, about 1.5 years remain.

Q: Are there any plans to add a racing bar chart to the visualizations in Cognos Analytics 11.2.0?
A: There are no plans currently; however, this is something that could be supported using a custom visualization.

Q: Can Cognos Analytics 11.2.0 write back to Planning Analytics or other software?
A: Unfortunately, it cannot.

Q: With the user interface change in Cognos Analytics 11.2.0, I was wondering if the Team Content view can be set as the default view?
A: Cognos will remember the last tab users were on. So, if users were on Team Content, then the next time they use Cognos, that's the tab they will see. We think your users will find the new UI very straightforward.

Q: In the Recent tab, does it show recently accessed packages or data modules in Cognos Analytics 11.2.0?
A: Yes, it does.

Q: Cognos Analytics 12.2.0 seems good for developers, but 95% of our users just need to access their reports and cubes. Can quick launch be configured by a role?
A: Yes, you have two options. Quick launch can be customized by creating custom tabs that point to folders. In addition, you can also add a Custom Folder which is by role.

Q: Does the new Cognos Analytics 11.2.0 UI have an alert banner?
A: Yes, alert banners are the same as 11.1.

Q: Is it possible to see the report description in a Recent View in Cognos Analytics 11.2.0?
A: Yes, if you are using Tile View.

Q: Are PDF outputs supported for map visualizations?
A: It is not currently but this is on our roadmap to implement.

Q: Where is the Search bar on the home page on Cognos Analytics 11.2.0?
A: It’s in the dark banner at the top on every page, except the home page.

Q: When we upgrade to 11.2.0, what will happen to the existing navigation bar custom folders, security and customizations?
A: They will all continue to work.  Some customizations will appear in a slightly different place, due to the UI changes we made, but they will all be carried forward.

Q: In the Cognos Analytics 11.2.0 content pane, can I view multiple reports in ascending or descending order?
A: Yes, you can control the sort order.

Q: Can we custom sort reports in Cognos Analytics 11.2.0?
A: No, but IBM is looking into it.

Q: Can we create our own tabs in the Cognos Analytics 11.2.0 user interface, like in Cognos BI 10?
A: Yes.  These tabs can either point to a folder or they can contain custom HTML.

Q: Since the delete and cancel buttons are side-by-side, we occasionally click delete by accident. Is there a recent deleted objects button in Cognos Analytics 11.2.0?
A: No; however, when you click delete, there is a confirmation pop-up you must confirm before it is deleted.

Q: We are in the process of upgrading from Cognos BI 10.2.2 to Cognos Analytics 11.1.7 LTSR. Is there a compelling reason to go to 11.2.0 instead?
A: Going with the LTSR is a good choice, but IBM recommends you update to 1.2.0 because of the nicer UI, better performance and other new features.

Q: Are Query Studio and Event Studio still available in Cognos Analytics 11.2.0?
A: Yes, no change here.

Q: Are there any single sign on changes with Cognos Analytics 11.2.0? It is a challenge in Cognos Analytics 11.x compared to single sign with Cognos BI 10.x.
A: IBM didn’t do anything specific for single sign on for 11.2.0. However, IBM would like to hear the specific challenges you are having with 11.x.

Q: Does the search feature take security of objects into account?
A: Yes, it does take security into account.  Security is of the utmost importance to IBM.

Q: Is it possible to narrow a search in Cognos Analytics 11.2.0?
A: Yes, you can filter the search by date, asset type and keywords.

Q: Have there been updates to pinning in Cognos Analytics 11.2.0? We noticed the backend data changes the pinned content on a mobile device when compared to desktop.
A: Desktop pins and mobile pins are not the same thing. IBM plans to integrate them in a future release.

Q: Are there any improvements or plans to use MHT Active Reports format in Cognos Analytics 11.2.0?
A: Yes. IBM is working on a lightweight desktop app that will allow you to continue to use and interact with your active reports offline. You can contact rachel.su@ca.ibm.com if you’d like to get your own active reports tested. They plan to have a beta version to select customers in May.

Q: Are there enhancements to Dynamic Cubes and PowerPlay Cubes in Cognos Analytics 11.2.0?
A: Both, and TM1 cubes as well.

Q: Will the Watson moments be available on-premise in Cognos Analytics 11.2.0? If so, will this be included in the Analytics user license?
A: Yes, it’s available to all.

Q: Which languages are supported by Watson Insights in Cognos Analytics 11.2.0?
A: English only for now.

Q: Can dashboards in Cognos Analytics 11.2.0 be scheduled to refresh and email in other formats?
A: Dashboards always query live data, and you can set any widget to automatically refresh at a chosen interval. You can share annotated screenshots via Slack or email, and you can create PDFs.

Q: When can we expect the Watson studio integration for on-premise?
A: For on-prem, IBM supports this integration through CPD cartridge.

Q: Does Cognos Analytics 11.2.0 support Edge Chromium?
A: Yes.

Q: Are there alternatives for opening Active Reports MHT in edge?
A: Unfortunately, Microsoft didn’t want to support MHT with Chromium Edge. This is out of IBM’s control.

Q: What happens to Query Studio and Event Studio in Cognos Analytics 11.2.0?
A: We do not plan to provide conformance updates for Query Studio. IE is no longer supported, so you’ll want to use Firefox. IBM is evaluating Event Studio support in Chrome for 11.2.1.

Q: With no support for IE11, how will the legacy studios work? In 11.1.7, I have to use IE11 to edit queries since there is no edit option when using Edge.
A: For Query Studio and Analysis Studio, Firefox is the only browser you can use to access them in 11.2.0. IBM has no plans to provide conformance updates for QS and AS.

Q: Can I create a custom tooltip to show charts in a tooltip in Cognos Analytics 11.2.0?
A: No, unfortunately, this feature is not currently available.

Q: We had extensive use of and time investment in ESRI maps for Cognos which stalled our adoption of Cognos Analytics. Are there plans to bring back support for ESRI maps?
A: ESRI deprecated the connector. We have been relying on partners to develop and maintain ESRI integration with Cognos. Cognos also has out of the box mapping capabilities through MapBox.

Q: Is it possible to schedule on dashboards to share via email in Cognos Analytics 11.2.0?
A: No, scheduling on dashboards is not an option at this time.

Q: How to I pass a parameter for a filter to the embedded dashboard from another portal in Cognos Analytics 11.2.0?
A: This is not available today but it’s on the IBM short-term roadmap.

Q: When will the long-term support for Cognos Analytics 11.2.x be available?
A: IBM has not identified that yet.

Q: Is Cognos Analytics 11.0.13 still in LTS?
A:  Yes, for the 11.0.x stream.

Q: Are there any version control features in Cognos Analytics 11.2.0?
A: This is not on IBM’s roadmap. Instead, they have partner solutions for this.

Q: Can we search the metadata organized by namespace/folder while developing the report in Cognos Analytics 11.2.0?
A: Search is available for the metadata tree in Framework Manager packages.

Q: Are there any changes to Cognos Administration in Cognos Analytics 11.2.0?
A: No. You can access it through the hamburger menu item Manage.

Q: Is conditional palette possible with column visualizations in Cognos Analytics 11.2.0? It used to be available in legacy charts.
A: This is not available, but it remains a high priority for IBM.

Q: When can we expect updates to the new data tables, such as the option to combine several aggregation methods within one data table (sum, average, etc), or advanced sorting options in Cognos Analytics 11.2.0?
A: These are all part of the next phase of data table, scheduled for later in 2021.

Q: Are there any differences in the on-prem vs. cloud version of Cognos Analytics 11.2.0?
A: There are a few differences. Read about them in this IBM document: https://www.ibm.com/docs/en/cognos-analytics/11.1.0?topic=started-cognos-analytics-offerings#concept_kkd_vbd_g4b__l_11.

Q: When we upgrade to Cognos Analytics 11.2.0, is it just an upgrade or a completely new install?
A: You can install it over the top as an upgrade, no need for a completely new install.

Q: Is Cognos Analytics 11.2.0 an in-place upgrade?
A: Yes. You can still do an in-place upgrade.

Q: Are there any changes to the Admin console in Cognos Analytics 11.2.0?
A: None in this release.

Q: Will the current visualizations eventually support master/detail relationships in reporting with Cognos Analytics 11.2.0?
A: Yes. it is on the IBM near roadmap to be completed in 2021.

Q: Cognos Analytics has a Workspace component which uses a widget to display folder content in clickable links. Can this be replicated in a report?
A: This is not currently available.

Q: Has Motio CI been integrated with Cognos Analytics 11.2.0?
A: Unfortunately, we aren’t able to answer that, you’ll need to contact Motio support for the answer.

Q: Dashboarding allows repeating a visualization by row/column; reporting does not. Is there an update for this included in Cognos Analytics 11.2.0?
A: No, this is planned for a future release.

Q: Are there any improvements for maps in Cognos Analytics 11.2.0?
A: IBM is in the middle of updating polygons and a few other features to be completed by the end of 2021.  

Q: How do we integrate with ArcGIS?
A: IBM relies on its partners to provide ArcGIS integration.

Q: Would you consider an upgrade from Cognos Analytics 11.0.13 FP3 to Cognos Analytics 11.2.0 a major jump that would require full regression testing?
A: You can definitely upgrade directly from 11.0.13 to 11.2. However, we still recommend testing.

Q: Is role-base customization available on the home page (dashboard, report), folder and features in Cognos Analytics 11.2.0?
A: Yes.

Q: Can we add our own tabs on the home page in Cognos Analytics 11.2.0 that is a shortcut of a dashboard or folders?
A: Yes.

Q: Are there any change for security in Cognos Analytics 11.2.0?
A: No changes.

Q: Will Workspace still be supported in Cognos Analytics 11.2.0?
A: It is a deprecated studio IBM no longer supports.

Q: When would the cloud version of Cognos Analytics 11.2.0 be updated?
A: The same timeline as the on-prem release, May 2021.

Q: We are using Cognos Analytics 11.1.4. When will that go out of support? Can we upgrade directly to Cognos Analytics 11.2.0 from it?
A: Yes, you can upgrade directly. We recommend you upgrade to at least 11.1.7 which is the long-term support release.

Q: I am on Cognos Analytics 11.0.2. Can I skip all the 11.1 upgrades and directly to Cognos Analytics 11.2.0?
A: Yes, you can.

Q: Are there other browsers that support Event Studio?
A: IBM is evaluating Chrome to support Event Studio.

Q: What is the status for a conversion tool for Query Studio reports in Cognos Analytics 11.2.0?
A: IBM is currently working this out.

Q: Will Cognos Analytics 11.2.0 work with Transformer using SQL?
A: Yes, there is no change to Transformer.

Q: Will we be able to maintain the existing extension customization look and feel regarding navigation and application bars in Cognos Analytics 11.2.0?
A: Yes. They will all be supported.

Q: What is plan for Edge support with Cognos Analytics 11.2.0?
A: Legacy Edge will not be supported, but Chromium Edge is.

Q: Will existing SDK still be supported in Cognos Analytics 11.2.0?
A: Yes.

Q: Are there any changes on data sources CQM and DQM in Cognos Analytics 11.2.0?
A: No change.

Q: I see mostly look and feel changes in Cognos Analytics 11.2.0. Are there any performance improvements on reports performances?
A:  Report performance is being looked at for a future release. Dashboard performance is the focus for 11.2.0.

Q: I’m hoping this is recorded. Can I replay it later?
A: Absolutely. You can view it on-demand and download the deck at: https://senturus.com/resources/whats-new-in-cognos-analytics/.

Q: We're splitting two environments and are finding a migration to Cognos Analytics challenging; do you offer assistance with migrations?
A: Yes, we help clients all the time. Learn more about our Cognos migration services at: https://senturus.com/analytics-platform-migrations/.