Cognos Analytics 11.0.10 – the first new release of 2018 has been revealed. R10 continues to build on IBM’s recent trend of responding to its user base, by reacting to the top user Request for Enhancements (RFE) while delivering a whole load of ‘quality improvements’ too.

Cognos Analytics R9 was released at the end of last year. With it came support for Planning Analytics Subsets, Lat/Long in dashboards and a nifty fullscreen mode. These “small but significant enhancements” were largely aimed at protecting the investment customers have in Cognos 10, and to make the transition from Cognos 10 to Cognos Analytics as smooth as possible.

These enhancements are becoming ever-more important as the ‘End of service’ for Cognos BI 10.2.x approaches. On the 30th April 2018, IBM will end its support for Cognos BI 10.2.x, meaning no new fix packs and no new development work. So it’s important to find out what that means for you and to start planning your move to Cognos Analytics… Having spent the past 2 years working closely with customers to explore Cognos Analytics and helping make the move from Cognos BI to the latest release, we can help. Find out more here.

Anyway, we digress. What about this latest release – 11.0.10?

Dashboarding

Well, the enhancements revolve largely around dashboarding. And in response to the most popular request for enhancement, R10 introduces the ability to easily drill-through from a dashboard visualisation to a report, to surface the details behind your dashboard.

Drill through from dashboard to report (Cognos Analytics R10)

(IBM screengrabs of Cognos Analytics R10)

Another RFE that has been supported is the ability to export to PDF in dashboards. This does exactly what you would imagine, allowing users to either save dashboard content locally or print it out.

Export to PDF (Cognos Analytics R10)

(A quick note on browser support here – since IBM are using the browsers print capability, there are some differences between the various browsers – but you can find out more about all that here.)

Other new enhancements

Data Module UI

Option to relink data (when XLS/CSV data is deleted or moved, there is now the option to relink)

Drill up and down

You can now drill in members in ‘named sets’ in PA/TM1

Jobs

Access to ‘job’ function to run reports has been simplified, with new a ‘manage job’ UI menu option and the ability to move jobs. In previous releases only a person with administrative permissions could see their jobs. Now it’s easier for all users to run, schedule, or monitor all their jobs.

Security

Another addition to R10 is the simplification of migration to a new OpenID Connect authentication method, and the ability to remap ID’s from old providers to OpenID.  R10 eliminates the need for an administrator to go through a time consuming Namespace migration and verify each user when they want to change their OIDC connect provider type.

Maps

Small changes to improve auto-zoom and focus

New IBM Dynamic Dashboard Embedded (DDE) 

Here’s a neat new feature that’s being trialled and introduced by IBM. The Dynamic Dashboard Embedded (DDE) makes it easy for developers to embed the dashboarding visualisation capabilities of Cognos Analytics directly into external applications – as though they are a part of the app.

Dynamic Dashboard Embedded - Cognos Analytics R10

Currently available as an experimental service, DDE is an API-based solution that lets you define the user workflow and control the options available “from a guided exploration of the analysis through authored fixed dashboards to a free-form analytic exploration environment in which end-users choose their own visualizations – and virtually anything in between.” The pricing for this will be session-based, where by users can cross-filter, drill-down, and refresh as mush as they need during a session.

A useful addition to increase user interaction and share the benefits of Cognos Analytics wider.

Once again, we would encourage you to take a look at the Requests for Enhancement list, as IBM product development use the results to determine the scope of future releases. If you see a feature you like, make sure you vote for it.

You can find out more about Cognos Analytics 11.0.10 by visiting IBM’s analytics community blog, which is constantly adding new information.

EDIT (4 May 2018): Cognos Analytics 11.0.11 has now been released. For the lowdown on the latest release, see our Cognos Analytics R11 post.

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Posted in BI, Cognos Analytics On March 16, 2018 By

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