Cognos Blogs

Cognos Blogs

Below is a massive list of Cognos  blogs. These blogs may relate to broad products and techniques in other Cognos software, not just Business Analytics software.
To search for a specific topic, use the search bar to the right.

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[...]
The Power of Cognos Insight
Do you struggle with trying to analyze offline spreadsheets or data sources? Do you receive data from 3rd parties that[...]
Big Data Analytics, Fantasy Baseball & You
We are now 21 days away from the mid-summer classic. I better take the opportunity to write a baseball/big data[...]
Taking Advantage of Cognos Fix Pack?
As a Business Analytics Coach, I’m asked about errors or issue with Cognos software. Sometimes it is user error and[...]
IBM Connections is NOT IBM Cognos Connection
Far too many times IBM uses similar descriptions for different products.  Let us provide you another occasion of which you[...]
IBM Cognos OLAP Modeling Tools – Which should I choose?
 As business analytics coaches, we are often asked many questions about what are the right IBM Cognos OLAP modeling tools for[...]
Cognos Express on Amazon AWS
Cognos Express on Amazon AWS is a great combination for small to mid-level companies that either don’t have the resources[...]
What happened to IBM Cognos Data Manager Decision Stream?
Are you asking Google, "What happened to IBM Cognos Data Manager Decision Stream?"  Let's give you a bit of histroy[...]
Cognos Insight vs Excel? Managing with personal analytics
Cognos Insight vs Excel? Managing with personal analytics Think about the world we live in. Literally anything we want is[...]
Free Cognos Insight Training
How does Free Cognos Insight Training and a word like infobesity correlate?  First let's take a look at the definition[...]
Arrgh! The Lodestar Pirates won’t be at IBM Insight 2014 (IOD)
We wanted to let all our loyal mates know that the Lodestar Solution’s Pirates won’t be sailing into the IBM[...]
Be a “Business Analytics Expert” w/ Cognos Insight – Analytic Desktop Tool
Have you checked out the Analytic Desktop Tool, Cognos Insight?  What did you think?  For those of you who are[...]
Expand Cognos TM1 and BI with Cognos Insight
Scalability and time are two issues that never seem to be solved. Couple that with expanding end-user adoption and the[...]
Cognos Insight – Powerful but Simple Analytics Tool
Cognos Insight - Powerful but Simple Analytics Tool As I sat and played with Cognos Insight (v10.2.2), it dawned on[...]
IBM Cognos Disclosure Management – What, Why & How It Can Help
IBM Cognos Disclosure Management “CDM – What is it? What pain points/struggles does it address? How can it help my[...]
IBM Cognos Fix Packs – Keep Up To Date
Did you know that IBM releases fix packs to correct bugs in Cognos Software?  They do and it is important[...]
Could Predictive Analytics Have Prevented 13 Deaths?
The families of those who died in General Motors cars containing defective ignition switches want prosecutors to go after General[...]
Predictive Analytics – What you MUST know!
The customer stories published about implementing Predictive Analytics into your own “happily ever after”?  I’m going to share a few[...]
Predictive Analytics in the Cloud
Predictive Analytics in the Cloud Recent research from www.information-management.com suggests that Predictive Analytics in the cloud computing is becoming more and more[...]
SPSS Statistical Survey Software – Data Collection
Did you know that IBM has a Statistical Survey Software platform?  They do!  It came along with the SPSS acquisition[...]
On The Bubble Regarding Predictive Analytics?
“On the bubble” – ever heard that phrase? Do you know where it comes from? Legend has it that this[...]
Predictive Analytics Made Easy
While we can’t say “long gone are the glory days of the statistician, data scientist, and analyst” – the development[...]
Introduction to Predictive Analytics with IBM SPSS – Part II
I hope you enjoyed our first installment about the IBM SPSS Family.  Let’s will pick up where we left off.[...]
Introduction to Predictive Analytics with IBM SPSS – Part I
Most folks who know about SPSS are aware of it because they took a Statistics class in college and used[...]
I Don’t know if I am an Expert Lodestar Consultants but I Did Stay in a Holiday Inn Express Last Night
I am sure most of you have seen the Holiday Inn Express commercial where they show the toll booth operator[...]
Upgrade from Clarity to Cognos Disclosure Management
When it comes to financial reporting and compliance, the upgrade from IBM Financial Statement Reporting (FSR) to IBM Cognos Disclosure Management (CDM), was one[...]
What is Predictive Maintenance?
Today, forward-looking manufacturers rely on predictive maintenance to go beyond preventative and regularly scheduled maintenance, ensuring production quality and maximizing value at every step of the process. Driven by predictive analytics, this leading-edge capability is helping manufacturers reach new standards of quality and save money by minimizing downtime from unscheduled maintenance, practically eliminating unnecessary maintenance and providing superior forecasting of warranty accruals.
IBM’s Information on Demand 2012 – What We Learned
What happened at IBM IOD 2012 in Las Vegas does not stay in Las Vegas! There were many exciting Cognos related topics discussed at IBM Information on Demand (IOD) during the annual conference held this past fall. This year’s conference was held at Mandalay Bay the week of October 22nd, and was attended by more than 12,000 people. Some of the hot topics included Cognos 10.2 updates and new features including Active Reports, Dynamic Cubes, Cognos Mobile, Workspace and Cognos Insight. Below is a brief description of each…
How to Change Your Primary Contact with IBM
We have all been there. One of the people in charge of managing an aspect of your IBM account left the company and you didn’t think to have them update their information before they left. Main contacts such as primary contact, billing contact, renewal contact, media shipping contact, proof of entitlement contact and site technical contact can be updated by the current Primary Contact on the Passport Advantage Online website.
SPSS Case Study of Local School Districts
Through the use of Predictive Analytics Software, like IBM SPSS, Public Schools around the country are changing the way they teach students. IBM SPSS enables fair comparisons between schools with radically different student populations, ending the historical tendency to treat schools as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ based purely on test results. IBM SPSS identifies students who are statistically likely to fail or drop out, allowing teachers to make timely interventions to get them back on track. It measures the effect of remedial actions taken by teachers, so that the system learns which interventions have the most positive effect in any given scenario.
Predictive Analytics For Retail Industry
IBM Cognos software is one way in which organizations are leveraging new intelligence to create a competitive advantage. IBM Cognos Analytics and Performance Management solutions provide a planning, consolidation and business intelligence platform that helps companies plan, understand and manage financial and operational performance. With capabilities including reporting, analytics, dashboards, planning, scorecards and more, companies can understand performance and make better decisions.
IBM SPSS Predictive Analytics – Predicting the Future
IBM Business Analytics software is designed to deliver complete, insightful, and accurate information for decision makers to make more effective decisions. As part of this portfolio, IBM SPSS Predictive Analytics software specializes in predictive analytics which organizations can rely on to predict future outcomes based on patterns found in historical data. State and Local Government, Multi-National Corporations of all sizes can benefit from the IBM SPSS technology to provide insight into current performance. They can also leverage the predictive capabilities to be better prepared for what is around the corner. Business Intelligence can help monitor current and past performance while Predictive Analytics can answer why the business is performing in a certain manner and how it can be improved in the future.
Cognos Insight Download Instructions
Discuss what new Cognos users and existing Cognos users have access to along with the directions on how to download Insight for BI and TM1 users.
The Difference Between Cognos Express and Cognos Enterprise
IBM Cognos has two offerings for organizations looking for a complete Performance Management solution. One is IBM Cognos Enterprise Solutions and the other is Cognos Express. If you are looking for the power IBM offers, you may have some questions about what the differences in the two offerings are and how they compare. So, we thought we would take a moment to walk through some of the differences but note with each new release this information will change. IBM is expected to release a new Cognos Express version in the very near future and we will write again on Express once it’s released. As for now, IBM Cognos Express is positioned as the mid-market solution from IBM however, large companies can purchase it.
What is IBM Cognos Insight?
IBM Cognos Insight provides all the tools you need to solve individual or team challenges quickly and easily, right from your desktop: •Import and merge your corporate enterprise data with personal local data directly in your workspace. •Slice, dice and drill down through data quickly without scripting. •Create compelling charts and grids for a multi-dimensional view of your data. •Perform powerful scenario modeling on the fly without being connected to a server. •Easily publish your plans and dashboards for others in the organization to see and use.
IBM Cognos Insight – What is it?
IBM Cognos Insight. What is it? What is all the Hype about? On March 7th, IBM Cognos will release a revolutionary product that will allow IBM Cognos BI Consumers the ability to leverage the IBM stack by allowing them to create TM1 models at no additional cost. If you have not heard of IBM Cognos TM1, it is a 64 bit In-Memory OLAP technology that links finance with operations to deliver new Insight into your data.
IBM Cognos Statistics – Integrate Statistics into Financial and Business Analysis
Check out IBM Cognos Statistics. Statistics enables financial and business analysts to gain and share richer insights through statistical reporting and analysis that can be distributed to all users. IBM Statistics Engine incorporates statistical results with core business reporting, reducing the time it takes to analyze data and prepare business presentations based on that analysis. Cognos Statistics software also helps ensure that the statistical evidence that backs key business decisions is accurate and can be delivered easily to broader business communities in dashboards and reports.
Should I use Cognos BI or Salesforce Analytics Reports?
Salesforce.com is a great tool, I use it all of the time, but have you ever tried to create a report in Salesforce.com? I have, and the experience is not a pleasant one. Once you figure out how to create the report you realize that you are very limited in your report options. (No cross-filtering, No joined reports, low limits on number of scheduled reports and dashboards, inability to group data)
Cognos Lifecycle Manager Validates Migration
If you are considering an upgrade to IBM Cognos 10, you MUST check out lifecycle manager. Formerly known as Upgrade Manager, IBM has added a number of new features and rebranded it as Lifecycle Manager. It is an application that validates IBM Cognos BI report content during an upgrade by comparing reports that run in different versions of IBM Cognos BI.
Is Cognos Compatible With Windows 7?
Everywhere we look, software providers are coming out with new versions but unless it’s a major release, software compatibility is often overlooked. With the release of Windows 7, many hardware providers and IT departments are starting to ship laptops to employees with Windows 7 as the standard operating system. Many of us just assume it’s “Microsoft” so it must be compatible and they fail to confirm that the software is compatible with Windows 7. Additionally, software can function with 64 or 32 bit machines and some software is only functional on a 32 bit machine. Not confirming compatibility could result in big headaches.
Tips for Effectively Using Remote Cognos Consulting
As the budget for implementation services shrink and travel expenses increase, companies can save significant money by leveraging remote or virtual consultants. But to make virtual consulting effective, consider the following tips: 1. Be Prepared - Create a detailed statement of work outlining the deliverables. 2. Check Them Out - Check references of the consultant and conduct a phone interview. You want someone that can speak clearly and is articulate.
Cognos Training Leads to Success
Training is one of the most important aspects of implementing and maintaining your IBM Cognos system! If you inherited Cognos or have recently been assigned to the Cognos team in your organization, I strongly encourage you to get some training. How do you get trained on IBM Cognos? IBM has a number of great Cognos public training classes offered to clients. Lodestar Solutions can help register you for one of these training classes at a competitive price. Training is offered at IBM training centers across the country and world.