In a new entry in the Asset Management blog, the new features of Migration Manager in the 7.5 release are detailed. Each new feature is listed, along with ideas of how you can best take advantage of it in your unique environment. For more information, see the original blog entry.
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During last week’s reporting web conference, one question that was asked was how you could configure your favorite reports to display directly on the Start Center. These might be reports you frequently access, or that you want your users to focus on as they contain critical information.
One way you can do this is by using the Report List Portlet. Within this portlet, you can select any number and types of reports to display on the Start Center, including detail, ad hoc and reports enabled thru report integrations.
Additionally, you could create multiple report list portlets on a start center page, with each containing groupings of related reports by application, location or site.
To enable the report list portlet, you must first grant access to the Report List Setup Application in the Security Group Application.
Another option you have is to set up your KPIs on your start center to link to related reports.
If a KPI is displayed in yellow or red status, your user can then click on the related report to find out what is causing the issue so he can take immediate action.
Enabling your users to directly access reports on the Start Center via t the Report List Portlet or KPIs is a great way to save them multiple mouse clicks and time.
For additional information on setting up the Report List Portlet or on configuring KPIs for report drilldown,, please reference this page
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Within the Version 7 product lines, there are numerous ways you can analyze your data using the Business Intelligence tools. Each analysis mechanism has its own set of unique attributes, and can be used in a variety of situations.
As an IBMer immersed daily in a sea of acronyms, I've listed these data options for you here with their identifying acronym - - in order of increasing data analysis capability.
QBE – Query By Example. Often referred to as Data Download, this functionality uses your application’s filter and/or query, you can immediately download your results for additional analysis in Microsoft Excel.
RS – Result Sets. Using an application’s query, enable a set of fields or graphic for display on the Start Center.
AE – Application Exporting. Extends the QBE functionality, by enabling fields from multiple database objects to be exported to a various file formats thru the use of Object Structures.
KPI - Key Performance Indicators. Visual indicators displaying status against predefined targets.
QBR – Query Based Reporting. This is V7's terminology for Ad hoc reporting where users create their own reports on the fly from within the various applications.
ROS – Report Object Structures. Collection of joined database tables, forming the backbone of QBR and metadata packages.
OR – Operational Report. Often referred to as transactional reporting, these are the day to day detail reports users require to complete their business tasks.
SR – Strategic Report. Enable viewing of data in varying perspectives thru the use of complex graphs, in depth calculations or scenarios.
Which option or options are best for your unique business needs? And once you’ve selected that option, how do you maximize its use and enable its interaction with the other tools?
Each of these options is discussed in detail in the Report Upgrade planning guides available at this site
Additionally, stay tuned to these BiLOG (Business intelligence Blogs) entries as we focus on these questions and more.