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Cognos Analytics - MapBox Usage Notes

When Maps are rendered in Cognos Analytics they usilize  MapBox technology, which is cloud-hosted. Frequently asked questions 1- How does CA communicate with MapBox? 2- All communication with MapBox is done over HTTP Secure (HTTPS) on the standard port (443). In instances where MapBox provides RESTful endpoints as a return from a request, these are also HTTPS endpoints. Endpoints within MapBox that are accessed: https://api.mapbox.com https://*.tiles.mapbox.com   What communicates with MapBox? Each client machine where CA is running will need access to the MapBox endpoints. The map rendering is undertaken in code which runs on each user's browser. What Data is exchanged with MapBox? All data value matching occurs within the client session using client-side code : no data values are sent to MapBox. No column names are sent to MapBox. For the Custom Regions and Custom Points feature we gather 3 properties for use in map generation. The MapBox "Map ID" is passed within HTTPS calls to MapBox to retrieve map information. The "Layer name" and "Property name" properties are only used locally within the client code.    

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Why YOU should attend Analytics University 2018

As a user of IBM Analytics products, your best opportunity to polish your skills, build your professional credentials and learn directly from IBM experts and peers is at Analytics University. This year there are two opportunities to attend: one in Stockholm on September 17–20, and another in Miami on October 2–5. As you participate in hands-on workshops, expert discussions, technical deep dives and product demonstrations, you’ll have the chance to: Network with more than 1,000 business leaders, analysts, data scientists, IT professionals and subject matter experts See how products like IBM Cognos Analytics, IBM Planning Analytics and IBM Data Science Experience work individually and together to drive stronger decisions Get the inside scoop on deployment and management from successful IBM clients Learn new ways to use IBM solutions to set better operational goals, predict opportunities and threats and improve your organization’s analytic capabilities Learn strategies from experts that drive better business performance Experience the latest technologies from IBM Business Partners Technical sessions will cover a broad range of topics including cloud migration strategies, AI-driven optimization of operations (supply chain, retail, manufacturing, etc.), advanced reporting techniques and the field application of specific technologies. Our product team will also give you the latest information on current offerings, new releases and the future direction of the entire IBM Analytics portfolio. Over the course of three days, you’ll learn from more than 100 sessions in six distinct tracks: Unite: Combine solutions to drive innovation Recommended for executives, managers and analytics leaders Plan & Report: Enable continuous and agile planning Recommended for finance professionals, business users and IT administrators Explore & Visualize: Build dashboards, reports and data visualizations Recommended for business analysts, business users and IT/BI administrators Predict & Optimize: Explore, model and deploy Recommended for data science managers, data analysts, business users and business analysts Manage: Manage and access your data Recommended for data architects and IT professionals Trust: Establish a trusted analytics foundation Recommended for Chief Data Officers, Chief Analytics Officers, Chief Marketing Officers, data architects and data engineers Many sessions will be led by IBM executives and product managers. But the event will be even more robust thanks to contributions across a range of topics by other IBMers, business partners, customers, analysts and industry experts. Learn new skills. Drive change in your organization. IBM Analytics University 2018 is an outstanding opportunity for you to improve your analytics skills while building your “alumni network” of contacts in the industry. Whatever your background or level of expertise, there’s a place for you at IBM Analytics University. It gets even better. If you book before July 31st, you’ll save €150 for the Stockholm event or $200 for the Miami event. Register today at ibm.co/AnalyticsUniversity. We’ll see you there!

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IBM Cognos Analytics Long Term Support Release (LTS)

IBM is pleased to announce that the upcoming version 11.0.13 of IBM Cognos Analytics will be a Long Term Support (LTS) release. This release will provide standard support for two years with an available one year extended support option to provide coverage for a total of three years. IBM will provide defect corrections, security patches and select conformance updates on Cognos Analytics 11.0.13 as needed during the supported period. The capabilities and feature set within this release will remain stable and unchanged to allow a consistent experience over the length of the supported lifecycle. IBM will maintain a separate continuous delivery stream by continuing to release on regular cadence. The continuous delivery releases will include new features, defect corrections and conformance updates. LTS versions are planned to be released on an 18-month cadence to ensure that there will be a 6-month overlap for LTS versions. This staggered release schedule will ensure customers and partners have adequate lead time to plan their move between LTS releases and manage their upgrade. For more information, please contact Chris McPherson at chrismc@ca.ibm.com

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IBM Cognos Analytics Long Term Support Release (LTS)

IBM is pleased to announce that the upcoming version 11.0.13 of IBM Cognos Analytics will be a Long Term Support (LTS) release. This release will provide standard support for two years with an available one year extended support option to provide coverage for a total of three years. IBM will provide defect corrections, security patches and select conformance updates on Cognos Analytics 11.0.13 as needed during the supported period. The capabilities and feature set within this release will remain stable and unchanged to allow a consistent experience over the length of the supported lifecycle. IBM will maintain a separate continuous delivery stream by continuing to release on regular cadence. The continuous delivery releases will include new features, defect corrections and conformance updates. LTS versions are planned to be released on an 18-month cadence to ensure that there will be a 6-month overlap for LTS versions. This staggered release schedule will ensure customers and partners have adequate lead time to plan their move between LTS releases and manage their upgrade. For more information, please contact Chris McPherson at chrismc@ca.ibm.com

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New Base Samples for IBM #Cognos Analytics 11.0.12

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_12.zip deployment file. After you import the deployment, you will see the following new Base Samples: Team content > Samples > Dashboards Storm events This sample dashboard showcases the new custom polygon mapping functionality in the context of storm event data. You can read the full details in this Blog post. Related posts: Mapbox hosted custom polygons in reports and dashboards IBM Knowledge Center: Setting up Mapbox to work with IBM Cognos Analytics IBM Knowledge Center: Using custom point or region information from Mapbox in a map vizualization in a dashboard IBM Knowledge Center: Using custom point or region information from Mapbox in a map visualization in a report Samples landing page Guide to IBM Cognos Analytics sample data sets Library of How-To Videos for IBM Cognos Analytics Please visit our IBM Business Analytics Support channel on YouTube.

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New Release Alert! Cognos Analytics 11.0.12 is Available

Hi Everyone, A new release of Cognos Analytics, Release 11.0.12 (R12) is now available. This is a small release where we have addressed some of your Request For Enhancements (RFE). Here are the details of some of the key capabilities: Dashboard enhancements Reset Dashboard With the interactive nature of dashboards users can easily apply filters and utilize navigation groups to dig deeper into underlying data. Once you get an answer to your question or realize you have gone down the wrong path it is often difficult to remember how to get back to where you started your investigation. It is to this end that we have introduced the ability to reset your dashboard. This option can be found in the application bar under the … menu. When selecting this option, you will be returned to the dashboard at the state it was last saved. This means that if you have authored any filters into the dashboard they will not be lost when you reset the dashboard. It does also mean that if you save your work part way through, that will become the new reset dashboard point. For additional information please see our documentation Multi-Lingual support in Dashboards Many organizations have users who operate in their native language. Cognos Analytics reports have long supported the ability to author a report once and provide translations for user generated content. The appropriate translations are then leveraged based on the content locale of the user accessing the report. We have now brought this capability to the Dashboard experience. You can now assign a default language which will be shown should the dashboard not be translated into the content locale for a given user. When adding additional languages, you will be placed into a translation mode, shown by a green border around the dashboard canvas. At the top of the canvas you will see a note stating the language you are translating as well as the number of items left requiring translation. Once you have translated everything into the language you click done in the top right hand corner and you will be returned to your dashboard in the language of your content locale. In order to help with translations, users can download all the strings by clicking on the … next to the default language. This will create a CSV file that can be populated by a translation team and then can be copy and pasted into the dashboard. Control visibility of Reports - changes to Permissions With the release of R12, users no longer are required to have Read access to the report specification in order to run in the interactive viewer. For additional information please see our documentation You can also find more information in the powerpoint on the new features in Cognos Analytics R12  

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Administration: How to setup a Generic OpenID Namespace against Auth0 with Cognos Analytics 11

The purpose of this blog is to extend the capabilities of the number of supported OpenID Connect Providers with Cognos Analytics to now include the Generic OpenID Identity Provider. This allows the ability to “customize” the configuration based on the Identity Provider of choice not listed. Here we have a real lab example of configuring a Generic OpenID against Auth0: Environment: Windows 2016 Single Installation Cognos Analytics 11.0.11+ Identity Provider: Auth0 Section 1: Steps to creating and configuring an Auth0 application: 1. Create an Auth0 Application by clicking on “CREATE APPLICATION” button 2. Give the application a name e.g. IBMSUPPORT in this case 3. Click on the “Settings” where the ClientID, Client Secret are shown: 4. Scroll down to “Allowed Callback URLs” and add the Cognos Analytics URL 5. Click Save 6. Access the https://manage.auth0.com/#/tenant 7. Set the “Default Directory” to “Username-Password-Authentication” and click “Save” Section 2: Collect all the information required and create a Generic Namespace The following information is required: ClientID Client Secret Redirect URL 8. Download the Issuer Certificate by accessing http://auth0.com   9. Save and transfer over to the Cognos Analytics <install>/bin64 directory 10. Import the certificate using the following command line: <install>\bin>ThirdPartyCertificateTool.bat -i -T -r <certificate> -p NoPassWordSet 11. Launch Cognos Configuration and create a new Generic Namespace:     12. Update only the following details Customize from default values and the following are only required in this case: Discovery Endpoint URL Scope for Authorized Endpoints (default is openid): openid profile email name given_name family_name offline_access Password Grant – Strategy: UserInfo endpoint Username: nickname NB: The settings required for a Generic Template may vary depending on the IdP (Id Provider) and the supported Grant Types and Claims. Also ensuring all URI’s are SSL enabled i.e. switch from http to httpS including the redirect url. 13. Test the Connection   When the “Testing ‘IBMSUPPORT’ namespace” is successful then the imported certificate is trusted. However, the userID/password to test the connection may fail with Status 403 error. To resolve this, disable the “OIDC Conformant” setting as follows: 14. Application - <Application> - Advanced Settings – Oath and Disable the “OIDC Conformant”   15. From that same page select “Grant Types” and unselect “Client Credentials” and select “Passwords” 16. Now, test the connection again and it should succeed 17. Save and start the CA Service 18. Select the Generic Namespace which redirects to the Auth0 Log-In Page:   19. Log in using your email address and then it will redirect back to CA and login seamlessly:   Optional: Check the Namespace is active (IBMSUPPORT) from Manage – Administration - Security Additional Information Create Additional Users: From the Dashboard Select “Users” and then “CREATE USER” button Populate the Email, Password and Repeat Password fields. References: Auth0 Documentation Cognos Analytics OpenID Connect authentication providers Other OpenID Blogs Administration: How to setup #Cognos Analytics OpenID Authentication Proxy federating with Active Directory and LDAP over AD Administration : How to setup ADFS OIDC with #Cognos Analytics Release R9+ Administration: How to setup and authenticate via OIDC OKTA integration with AD on-premise and Cognos Analytics 11 R9+ Administration – How to Setup OpenID Connect using OKTA Identity Provider with #Cognos Analytics Release 8+  

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Think 2019: Call for Speakers now open

Taking place for the first time in San Francisco, Think 2019 is a gathering of one of the world's most celebrated and passionate communities of technologists. This conference is a fantastic opportunity to gain new skills, elevate your brand, and expand your network. And if you’re selected as a speaker, you may be eligible for a free conference pass. We’re specifically looking for technical speakers who are interested in exploring topics such as AI, cloud, data, blockchain, systems, security, quantum computing, and much more. We need leaders who can take the stage and tell a story about revamping processes or making an impact on industries or society. Essentially, we want sessions about using the latest technologies to transform the way the world works in some way. Check out this flyer to see why you shouldn't miss this opportunity to establish yourself as a leader in your community. There’s a quick form to fill out that includes a proposed session title; brief abstract; and the challenge, solution, and benefits that make up your story. For all the details, check out the call for speaker page here: ibm.com/events/think/call-for-speakers    

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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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