17 May 2016

Ironside Tech Tip: Show Cube Sizes in BI Reports

By | May 17th, 2016|Categories: Business Intelligence, Reporting, Tech Tip|Tags: , , , , , , |

Cubes (including Cognos PowerCubes and Dynamic Cubes, as well as other file-based cube technologies) are well-known, commonly used, and valuable data sources in reporting.  As specially indexed binary files, report performance with cubes is generally robust, however when cube files grow very large (or there is high simultaneous demand reading from the cube), response time can [...]

1 Feb 2016

5 Compelling SPM Dashboard Creation Tips: SPM Journey Part 3

By | February 1st, 2016|Categories: Advisory, Reporting, Sales Performance Management|Tags: , , , , , , |

“Content is King” is a phrase made most famous by Bill Gates in a 1996 essay, but it’s been used many times before. I believe he was referring to what will drive the internet for years to come. In my mind, this saying was and is still true in media. Just take a look at [...]

24 Nov 2015

Crafting an Individual Performance Report: The SPM Journey Part 2

By | November 24th, 2015|Categories: Incentive Compensation Management, Reporting, Sales Performance Management|Tags: , , , , , |

Continuing from where we left off in the last article, I wanted to go more in-depth on which incentive compensation management (ICM) reports you should start with as you begin moving toward a full-scale sales performance management (SPM) strategy. In my experience, ICM implementations include at minimum both a compensation statement containing high-level compensation information [...]

5 Nov 2015

Industry Case Study: How SPM Dashboards Power Financial Services Sales

By | November 5th, 2015|Categories: Case Studies, Reporting, Sales Performance Management|Tags: , , , , , |

Selling financial services effectively requires a highly motivated, deeply knowledgeable team that can keep up with all the shifting recommendations, regulations, and investment options endemic to the industry. In this kind of a chaotic atmosphere where priorities change by the minute, it's crucial to know with certainty that your sales organization is not only taking [...]

5 Oct 2015

What’s New in Cognos 10.2.2: The Top 10 Features You Need to Know [Update]

By | October 5th, 2015|Categories: Advisory, Business Intelligence, Reporting|Tags: , , |

Update, October 6, 2015: Cognos 10.2.2 has been around for almost a year now, and we’ve had a lot of time to dig deeper into the features we discussed originally in this article. To keep you informed on what we’ve found out, this post’s original author Crystal Meyers has gone back and added new reflections and insights she’s gained while working with 10.2.2 in the field. Check out her new thoughts in italics below. On October 7th, IBM announced Cognos 10.2.2 will be released on November 21, 2014. Cognos 10.2.2 boasts many exciting new features that will enhance the end user experience and ease of use by simplifying functionality; allow for quicker, easier deployments leading to faster time to value, and improve general data access and administrative functions to make management of the tool more efficient. Below are the top ten new features of Cognos 10.2.2 that you need to know about. […]

14 Jul 2015

Ironside Tech Tip: How to Auto Refresh a Report Page

By | July 14th, 2015|Categories: Business Intelligence, Reporting, Tech Tip|Tags: , , |

When reports are run in IBM Cognos BI, a query is made to a data source and any relevant results get returned.  But what if in the moments after executing the report, the data changes and is updated?  Is there a way to auto refresh a report instead of users having to manually re-run it?  Fortunately, the answer is yes.  Here’s how. […]

4 May 2015

Ironside Tech Tip: Which Logic Statement is Better to Use – Case or If?

By | May 4th, 2015|Categories: Reporting, Tech Tip, Training|Tags: , , , , , |

The Preferred Syntax to use in Cognos and Why Cognos is not a programming language, but it does allow programmable syntax such as a case or an if logic statement.  The question is, which is the preferred syntax to use and why? Generally speaking, the answer is that it does not matter.  The best one to choose should be based on [...]

1 Apr 2015

Ironside Webinar Series: What’s New in Cognos 10.2.2 – The New Features You Need to Know About

By | April 1st, 2015|Categories: Business Intelligence, Reporting, Webinars|Tags: , , , |

On March 26th,  Ironside hosted What's New in Cognos 10.2.2 - Top Features You Need to Know About Webinar, where Ironside's Senior Technical Instructor presented the audience through all the powerful enhancements included in Cognos 10.2.2. Topics covered  included: Visualization Enhancements Reporting Tool Upgrades New Modeling Options Administration Updates How IBM is pushing the envelope of [...]

21 Jan 2015

Tabbed Reports in Cognos 10.2.2: The New, Easy Way to Make Clean, Consumable Multi-Page Reports

By | January 21st, 2015|Categories: Business Intelligence, Reporting, Strategy & Innovation|Tags: , , , |

In Cognos 10.2.1 and earlier versions, the phrase that most accurately described a multi-page report was “wrestling match.” Long list reports would flow on for page after page until somewhere along the way you ran into that chart you knew you added but were starting to forget about. Defining page breaks helped some, but following [...]

1 Dec 2014

Business Analytics Anywhere: IBM Cognos Mobile

By | December 1st, 2014|Categories: Advisory, Business Intelligence, Reporting|Tags: , , , , |

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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