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IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson - September Newsletter

By NICK PLOWDEN posted Wed September 29, 2021 09:57 PM



Cognos is now part of the Watson family! Join us as we celebrate the addition of Cognos Analytics to the Watson portfolio. Hear from Seth Dobrin, IBM’s Chief AI Officer, as to why we continue to invest in Cognos, and what the AI and predictive vision is for products coming out of the Watson Research Labs. Oct 5

IBM Cognos Mobile Apple Push Notification certificate - Due to changes with Apple and IBM Corporations Notification system, the Apple Push Notification Certificate is no longer needed. Read about it here.

IBM Cognos Analytics Active Report Viewer is available via the Accelerator Catalog. In addition, here is the link to the documentation.

The IBM Accelerator Catalog is a free platform to showcase and share both expertise and assets. The goal is to help our users get acquainted with our products and demonstrate what they are capable of. The Accelerator Catalog is meant to be inclusive of all our users regardless of which skill level. Check out what’s new here. 


From PMSquare: Building Dashboards and Stories in Cognos 11.X. This introductory course is designed to allow business users to create dashboards to analyze their data using the dashboard tool in Cognos Analytics. Oct 6

Motio and IBM Cognos upgrade workshop Europe. At this virtual workshop, Motio experts, with guest speakers from IBM, will work side by side with you for a highly specialized experience to get the most out of your Cognos Analytics upgrade. Oct 7

Motio and IBM Cognos Workshop: Performance Optimization. Motio and guest speakers from IBM are running a series of performance optimization workshops. The performance of analytics platforms is essential for data-driven organizations. BI teams want to resolve issues before Cognos performance degrades. Reserve your place for one of the following sessions:

From LPA: Cognos Hands on Workshop.  Taking Cognos to the next level using new features. This hands on interactive workshop is limited to 20 Users. Oct 20

From Senturus: Streamline Cognos Migrations & Consolidations. Learn how the migration assistant eliminates the daunting, time-consuming manual audit process by swiftly organizing your complex, multi-layered Cognos content. Oct 30

Cloud Corner

Moving data source drivers, images, deployments, or Power Cubes to cloud? Learn how to use SFTP with Cognos Analytics on Cloud

Tech Corner

Have any idea to improve Cognos? Submit your new feature ideas or enhancements about Cognos via the Ideas portal. You can also look at other user ideas and vote on your favorites! Check it out here.

From PMSquare, Dan Gargus wrote an interesting article for new users to Cognos that explains how to monitor Cognos scheduled reports/jobs and investigate failures. Check it out here.

Users Share Their Stories

Analysis of 2021 olympics medal standings by gender.  Interesting analysis by Tim Aston, Product Manager for Cognos Analytics, on the breakdown of olympic medal results by country and gender. Read Tim’s blog here and connect with him on the Cognos Community to comment.

Streamlining shared business services  - The United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence unlocks innovation with enterprise applications and analytics. Read the case study here.

Sometimes inserting text into the cells of a crosstab, the word wrap is not applied after setting the size and overflow properties of the columns. Read here how to wrap text values in the measure cells of a crosstab.

Testing a Planning Analytics  datasource may return the following error:  XQE-GEN-0002 An unexpected exception occurred: java.lang.NullPointerException. Read here how to resolve the problem.

Additional Resources

From PMSquare: Cognos Reports versus Dashboards | Which to choose and why. This Cognos Analytics training video highlights the strengths and weaknesses of each and provides a simple flow chart of when to choose reports versus dashboards in Cognos Analytics

Getting Started with 11.2 Dashboards Workshop - In this hands-on workshop, you will explore the key capabilities of IBM Cognos Analytics dashboards: uploading data, AI Assistant, visualizations, mapping, forecasting, and pattern analysis. If you are a current customer, login to Cognos. If you are not a current customer, you can sign up for the free trial version to follow the workshop.

From PMSquare: An In-Depth Look at the Cognos Mobile App. The Cognos mobile app has a ton of awesome features and is available for just $5 per user. This learning session covers app features and best practices for designing for a mobile experience

On-Premises Corner
What happens to any files or folders added into the installation folder, when I update the install? Read this Technote for details.

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