Limited and fully interactive reports

Reports can run in limited interactivity or full interactivity mode.

You specify the interactivity mode by setting the report property Run with full interactivity.

When a report is set to run with limited interactivity, the report runs in the IBM Cognos Business Intelligence Viewer, also known as the IBM Cognos Viewer. Report consumers can drill up, drill down, and drill through. Any JavaScript or prompt API that is contained in the report is run. By default, Cognos BI reports run with limited interactivity.

When a report is set to run with full interactivity, the report runs in the IBM Cognos Analytics interactive viewer. By default, reports that are created in Cognos Analytics are set to run with full interactivity. By clicking various icons in the report object toolbar that appears when an object is selected, report consumers can do the following in the Cognos Analytics interactive viewer:

  • Sort data sort icon.
  • In lists, group data group/ungroup icon.
  • Summarize data aggregate icon.
  • Convert a list or crosstab to a chart, or change a chart to a different chart type Change chart type icon.
  • In crosstabs and charts, suppress columns or rows suppress icon or swap columns and rows swap rows and columns icon.
  • Drill through to another report.
  • Applies to version 11.0.5 and subsequent versions unless specifically overridden Add calculated members insert calculation icon.
  • Applies to version 11.0.5 and subsequent versions unless specifically overridden Drill up, drill down, and perform dimensional operations, such as top/bottom filtering Explore icon.
  • Applies to version 11.0.5 and subsequent versions unless specifically overridden Run the report as Excel or CSV output.
  • Applies to version 11.0.5 and subsequent versions unless specifically overridden Select and interact with the elements of a chart, such as the bars in a bar chart.
  • Applies to version 11.0.6 and subsequent versions unless specifically overridden View lineage information for a data item Explore icon.
  • Applies to version 11.0.6 and subsequent versions unless specifically overridden Access a business glossary, such as the IBM InfoSphere┬« Information Governance Catalog, for a data item Explore icon.
  • Applies to version 11.0.6 and subsequent versions unless specifically overridden Create, edit or remove filters filter icon.
  • Applies to version 11.0.6 and subsequent versions unless specifically overridden Share or embed report output, preserving the context of the current view of the report, such as prompt values.

    To share or embed report output, click the More icon More icon in the application bar and then click Share or Embed.

  • Applies to version 11.0.6 and subsequent versions unless specifically overridden Run a report as the report owner or with the capabilities granted to the owner.

    In the Cognos Analytics portal, access the Properties slideout of the report, click the Report tab, and then open the Advanced section.

Report consumers can also save changes that are made to a report as a new report.

Applies to version 11.0.5 and subsequent versions unless specifically overridden You can also start the Cognos Analytics interactive viewer by using URLs. You can open reports and pass parameters to a report. For more information, see the Getting Started Guide.

Note: JavaScript in HTML items is removed when the report is run with full interactivity. Instead, you can use the Custom control tool to add JavaScript.