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What is Cognos?

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IBM Cognos Analytics is a set of business intelligence tools available on cloud or on-premise. The primary focus is in the area of Descriptive Analytics, to help users see the information in your data through dashboards, professional reporting and self-service data exploration.

The latest version of IBM Cognos Analytics is 11.1, in this version the BI software has brought in capabilities that were previously in Watson Analytics, bringing diagnostic analytics capabilities to the forefront.

 

 

A Definition Overview

IBM Cognos Analytics is a set of business intelligence tools available on cloud or on-premise. The primary focus is in the area of Descriptive Analytics, to help users see the information in your data through dashboards, professional reporting and self-service data exploration.

The latest version of IBM Cognos Analytics is 11.1, in this version the BI software has brought in capabilities that were previously in Watson Analytics, bringing Diagnostic Analytics capabilities to the forefront.

New exploration features in the program now highlight interesting relationships within the data, helping users to find insights they may not even be looking for, allowing users to not only see what has happened with Descriptive Analytics but allows them to understand why it happened with Diagnostic Analytics.

Cognos 11.1 contains high-level data exploration ability, dashboarding and storytelling, professional report authoring and automated data planning. Delivered on a single integrated and extremely secure platform.

 

Product features:

  • Intuitive, easy tool to learn technology – Cognos does not have a steep learning curve, dashboards and reports can be up and running quickly and easily
  • Natural language Q&A – ask questions using natural language and the system will present the information back to you in a format that makes sense
  • Slack integration – allows insights to be shared and co-workers to collaborate more easily
  • Guided data preparation – built-in intelligence to recommend joins and data blending
  • Re-use content – frequently used objects can be ‘pinned’ for easy re-use
  • Easier to find insights – recommended visualisations and related visualisations designed to allow further exploration
  • Pattern recognition – unearthing hidden patterns in the data to allow further exploration

 

 

Tour de France

In 2018, we ran a social media campaign, presenting some interesting insights within the data from the Tour de France; such as a ‘timeline of past distances & times’, a ‘timeline of average speeds from 1903-2017’ and a ‘results overview by decade’. We used IBM Cognos Analytics 11.1 on cloud to generate the imagery for the campaign as shown below:

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See demo video using IBM Cognos Analytics 11.1

 
View our latest work with Cognos:

Case Study

NYK Europe Group – Upgrades to the latest version of Cognos Analytics

NYK Europe RORO is the global leader in automotive transportation and operates over 100 car carriers across the worlds oceans. As a large enterprise it’s dependent on its business systems providing transactional data for business users to make key decisions and understand the performance of the business. NYK worked with DeeperThanBlue to upgrade an old version of Cognos which was going out of support. The Cognos application also needed some new reports creating as well as modifications to the Data Warehouse to integrate new data sources that were added through ETL processes. DeeperThanBlue also provided a custom training course to help the NYK team learn the new user interface and capabilities.

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Cognos Training

We provide the below listed courses. We have selected the latest version of Cognos 11 training courses below or see the full list of various Analytic courses here.

Our trainers are skilled and experienced to deliver a high-quality learning experience. The IBM course content is clear, concise and supports successful learning journeys.  

Please email us at [email protected] including the Course Name of interest and we can get a date arranged!

 

Course

Course Code

Duration

Level

Product

Description

Overview of IBM Cognos Analytics (v11.0)

B6008

1 day

 

 

Intermediate

 

 

IBM Cognos Analytics 11

This course provides participants with a high-level overview of the IBM Cognos Analytics suite of products and their underlying architecture. The course covers an overview of the components, architecture and security. How to consume content, How to create reports, How to create dashboards in IBM Cognos Analytics, Create metadata models in IBM Cognos Analytics, Extend IBM Cognos Analytics, Compare IBM Cognos Analytics and IBM Cognos BI

IBM Cognos Framework Manager: Design Metadata Models (v11.0)

B6052

5 days

Advanced

IBM Cognos Analytics 11

This course provides participants with introductory to advanced knowledge of metadata modelling concepts, and how to model metadata for predictable reporting and analysis results using Framework Manager. Participants will learn the full scope of the metadata modelling process, from initial project creation, to publishing of metadata to the Web, enabling end users to easily author reports and analyse data.

IBM Cognos Analytics – Author Reports Fundamentals (v11.0)

B6058

3 days

Intermediate

IBM Cognos Analytics 11

This course provides professional report authors an opportunity to learn report building techniques using relational data models. Content includes techniques to enhance, customize, and manage professional reports will be explored.

IBM Cognos Analytics – Author Reports Advanced (v11.0)

B6059

2 days

Advanced

IBM Cognos Analytics 11

This course teaches Professional Report Authors about advanced report building techniques using relational data models, and ways of enhancing, customizing, and managing professional reports. Content includes Create query models, Create reports based on query relationships, Create advanced dynamic reports, Design Effective prompts, Create additional advanced reports, Examine report specifications, Distribute reports through bursting, Enhance user interaction using HTML

IBM Cognos Analytics – Author Reports with Multidimensional Data (V11.0)

B6061

2 days

Advanced

IBM Cognos Analytics 11

This course is designed to guide report authors in building on their expertise with IBM Cognos Analytics by applying dimensional techniques to reports. Content includes an introduction to dimensional concepts, Introduction to dimensional data in reports, Dimensional report context, Focus your dimensional data, Calculations with dimensional functions, Navigating dimensional hierarchies, Relative Functions, Advanced Drilling Techniques and Member sets, set up drill-through reports

IBM Cognos Cube Designer – Design Dynamic Cubes (v11.0)

B6063

2 days

Intermediate

IBM Cognos Analytics 11

This course provides participants with introductory to advanced knowledge of how to model metadata for predictable reporting and analysis results using IBM Cognos Cube Designer. Participants will learn the full scope of the metadata modelling process, from initial project creation to publishing a dynamic cube, and enabling end-users to easily author reports and analyse data.

IBM Cognos Analytics – Author Active Reports (v11.0)

B6098

1 day

Advanced

IBM Cognos Analytics 11

This course provides participants with an understanding of Active Report content and functionality within IBM Cognos Analytics – Reporting. Content includes Introduction to Active reports, Use Active report connections, Active Reports Charts and Decks

IBM Cognos Framework Manager: Design Metadata Models (v11.0.x)

B6152

4 days

Advanced

IBM Cognos Analytics 11

This offering teaches Professional Report Authors about advanced report building techniques using relational data models, dimensional data, and ways of enhancing, customizing, managing, and distributing professional reports. The course builds on topics presented in the Fundamentals course. Activities will illustrate and reinforce key concepts during this learning activity.

IBM Cognos Analytics: Enterprise Administration (v11.0.x)

B6155

2 days

Advanced

IBM Cognos Analytics 11

This offering covers the fundamental concepts of installing and configuring IBM Cognos Analytics and administering servers and content, in a distributed environment. In the course, participants will identify requirements for the installation and configuration of a distributed IBM Cognos Analytics software environment, implement security in the environment, and manage the server components. Students will also monitor and schedule tasks, create data sources, and manage and deploy content in the portal and IBM Cognos Administration.

IBM Cognos Analytics: Author Reports Fundamentals (v11.0.x)

B6158

3 days

Advanced

IBM Cognos Analytics 11

This offering provides Business and Professional Authors with an introduction to report building techniques using relational data models. Techniques to enhance, customize, and manage professional reports will be explored. Activities will illustrate and reinforce key concepts during this learning opportunity.

IBM Cognos Analytics: Author Reports Advanced (v11.0.x)

B6159

2 days

Advanced

IBM Cognos Analytics 11

This offering teaches Professional Report Authors about advanced report building techniques using relational data models, dimensional data, and ways of enhancing, customizing, managing, and distributing professional reports. Create query models, Create reports based on query relationships,  Introduction to dimensional reporting concepts, Introduction to dimensional data in reports, Dimensional report context, Focus your dimensional data, Calculations and dimensional functions, Create advanced dynamic reports, Design effective prompts, Examine the report specification, Distribute reports, Enhance user interaction with HTML, Introduction to IBM Cognos Active Reports, Active Report charts and decks

 

 

Licenses

Cognos Analytics is available either on cloud or on-premise.

Licenses are controlled via roles, see below. If you need support to review your licensing requirements, please get in the form below.

License role

Description

Analytics Administrators

Members have the same access permissions as Analytics Explorers. They can also access the IBM Software Development Kit.

Analytics Explorers

Members have the same access permissions as Analytics Users. They can also access Planning Analytics for Microsoft Excel, Cognos Framework Manager, Cognos Cube Designer and Dynamic Query Analyzer, and Transformer.

Analytics Users

Members can create new reports, dashboards, stories, new jobs, data server/source connections, or data modules. They can execute reports, respond to prompts, and upload files. They can also access Cognos for Microsoft Office, Cognos Workspace, Cognos Event Studio, Cognos Query Studio, and Cognos Analysis Studio.

Contact us for pricing, we may be able to negotiate better terms through our IBM relationship. 

 
Cognos Trial/Demo



 

 

IBM Cognos Analytics 11.1

 

Want to experience the all new Cognos Analytics 11.1 with our Accelerated Impact (AI) package* for FREE? Simply fill in this form!

 

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Support for Older Versions

Below is a summary of earlier versions of Cognos BI products and tools.
If you need support or upgrade advice for any of these products, please get in touch in the form below.

 

Date

Version

Comment

End of Support

2018

IBM Cognos Analytics 11.1

The current version of Cognos

 

2015

IBM Cognos Analytics 11

Redesign of the user experience

 

2010

IBM Cognos Analytics 10

Introduced social collaboration

30 April 2018

2009

IBM Cognos 8 Express

Lighter version, aimed at mid-size companies

 

2005

IBM Cognos 8 BI

Brought a wide range of capabilities into one product (Report studio, Query studio, Framework Manaher and more)

30 September 2013

 

If you would like to find out how Cognos Analytics 11.1 can help you to find hidden patterns in your data, or how it can help work smarter and faster with ‘Augmented Intelligence’ then please get in touch.

+44 (0)114 399 2820

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