Remember that feeling you got as a child on Christmas morning, waiting to see if Santa had visited, and what surprises he might have left. The anticipation was palpable.

Well, that’s the feeling that we get every time a new Cognos Analytics release is announced.

While it was only last month that we were sharing the newest functionality in Cognos Analytics’ latest release, 11.0.8 was maybe more about the gifts that you need. You know, the jumpers and trousers, the functional necessities – “the small but significant enhancements”. Few surprises, but extremely useful nonetheless.

But in R9, will this release add that special something to get even more excited about?

Much like in other recent releases, what IBM appears to be doing here, is making the old new – protecting the investment customers have in Cognos 10 and making the transition from Cognos 10 to Cognos Analytics as smooth as possible. A little more of ‘what you want’… with an extra sprinkle of UX dust.

Cognos Analytics 2017 releases

Sticking to the regular release cycle, R9 is Cognos Analytics’ fourth release of 2017. This year we’ve already seen some great new functionality introduced in R6, R7 and R8… so what will Cognos Analytics R9 bring?

Nick Waters, our solutions architect, rips open the wrapper of 11.0.9 to find out…

“In the previous release we saw a range of improved capabilities for reporting (such as Latitude/Longitude location mapping support). This release aims to provide similar in the dashboarding capability of the product.


Perhaps the most significant aspect of this new release is support for Planning Analytics Subsets. This great new feature means you can reuse subsets that have been developed by your TM1/PA modeller… No more having to recreate MDX queries to replicate the query in your BI environment. This is available in both dashboarding and reporting modes. In a dashboard you can use the subset as a filter or as the context for any visualisations. (Do note though that you need to be running PA 2.0.x, as older versions of TM1 are not supported.)

Cognos Analytics R9 Dashboarding PA Subsets

Previously only available in the report authoring mode (introduced in R8), Latitude/Longitude location mapping support is now available in dashboarding too.

Now that we can map regions, points and now lat/long location values (see above), we can toggle on and off different layers within a map visualised in a dashboard. With the new map layering support in 11.0.9, you can now overlay different mapping layers and choose to hide or show as you require.
Lat long dashboarding with layers - Cognos Analytics R9
Make the most of your available space… New full screen dashboard mode means that you can now maximise the real-estate of your dashboard with the new, clutter-free, full-screen mode (similar to the storyboard functionality). Perfect for displaying your data to stakeholders, decision makers, or even externally.

Axis labelling properties. You can now change how your axis labels are rendered. This is especially useful when you have lots of labels and you need to adjust how they align on the dashboard.


Reporting hasn’t been neglected in the release – despite all the attention it received in R8. The biggy is, of course, PA Subset support, as mentioned above.

But R9 also sees Function support for data modules. Previous versions didn’t support the rich function set available in reporting. Now you can use your favourite functions against a data module like you would any other datasource query.

IBM Cognos for MS Office v11 

Whilst R8 saw a fix pack to support MS Office integration, R9 has a more formal release for this add-in. Now CA users can access reporting content through MS Office, including Powerpoint, Word and Excel. A great integration feature we’ve had in Cognos 8 and 10 over the years now updated to support CA.

Cognos Analytics R9 - Remove data module

Data modules can now have data sources removed from them. In previous versions you had to re-create your data module when you wanted to remove a data source, this useful feature allows you to remove data sources without recreating from scratch.

It’s clear that IBM are working hard to ensure that all the functions that Cognos 10 users utilize, and have grown accustomed to, are brought over to CA, however small. They are reacting to users Request for Enhancements. So… Please do take a minute to look at the RFE features requested by users for future versions of CA. If you see a feature you like, you can vote for it. As you’ll see, IBM product development use this website to determine what’s important in future releases, so every vote counts!

So this Christmas, R9 has delivered a package that continues to push the user experience to new levels, and a pile of goodies that offer something for every user. If you want to find out more about Cognos Analytics 11.0.9, our consultancy team would be happy to tell you more. You can contact us here

See our series of Cognos Analytics webinars here.

EDIT: Find out what’s new in Cognos Analytics R10 – 11.0.10 has been released.

Find out more about the previous releases:

Cognos Analytics R7

Cognos Analytics R6

Cognos Analytics R5

What IBM says about Cognos Analytics R9 and the IBM Cognos Analytics Community Blog














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