Business analytics proven practices
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Top 10 Business intelligence
Learn about the various features available within IBM Cognos Active Report and how they can be used to create and distribute interactive reporting applications.
Configure Microsoft IIS 7 and 7.5 on Win2008 or Win2008R2 to host an IBM Cognos 10 gateway. This document provides comprehensive details on the steps and various best practices and is a must-read for anyone configuring IIS7 for Cognos 10. Optional sections describe how to enable features which are not required but nice-to-have when running IBM Cognos 10 on IIS 7.x.
A single point of reference for techniques and product behaviours when dealing with the Dynamic Query Mode delivered with IBM Cognos 10.
An explanation of the concept of Dispatcher routing, including load balancing and advanced routing. This document is meant to supplement the "Security and Administration Guide" and "Architecture and Deployment Guide" that are part of the IBM Cognos Business Intelligence product documentation.
Learn the basic requirements of an SDK application with this introduction to the IBM Cognos Business Intelligence Software Development Kit (SDK). This document offers a simple approach to the SDK to software designers who are very familiar with the Cognos Business Intelligence product and would like to use the SDK component.
Considerations for securing the Cognos Business Intelligence 10 environment. This article is intended for Cognos Business Intelligence 10 application administrators, who will be responsible for designing the IBM Cognos 10 architecture and developing the project. The contents are not end-user relevant, as most of the recommendations need to be implemented by IBM Cognos administrators prior to end user roll out.
Implement seamless authentication between security systems and IBM Cognos BI, using these guidelines. This document is intended for security architects and administrators designing authentication for a system that includes Cognos BI.
Apply dynamic column sorting on a list using custom IBM Cognos 8 Report Studio toolbox items with this technique.
Improve the performance of IBM Cognos Business Intelligence studios (Query Studio, Analysis Studio, Report Studio Express) when authors and analysts deal interactively with relational data sources, using these guidelines and techniques.
Top 10 Financial performance management
Use Cognos TM1 FEEDERS to improve performance when building IBM Cognos TM1 cubes. This article covers an advanced IBM Cognos TM1 concept and uses TM1-specific terminology. The reader should have an understanding of IBM Cognos TM1 cubes, dimensions, rules, and terminology before proceeding.
Enable WebDAV HTTP extension for use with the "browsing for images" feature in IBM Cognos Express Report Studio, using a remote web server or an application server, as described in this article.
A supplement to the TM1 9.5 Operations Guide as it describes the task of configuring LDAP authentication for TM1 9.5 in greater detail. It adds value though as it covers documentation gaps, documents as yet undocumented configuration items and helps to overcome pitfalls not mentioned in documentation at all.
Gain an understanding on what IBM Cognos Express is, how it works and where to find troubleshooting information. This document applies to the IBM Cognos Express 9.5 release. All references to IBM Cognos Express in this document refer to this release only.
Learn how to build income statement reports, balance sheet reports and other reports in Cognos Controller using the Excel Add-in Link. This document will provide samples of reports built using the excel add-in link for IBM Cognos Controller. This article provides information to help understand important aspects of these reports.
Install Cognos 8 Controller 8.5 Server in a standard environment as easily as possible, with the minimum of issues.
Learn how to import multiple data sets from a Microsoft Excel file into IBM Cognos Insight through an ODBC connection, edit the structure of the data, and then view your results in an IBM Cognos Insight workspace.
Cognos Contributor Administrators can gain assistance in troubleshooting issues with the 8.4 Rich Client install. This article covers install options, potential issues you may experience during installs, and the information required if you need assistance from IBM Cognos support.
Monitor memory usage, plan for capacity and server sizing. This document is a compilation of recommended practices on the topic of TM1 server planning, sizing, and hardware performance.
Set up general configuration and automatic journals in Cognos Controller using these guidelines. This article is a guide to configurations and control tables in this area.
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