Category Archives for "COGNOS"

Stop Requirements Gathering and Start Discovering Requirements!

Stop Gathering Requirements and Start Discovering RequirementsDiscovering RequirementsSTOP REQUIREMENTS GATHERING! We were wrong! For years Lodestar Solutions has emphasized to our IBM Cognos clients the need for proper requirements gathering, and we were WRONG!As a Business Analyst or BI Manager specializing in Cognos Analytics or Cognos 10 BI you need to stop gathering requirements and start […]

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Cognos Analytics versus Planning Analytics

Cognos Analytics versus Planning AnalyticsCognos Analytics versus Planning Analytics, what’s the difference?  IBM has rebranded TM1 as Planning Analytics and rebranded Cognos Business Intelligence as Cognos Analytics.  With the rebranding came additional dashboarding and data visualization capabilities with Planning Analytics Workspace that leverages the TM1 calculation engine.  This has people asking, “Well, if I can create […]

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Cognos Ala Carte Services for Small Cognos Projects

Cognos  a la Carte Services for Small Cognos ProjectsAre you struggling to get a Cognos report to run correctly? Maybe you have a TM1 or Cognos Planning model you have been staring at for hours and can’t seem to figure out why the calculation is wrong? Do you wish you had an expert you could […]

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Life After IBM To Life At Lodestar

Life After IBM To Life At Lodestar​It’s been a couple of months since I’ve been on the other side of IBM. What a  change it has been though! However, I didn’t stray too far from Big Blue though. I joined Lodestar Solutions, a boutique, premier IBM analytics partner. Lodestar has been an amazing experience thus […]

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IBM Cognos Products Update – Big Changes!

Major Updates on IBM Cognos Products! IBM Cognos Analytics (CA) IBM Cognos Analytics release 5 is available for download as of late 2016.  This release added great functionality to CA and therefore makes an already great product even better.  Let’s take a look at what improved. Areas improved include: Geospatial Mapping – For all of you […]

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IBM Cognos software and Law Firm KPIs

IBM Cognos software and Law Firm KPIsWe at Lodestar Solutions get asked by law firm clients what should they be doing with IBM Cognos software specifically their TM1 and/or IBM Cognos BI? The answer usually is, “a lot more than what you are probably doing”. Many times they use TM1 to plan budgets, but under-utilize it […]

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