IBM's Information on Demand 2012 – What We Learned
What happened at IBM Information on Demand 2012 (IOD) in Las Vegas does not stay in Las Vegas! There were many exciting Cognos related topics discussed at IBM Information on Demand 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…
Active Reports –
How would you like to be able to perform interactive analytics while offline, perhaps traveling on an airplane with only your iPad? You can! With Active reports, you stay connected while disconnected! You can interact with reports or dashboards and figure out trends that move your business forward while the competition is waiting to get connected again. Report writers do need to be careful when creating Active Reports, especially those targeted for mobile devices, to ensure that the report is built to the limited screen size specifications for ease of use.
Dynamic Cubes –
Do you have a very large data warehouse based on a star or snowflake schema on which you want to provide an OLAP experience? Then this product might be for you! This 100% in-memory OLAP engine is optimized for data sets over 25,000,000 rows. This product is similar in nature to Transformer or PowerCubes. But fear not; it is in addition to these products, not a replacement. Dynamic Cubes can provide up to 80 times faster response to similarly modeled DMR data sources.
Cognos Mobile –
IBM has spent a lot of time and resources on Cognos Mobile. In versions 10.1 and 10.1.1, Cognos Mobile made huge leaps with outstanding functionality across a broad set of devices. Now, in 10.2, it offers even more. Push notifications to the IOS status bar on the iPad now allow users to know when a new version of their report is available. Multi-page reports can now be streamed to devices, reducing load time, and administrators can now govern access to Cognos via Mobile devices through Cognos Administration.
Cognos Workspace (formerly Business Insight) –
First of all, IBM has changed the name from Business Insight to Cognos Workspace, a change in my opinion that is good! Business Insight Advanced is now known as Cognos Workspace Advanced as well. Some of the enhancements to Cognos Workspace include multiple tabbed workspaces, the ability to freeze and unfreeze column and row headers, and the ability to limit the user experience by either making them an author, user or consumer. IBM has also added support for use in Google Chrome and Safari. Check out Cognos Workspace and make dashboards that executives love!
Cognos Insight –
Cognos Insight is a Personal Analytics solution that resides on the user’s desktop and can take many different data sources or types and create cubes, reports and dashboards quickly and without IT help. Insight now includes out of the box time rollups (think Transformer), as well as drill up and down charting with top/bottom filtering. A major item of note is that customers who have Cognos TM1 Enterprise can now publish their Cognos Insight Dashboards to Cognos 10.2 Enterprise. From a licensing perspective, the user just needs to have an enhanced consumer license.
There are many other exciting things happening in the Cognos world and Lodestar Solutions is here to help fill any need you have. Next year’s IBM Information On Demand conference will again be held in Las Vegas in early November, 2013. With all of the enhancements coming so quickly, IOD is a great way to be at the forefront of the latest and greatest in not only Cognos, but other IBM products as well. Hope to see you there!