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Cognos Analytics V11: A Closer Look

March 31, 2016

New Features

New Report Authoring, Dashboarding and Modeling Tools

See our on-demand webinar for the new functionality for 11.1.6.

Up until now, demos of Cognos Analytics have been more about look and feel than its implications to users. In this show-and-tell, Nic Leduc, Product Manager of Cognos Analytics shows demos and covers topics that satisfy your curiosities:

  • IBM’s intent behind the radical new design
  • How Cognos Analytics solves the riddle of providing enterprise level analytics and governance while still being friendly for line-of-business users
  • How Cognos Analytics has made authoring easier while maintaining the robustness
  • Data discovery: how users can directly access data sources
  • See a demo of the new dashboarding, self-service modeling and simplified authoring

Our other on-demand webinars highlighting Cognos Analytics new features

▼ TECHNOLOGIES COVERED

IBM Cognos BI: Cognos Workspace, Cognos Workspace Advanced, Cognos Report Studio, Cognos Dynamic Cubes, Cognos Transformer, Cognos Query Studio, Cognos Analysis Studio

▼ RECOMMENDED AUDIENCES

BI Report Authors, BI Report Consumers, BI Power Users (Developers, Support Staff), BI Managers, IT Managers, IT / BI Executives (CTO), Program or Project Managers

▼ PRESENTER

Nic Leduc
Product Manager
Cognos Analytics

Nic is part of the Product Management team for IBM Cognos Analytics. His main responsibilities are around the dashboarding and mobile capabilities.

▼ PRESENTATION OUTLINE 1

IBM Cognos Business Intelligence in Review

  • General availability of IBM Cognos BI v10.2.2 on Cloud – March 27, 2015
  • Announced IBM Cognos Analytics – October 26, 2015
  • General availability Cognos Analytics – December 23, 2015

Cognos Analytics on Cloud

  • Cloud computing expertise delivers a highly secure BI SaaS offering
  • Managed by IBM, with no need to move your data or security to the cloud
  • Choose from three editions starting at 25 users, full user flexibility

Factors Shaping the Future of Business Intelligence

  • Self-serve analytics
  • Data governance
  • Smarter, more embeddable analytics

Cognos Analytics v11 Delivers Ease of Use for the Business Without Compromising IT Functionality

  • Completely re-designed experience – dramatically increase productivity for departmental and enterprise reporting

Cognos Analytics Demo
Interact

  • Intuitive and interactive
  • Personalization
  • On-demand toolbars and menus

Create

  • Easy access to corporate or uploaded data
  • Easily combinable data modules
  • Intent-driven modeling and authoring

Creators, Simple Dashboards, and Reports

  • Select data source and get started
  • Guided experience
    • Design and layout
    • Drag and drop content
    • Recommended visualization
  • Progressive interface
  • Create dashboard on a tablet

Creators, Power Users

  • Intent-driven modeling process based on the selected data
    • Search for fields
    • Join multiple sources
    • Automated model generation
  • Improve data quality – data cleansing
  • Visualize the model

Updating to Cognos Analytics v11

  • Cognos Analytics is an upgrade to Cognos Business Intelligence (v8, v10)
  • All your existing content will be brought forward
  • Traditional 10.2.2 studios are available (now called Companion Applications)
  • No license changes (free to download from Passport Adv for existing customers)
  • Life cycle manager is planned to ship in Q1, 2017

Simplification of the Studios

  • We’ve reduced the number of interfaces for simplicity:
    • Report
    • Dashboard
    • Data module
  • IBM recommends to create new content using the new tools

Where are the Old Studios in Cognos Analtyics?

  • Companion applications are still available for existing customers
    • Cognos v10 studios
    • My Inbox
    • Drill-Through definitions
    • My Watch items

Cognos Workspace in Cognos Analytics

  • Currently
    • Still available in Cognos Analytics, opens in a new browser tab
    • Removed certain capabilities such as the Do More
    • Announced for deprecation
  • What we are looking at:
    • Reusable parts in the new dashboards and reporting
    • Multiple packages in reporting (vote on RFE 68073)
    • Master filtering across multiple sources / widgets / pages
    • Auto-refresh of widgets in dashboards

Portal Pages and Tabs in Cognos Analytics

  • Currently
    • Portal pages open in a different browser tab
    • Portal tabs are no longer accessible
  • Recommendations
    • Users can set a report or dashboard as their home page (not portal pages)
    • Recently used list provides a quick way for users to get to their content
    • Search has been greatly enhanced to find content they need
  • What we are looking at:
    • Ability for admins to set their user’s home pages based on users and groups
    • Vote on RFE 84915

▼ PRESENTATION OUTLINE 2

Infrastructure, Installation

  • Installation options
    • Ready to run! Provides a quick way to get up and running in minutes without any additional configuration or third party software
    • Custom: same as previous version of Cognos
  • Gateway component is optional, meaning no dependency on a web server
    • Only required for advanced options such as SSO or third party portal integration
  • Items to consider
    • Size of snapshots and uploaded content
    • Potential additional load on the servers as users interact with their content

Mobile Experience

  • iOS Safari for connected experience
  • Native apps for disconnected
  • Interface only shows the capabilities that are supported on mobile devices
  • On-demand toolbar menus are touch friendly
  • Report prompts are converted to native controls

Embedded Items

Models, OLAP, Query Engines

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