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VIDEO: Dashboarding Demo for Cognos Analytics

Welcome to our video that demonstrates the new dashboarding capabilities in Cognos Analytics.  In this video, we will walk you a use case story on how to upload a data file and build out a dashboard while gaining insights along the way. Related posts: An Overview of Cognos Analytics Data Prep and Modeling Please visit our IBM Cognos Analytics channel on YouTube.

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VIDEO: Data Preparation and Modeling

Welcome to our video that demonstrates data preparation and modeling in Cognos Analytics.  In this video, we will walk you through a use case story that details how to join multiple data sources using corporate and external data, refine data properties, and build navigation groups and custom groups. Related posts: An Overview of Cognos Analytics Data to Dashboard in Minutes (Coming Soon) Please visit our IBM Cognos Analytics channel on YouTube.

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VIDEO: An Overview of Cognos Analytics

Welcome to our video that showcases the capabilities of Cognos Analytics.  In this video, we will introduce you to the newly re-imagined Cognos Analytics, and illustrate the improved user interface for each feature function. Related posts: Data Preparation and Modeling Data to Dashboard in Minutes (Coming Soon) Please visit our IBM Cognos Analytics channel on YouTube.

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Embed Cognos Analytics Dashboards into your Applications

In today’s world, data is being produced and stored at an ever-quickening pace.  In fact, according to Forrester, the number of companies storing over 100TB of data almost doubled in 2017. The ability to leverage this data to make timely and effective decisions is paramount.  In many cases, the data is surfaced in one system. Users must then break away from their current activity to extract the data from wherever it lives and bring it into a separate visualization tool to surface insights. Some have tried to solve this problem by including data visualization capabilities directly within an application.  The issue with that approach is two-fold: one, you significantly increase the coding required by your developers, and two: end users are then limited to a set of pre-defined visualizations that may not completely meet their needs. To address the problem for both developers and end users, we’ve developed a new solution that allows you to embed Cognos Analytics dashboards into your applications with ease: IBM Cognos Dashboard Embedded. For the Developer: As the name implies, IBM Cognos Dashboard Embedded, allows you to integrate a dynamic analytics workflow directly into your offering. This may take the form of a guided exploration containing pre-created dashboards with one or more visualizations. However, the true value lies in providing a full creation experience, allowing end users to select their data sources and build their own visualizations in real time to get answers to their questions. Based on Javascript APIs, Cognos Dashboard Embedded utilizes a standard and popular development language that allows developers to quickly and efficiently integrate and maintain Cognos Dashboard Embedded in their offering. For the end user: Not everyone in an organization is looking for the same answers to the same questions. Consequently, a dashboard that works perfectly for a colleague may only provide a subset of the information that meets your particular needs.  With IBM Cognos Dashboard Embedded, you have an intuitive, drag-and-drop user experience, which allows you to explore your data and create visualizations that answer the unique questions important to you. Try it for free today IBM Cognos Dashboard Embedded is now available in the IBM Cloud Catalog.  Try it for free today! Or, click here to learn more about this new offering.

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What's new in Cognos Analytics Dashboards 11.0.9

Latitude and Longitude mapping support We added the ability to map latitude and longitude points on to maps. See Rick’s blog on this topic. Label axis orientation The orientation and positioning of the categorical x-axis labels in our visualizations have always been responsive to maximize the available real-estate and show as many values as could fit.  In R9, we added the ability for the author to control the orientation. Head to the properties and select one of the options. In this example, the Automatic setting for the current widget size was to stagger the labels. We can now select a different orientation, let’s see what it looks like as Vertical: Full screen mode and narrow side bar To maximize the available real-estate for the dashboard canvas itself, we’ve made two enhancements: 1) Narrow navigation side bar When in consumption mode, the side bar will now always be thin. This will provide more real-estate to the actual widgets themselves and give additional space for other or larger widgets. This falls in line with reports where the side bar has always been thin. In the example below, my dashboard now opens with a thin side bar, even on my high resolution desktop screen. 2) Full-screen dashboards To go a step further in maximizing the available real-estate, we’ve added the ability to hide the top and side panels completely for users of the dashboard. While in full-screen mode, the dashboard remains fully interactive, allowing the user to interact with it without any distractions of the panels.  From the top right of the screen, click on the double-arrow to go full-screen. To exit, simply hit escape or click on the button again that appears on the bottom left.

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Video: How to create your first dashboard part 2 (11.0.6+)

This video is intended for beginners, to help them get started with authoring dashboards. It shows how to expand and enhance the Get Started sample dashboard “3. My first dashboard”. The URL to the image used in the video is https://public.dhe.ibm.com/software/data/sw-library/cognos/mobile/tips/Images/Boston311.png. Part 1 of this video can be found here. Related posts: Video: How to create your first dashboard part 1 (11.0.6+) IBM Knowledge Center: Four categories of Cognos samples Library of How-To Videos for IBM Cognos Analytics Samples Landing Page

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Video: How to create your first dashboard in #Cognos Analytics part 1 (11.0.6+)

This video is intended for beginners, to help them get started with authoring dashboards. Part 2 of this video can be found here. Related posts: Video: How to create your first dashboard part 2 (11.0.6+) IBM Knowledge Center: Four categories of Cognos samples Library of How-To Videos for IBM Cognos Analytics Samples Landing Page Please visit our IBM Cognos Analytics channel on YouTube.

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Video: What’s New in Dashboarding for IBM Cognos Analytics 11.0.6?

Welcome to our video about what’s new in dashboarding for IBM Cognos Analytics 11.0.6, where we’ll show you some of the latest features, including OLAP datasources, widget connections, enhanced mapping, improved grid, and usability enhancements. We have made multiple usability enhancements in this release, including keyboard shortcut support, view navigation paths, sort stacked bars, grouped properties, auto-sized font, enhanced pinning, and change layout template. Related posts: Dashboard enhancements in Cognos Analytics 11.0.6 IBM Knowledge Center: Four categories of Cognos samples Library of How-To Videos for IBM Cognos Analytics Samples Landing Page Please visit our IBM Cognos Analytics channel on YouTube.

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Shocking Data Dashboard Confession: “I’ve Deceived You”

Shocking Data Dashboard Confession: "I've Deceived You" Years of mistaking correlation for causation When your data dashboard reaches full AI maturity, it will have to apologize: “Sorry I’ve been deceiving you.” Without you knowing, it’s delivered years of misinformation.  That dashboard solution that promised it would always be, ‘intuitive, interactive, and drag & drop’ will use its AI capability to say, “It’s not my fault; I was never equipped to show differences between causation and correlation.”  Odds are high that your data discovery vendor has been ignoring analytics. That data ‘snapshot’ in your dashboard did not make you a better leader or decision maker.  In fact, it deceived you into seeing correlation instead of causation—a mistake that has sunk many careers. “…dashboards are poor at providing the nuance and context that effective data-driven decision making demands.” -Harvard Business Review 13Jan2017 The Harvard Business Review (HBR) offers caution to executives everywhere; your dashboard can mislead you.  The HBR article “3 Ways Data Dashboards Can Mislead You” makes its point clear; you need both predictive and prescriptive analytics to get dashboards right.   Many data discovery vendors have been ignoring this for years by offering dashboards that only deal with current or past activity. “Make your data make an impact “ – Data discovery vendor The tagline offered by one vendor makes it sound like visualization is all you need to prove your point. But what if the visualization misleads you?  In the graphic below, you’ll see an obvious pattern between people who die from becoming tangled in bedsheets and per capita cheese consumption in the US (Source: Spurious Correlations).  Most dashboards and data discovery tools deceive you into the belief these groupings are interconnected.  There is correlation in values but it does NOT mean that change in one variable (cheese) is the cause of change in the values of other variables (death).  You won’t know, but your dashboard was misleading you.          “It’s far too easy — and unfortunately common — for managers to interpret the groupings in a dashboard as causative when they may not be.” -Harvard Business Review 13Jan2017 When you’re caught up in the elegance of data dashboards, it’s easy to dismiss the underlying analytics.  An attractive chart describing what has happened is undoubtedly less intimidating than an attempt to understand what will happen.   But there’s no longer an excuse for mistaking the two. Past activity is not a predictor of the future. In the past, analytics might have been inaccessible to senior management, but with new natural-language solutions, that no longer needs to be the case. Don’t wait for your data dashboard confession.  If your dashboard could talk right now it might say, “Save yourself and see what analytics can do for you.  Start a free trial of Watson Analytics before it’s too late!”

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Video: What’s new in Dashboarding for IBM #Cognos Analytics 11.0.5?

Welcome to our video about what’s new in dashboarding, where we’ll show you some of the latest features in IBM Cognos Analytics 11.0.5, including direct access to relational packages, new visualizations, Infographics summary, Mapbox maps, Navigation paths, and adding custom widgets. Related posts: What's new in Dashboarding in Cognos Analytics 11.0.5 Library of Videos for IBM Cognos Analytics Please visit our IBM Cognos Analytics channel on YouTube.