Web-based User Interfaces

The zero footprint, Web-based interfaces include the following components:

The interfaces that are available to users depend on user permissions and on the IBM® Cognos® BI packages that your organization purchased.

IBM Cognos Connection

IBM Cognos Connection is a Web portal provided with IBM Cognos Business Intelligence, providing a single access point to the corporate data available for its products. It provides a single point of entry for querying, analyzing, and organizing data, and for creating reports, scorecards, and events. Users can run all their Web-based IBM Cognos BI applications through IBM Cognos Connection. Other business intelligence applications, and web addresses to other applications, can be integrated with IBM Cognos Connection.

Like the other Web browser interfaces in IBM Cognos BI, IBM Cognos Connection uses the default configurations of your browser. It does not require the use of Java™, ActiveX, or plug-ins, and does not install them.

In addition to selections for viewing data and creating objects, IBM Cognos Connection includes

For information about using Cognos Connection, see the IBM Cognos Connection User Guide.

The open IBM Cognos BI architecture means that you can choose to integrate IBM Cognos BI into your organization's existing Web portal. You can use Portal Services, provided with IBM Cognos BI, to integrate IBM Cognos BI with a number of portals, including

For more information, see the IBM Cognos Administration and Security Guide.

IBM Cognos Administration

IBM Cognos Administration is a central management interface that contains the administrative tasks for IBM Cognos BI. It provides easy access to the overall management of the IBM Cognos environment and is accessible through IBM Cognos Connection.

IBM Cognos Administration is organized into three sections:

For information about using Cognos Administration, see the IBM Cognos Business Intelligence Administration and Security Guide.

Cognos Query Studio

Using Query Studio, users with little or no training can quickly design, create and save reports to meet reporting needs not covered by the standard, professional reports created in Report Studio.

For information about using Cognos Query Studio, see the IBM Cognos Query Studio User Guide.

Cognos Report Studio

Using Report Studio, report authors create, edit, and distribute a wide range of professional reports. They can also define corporate-standard report templates for use in Query Studio, and edit and modify reports created in Query Studio or Analysis Studio.

For information about using Cognos Report Studio, see the IBM Cognos Report Studio User Guide.

Cognos Analysis Studio

In Analysis Studio, users can explore, analyze, and compare dimensional data. Analysis Studio provides access to dimensional, OLAP (online analytical processing), and dimensionally modeled relational data sources. Analyses created in Analysis Studio can be opened in Report Studio and used to build professional reports.

For information about using Cognos Analysis Studio, see the IBM Cognos Analysis Studio User Guide.

Cognos Event Studio

In Event Studio, you set up agents to monitor your data and perform tasks when business events or exceptional conditions occur in your data that must be dealt with. When an event occurs, people are alerted to take action. Agents can publish details to the portal, deliver alerts by email, run and distribute reports based on events, and monitor the status of events. For example, a support call from a key customer or the cancellation of a large order may trigger an event, sending an e-mail to the appropriate people.

For information about using Cognos Event Studio, see the IBM Cognos Event Studio User Guide.

Cognos Metric Studio

In Metric Studio, you can create and deliver a customized scorecarding environment for monitoring and analyzing metrics throughout your organization. Users can monitor, analyze, and report on time-critical information by using scorecards based on cross-functional metrics.

For information about using Cognos Metric Studio, see the IBM Cognos Metric Studio User Guide.

Cognos Workspace

In IBM Cognos Workspace, you can create sophisticated interactive workspaces using IBM Cognos content, as well as external data sources such as TM1® Websheets and CubeViews, according to your specific information needs. You can view and open favorite workspaces and reports, manipulate the content in the workspaces, and e-mail your workspaces. You can also use comments, activities and social software such as IBM Connections for collaborative decision making.

For more information about using Cognos Workspace, see the IBM Cognos Workspace User Guide.

Cognos Workspace Advanced

With IBM Cognos Workspace Advanced, a component of IBM Cognos BI, you can perform advanced data exploration and author simple reports.

With Cognos Workspace Advanced you can extend your data exploration by specifying additional measures, adding conditional formatting, and using advanced calculations.

You can also create reports with relational or dimensional data sources that display your data in lists, crosstabs, and charts. You have the option of using your own external data source.

There are two ways to start Cognos Workspace Advanced:
  • From a workspace in IBM Cognos Workspace, you can click a button to create a report or do advanced exploration related to the information in that workspace.
  • From the IBM Cognos Connection portal, you can click Author Business Reports.

For more information about using Cognos Workspace Advanced, see the IBM Cognos Workspace Advanced User Guide.