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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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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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IBM #Cognos #Analytics: Custom visualizations used in the samples

Download: All visualizations used in the samples (.ZIP, 1.8MB) All of the customized visualizations that are used in the sample IBM Cognos Analytics reports, up to and including version 11.0.4, are available here. To use the visualizations, download the file above and unzip it. You will see multiple visualization bundles (.ZIPs) that can be further customized in the Visualization Customizer tool, or imported individually to IBM Cognos Analytics using the Import Visualization toolbar button on the Library tab in IBM Cognos Administration: Related posts: Visualization Customizer tool All visualizations Please visit our IBM Business Analytics Support channel on YouTube.

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Cognos Business Intelligence & Cognos Analytics Visualization Customizer

The IBM Cognos Visualization Customizer brings a new level of flexibility to the visualizations available through IBM Business Analytics offerings. This no-charge, ‘as is’ tool provides the means to edit and customize the JSON description of IBM Rapidly Adaptive Visualization Engine (RAVE) based visualizations. A spectrum of changes can be made to visualizations ranging from customizing visualization color palettes, to fonts and labels to adding or changing chart icons. Questions about the IBM Visualization Customizer can be posted to the forum within this community where both community members and IBM visualization experts participate in active conversations. Download the x64 version if you are running a 64 bit version of Java. Download the x86 version if you are running a 32 bit version of Java. IBM Cognos Business Intelligence Visualization Customizer 10.2.1 IBM Cognos Business Intelligence Visualization Customizer 10.2.1.1 (x64) IBM Cognos Business Intelligence Visualization Customizer 10.2.2 (x86) IBM Cognos Business Intelligence Visualization Customizer 10.2.2 (x64) IBM Cognos Analytics Visualization Customizer 11 (x64)

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Cognos Business Intelligence & Cognos Analytics All Visualizations Deployment

Deployments allow you to easily import multiple visualizations at once. Download "BI Version 10.2.2 (default)" to take advantage of new features such as properties and reduce the number of visualizations in your Library. New to visualizations or want new features? Download this deployment. Download "BI Version 10.2.2 (upgraded)" if you want to upgrade existing version 10.2.1.x visualizations to run optimally in Cognos BI version 10.2.2. These do not include new features such as properties or help reduce the variations of similar visualizations in your Library. If you have existing custom visualizations, it is recommended that you upgrade them for Cognos BI 10.2.2 using the Visualization Customizer tool. To import a deployment copy the downloaded zip file into the deployment directory of your Cognos BI installation. In IBM Cognos Administration, on the Configuration tab, click Content Administration. On the toolbar, click the New Import icon. Visualization Samples Deployment Cognos Business Intelligence 10.2.2 Visualization Samples Deployment Cognos Business Intelligence 10.2.2 (Upgrade) Visualization Samples Deployment Cognos Analytics 11 All Visualizations Documentation

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Cognos Business Intelligence & Cognos Analytics All Visualizations

All the free visualizations from IBM are available here. Download "Cognos Analytics 11" if you are using Cognos Analytics 11. Download "BI Version 10.2.2” (properties) if you are using Cognos BI 10.2.2 and are new to visualizations. Download "BI Version 10.2.2 (upgraded)" if you want to upgrade existing version 10.2.1.x visualizations to run optimally in Cognos BI version 10.2.2. These do not include new features such as properties or help reduce the variations of similar visualizations in your Library. If you have existing custom visualizations, it is recommended that you upgrade them the latest version using the Visualization Customizer tool. To use the visualizations unzip the downloaded file. You will see multiple visualization bundles that can be customized in the Visualization Customizer tool or uploaded individually using the Library tab in IBM Cognos Administration. Visualization Samples All Cognos Business Intelligence 10.2.1 Visualization Samples All Cognos Business Intelligence 10.2.1.1 Visualization Samples All Cognos Business Intelligence 10.2.2 Visualization Samples All Cognos Business Intelligence 10.2.2 (Upgrade) Visualization Samples All Cognos Analytics 11 All Visualizations Documentation