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Newsletter: Cognos Analytics With Watson - March Edition

By NICK PLOWDEN posted Thu March 31, 2022 06:12 PM


Welcome to the March 2022 edition of the Cognos Analytics with Watson newsletter. If you have suggestions for articles or want to promote an event, please contact Nickolus Plowden on the Cognos Community.
IBM Recognized as a Visionary in 2022 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Analytics and Business Intelligence Platforms for IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson.  Read the blog post here.

Urgent Security Bulletin
IBM Cognos Analytics: Apache log4j Vulnerability (CVE-2021-45046). This issue is categorized as Critical Severity. Apache Log4j is used by IBM Cognos Analytics as part of its logging infrastructure. This bulletin addresses the exposure to the Apache Log4j (CVE-2021-45046) vulnerability. IBM Cognos Analytics has upgraded Apache Log4j to v2.16. Please note that this update also addresses CVE-2021-44228. Stay abreast of the latest remediation and fixes here. You can also raise a support ticket here if you need assistance.

IMPORTANT Information for Clients that upgrade IBM Cognos Analytics after applying the no-upgrade instructions to address log4j v2 vulnerabilities - Running a DQM (Dynamic Query Mode) report or testing a database connection returns an error. Get information on the error and resolution information here.

Read about the end of continuing support for Cognos Business Intelligence 10.2.x effective December 31, 2022.  See the details here.
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Remember, if you need assistance in downloading a product, contact eCustomer Care by clicking the Need Assistance link here.

New Releases

Cognos Analytics with Watson 11.2.2. has arrived!  This version builds on the substantial new capabilities we introduced with Cognos Analytics with Watson 11.2.1.  Take a quick look at what else is new with this release. 

MotioCI is now available from Passport Advantage. This release of MotioCI replaces MotioCI in inventory for log4j remediation.


What's New in Cognos Analytics release 11.2.2.  The Product Management team is pumped to take you through what's new in Cognos 11.2.2.  Apr 4

Webinar: Ask Me Anything: Cognos Analytics with Watson April
2022 Edition. Apr 12

Lodestar: Cloud considerations in an uncertain world.  Are you wondering if you can move your IBM Cognos and Planning Analytics to the cloud?  Maybe your organization has an initiative to move all applications to Azure, AWS or IBM Cloud.   Join Lodestar and IBM to educate yourself about making the move. Apr 13

QueBIT Webinar: Predictive Revenue Planning for Finance. Are you looking to speed up the forecasting cycles or infuse predictive analytics into your finance revenue plan? Apr 14

PMSquare Training: Introduction to Cognos Report Authoring. This Cognos Analytics (11.x)  course is designed to introduce beginner authors and business users to the concepts of creating simple reports and give them the ability to analyze their data using relationally modeled packages. May 19

Tech Corner

Cognos Fix Lists.  Access a comprehensive list of defect corrections for Cognos Analytics Components here.

Must gather for Cognos Analytics installation cases. If you have to open a technical support case for Cognos Analytics installation issues, here is a technote that covers some of the details that are useful to acquire before hand. 

From Senturus:  How to customize relative time in Cognos Data Modules. This overview provides the steps needed to customize the relative time calendars that are built into Cognos data modules. 

Tech Corner
How to include report performance details in report output.  The option "Include performance details" is designed for authors that want to interactively view the performance of their reports. Read this technote for details.

How to track dashboard activities.  
Currently, the Activities section of the System tab in the administration console supports displaying activities for Reports and Jobs only.  Here is how to view dashboard execution.

Synchronizing data source metadata changes to update data module metadata.  Starting in Cognos Analytics 11.2.2, you can more easily update the metadata of your modules to match what is stored in loaded schemas, uploaded files, and data sets which your modules use. Read the blog post here.

Have an 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.

Recommended Learning Resources

How to convert a list report to a crosstab report.  This video shows you how to convert a list report to a crosstab report in IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson with a click of a button.
Customer Story

North York General Hospital improves patient care with IBM Cognos Analytics by providing personalized dashboards in order to provide the key measures and metrics needed to improve patient quality of care.  Watch the presentation here.
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