What’s New: Cognos Insight 10.1.1

What’s New in IBM Cognos Insight 10.1.1?

1. Percentage of Total Calculations
2. Calculations in Parent
3. Time Dimension Import
4. Chart Interaction
5. Improved Usability Features
a. Simplified Terminology
b. Access to Formatting
c. Keyboard Shortcuts
6. Guided Import
7. IBM Cognos Insight Trial Edition

Percentage of Total Calculations
Percent of Total Calculations is a view option that enables business users to see their data reflected in a meaningful way when the scale of data makes comparisons more difficult – while the exception highlighting afforded by the compare calculation enables users to spot issues. Viewing data as a Percent of Total also quickly implies the scale of the issue. A poorly performing business unit, product, or time period is less important if it typically accounts for only a small fraction of the overall business. A favorite for the Excel user, this is a common requirement for business analysts evaluating year over year, quarter over quarter growth, etc…

Calculations in Parent
With regards to Calculations in Parent, in the previous version, when you created a calculation the value of the calculation was automatically included in any parent summaries. The default is now to exclude the calculation value from any parent summaries. If you in fact did want to include the calculation value in the parent summary, you could simply edit the calculation and choose the option to include calculation value.

Time Dimension Import
In Cognos Insight 10.1, manual creation of time hierarchies for year, quarter and month was required (or it was necessary that the data was already provided as such in the source). The time dimension is an important and regularly used dimension for analysis that users will no longer have to spend time creating and re-creating. Automatic creation makes workspace authoring faster, gets users to the point analyzing data quicker, and addresses this gap in the previous version of Cognos Insight. This will also improve the overall user experience during Cognos Insight evaluations.

Chart Interaction
Leveraging the competitive differentiator of write back at the core of TM1, this feature enables the business user to rapidly prototype growth trends, make adjustments, or evaluate investments. Consider a zero-sum budgeting problem of number of resources, or dollars, available, and using the one-two punch of holding totals and adjusting children to evaluate multiple investment choices. Similarly, where a fixed or committed project cannot be affected, holding that project while adjusting all others through simple lever pulls on a column or bar chart.

Improved Usability Features
Much of the terminology that is used in Cognos Insight is based on concepts that are known to users of IBM Cognos TM1. These changes, though subtle, remove terms such as ‘Member’ from commonly accessed menu items in the Cognos Insight UI. This is done in order to make the experience more understandable for all users.

With regards to Access To Formatting, moving the ability to format data to it’s own menu item, makes editing the display of values within the workspace easier to find. Formatting measures and data within a Cognos Insight workspace is a commonly used task that will be required by all users.

Guided Import
For external data files that contain crosstabs, Cognos Insight automatically brings up the Guided Import wizard. For this release though, Cognos Insight is now more able to parse crosstabs. It is very clear to the end user that they are importing a file that contains a crosstab and that they will be redirected to the Guided Import.

Caption Support is important because business users will frequently have data that is assigned a business key, unique identifier, or ID, and this will relate directly to an available name or description column that is what will be used for analysis.

Providing a simple way to add this identification, and further, a way to ensure that they need to create some additional process to support non-unique captions, simplifies the import experience greatly.

IBM Cognos Insight Trial Edition
Cognos Insight 10.1.1 is now available for a 30-day trial edition available. This trial edition is available from Analyticszone.com and has most of the functionality available in the standard edition with the following exceptions

  • Cognos Insight 30 Day Trial only supports xls and csv file import, and not ODBC or Cognos reports or TM1 Cube Views
  • Workspaces created in IBM Cognos Insight 30 Day Trial cannot be shared or published to IBM Cognos BI, IBM Cognos TM1 or IBM Cognos Express servers
  • The banner at the top of the Cognos Insight 30 Day Trial interface clearly indicates that a trial edition of Cognos Insight is being used

Cognos Insight Download Instructions

Cognos Insight Download Instructions

New Cognos Users
There is a Cognos Insight download directly from the IBM Software Online Catalog. The Cognos Insight Standard Edition provides the full set of capabilities including:
· Importing from a variety of sources including spreadsheets, comma separated value files (.CSV) and corporate databases using the ODBC standard interface
· Share and open Insight files (.cdd files) with other Insight users

Existing Cognos Users
You are entitled to use Cognos Insight at no additional cost with the following roles:
· Cognos BI users with the Advanced Business Author role or above (includes Professional Author, BI Professional, BI Administrator or BI Advanced roles), or
· Cognos TM1 users with the TM1 Contributor role or above (includes Modeler role)
When licensed with these user roles, you have all the capabilities of the Insight Standard Edition (above) plus:
· Import data from existing Cognos reports
· Share files using the Cognos Connection portal
· Publish and distribute content to the server for managed deployment
· Extend content created with Insight to other Cognos tools and interfaces like mobile and Web
· Use Insight as the interface to contribute to a managed planning process

How does Entitled Cognos Users Download Cognos Insight?
· For BI users, you need to be on version 10.1.1 and install the “IBM Cognos Connection Installer for Cognos Insight component.” Insight will be installed on the your desktop when you are in Cognos Connections and try to open a document with the Cognos Insight file extension (.cdd). You also have the option of automatically installing Insight to all authorized users or to specific individual users by using the CognosInsight.msi file. For more information click here to access the documentation and go to the section “Remotely Installing Cognos Insight on Multiple Computers.”
· For TM1 users, you need to be on version 10.1. Insight will be installed on the your desktop when you are in Cognos Connections and try to open a document with the Cognos Insight file extension (.cdd). You also have the option of automatically installing Insight to all authorized users or to specific individual users by using the CognosInsight.msi file. For more information click here to access the documentation and go to the section “Installing Cognos Insight Using the Installation Program.”

Please Keep In Mind

Existing BI customers that have Advanced Business Author licenses are entitled to (and should look for) the Cognos Connection Installer for Cognos Insight. This is the server add-on that can be applied which will enable Cognos Insight provisioning from the BI server (Cognos Connection/Welcome Page) for users who are authenticating onto that server.
What many search for is the Cognos Insight Standard Edition (stand-alone), which is not part of the entitlement for existing BI customers. For more information on the Cognos Insight download, contact Lodestar Solutions directly as these downloads are subject to change.

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.

Existing Cognos Users
You are entitled to use Cognos Insight at no additional cost with the following roles:
•Cognos BI users with the Advanced Business Author role or above (includes Professional Author, BI Professional, BI Administrator or BI Advanced roles), or
•Cognos TM1 users with the TM1 Contributor role or above (includes Modeler role)

When licensed with these user roles, you have all the capabilities of the Insight Standard Edition (above) plus:
•Import data from existing Cognos reports
•Share files using the Cognos Connection portal
•Publish and distribute content to the server for managed deployment
•Extend content created with Insight to other Cognos tools and interfaces like mobile and Web
•Use Insight as the interface to contribute to a managed planning process

New Cognos Users
The Cognos Insight Standard Edition provides the following set of capabilities:
•Import from a variety of sources including spreadsheets, comma separated value files (.CSV) and corporate databases using the ODBC standard interface.
•Share and open Insight files (.cdd files) with other Insight users

For IBM Cognos BI clients that want to learn more about the power of TM1, this is a great starting point, because Cognos Insight leverages the powerful TM1 engine.

For IBM Cognos Express clients, it is anticipated that IBM will also introduce a new version of Cognos Express that will also have a user role that includes Cognos Insight at no additional cost later this year.

VERSION:

For BI customers, they need to be on version 10.1.1 and install the “IBM Cognos Connection Installer for Cognos Insight component. For TM1 customers, they need to be on version 10.1. Insight will be installed on the user’s machine when they are in Cognos Connections and try to open a document with the Cognos Insight file extension (.cdd).

For TM1 customers, they need to be on version 10.1. Insight will be installed on the user’s machine when they are in Cognos Connections and try to open a document with the Cognos Insight file extension (.cdd).

Supported platforms for IBM Cognos Insight?
Cognos Insight runs on 32 or 64 bit Window.

Operating System – Support
Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP3 – Active
Microsoft Windows 7 SP1 – Active
Microsoft Windows Vista SP2 – Compatible

The complete list of supported environments can be found here.

Join the IBM Cognos Insight Community- (It’s Free)

IBM created a new web community built specifically for Cognos Insight at this link.

It is a great resource and includes everything needed for a novice user to get up and running quickly with Insight. You’ll find over a dozen video tutorials, numerous discussion forums so you can post your questions, and a whole range of compelling examples of applications built with Cognos Insight.

To learn more about Cognos Insight, please call us at 813-254-2040 or email at Coaching@LodestarSolutions.com.

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