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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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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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Video: What's new in reporting, dashboarding, stories and the portal for IBM #Cognos Analytics 11.0.11?

Welcome to our video about what's new in reporting, dashboarding, stories and the portal for IBM Cognos Analytics 11.0.11, where we'll cover using custom polygons and points for mapping, data caching in dashboards and stories, support for Portal Pages, and controlling object visibility. Related posts: Library of How-To Videos for IBM Cognos Analytics Samples Landing Page Guide to IBM Cognos Analytics sample data sets Please visit our IBM Cognos Analytics channel on YouTube.

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New Base Samples for IBM #Cognos Analytics 11.0.8

There are two types of samples that have been created exclusively for IBM Cognos Analytics. The Extended Samples require the use of a database and database connections to host the sample Great Outdoors data. They must be installed and configured. Here are the instructions for installing the Extended samples. We have also created a set of Base Samples in a deployment that can be easily imported in one step. These samples exclusively use Data Modules as their underlying data sources (no cubes, databases, or packages). Here is a video that explains how to find and import the Samples_for_Install_11_0_8.zip deployment file. After you import the deployment, you will see the following new Base Samples: Team content > Samples Version 11.0.8 base samples This new report is a table of contents for the base samples. It lists all the available samples in sections (dashboards, stories and reports) and provides a direct link to each sample. It identifies the core features that the sample is intended to demonstrate, and provides a description. Team content > Samples > Reports Corporate website visits We added a map that is generated from latitude and longitude coordinates. This sample report demonstrates the new client-side mapping functionality in reporting. Three maps display 2016 website visit data for the fictional Sample Outdoors Company website by Zip Code and Latitude/longitude in California. Team content > Samples > Stories Animated path scene transition This sample Story demonstrates the new animated paths feature for scene transitions, and timeline highlights. Like many other cities, Boston, MA logs hundreds of thousands of requests each year for services such as snow plowing, street cleaning, and pot hole repair. Source: City of Boston. Team content > Samples > Data California website visits We added data columns for Latitude and Longitude for use with the client-side mapping functionality in reporting. This sample data module contains 2016 website visit data for the fictional Sample Outdoors Company website by Zip Code and city in California. Source: IBM Note: Latitude and longitude must be in separate columns of decimal degrees coordinates, with latitude in the range of -90 to 90, and longitude in the range of -180 to 180. Extension Samples There are two new sample Extensions for IBM Cognos Analytics 11.0.8. These sample files are installed with the product in an Easy Installation, and are an option in a Custom Installation. After product installation, you can find them here: <cognos_analytics_installation_location>/samples/extensions/ SampleExtensionCustomMediaAll.zip This sample extension will add eight custom images to the Image Library tab in the Widgets panel in Dashboarding and Stories. It will also add the eight custom images to the Image Picker dialog in Reporting in the Image Gallery. Only JPG and PNG files are supported at this time. SampleExtensionMenuUrlLinks.zip This sample extension demonstrates how to add a menu to the AppBar that contains two menu items that open external URLs. The URLs are opened in a separate browser tab. Please note: Themes and Extensions are an incremental feature that changes with each product release. The samples included with each release have been verified with that release only, and may not support backward or forward compatibility. Related posts: Samples landing page Supplementary (Legacy) IBM Cognos Analytics 11 samples Guide to IBM Cognos Analytics sample data sets New Base Samples for IBM Cognos Analytics 11.0.7 Please visit our IBM Business Analytics Support channel on YouTube.

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Learn what's new in the latest release of #Cognos Analytics 11.0.7

The latest release of Cognos Analytics, R7 is here and I am excited to share the details about all of the new functionality. Cognos Analytics R7 puts more capabilities at your fingertips for working with and analyzing your data, all without leaving the environment. And, creating pixel-perfect, interactive professional reports just got a lot faster. This new release is chock full of new capabilities and enhancements that cover all aspects of the product starting from the improved U.I., to dashboarding, reporting, modeling, data server, and the list goes on. Some of the highlights include capabilities that make it easier for users to use more of the data preparation, data discovery and reporting capabilities with: New, enhanced visualization types with measures as attributes on axis, support for chart values and more Calculation advancements for data modules and dashboards Filtering enhancements that enable you to do more with your filters in both your visualizations and reports Support for maps in your reports for greater readability and precision Navigation enhancements that make it easier for report users to drill down and back to change the focus of their analysis For more details on all of the new capabilities in R7 check out the series of blogs below, and you can access the free trial of Cognos Analytics which has been updated as well: Portal enhancements Dashboarding Storytelling Powerplay Planning Analytics Reporting My Parameters Interactive Performance Assistant Data server updates Data modeling enhancements User Session Logging

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New Base Samples for IBM #Cognos Analytics 11.0.7

There are two types of samples that have been created exclusively for IBM Cognos Analytics. The Extended Samples require the use of a database and database connections to host the sample Great Outdoors data. They must be installed and configured. Here are the instructions for installing the Extended samples. We have also created a set of Base Samples in a deployment that can be easily imported in one step. These samples exclusively use Data Modules as their underlying data sources (no cubes, databases, or packages). Here is a video that explains how to find and import the Samples_for_Install.zip deployment file. After you import the deployment, you will see the following new Base Samples: Team content > Samples > Reports Global sales This sample report uses a Block, a Custom Control, and JavaScript to hide and show a panel of filters. For more information, please visit this Blog post. Corporate website visits This sample report demonstrates the new client-side mapping functionality in reporting. Three maps display 2016 website visit data for the fictional Sample Outdoors Company website by Zip Code in California. Team content > Samples > Data Sample data module We added State/Province, City and Zip/Postal Code to facilitate mapping. This sample data module is intended to help beginners start authoring reports and dashboards. The Sample Outdoors Company is a fictitious business operation with data for products, retailers, order methods, and year. Source: IBM California website visits We created data at the Zip Code and City level for the new client-side mapping functionality in reporting. This sample data module contains 2016 website visit data for the fictional Sample Outdoors Company website by Zip Code and city in California. Source: IBM Extension Samples There are two new sample Extensions for IBM Cognos Analytics 11.0.7. Please visit this Blog post to learn more. Audit Samples The Audit samples have been updated for IBM Cognos Analytics 11.0.7. We have improved the look and feel, increased the overall usability of the reports, and switched all the reports to Dynamic Query Mode. Please visit this Blog post to learn more. OLAP Samples To demonstrate typical OLAP features in IBM Cognos Analytics 11.0.7, we have created a sample dashboard, report, and the underlying OLAP cube. Please visit this Blog post to learn more. Package based drill-through Samples To demonstrate package based drill-through in IBM Cognos Analytics 11.0.7, we have provided sample source and target reports that use the sample GO data warehouse (query) package and a drill-through definition. Please visit this Blog post to learn more. Related posts: Supplementary (Legacy) IBM Cognos Analytics 11 Samples Samples landing page Please visit our IBM Business Analytics Support channel on YouTube.

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New OLAP samples for IBM #Cognos Analytics 11.0.7

To demonstrate typical OLAP features in IBM Cognos Analytics 11.0.7, we have created a sample dashboard, report, and the underlying OLAP cube. Here are the instructions for installing and viewing these new samples. Related posts: New Base Samples for IBM #Cognos Analytics 11.0.7 Supplementary (Legacy) IBM Cognos Analytics 11 Samples Please visit our IBM Business Analytics Support channel on YouTube.

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New Audit samples for IBM #Cognos Analytics 11.0.7+

The Audit samples have been updated for IBM Cognos Analytics 11.0.7. We have improved the look and feel, increased the overall usability of the reports, and switched all the reports to Dynamic Query Mode. You use the sample audit reports to view the information in a logging database about user and report activity. You may find this useful for such things as: Capacity planning Licensing conformance Performance monitoring Identifying unused content Here are the instructions for configuring Audit Reporting. 11.0.9 Update Audit data about Dashboards and Stories is now available. The Audit FM model has been modified to extract dashboard/story and package names from the COGIPF_RUNREPORT logging table. Two of the sample audit reports have been modified to include this new data: Execute reports, dashboards and stories by package for past 30 days Execute reports, dashboards and stories by user 11.0.10 Update  New! We have added one new sample audit report in 11.0.10: Deleted user account report This sample audit report lists user accounts that have been deleted during a specified time period. It provides information about the deleted user ID, the time deleted, the account type, and the status of the request. Related posts: New Base Samples for IBM Cognos Analytics 11.0.10 New Base Samples for IBM Cognos Analytics 11.0.7 IBM Knowledge Center: Sample Audit Model and Audit Reports Please visit our IBM Business Analytics Support channel on YouTube.

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New sample Extensions for IBM #Cognos Analytics 11.0.7

There are two new sample Extensions for IBM Cognos Analytics 11.0.7. These sample files are installed with the product in an Easy Installation, and are an option in a Custom Installation. After product installation, you can find them here: <cognos_analytics_installation_location>/samples/extensions/ SampleLoginMultiple.zip A custom Sign In page where the user can choose between two or more authentication types via a dropdown. Please visit this Blog Post for more information. SampleExtensionCustomMedia.zip An extension that adds seven custom images to the Image Library tab in the Widgets panel in Dashboarding and Stories. Only JPG and PNG files are supported at this time. Please note: Themes and Extensions are an incremental feature that changes with each product release. The samples included with each release have been verified with that release only, and may not support backward or forward compatibility. Related posts: New Base Samples for IBM #Cognos Analytics 11.0.7 Cognos Analytics Customization: Sign In Pages (11.0.6+) Video: How to create Themes and Extensions (11.0.4+) Customization samples (themes and extensions) in 11.0.4 Customizing IBM Cognos Analytics (11.0.4) IBM Knowledge Center: Customizing Cognos Analytics Please visit our IBM Business Analytics Support channel on YouTube.

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Package based drill-through samples for #Cognos Analytics 11.0.7+

A drill-through definition specifies a target for drill-through access, the conditions under which the target is available (such as the scope), and how to run or open, and filter the target. In IBM Cognos Analytics, a drill-through definition can be associated with a source package. The drill-through path defined in the drill-through definition is available to any report based on the source package it is associated with. The target can be based on any target package and can be stored anywhere. Alternatively, you can define drill-through access in specific reports by setting up the drill-through definition in the report instead of in the package. To demonstrate package based drill-through in IBM Cognos Analytics 11.0.7, we have provided sample source and target reports that use the sample GO data warehouse (query) package and a drill-through definition. Once installed, you will find these samples under Team content > Samples > Reports > Drill-through reports This document explains how to: Install and view the drill-through samples View, modify, or create a new drill-through definition 11.0.9 Update  New! We have added two additional drill-through target reports to the samples. The full set of samples includes: Inventory status (source) Inventory status (target 1 – by product line) Inventory status (target 2 – by country) Inventory status (target 3 – by year) Related posts: New Base Samples for IBM Cognos Analytics 11.0.7 Reporting enhancements in Cognos Analytics 11.0.7 IBM Knowledge Center: Setting up drill-through access in packages Please visit our IBM Business Analytics Support channel on YouTube.