IBM Cognos Analytics – Conditional Notifications

IBM Cognos Analytics – Conditional Notifications

Recently I was asked by a client to setup notifications for a daily report output. This is a routine request that can be addressed within the Cognos portal by creating and scheduling a job for the report. The unique challenge presented in my case however was that the client wanted results to be emailed to one set of recipients under a different condition than that […]

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How Cognos 10 tasks are performed in Cognos Analytics

How Cognos 10 tasks are performed in Cognos Analytics

This blog post covers some common tasks in Cognos 10 and details how they can be performed in Cognos Analytics. Access content Cognos 10 – The Public Folders tab provides access to shared content. The My Folders tab provides access to personal content. Cognos Analytics – The Team content button on the left-hand menu provides access to shared content. The My Content button provides access […]

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IBM Cognos Analytics – the Inside Scoop on the R5 Release!

IBM Cognos Analytics – the Inside Scoop on the R5 Release!

After attending the World of Watson in Las Vegas at the end of October, here are a few of the highlights that can be anticipated in the IBM Cognos Analytics R5 release at the beginning of December. As you may or may not know, the upgrade from IBM Cognos BI to Cognos Analytics will be fairly simple.  Framework manager packages and data source connections will […]

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Make Report Maintenance Easier by Implementing these BI Development Strategies

To “Get it done” and to “Get it done well” are two entirely different things.  Both have merit and are appropriate under specific conditions.  A mission critical output under a strict deadline must be prioritized to “get it done” to meet the objective.  Often this approach has delayed consequences that the urgency of the objective justify.  When time allows, real advantages can be gained from […]

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Configure Multiple Reports in One Report Specification

Configure Multiple Reports in One Report Specification

One report specification can contain different views of your data, essentially rendering different reports. But why would it make sense to set up one report spec to do this, you ask? This makes sense when the queries behind the pages share a lot of content, and it’s easiest to maintain that content in one location rather than two or more. For example, if you have […]

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Relative Time Prompt Token Macro Technique

Relative Time Prompt Token Macro Technique

Prompt token macros are used to pass the definition of a data item rather than a value. They are very efficient and useful for both relational and dimensional data sources and prove to be a friendly administrative and end user experience. You can use the relative time token for scheduling purposes as well as a default selection. Here’s how it works in BI 10.2.1 using […]

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Manage Framework Manager Model Changes

Manage Framework Manager Model Changes

Managing change is difficult in any aspect of life, whether changing jobs, moving cities or simply adapting to the fact that Panera has done away with your favorite Cuban Chicken Panini (bummer, right?). Addressing changes in business critical systems can range from mildly annoying to down right time consuming depending upon several factors. How big your environment is, measured by the number of users, developers, […]

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Use a Variable in a TM1 TI Process SQL Statement to Filter on Input from a User

Use a Variable in a TM1 TI Process SQL Statement to Filter on Input from a User

Variables can be used in a variety of ways in Turbo Integrator processes. The use of variables can increase efficiency by making the administration of your TM1 model easier. Variables can also play a role in providing an end-user with the ability to perform administrative tasks similar to typical user input. Many times SQL statements used as a data source for a TI process need […]

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TM1 Best Practices: The Power of Using Global Parameter Flags

TM1 Best Practices:  The Power of Using Global Parameter Flags

TM1 is a completely customizable solution for budgeting and forecasting. It is extremely robust and flexible, but with that comes complexity. Two of the biggest challenges my customers face are the amount of time it takes to prepare their budgets and forecasts, especially if they are responsible for rolling monthly forecasts, and how difficult it may be to update the data, rules, feeders, etc. They […]

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