IBM is Simplifying Cognos BI Licensing Again

Congos BI licensing changes
Spring Break Business Intelligence

Spring Break is right around the corner and IBM is ready to party! For the pre-party, IBM released Cognos Analytics 11, which is great business intelligence and now available for download. The real party begins June 9th, 2016, as IBM will be converting some of its IBM Cognos BI licensing such as it's Business Intelligence Consumer (#E061BLL) license to the IBM Cognos Analytic User (#E0K32LL) license.  Normally, the trade-up cost of for this is $638/license, but now it’s FREE!!! 

So for clients that are current on their Subscription and Support, they will be entitled to all this amazing functionality they never had.  Contact me at for a free, 1-hour review of your licenses and understand what additional functionality you are gaining. Renewing with Lodestar Solutions provides you additional discounts that IBM cannot, even though you still get the same IBM Subscription and Support renewal. 

IBM knows that the job responsibilities of its clients are ever increasing within their respective organizations and with that, IBM is empowering its clients to perform at their best. Those users can now create all kinds of reports and dashboards to provide actionable data to their organization’s decision makers.

Note that granting those Consumers any of the additional functionality is up to you. Also, it would need to be done by the BI Admin.  The BI Admin can create custom roles and set which users get those roles, so you can customize your user’s capabilities as you see fit. With this great opportunity to use these tools, Lodestar Solutions can help you get prepared to use them with our “Destination Dashboard” webinar and workshops.

The response to last week’s presentation was tremendous, so we are having a LIVE encore webinar:

How to Implement IBM Cognos Business

Analytics & Dashboards Faster and Cheaper

Thursday, March 10th at 11am EST.

$25, but free with coupon code RENEW2016

Register at


And if you want to truly experience Spring Break, join Lodestar Solutions in Tampa, Florida for our instructor-led, hands-on workshop. We’ll provide the t-shirt…


Register by March 5th for the 2-day Destination Dashboard Workshop in Tampa held March 23-24th and bring a friend for free (BOGO)!  Register at


You can’t lose! We are so confident you will get more than you paid for in our programs, if you fully participated in our program but are not satisfied with our services and the results, pay us what you feel it was worth. So with some of the changes to Cognos BI licensing…you can't lose!

Cognos Analytics 11 New Features


Released on December 22, 2015, Cognos Analytics 11 brings a more user friendly unified interface, improved efficiency in all business intelligence needs, and a consistent user experience across mobile and web applications.

Cognos Analytics 11

Cognos Analytics 11 new highlights include

Cognos Analytics 11

~ Simplified user experience

~ More capabilities to limit or remove IT from the process.

~ More self-service options

~ Customizable user interfaces

~ Comprehensive search feature

~ Automatic selection of the best visualization

~ Reference templates to create standard reports

~ Test and validate models in same environment

~ Quickly format and style your reports

~ Easier drag and drop functionality

~ Enable web based modeling

~ Quickly build interactive reports (drill, sort, filter) and the ability to start web or mobile

~ Personalize your analytics environment w/ favorites, notifications and your content

There is also some important information to consider with Cognos Analytics 11. Query Studio, Analysis Studio and Cognos Workspace will no longer be supported after this current release. Cognos Workspace Advanced is the new report authoring and dashboard functionality.

Also, the gateway component has been replaced with WebSphere Liberty in addition to the following content stores which will no longer be supported after the current release:

  • IBM DB2 10.1
  • IBM DB2 for z/OS®, 10.1
  • Microsoft™ SQL Server 2008
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2

The following content viewer will not be supported after the current release:

~ Microsoft Office 2010

Many data sources will not be supported after this current release. You can find a listing of these data sources HERE.

If you are current on support, you can access the Cognos Analytics 11 download through the IBM software link. You will access to the following eAssembly.


After spending just a little time with this product, I think you will find the simplified environment, self-service reporting and the user customization as great changes aimed toward competing products. Framework manager, DQM, Dynamic Cubes and the high technical features from report studio remain intact making this newest release of Cognos BI better than ever!

We hope you liked this blog on Cognos Analytics 11.  You can find more info on Cognos 11 here.