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Dear Cognos Community,
I am currently using Cognos Analytics software version 11.1.7, and I am planning to update it to version 11.2.4. Before proceeding with the update, I wanted to seek your guidance regarding potential issues that I might encounter with my existing reports and dashboards.
Considering that I heavily rely on these reports and dashboards in my daily operations, I am concerned about any compatibility issues or disruptions that could arise during the update process. I want to ensure a smooth transition without compromising the functionality and accessibility of my valuable assets.
I genuinely appreciate any guidance, tips, or recommendations you can provide to help me navigate this update smoothly while safeguarding the integrity and usability of my reports and dashboards. Thank you for your support!
In my experience, the upgrade from the 11.1 stream to the 11.2 stream is incredibly smooth. None of the reports needed any fixing. If you're using any third party widgets for dashboards, they may need to be updated to the latest version. The only other possible issue is the navbar on the left has been removed. This may be confusing to end-users, which may require some additional training. Any extensions you've added to add buttons to the navbar will have to be updated to place them elsewhere.Personally, I find the 11.2 UI significantly improved over 11.1, and I've been urging everyone to upgrade as soon as possible. That being said, Cognos 12 is coming out June 8, it may be worth holding off a couple weeks and just upgrading directly to that.
Thank you for your response regarding my concerns about updating from Cognos Analytics 11.1.7 to 11.2.4. Your insights are appreciated.
I'm glad to hear that the upgrade process is generally smooth, requiring no fixes for reports. I'll ensure any third-party widgets are updated.
Your positive feedback on the improved user interface in 11.2 motivates me to proceed. I'll also consider upgrading directly to Cognos 12.
Thank you for your support and guidance. Feel free to share any further suggestions.
Panagiotis, do you have a Development/Testing server? I would HIGHLY suggest using one to test the new version. We have been burned so many times over the years especially with FixPacks breaking things that not only do we apply a FixPack only when absolutely necessary and still, apply it first to our Dev server and let it run a good month with a lot of testing.Even going from 11.1.5 to 11.1.7 gave us a lot of problems (thus several support tickets). Again, thankful we were able to work through all of that on our dev/test server before finally going live.Probably goes without saying but you should use the latest version that's available, which I believe is 11.2.4 FixPack 1. I would stay away from the IFs (Interim Fixes) unless directed by IBM support for a specific issue as those get FAR less QA/QC testing and often cause more problems then they fix, requiring subsequent IFs.Best regards and best of luck! (BTW, we're still on 11.1.7 FP6 and aren't in a hurry to upgrade to 11.2.4)Wayne
Thank you for your valuable suggestion. I appreciate your advice on using a Development/Testing server to test the new version before going live. Your experience with FixPacks and the importance of thorough testing is noted.