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Cognos Incentive Compensation Management 8.1.0 Enhancements

Release Notes


Abstract

This document outlines the new features and enhancements that were added to this release of IBM Cognos Incentive Compensation Management.

Content

Calculate | Composer | General | Import Data | Model Converter Model Upgrader | Presenter | Scheduler | Workflow Manager


Calculate
Support Case #TypeClient VersionDateTitle

Enhancement8.1.0May 16, 2014Improvements to calculation performance
Description: Improvements have been made to the user-defined calculations that have time accumulation.

Steps:
  1. In Composer, create a user-defined calculation.
  2. Partition the calculation by time and select an accumulation value.
  3. Finish the calculation.
  4. Calculate the model.


Composer
Support Case #TypeClient VersionDateTitle
10018824Enhancement8.1.0May 16, 2014Purge data tables and related calculations
Description: You can clear the data from data type tables and calculations associated with a specific calendar in Cognos Incentive Compensation Management. In data tables, rows with dates in the locked by date field that are at or before the last date in the period selected. In calculations, rows are removed that have a partition at or before the selected period. This action also includes any locked data but does not include data contained in history tables. Purging periods is a global action that cannot be undone. You must have the appropriate permission to perform this action.

NOTE: This action is irreversible.

Steps:
  1. In Composer, click Purge Periods.
  2. Select the calendar.
  3. Select the level of the calendar.
  4. Select the period.
    This will clear results for the selected period and all periods that come before it.
  5. From the Mode drop-down menu, select whether you want to purge tables and calculations or calculations only.
  6. Click Purge Periods.


General

Support Case #TypeClient VersionDateTitle

Enhancement8.1.0May 16, 2014New minimal software requirements
Description: As of version 8.1, the following two minimal software requirements have been updated:
  • .NET Framework 4.5
  • Internet Explorer 9

Support Case #TypeClient VersionDateTitle
10022500Enhancement8.1.0May 16, 2014New installers
Description: The installers used to install the Cognos Incentive Compensation Management application and tools have been updated. When running the installers, the language of the installer is the same as the language setting on your computer. You now have the option to print the software license agreement. If you are running multiple services of version 8.1.0, you have the option to install a new instance or maintain or upgrade an existing instance. If you install a new instance, you must create a new destination folder for the new instance. If you are maintaining or upgrading, you must select Repair or Remove during the installation of the new service. This overrides the existing version on your computer.

Note: The Cognos Incentive Compensation Management Windows service installer does not recognize earlier versions of the Cognos Incentive Compensation Management application. If you want to have an earlier version running along side version 8.1.0, you must change the destination location of the Windows service when you first install version 8.1.0.

Steps:
  1. Double-click the Cognos Incentive Compensation Management Windows service installer.
  2. Complete the installation.
    Notice you have the option to print the license agreement.
  3. Double-click the Cognos Incentive Compensation Management Windows service installer again.
  4. Select Install new instance or Maintain or Upgrade an existing instance.
  5. If you are installing a new instance, change the destination location of the new service.
  6. Complete the installation.
Support Case #TypeClient VersionDateTitle

Enhancement8.1.0May 16, 2014Languages
Description: Users can now set the default language of the client in the Cognos Incentive Compensation Management client configuration file. When importing data into tables, users can select the language format of the file. The date and numeric format of the values in the file are based on the language selected. For example, if French is selected as the language of the import file, then the Import Data Wizard will expect numeric columns to contain a comma instead of a decimal.

Steps:
  1. In the Cognos Incentive Compensation Management client configuration file, navigate to the appSettings section, and uncomment the following text:

    <add key="DefaultLanguage" value="EnglishUS">
  2. Replace EnglishUS with the language that you want to be the default language of the client.
  3. Log in to the client.
  4. Import data into a table.
  5. On step 4 of the Import Data Wizard, select the language of the import file.
Support Case #TypeClient VersionDateTitle

Enhancement8.1.0May 16, 2014Remove module buttons at the bottom of the home page
Description: The buttons for each module at the bottom of the home page in the client have been removed.

Steps:
  1. Log in to the client.
  2. View the Home page.
    Notice the buttons for the modules at the bottom of the page have been removed.
Support Case #TypeClient VersionDateTitle

Enhancement8.1.0May 16, 2014IBM Cognos Incentive Compensation Management Premium
Description: The new IBM Cognos Incentive Compensation Management Premium offering utilizes IBM PureData Systems for Analytics to increase your Cognos Incentive Compensation Management model's performance.

When PureData Systems for Analytics is tied to Microsoft SQL Server, Cognos Incentive Compensation
Management runs faster and processes complex data and queries more efficiently. This can be beneficial if you have large numbers of transactions to calculate in your model.

If PureData Systems for Analytics is used as part of your Cognos Incentive Compensation Management implementation, the Cognos Incentive Compensation Management calculation engine is run on PureData Systems for Analytics.
Calculations then occur in the following phases:
  1. Transactional data is sent from Cognos Incentive Compensation Management to PureData Systems for Analytics.
  2. PureData Systems for Analytics calculates the Cognos Incentive Compensation Management model.
  3. PureData Systems for Analytics sends the results back to the Cognos Incentive Compensation Management model.

When the calculation engine is ported to PureData Systems for Analytics, calculation speed is improved and there are less restrictions on the global actions that can be performed by users while a calculation is being run.

Steps:
  1. Download the IBM Cognos Incentive Compensation Management Premium version 8.1.0 configuration file.
Support Case #TypeClient VersionDateTitle

Enhancement8.1.0May 16, 2014Context-sensitive help now available in the client
Description: The help in the Cognos Incentive Compensation Management client, now launches IBM Knowledge Center. When you click on the help icon in the client, help for the module you are currently viewing is launched. If you are using the Calculation Wizard or Migration wizard, you can access the help by pressing F1. In the Calculation Wizard, the help that is launched is related to the current step of the wizard.

Steps:
  1. In Composer, click the help icon, which is in the top-right corner of the window.
    Notice the Composer chapter opens in IBM Knowledge Center.
  2. Create a calculation.
  3. In step 1 of the Calculation Wizard, press F1.
  4. In step 2 of the Calculation Wizard, press F1.
    Notice help for each step of the wizard opens in IBM Knowledge Center.


Import Data
Support Case #TypeClient VersionDateTitle

Enhancement8.1.0May 16, 2014Unstable drivers no longer available for ODBC import
Description: ACE drivers are no longer supported by Microsoft for the purpose of import. These drivers have been removed as options from the import data wizard in Cognos Incentive Compensation Management. Users must modify or remove any saved imports using an unsupported driver before upgrading. If a user attempts to upgrade a model containing saved imports using the discontinued drivers, an error message is displayed indicating the saved imports that must be modified along with the list of discontinued drivers. The following ACE drivers are no longer supported:
  • Microsoft Access dBASE Driver (*.dbf, *.ndx, *.mdx)
  • Microsoft Access Driver (*mdb, *.accdb)
  • Microsoft Access Paradox Driver (*.db)
  • Microsoft Excel Driver (*.xls, *.xlsx, *.xlsm, *.xlsb)
If a user attempts to upgrade a model that contains saved ODBC imports using the unsupported drivers, an error message is displayed indicating the reason the upgrade cannot continue.
The Microsoft Access Text Driver (*.txt, *.csv) has been replaced with a 32-bit version. If a user attempts to upgrade a model containing saved imports using the Microsoft Access Text Driver (*.txt, *.csv) 64-bit version, the Model Upgrader will modify the import to use the 32-bit version.

Steps:
  1. In Composer, right-click on a table and select Data > Import.
  2. Select ODBC Compliant Database as the data source.
  3. From the Driver drop-down list, select the appropriate driver.
NOTE: You cannot type the driver in manually using advanced settings.


Model Converter
Support Case #TypeClient VersionDateTitle

Enhancement8.1.0May 16, 2014Set correct compatibility level
Description: The Model Converter tool will now change the compatibility level of the model if it is not set correctly when a conversion is being run.

Steps:
  1. Run the Model Converter tool.
  2. Convert your model.


Model Upgrader
Support Case #TypeClient VersionDateTitle

Enhancement8.1.0May 16, 2014Star schema message
Description: If users attempt to upgrade a model containing star schemas based on calculations, a warning message will be displayed indicating that any star schemas created prior to version 8.0.4 will be deleted. Star schemas, as of version 8.0.4, must be created using data stores. Any star schemas created prior to version 8.0.4 must be recreated using data stores.

Steps:
  1. Upgrade a model containing star schemas created using calculations.


Presenter
Support Case #TypeClient VersionDateTitle
10030258Enhancement8.1.0May 16, 2014Date fields do not prevent the suppression of repeated partitions
Description: Users can now suppress repeated partitions in any column that is sorted after a date column in a data grid. Numeric columns are not suppressed.

Steps:
  1. In Presenter, add a source containing a date field and numeric field.
  2. Create a data grid using the source and including the date field and numeric field.
  3. Select the Suppress Repeated Partitions check box.
  4. Save the report.
  5. Enable the report for viewing on the web.
  6. Log in to the web client and view the report.
Support Case #TypeClient VersionDateTitle
10023550, 10025098Enhancement8.1.0May 16, 2014Ability to freeze headers in Presenter reports
Description: Users can now choose to lock the header row in a data grid. The locked header row will stay stationary while the rest of the data scrolls when web users view the report on the web client. This feature can be set independently for different data grids. The drop-down menu in the header remains frozen if this feature is selected. If header in the data grid are suppressed, this Freeze Header Row option is disabled automatically. You cannot see this feature when previewing the report in the client. It is only available on the web client.

NOTE: This feature is disabled in Internet Explorer 7 and 8.

Steps:
  1. In Presenter, add a data grid.
  2. In step 4 of the Data Grid Wizard, select the Freeze Header Row check box.
Support Case #TypeClient VersionDateTitle
10021841Enhancement8.1.0May 16, 2014More than one computed column can be added to a data grid
Description: Users can now add multiple computed column when creating a data grid. There is no limitation on the number of computed columns that can be added to a single data grid.

Steps:
  1. In Presenter, add a data grid.
  2. In step 3 of the Data Grid Wizard, right-click on the table and select Add Computed Column.
  3. Name the computed column.
  4. Right-click on the table again and select Add Computed Column.
Support Case #TypeClient VersionDateTitle
5575-10028446Enhancement8.1.0May 16, 2014Multiple reports in one PDF file
Description: Users can now choose to publish reports for Portal Access group members into one PDF file. A page break is inserted after each report so each statement can be delivered to the individual user if necessary.

Steps:
  1. In Presenter, create a report.
  2. Click Publish.
  3. Select a Portal Access group.
  4. On step 3 of the Publisher wizard, select the All statements in one PDF file check box.
  5. Finish the Publisher wizard.
    Notice one PDF is generated containing a report for each member of the selected Portal Access group.


Scheduler
Support Case #TypeClient VersionDateTitle

Enhancement8.1.0May 16, 2014Configure success email addresses
Description: Users can now enter the email addresses of users who should receive an email notification when Scheduler completes successfully and different email addresses for users who should receive a notification when Scheduler does not complete successfully. The same email address can also be entered in both fields. If the check boxes are not selected, email notifications are disabled.

Steps:
  1. In Scheduler, click Properties.
  2. Select the On error, send email to these addresses check box.
  3. Enter the email addresses in the field.
    Notifications are sent to these addresses when processes or tasks complete with errors or fail.
  4. Select the On success, send email to these addresses check box.
  5. Enter the email addresses in the field.
    Notifications are sent to these addresses when processes or task complete successfully.


Workflow Manager
Support Case #TypeClient VersionDateTitle
10034624Enhancement8.1.0May 16, 2014Workflow Form ID available as source when defining swim lanes
Description: Users can now select the Workflow Form ID to join to a source when defining a swim lane in Workflow Manager. New rows submitted in a request are stored with the Workflow Form ID. Joining the Workflow Form ID as a source in a swim lane allows you to create a workflow that routes approvals to a set of users based on the data submitted in the request.

Steps:
  1. In Workflow Manager, click Add New Swim Lane.
  2. In step 2 of the Add Swim Lane wizard, click Add.
  3. Form the Source drop-down menu, select Workflow Form ID.
  4. Finish the wizard.
Support Case #TypeClient VersionDateTitle

Enhancement8.1.0May 16, 2014Submit by all option in action nodes
Description: Users can now choose to have all payees assigned to the swim lane containing the action node perform an action before the workflow moves on to the next step. For example, you can create an action node where all users in the swim lane must perform an approve action before the workflow moves. The Submit by all option can only be selected for one path in the action node. If the Submit by all option is selection for a path, then the Required by all option cannot be selected.

Steps:
  1. In Workflow Manager, add an action node to your workflow.
  2. In step 2 of the Add Node wizard, add two new actions.
  3. Next to the action that you want all payees to make before the workflow moves on to the next step, select the Submit by All option.

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Document Information

Modified date:
17 June 2018

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