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Cognos mobile:

Overview: With today's mobile apps, everyone expects information at their fingertips. Your mobile workforce is no different. Mobile workers need business intelligence (BI) data to be available on their smart phones, notebook computers and tablets wherever they are to make information-driven decisions - even when they're not connected to the web or your network.

The IBM Cognos Mobile solution has been delivering relevant information to smart phone for some time now. However, engancements to Cognos Mobile now make it possible for users to interact with trusted BI content on their tablet computers, such as the iPad, Android, and BlackBerry PlayBook, for a rich and visual experience that enables uninterrupted productivity.

The ability to use existing BI content and a single authoring environment helps IT keep up with the demands of users to provide them with Cognos Business Intelligence on their device of choice. As a result, mobile decision-making is simple, reliable, and secure

Rich BI contentin the office or on the go

IBM® Cognos® Mobile extends interactive Cognos Business Intelligence to a broad range of mobile devices, including the Apple iPhone and iPad and Android and tablets. With a rich client, users can view and fully interact with Cognos reports, dashboards, metrics, analysis and other information in a security-rich environment. Users receive timely, informative and interactive business intelligence (BI) to support their decision-making, regardless of location. Embedded "how-to" tutorials provide tips for getting the most out of the Cognos Mobile application.

Cognos Mobile is designed to enable you to:

Experience insight wherever you are with support for a variety of mobile technologies with a

rich, interactive BI interface. Interact with data online or off with highly visual, interactive reports.

Enable IT to confidently deploy BI to many mobile devices and give them tools to protect against data loss and theft while enforcing policy compliance

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Cognos Active Report

Access and interact with reports offline

Why Cognos Active Report?

IBM Cognos® Active Report provides an interactive analytics experience in a self-contained Cognos Business Intelligence application for browsing and exploring data offline. Report authors can build reports targeted to users needs, keeping the user experience simple and engaging. Mobile workers can take their data with them to discover opportunities and analyze trends even when they are nowhere near a network.

Why Cognos Active Report? IBM Cognos® Active Report provides an interactive analytics experience in a self-contained

See how to access interactive reports and dashboards offline.

Go anywhere, do anything

Explore information without having to rely on online connectivity. Access the business intelligence you need while offline for uninterrupted productivity. Provide business intelligence to individuals regardless of their location, situation or connectivity.

BI you can take with you

With Cognos Active Report, you get truly portable business intelligence. You can fully interact with dashboards and reports online or offon mobile devices, tablets and notebook computers.

Deliver BI whenever and wherever it is needed

With Cognos Active Report, you can deliver BI to a broad set of users quickly. Professional report authors create interactive report applications that can be easily burst, scheduled, sent in an email or picked up by individuals from a private website.

Offline analytics made easy

No training or authoring skills are necessary to view the interactive report or dashboard. Persistent connectivity is no longer required for obtaining and viewing key business intelligence data.

Extensible Visualization

Your business isn’t static. Your library of visualizations shouldn't be, either. With extensible visualization, you have access to a growing collection of customizable visualizations. Simply download them into Cognos Active Report.

When to Deploy an Active Report

By Trevor Schulte, IBM Cognos BI Consultant, eCapital Advisors

With Cognos 10, IBM released a new report type called Active Reports. The Active Report is an archived HTML (.MHT) file that can empower users in data exploration and analytics. The reports are similar to PDF files as they are static files with self-serving data. However, unlike PDF files, Active Reports are interactive and engaging. IBM also released an iPad app, IBM Cognos Mobile, which marries the Active Report and the iPad into a mobile solution.

Inevitably, report developers and data analysts want to know when is the right time to implement an Active Report? I will discuss the benefits of Active Reports verses standard report deployments as well as the benefits of a standard report deployment verses an Active Report.

  • 1. Mobile Work Force

As more and more business is done from remote locations, there is a greater need to keep these individuals informed. Being that data is stored directly in the Active Report, the report can be sent via email burst, sent from a Cognos Mobile server, or loaded directly through iTunes onto the iPad. The user can then work, disconnected from the internet, and still navigate their data. This enables mobile users to be self-serving and productive while disconnected.

(NOTE: No WiFi connection required in the upper left corner) 2. Rapid Decision Making With the

(NOTE: No WiFi connection required in the upper left corner)

2. Rapid Decision Making

With the fast pace world of digital information, it is crucial that business, and its decision makers, keep up with the ever changing topography. An Active Report can be made available to users, so they can quickly analyze critical data and ask follow up questions; follow up questions that previously would be additional requests to the IT department. With Active Reports on the IBM Cognos Mobile app, decision makers can collaborate with other business users via email to facilitate changes.

3. Highly Visual In this day and age, a meeting may need to be conducted in
  • 3. Highly Visual

In this day and age, a meeting may need to be conducted in a short amount of time because of limited access to key decision makers. By grabbing the attendee’s attention, meetings can be conducted quicker because the audience is more engaged. Active Reports can be customized to capture those fleeting moments and keep users engaged through interactive charting, clickable objects, and energizing color palettes. By appealing to the visual sense of the audience, the content becomes the focal point of the meeting.

3. Highly Visual In this day and age, a meeting may need to be conducted in

Because these reports have data embedded in them, one can imagine that there are some instances where a standard report implementation would be a better fit. Below are a few of the topics that fit this model.

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Sensitive Data

Reports that contain sensitive data are very common across the average business model. Though Active Reports can be deployed with a 4 digit passcode and the Cognos Server can check the users security credentials if sent via the Cognos Mobile server, a standard report deployment may be a more suited choice. The Cognos Server’s ability to enforce data level security, as well as data model security, can be a benefit when it comes to privileged data. Active Reports will certainly work with this data, but it is an industry best practice to stay with a traditional report deployment.

  • 2. Connected users

There are times when developers want to take advantage of latest technologies and enhanced features. If a report consumer is going to be at their desk consuming the report transactional level task, an Active Report may be more robust than necessary. The end user may only want the report to be rendered to the screen and not saved; this would indicate that the user is looking for a standard report deployment, rather than an Active Report. More often than not, an ad-hoc report will be a standard report deployment.

  • 3. Detail Level Reporting

Active Reports have found a home in the field, boardrooms, and dashboards. These venues require data to be selective and compressed. As such, Active Reports strongly lend themselves to summarized data. If business users are interested in the detailed, granular level of the data, the report may be best fit to a standard report deployment. Though Active Reports can handle large amounts of data, the files sizes will grow in a direct relationship. Users may want to consume the summary level data in an active report, and create a drillthrough to detailed data in a separate report.

Active Reports can empower a mobile workforce, facilitate rapid decision making, and engage users with powerful

Active Reports can empower a mobile workforce, facilitate rapid decision making, and engage users with powerful visuals. They are an excellent addition to any Cognos deployment. Knowing the right situation for their implementation will ensure their user adoption and success.

Active Reports can empower a mobile workforce, facilitate rapid decision making, and engage users with powerful

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/ Knowledge Sharing / Newsletter / IBM Cognos 10 Highlights: 10 Reasons to Migrate

IBM Cognos 10 Highlights: 10 Reasons to Migrate

February 16, 2011 Rebecca Ryan Newsletter
February 16, 2011 Rebecca Ryan Newsletter

Released in October of 2010, IBM Cognos 10 is a vastly improved release and sets the bar high for integrated business intelligence platforms and performance management.

Here are ten reasons to consider upgrading to (or making an initial investment in) IBM Cognos

10.

Statistics and Predictive Analytics

One of the most significant additions to IBM Cognos 10 is the integration of IBM’s SPSS

Modeler. SPSS became part of the equation when IBM acquired SPSS a few years back and began to incorporate it into Cognos’ report-authoring area of the Cognos BI platform. Its Statistics and predictive analytics capabilities give users the ability to gain insights through analysis of historical and real-time data and then deliver predictive information through integrated dashboards. Additionally, the application provides key statistical tests so that decision makers can verify the assumptions that are modeled.

Workflow

It could be argued that management has two major roles: make decisions in a timely fashion and ensure that the decisions are responsible and credible with a focus on actual data. IBM Cognos 10 provides every user within an organization with the same accountable data. Knowing exactly where data comes from lets people move beyond the common concerns of whether the data is accurate into thinking about how to best utilize the information for corporate growth.

Collaboration/Co-working Capabilities

In the world of growing social media and virtual interactions, IBM has recognized that BI is part of a decision-making process and includes collaborators who need BI capabilities to support that process. IBM Lotus Connections is a social software for businesses and is now the backbone for IBM Cognos 10 collaboration. When users are working within IBM Cognos 10, changes and decisions can be noted. Email alerting is available to notify participants of updates to the process. Users can view the backgrounds of others on their project team. Additionally, in a world of increasing compliance requirements, an audit trail of the decision-making process can be reviewed after the fact if necessary.

Self Service Interface with Easy to Use Reports

One area that IBM has focused on with this IBM Cognos 10 release is improvements within the offered studio capabilities, particularly with regards to facilitating the authoring process and making report preparation that much more user friendly. IBM Cognos Business Insight, an offering within Cognos 10, is an easy to use data consolidation location that provides end users with the ability to find answers to key business questions. A step beyond Business Insight is Business Insight Advanced, which gives users the ability to edit already existing reports. They no longer need to ask report designers for the simplest changes. Now they can individually change a report’s dimension, form, and point of view, without the need to bog down IT departments.

Active Reports

Further on the topic of “Easy to Use Reports”, IBM Cognos 10 includes “self-contained interactive content”, which IBM Cognos calls “active reports.” The benefit, you ask? If you

travel disconnected or are disconnected at a customer site, active reports allow users to delve into a portion of the data that has been associated with the report. With its write-back and what-if capabilities, changes made within IBM Cognos 10 will be synchronized when you reconnect.

Performance Enhancements

Likely expected, this Cognos release includes performance enhancements. They shorten the time for both cube-building and querying. Utilizing the new Dynamic Query Model engine, organizations are seeing up to 80% faster query response time on IBM Cognos TM1 cubes. This feature leverages a caching scheme and query-routing techniques to speed up queries by directing them to the cache or to an OLAP cube or relational source, whichever is appropriate. Dynamic query is limited to TM1, SAP and Essbase cubes as of the latest release, but further cube support is scheduled for upcoming releases.

Mobile

We’ve found that mobile functionality is growing in importance and often a non-negotiable requirement. IBM Cognos Mobile can now support Apple’s iPhones and iPads as well as BlackBerrys (and other Windows Mobile devices).

Event Management

Event Management capabilities have seen changes as well. Event authors are now given more options than before, which allow them to control more aspects of the event. Events can be managed within Event Studio or within My Inbox and users can be notified through email once their tasks are created. Additionally, there are three groups of Task users: owners, potential owners, and stakeholders.

Ease of Upgrade

IBM Cognos’ original offering, Upgrade Manager, has been recently renamed IBM Cognos

Lifecycle Manager, and the changes go beyond the name. Most importantly, when comparing two versions of the same report, the process has been expedited and simplified. Customer references have verified the simplicity too. At the IBM Cognos 10 Launch in Las Vegas in

October, Beta Customer, Boeing was brought on stage to tell the audience that their upgrade from Cognos 8 to Cognos 10 took 6 days.

Search

IBM Cognos 10 has changed the availability of its search capabilities by bringing it into the common workspace. The search feature is very well integrated with the entire content store but is still focused primarily on structured data and related documents.

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Automating deployment:

BENEFITS

  • 1. This one time activity highly reduces the manual effort involved by the IBM Cognos administrators in code migration process.

  • 2. This approach provides flexibility for the IBM Cognos architects to perform the code deployment themselves by just running the Event Studio agent in the source IBM Cognos environment.

  • 3. The architecture is defined in such a way that the deployment would be successful, even in case of Content Manager Fail-overs’ in any of the configured IBM cognos environments.

  • 4. The emails triggered after the tasks completion provides the status of the deployment.

  • 5. Usage of the above technique will remove the dependency of using other third party tools which are specifically used for IBM Cognos code migration by the developers and this provides full control of the environment to the IBM Cognos administrators.

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CONCLUSION

This approach can be further enhanced by integrating with the audit reports and the history of code deployment performed by the users. This automated process will save time and provides the flexibility to the application users to migrate their artifacts on their own schedule.