Entries by Susan Ma

The Iterative Data Warehouse: A Modern Take on Centralized Analytics

The simple truth about data warehouses is that the traditional “big bang” method of building them doesn’t work for most organizations anymore. The diversity of data sources and formats we can access is constantly expanding, and taking them all on at once to form a single central repository results in a massive project that can […]

Business Analytics Anywhere: IBM Cognos Mobile

Nowadays, anyone from age two to ninety interacts with the internet in some form. Mobile devices have become an increasingly popular means of access. Technology innovations in the form of smartphones and tablets have dramatically changed the way we conduct our daily lives, both in business and personal settings. Because of this societal shift, tools […]

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Ironside Tech Tip: Integrate Salesforce.com with IBM Cognos

Salesforce.com, most commonly implemented for its customer relationship management (CRM) platform, is a well-known industry leader in client relationship management as well as social performance management, sales performance management, and other areas. The IBM Cognos enterprise combined with Salesforce data can help your organization build a single view of your business and create reports, dashboards, […]

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Ironside Tech Tip: Dynamic Default Prompts Done Right

Set Dynamic Default Prompts Using the New JavaScript Prompt API in IBM Cognos 10.2 Continuing with our Report Studio Cookbook series, today we will look at the new Report Studio JavaScript prompt API available in IBM Cognos 10.2. Since the very first release of the web based Report Studio, report authors have been asked often […]

Automating Cube Build in IBM Cognos Transformer 10

IBM Cognos PowerPlay cubes are one of the most widely used OLAP data sources in the IBM Cognos environment. Typically, a PowerCube contains calculated and aggregated data that is organized as dimensions and measures, which can be viewed and analyzed in PowerPlay or Cognos BI (versions 8 or 10). Easy to use and fast access […]

Embed Google Maps in IBM Cognos Reports

IBM Cognos has a built-in map functionality that provides great visualization. With multiple layers on each map you can display data at different levels and even create drill throughs to other reports. It is a nice feature to visually present your data. However, everything has its limitations. There are some rich map features that IBM […]

IBM Cognos and JavaScript – Part II

In the previous JavaScript article, we spent some time learning about JavaScript and web page basics. We completed a couple of simple examples on how to insert JavaScript into an IBM Cognos report in Report Studio. Today let’s continue our journey. Note: All information and examples are specifically designed for IBM Cognos 10 Report Studio […]

IBM Cognos 10 Upgrade Planning

Since IBM Cognos 10 was released last winter, upgrading has become a very hot topic among the Cognos user community. Why upgrade? There are many reasons: new features and functionalities, easier to use, better performance and more. Cognos 10 will not only serve your business better but also deliver a revolutionary new experience as well […]

IBM Cognos and JavaScript – Part I

Creating JavaScript solutions in Cognos reports to enhance the out-of-box capabilities of the tool may seem like a daunting task to many Cognos report developers. As a seasoned Cognos developer I can understand this trepidation and it is true that unlike using the Report Studio tool to build professional reports, writing JavaScript code is not […]