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Midsized companies and certain departments within larger companies alike have long struggled to find a business analytics solution that really works. Many companies have used a mix of spreadsheets, databases, standalone tools, and inadequate software to meet their BI needs. These methods are often outdated, inefficient, and unable to deliver desired results. IBM Cognos Express helps address these challenges. Read more

Reporting should start with a “single source of truth” and end with a “single version of truth.” Delivery of accurate reporting information is paramount in the day-to-day operations of every organization. Some of the methods for maintaining data Integrity (within the data warehouse) would be to apply referential integrity and maintain primary keys on tables. In addition, associated ETL processes can utilize checksums, or record counts, when loading the warehouse. Once the data is in the warehouse, the next step would be to model the data for exposure to the end-users. Read more

Join us at noon eastern daylight time (EDT) on June 25, and learn how Symmons Industries outperforms with analytics-driven reporting.

In the never-ending pursuit of keeping or gaining a competitive edge, your ability to extract greater value from information can make all the difference. Yet traditional reporting approaches can limit users’ visibility into key metrics and performance indicators that are needed for optimizing decisions. And this poor visibility affects the already overworked IT department, which has to find ways to meet users’ needs.

Join us for the IBM TechTalk event on June 25 to see how IBM client Symmons Industries was able to meet order demands in real time and make its lean manufacturing processes outperform using an IBM Cognos Business Intelligence 10 solution—and how IBM Cognos Business Intelligence 10 software can help you bypass traditional reporting challenges.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how comprehensive business intelligence (BI) reporting and dashboarding capabilities can deliver immense business value by giving your users the information they need to support better decisions.

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Date: June 25, 2012

Time: Noon EDT

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The Problem

Over the past several years, we have had a number of customers inquire about a method to deliver real-time  scheduling information in a common calendar format.  Typically this requires the ability to schedule events around or related to other events, update dates in a separate application, and view the resulting calendar information immediately. The need for real-time information eliminates any possibility for caching or warehousing data which might be utilized to stage and provide performance improvements. Fortunately the amount of event data displayed on the calendar is often fairly small, and we can provide drill-down for specific events on the calendar, to more detailed information on lower-level reports. Additionally, other specific filters can be utilized to narrow the types of events to display within the calendar. This article describes one particular case of calendar reporting. Read more