Our Favorite Admin Features in Cognos Analytics 11.1


Our Favorite Admin Features in Cognos Analytics 11.1

November 15, 2018

Security, governance & administration, security, governance & administration, Security, Governance & System Admin

Enhancements to Admin and Developer Functionality

With so much attention centered on the augmented intelligence (AI) functionality in Cognos Analytics 11.1, you may have missed the other new features. In this webinar recording, we take you beyond the AI hype and review some of the enhancements to admin and developer functionality.

Our in-house Cognos Analytics expert Todd Schuman got special hands-on access to the yet-to-be-released on-prem version and was able to evaluate capabilities not available in the publicly available cloud version.

Todd discussed his favorite 11.1 admin enhancements including

  • Improved integration of admin capabilities that allow for customizations in profiles, color palettes, user roles and more
  • The new, more efficient reporting UI which lets you accomplish simple tasks with fewer clicks
  • A fix that fans have been clamoring for: the ability to pin the context toolbar
  • The pros—and cons—of the new visualizations
  • Update on releases and roadmap for 11.0 and 11.1
  • More robust data modules with dependencies and tables with unions, joins, intersections

Cognos Analytics


Todd Schuman

Practice Lead – Installations, Upgrades and Performance Tuning
Senturus, Inc.

Todd has over 16 years of business analytics experience across multiple industries. He also regularly connects with the IBM product development team and has been in the forefront of the Cognos Analytics upgrade and installation process since it debuted.



  • New customized options
    • Profiles
      • Default profile
      • Show hidden entries
      • Default report formats
      • Time zone
    • Palettes
      • Global/corporate
    • Additional feature areas to customize
    • System settings
      • No more need to use ConfigSetter
      • Slider for My Portal Pages
      • Enable Cognos 10 UI
      • Set items per page
    • Accounts now part of people grouping
      • Capabilities moves to 11.1 Glass UI
      • Contacts, distribution list

Reporting and dashboarding enhancements

  • Pin context toolbar!
  • Easier access to report settings
    • Open/copy to clipboard
    • Visual aids to show hidden fields
    • Validation
    • Show generated SQL
  • New visualizations
    • New 11.1 specs
    • Additional nesting of rows/columns
    • JavaScript based
    • Very fast
    • Some HTML only
  • Auto sizing and object placement
    • Less need to use multiple tables
    • Drag edges of lists, crosstabs, singletons to grow or shrink
  • Cleaner UI
    • No more buttons for pages, queries, tools, etc.
    • Breadcrumb style toolbar on the top to jump to page, query, etc.
  • Copy/paste
    • Smarts to bring needed queries with reporting object
    • Visualization will bring queries (even joins and unions) along
    • Better browser support (Chrome, Firefox)

Data modules

  • Data prep/clean
  • Quick attribute creation
    • Build year, month, quarter
  • Dependencies
  • Tables
    • Unions, joins, intersections

Release schedules

  • Cognos 11.1.0 Release
    • Late November, early December
  • Quarterly releases
    • 1.1 – spring 2019
  • three years on this major build
  • 0.13 – R13
  • Final release for 11.0
  • Early Q1 2019
  • Mostly bug and stability fixes
  • None of the new features reviewed in this deck
  • 2 years of support