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This year’s IBM Insight conference has been chock full of many exciting announcements so far, including news about the next version of Cognos BI – Cognos Analytics.

Scheduled for general release by the end of 2015, Cognos Analytics promises an improved total experience for the entire analytics community from the business user to the IT developer, delivering enhanced usability focused on bringing together self-service and governance, two areas often thought to be incompatible. Cognos Analytics aims to change that perception by addressing both the increasing pressure for self-service and the critical need for governance in one elegant and intuitive enterprise-ready platform. Read more

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 your brain’s ability to write and perceive the code one way or another.  The best application, however is to use them as follows: Read more

Even if you don’t have access to the RAVE visualizations available in Cognos 10.2.1, there are still some options to produce non-standard charts and simulate things such as heat maps using older Cognos versions. With some creative HTML use, you can set up a heat map that responds to various conditions in your reports. This article will discuss how to implement this structure. Read more

clock graphicSecurity in Cognos is extremely robust, permitting or denying very precise access to data elements in a package, data source, or even to row level access in a database. Read & Execute permissions are usually applied to a report allowing certain Groups or Roles the ability to run a report. However, you can also allow or deny access to a report to only let it execute within specific hours of the day. Read more

Difficulty: Easy

Required Ingredients: Prompt macros and static values within a prompt parameter.

Scenario:

You have some existing reports that prompt on Year and Month.

Users would like a better experience by having default selections provided for them. For scheduling purposes you’d also like to set relative time so the report can run based on current month and current year. You can accomplish this using macros. Read more

Ironside, a Premium IBM Business Partner since 1999, is pleased to announce another expansion into the mid-Atlantic region by opening its newest office in Philadelphia, PA.

Claire Zyvitski recently joined Ironside as a Senior Sales Executive heading up sales for the mid-Atlantic region supporting the IBM Cognos BA Team. Claire has seven years of partner expertise with selling Cognos software and consulting services in the Business Intelligence, Performance Management, and Data Warehousing space. She is an accomplished, driven sales professional with experience in both large Fortune 500 companies and small businesses.

Claire’s focus will be the IBM Business Analytics customers in the mid-Atlantic region (primarily Philadelphia, Washington, and North Carolina). Claire can be reached via (781) 860-8840 x232 or via email at czyvitski@ironsidegroup.com.

Ironside is putting the final touches on a client outreach plan for the final six months of 2013 in the mid-Atlantic region. Make sure you check out our events page for a list of customer events, conferences, and workshops!Philadelphia

We look forward to making additional marketing investments in the mid-Atlantic region over the coming months. Some other marketing examples include BI health checks, implementation jump starts, BI competency center reviews, workshops, lunch n learns, and proof of concepts. We are open to hearing from you about additional ways we can help your prospects and customers.

Lastly, Ironside Group is currently recruiting exceptional business intelligence and corporate performance management pre/post sales resources based in the Mid-Atlantic region, please Contact Us if you are aware of any highly qualified and experienced people.

The Ironside Group is a multidisciplinary technology and advisory consulting firm that specializes in all facets of Business Intelligence. We offer service lines in the areas of business intelligence, data warehousing, predictive analytics, and enterprise planning. We are a long-standing and well-respected IBM Premier Partner, and we specialize in designing and implementing enterprise Business Intelligence solutions utilizing the IBM Business Analytics software suite. In addition to our consulting practice, we offer fully hosted and managed IBM Business Intelligence solutions on our cloud platform, as well as a comprehensive professional training in every facet of the IBM Business Analytics solution stack.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, July 10th – Philly SIPS & Consumable Analytics Event

If you’d like more information on Ironside, check out our company story. We’d love to talk about what we can do to boost your analytics potential in the mid-Atlantic.