Cognos Business Intelligence 10.2.2 Coming Soon!

Cognos Business Intelligence 10.2.2Exciting news for all of you BI nerds like myself! IBM is releasing the newest version of Cognos Business Intelligence 10.2.2 on November 21, 2014.

This release is primarily focused on introducing IT driven self-service and efficiency’s in report creation and report delivery. As announced by IBM the focus is:

  • Enable IT driven self-service
  • Speedy deployment
  • Streamlining the report creation process to save time
  • Making authors more efficient
  • Empowering more users with increased personalization

There are also exciting new capabilities including:

  • Personal data upload allowing users to upload their own datasets to create reports and dashboards
  • Active Report preview that allows users to accelerate the creation of reports
  • New visualizations
  • The ability to change the visualization properties directly in report studio.

There are a number of capabilities that allow IT or your BI administrator to create unique studios for users matching their skills.  Lastly, there are a number of updates and enhancements to Dynamic Cubes.  Join us on November 20, 2014 for our virtual user group, Techies with Panache, as we discuss the Cognos Business Intelligence 10.2.2 in more depth and so much more!

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Multitenancy Cognos BI 10.2.1

IBM introduces support for  multitenancy Cognos BI in  Release 10.2.1

The first question you are probably asking yourself is… “What in the world is  multitenancy Cognos BI?” In short, it is a powerful feature that allows the BI administrator to deploy Cognos to multiple independent customers or business units, utilizing one install of the platform itself.

In the newest release of Cognos BI 10.2.1, IBM has improved multitenancy in a number of ways:

  • A dedicated multitenancy tab has been added in the administration console for ease of maintenance
  • This allows you to easily add or remove tenants
  • You can configure a default profile for each tenant
  • Cancel user requests for a specific tenant
  • Run content store usage reports based on a specific tenant
  • Set up tenants quickly, even those with difficult security setups
Multitenancy Cognos BI

My guess is there are many of us out there who will benefit from this great addition to the BI platform. Upgrade today to Cognos BI 10.2.1 and start reaping the MANY benefits, which include better multitenancy support, visualizations and RAVE, enhancements to Report Studio, Workspace, Workspace Advanced, Active Reports, as well as major performance optimizations and support for many of the market leaders in the big data arena.

There is obviously much more information on multi tenet environments and you can check out this link to read more.

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What’s new in IBM Cognos BI 10.2.1?

IBM Cognos BI 10.2.1 was released on June 11, 2013.  In this release, IBM developers focused on three areas:  visualization, performance and big data.


“A picture paints a thousand insights.”  Well-developed charts and visuals allow end users to quickly spot trends and/or issues.  IBM’s RAVE (Rapidly Adaptive Visualization Engine) significantly improves the consumer’s mobile and dashboard experiences with more flexible, adaptive and interactive visuals. Cognos 10.2.1 RAVE technology also enhances existing charting options and includes new and innovated charts.  Additionally, new charts are continuously being added and are available for download from


Larger data sets that empower end users to query at will have their advantages, but can be a performance killer.  IBM developers recognized that performance is an important factor in end user adoption and a BI initiative’s success.  By tackling bottleneck issues in Active Reports, Bursting, and Dynamic Cubes they were able to improve performance on average by 40% over version 10.2.

  • Dynamic cube, the OLAP solution released in 10.2, is now 2 times faster.  10.2.1 brings reductions in required memory for aggregate caches and improved aggregate selection logic that chooses the aggregate with the lowest query cost.
  • Active Reports in 10.2.1 execute 5 times faster than 10.2.  This includes faster loading in browsers, mobile devices, and Cognos Connection.  Active Reports now have a smaller footprint due to better use of compression and engine optimization.  Additional authors can now have 10 times more data in Active Reports.
  • Bursted reports created in Report Studio 10.2.1 use hardware resources more efficiently by allowing distribution across all report servers and by optimizing the execution of batch reports.

Big Data

Buzz phrase of the year: “BIG DATA.”  Big data is inherently problematic from how to properly capture, organize, maintain, store, and analyze it.  Companies want the ability to look at the most complete data set possible to find correlations, spot trends, and make real time decisions.

Cognos BI 10.2.1 now has Big SQL support extended to:

  • IBM InfoSphere® BigInsights™ V2.1
  • Hive support for Apache Hive version 0.8 or version 0.9
  • Cloudera
  • Hortonworks
  • Amazon Elastic MapReduce

In addition to visualization, performance and big data enhancements, IBM Cognos Mobile has some cool and important new features, including the ability to connect to multiple servers and use auto server configuration, the ability to zoom in on Active reports and use touch-friendly HTML5 prompts, and report fidelity for consistent viewing.

Other Cognos BI applications and administrative functions were also enhanced and, as we learn more about Cognos 10.2.1, we will surely bring them to your attention.