Entries by Susan Ma

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 […]

Session Timeout 101

As a system administrator there are a number of factors that must be considered in regards to overall system stability, usability and performance. One of the many configurations to consider is the Session Timeout settings. For example, you might be asked to set a Session Timeout to a certain number of minutes to prevent reports […]

IBM Cognos 10: Changing The Global Report Style Sheet

In the past we have introduced a couple of ways to standardize report’s appearances such as designing effective IBM Cognos Report Studio templates and the use of Layout Component References to help centralize and simplify repetitive report design tasks. These techniques mainly focus on changing the look and feel within Report Studio. However sometimes you […]

IBM Cognos CSV Files: The Encoding Mystery

The ability to export a report to CSV format is one of great out of box capabilities provided by the IBM Cognos suite of tools. A delimited text (CSV) file can be opened in any application associated with the .csv file type, such as Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Wordpad, or Star Office in Unix. In addition, […]

IBM Cognos 8 – Custom Authentication Provider

In the past we have introduced the IBM Cognos SDK family of products in our article IBM Cognos SDK: Bridging the Gaps providing you with a glimpse of the potential methods for utilizing the SDK to further the standard Cognos suite. Today let’s take a closer look at one of special SDK toolsets – the […]

Best Practices: Business Intelligence Project Management

Business Intelligence tools have been one of the most prolific software investments for many organizations in the last decade; from Fortune 100 companies to small 100 person organizations. Providing historical, current, and predictive views of business operations, BI tools offer limitless possibilities within your organization. From analysts identifying and analyzing opportunities and trends to helping […]

Customizing Cognos URL Objects (Part III)

In our previous two articles we discussed methods of extending the existing Cognos capabilities: how to create a new URL link in Cognos Connection and change its default action to be open in a new re-sizable window and how to create an open-in- new-window URL link in Report Studio. Today, let’s continue our journey and […]

Customizing Cognos URL Objects (Part II)

In part one of our customizing Cognos URL objects article, we discussed how to create a new URL link in Cognos Connection and change its default action to be open in a new re-sizable window to demonstrate one method of extending the existing Cognos capabilities. When developing Cognos professional reports, often times we get similar […]