Cognos Analytics 11.1.2 has been released. The first release since the much anticipated Version 11.1 late last year.

Version 11.1.1 was, indeed, an exciting release, infusing new insight exploration, a cognitive assistant and data modelling & preparation functionality. So I was eagerly awaiting what this release can give our customers.

The first thing to point out is that I’m considering 11.1.2 as more of a quality assurance release – with more focus on the stability of the platform and less on the shiny new front-end capability.

However, I was happily surprised to see a new data science and collaboration capability in the form of Jupyter notebook support inside of Cognos Analytics.

This will allow all you budding and wannabe data scientists to bring your favourite open source code and assets and hook these up to well-governed data sources managed by Cognos Analytics. Once utilised, insights can then be shared in dashboards, reports and data modules.

This functionality has clearly come from all the great developments that have come from the IBM Watson studio (previously known as the IBM Data Science Experience). And now you can bring all your data analysts, data scientists and business analysts together on the same platform to collaborate together.

What about the other new capabilities in Cognos Analytics 11.1.2?

Well, Cognos Analytics can now provide support for new data sources, such as Microsoft Analysis Services 2017 and HTTP XMLA endpoints.

Data modelling inside Cognos Analytics now supports a focus mode, allowing complex data models to be simplified according to a few selected tables and their relationships – as well as a new auto-arrange function which can redraw your model diagrams around a focussed table.

Dashboarding & Stories have had a couple of new features added, this time allowing users to create their own custom sort orders and data groupings (previously restricted just to data modules, but now available inside your dashboard). The ability to add Jupyter notebook insights into your dashboard again allows different analysis users to collaborate and share insights, no matter how they choose to create them.

Cognos Analytics 11.1.2 Jupyter notebook integration

In short, beyond the data science and collaboration capability, this is a release that aims to add even greater stability. This means it’s a great opportunity for users still hesitant from moving from older versions of Cognos 10 – or earlier versions of Cognos Analytics – to upgrade and take advantage of all the recently augmented analytics capabilities.

I hope to run a webinar on these new features in the coming weeks, but I’d be happy to talk to any customers in more detail about how Cognos Analytics can help them in their analytics journey. If you want to get in touch, please do use the form on this page and I’ll get right back to you.

Find out more about the previous Cognos Analytics releases, release by release:

Cognos Analytics 11.1.1

Cognos Analytics 11.0.12

Cognos Analytics 11.0.11

Cognos Analytics 11.0.10

Cognos Analytics 11.0.9

Cognos Analytics 11.0.8

Cognos Analytics 11.0.7

Cognos Analytics 11.0.6

Cognos Analytics 11.0.5

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Senior business analytics consultant at Barrachd

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