Cognos Analytics: Report Performance Details

Performance Details in Report In today's analytics environment, timeliness of data is important.  Along with timeliness, reports and analyses need to be swift.  With Cognos Analytics 11 R7 and higher, there is a feature within Report called Performance Details which helps authors determine if queries or visualizations need to be tuned to boost overall run…

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DataSync in OAC – Automating a Job Via File Creation

The DataSync utility is the easiest way to load data from relational or a file source into the Oracle Analytics Cloud (OAC). DataSync has a scheduling capability but often you will need to trigger a load process as soon as data becomes available from another system, instead of waiting for a scheduled process time. DataSync…

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What’s an OLAP???

Introduction On-Line Analytical Processing (OLAP) uses a multidimensional approach to organize and analyze business data. By storing data in highly optimized structures, businesses can very quickly explore the data and uncover important insights that would otherwise remain hidden. As a result, OLAP enables companies to achieve key organizational goals, including wide-ranging business intelligence and analytics. OLAP & Business Intelligence To explain…

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Cognos Analytics: Latitude and Longitude in Maps

Before the release of IBM Cognos Analytics 11 R8 on November 3rd 2018, the analytics community has been limited to the map-able data of highlighting named regions (populate polygons) or named points.  We now have more out-of-the-box Mapbox abilities.  Specifically, users can create maps with latitude and longitude data points.  This maps feature was added…

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Metrics and Scorecards in IBM Planning Analytics

Scorecards allow users to compare strategic targets with actual results and compare performance to targets over time. Having a scorecard allows business users to take corrective actions to ensure targets are achieved. Green, Yellow and Red indicators quickly draw a user’s eye to items that need attention or are at risk of missing targets.  IBM…

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