What’s New in IBM Cognos Analytics 12.0.3

What's New in IBM Cognos Analytics 12.0.3
Written by Mike Bernaiche, May 2nd, 2024

IBM Cognos Analytics is a powerful and flexible platform that enables users to access, analyze, and share data from various sources. It offers a range of capabilities, such as data exploration, dashboarding, reporting, storytelling, and artificial intelligence, to help users discover insights and make informed decisions. With each release, IBM Cognos Analytics introduces new features and improvements to enhance the user experience and performance of the platform. In this blog, we will review some of the most notable changes and additions in the latest version, IBM Cognos Analytics 12.0.3, which was released in April 2024.

General

Content Security Policies: Enhanced support for CSP directives to reduce XSS attack vulnerabilities.

Content Retention Rules: Improved efficiency in the application of content retention rules.

Carbon Design System: Adoption of the IBM Carbon Design System for a streamlined user experience across IBM products.

Assistant

Enhanced answers for queries on main factors and influences: When you ask the Assistant to display the main factors and influences that affect your data, the Assistant now shows enhanced answers.

Enhanced answers for queries on main factors and influences in CA 12.0.3

Dashboarding

Creating dashboards automatically from the quick launch scenarios: The quick launch scenarios on the welcome page of Cognos Analytics, Upload and Create from existing data, now have an option to generate a dashboard automatically based on the data source that you upload or choose.

Creating dashboards automatically from the quick launch scenarios in CA 12.0.3

Adjusting table columns: You can now change the size of columns in table visualizations.

Improvements to drill-through: The dashboard drill-through definition dialog box was improved to make the user experience with parameters better. The parameters in the drill-through definition are now sorted, with the broken parameters shown first. A filter is also added that lets you show the parameters based on their mapping state.

Styling single headers in a crosstab: You can now style text of single column and row headers in crosstab.

Custom labels for data columns: You can give custom labels to data columns in dashboards.

Showing value in a legend: Use the Value in legend property to specify what value a legend is showing.

Showing value in a legend in CA 12.0.3

Setting the maximum number of items in a legend: Use the Maximum items in legend property to specify the maximum number of items to appear in a legend for a visualization that supports this property.

Setting the maximum number of items in a legend in CA 12.0.3

Mapbox Boundaries v4: Cognos Analytics 12.0.3 now uses Mapbox Boundaries v4. The updated version implements adm3 (township, town, charter township) and adm4 (city, town, village) boundaries from Mapbox for US and for all other countries. It also adds over 30,000 new postcode boundaries.

Reporting

Adding native custom controls to the toolbox directly:  You can now create and upload an extension for custom control and put it in the Insertable Objects toolbox.

JavaScript API function to check saved report output: A new JavaScript API function, isSavedOutput(), is added to the scriptable report APIs. You can use this function to check if a report is a saved report output.

New and improved JavaScript API documentation: The JavaScript documentation explains the APIs that you can use to add custom features to reports.

CCLLocaleGenerator Tool: The CCLLocaleGenerator Tool uses the local information from the cognos_analytics_install\configuration\i18n_res.xml file and creates the prompting configuration files.

Setting the maximum number of items in a legend: Use the Maximum items in legend property to specify the maximum number of items to appear in a legend for a visualization that supports this property.

Setting the maximum number of items in a legend in CA 12.0.3 (2)

Mapbox Boundaries v4: As of release 12.0.3, maps use Mapbox Boundaries v4. The updated version implements adm3 (township, town, charter township) and adm4 (city, town, village) boundaries from Mapbox for US and for all other countries. It also adds over 30,000 new postcode boundaries.

Modeling

Importing and enhancing OLAP metadata: Use the Load metadata option in the administration user interface to load and enhance the metadata for OLAP data sources. An enriched cube includes the data characteristics that are required for the product AI-based functionality, such as forecasting in dashboards, to work.

Unified method of creating OLAP-based data modules: Data modules that use OLAP data sources are now created using the same method as data modules that use relational data sources. The supported data server connection types include IBM Planning Analytics, IBM Planning Analytics as a Service, Microsoft Analysis Services, Microsoft Azure Analysis Services, and other OLAP connections.

Additional Areas

Summary

If you are looking for a powerful and user-friendly business intelligence tool, you might want to consider upgrading to Cognos Analytics 12.0.3. This latest version of IBM's flagship product offers many new features and enhancements, such as improved dashboarding, data exploration, storytelling, and reporting capabilities. You can also benefit from the enhanced security, performance, and scalability of Cognos Analytics.

Whether you are new to Cognos Analytics or an existing user, you don't want to miss this opportunity to take your business intelligence to the next level. Contact Lodestar Solutions today at services@lodestarsolutions.com to discuss your unique needs and get started with Cognos Analytics 12.0.3.

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