Customizing Cognos Analytics across all roles
Customizations are packaged as compressed files that contain a spec.json file that defines the customization. The compressed file can also contain other files, depending on the type of the customization. Customizations can also be included in deployments.
You manage customizations for all users and roles with the Cognos Analytics server, and to select which customizations to use.slide-out panel. You use this panel to upload your customizations to the
When you use theslide-out panel, your customizations are applied to all users and roles.
For example, if you upload the sample extension called SampleExtensionExcludeNotifications.zip, it will remove the Notifications icon from the Application Bar in the Home perspective for all users and roles. It will also remove the Notifications check box from the feature list when an administrator selects the properties of any role, clicks on the Customization tab, and navigates to .
Therefore, if your goal is to add or remove a feature for everyone in your Cognos environment, then you should use an extension. If your goal is to provide users and roles with different features, you should use individual role customization, rather than an extension.
If you use role customizations to set specific features for user roles and then apply an extension that is based on those features, the extension will override all of your role customizations.
To assign home pages, features, themes, custom folders, and parameters to particular roles, use the Customizing roles.slide-out panel. For more information, see
To assign custom themes and home pages to particular tenants, use the Customization tab. For more information, see Customizing tenants.slide-out panel, and from the tenant properties panel, select the
- Creating a custom action controller
- Creating a view (other than a sign-in view)
- Creating a sign-in view
The other types of customizations do not require any programming knowledge.
The JSON schemas that are used to define customizations are provisional and can change in future releases of Cognos Analytics in a way that is not compatible with earlier versions.