One of the new features with IBM Cognos Express (CX) 10.2.1 is that it supports Microsoft Analysis Services (MSAS) cubes. So we are going to demonstrate how you can import MSAS cubes in Cognos Express. Of course the process is the same for IBM Cognos Enterprise.
Security in TM1 is one of those things that can make a TM1 administrator go crazy over new requirements or over setting up a new user. Things do not get better with reading the documentation, which does not cover all aspects or the security inner workings. In the following post, the TM1 security is peeled layer-by-layer starting from the very basics of cube security and finished with multi-layer multi-group security setup. Read the rest of this entry »
Here is a review of what is new in SPSS v16. Although it is not officially released yet, a document that explains what’s new has been linked to the internet. You can find it by clicking here. Here is our summary of the features.
Some of the new key features that caught my attention are:
IBM SPSS Modeler V15.0 enables you to build predictive models to solve business issues, quickly and intuitively, without the need for programming. In this demonstration we are going to show, how you can use the “Auto-Classifier Node”.
For those who don’t know, The new visualization engine (RAVE) underpinning most of the IBM business analytics products is capable of some stunning visualisations. There is a gallery of sample visualisations on Analytics Zone (.com).
I’m pleased to announce that TM1 Tutorials.com has had a complete rebuild and today we have launched the new site, just in time for IBM Information On Demand (IOD). Please head on over to the new and improved TM1 Tutorials.com and see for yourself what all the fuss is about! You can also track our progress at IOD by following @TM1Tutorials on twitter.
The new TM1 Tutorials website is now focuses on the IBM Business Analytics solution stack consisting of:
IBM Cognos TM1
IBM Cognos BI
IBM Cognos Disclosure Management
We have our data-scientist Vangelis working hard on some really impressive SPSS Predictive Analytics tutorials, the first of which has been added to the archives.
IBM Cognos Express 10.2.1 is out. Here is a list of what is new:
1. The first notable change is that Cognos Express is on the same version with Cognos Enterprise. This means that integrated under the hood you will find:
Cognos BI version 10.2.1.1,
TM1 version 10.2 and
Cognos insight 10.2.1.
This also means all the bug fixes and improvements and new features introduced in the enterprise platforms are present here.
New features like:
Cognos TM1 Scorecarding,
RAVE charting engine
Cognos TM1 mobile contributor app for the Apple iPad
TM1RunTI, a command line tool that can run TM1 TI processes
New TM1 Web
New Performance Modeler
… and more!
2. IBM Cognos mobile is fully supported.
Users can interact with Cognos Express via their mobile devices, smartphones or tablets. They can view reports, dashboards and active reports from everywhere.
3. Cognos Express now supports Microsoft Analysis Services (MSAS) data sources. More specifically it supports MSAS 2008 and MSAS 2012.
4. New installation wizard consistent with the other versions of Cognos.
5. IBM Cognos Dynamic Query Analyzer (DQA) is now available for Cognos Express.
6. IBM Cognos Analytic Server (ICAS) Operations Console. Or else TM1 Top Utility on steroids. The ICAS Operations Console is installed as part of the standard installation and is run from a web browser.
7. Cognos for MS Office add-in capable of retrieving content from Cognos reports, is now available
8. Support of new operating systems, Windows 8 32 and 64 bit and Windows 2012.
9. In Cognos Express 10.2.1 Advisor and Data Advisor are deprecated. This means that they are available in the current release, but will not be available in future releases.
Below is table that sheds some light on the three different versions of IBM Cognos.
Table 1. Comparison of the key capabilities of Cognos Insight, Cognos Express, and Cognos Enterprise
What’s the difference between Fix packs and Interim fixes:
Fix packs and interim fixes provide important changes and enhancements that might affect your product usage.
A fix pack is a cumulative collection of fixes. Fix packs are made available periodically. Fix packs are typically available for all platforms.
An interim fix is a cumulative collection of fixes that arise between fix packs. Interim fixes are typically supplied in response to specific customer reported problems and they are available for a subset of platforms.