The latest release of Cognos Analytics, R7 is here, and we are excited to share the details about the new functionality. This release marks the 4th update of Cognos Analytics in the last 12 months, over which time we have seen the product mature and evolve, along with some great enhancements. This release is no different, with some great new functionality to get excited about.
Mapbox maps are now available in a regular report. The functionality is available under the visualization dialog. As with dashboards, reports can now support map resolutions down to the postal code level. As maps are interactive, users can zoom in/out directly on the maps without going back to the report server to re-render the entire report. Tooltips are also available for both layers to display measures associated to a location.
- The first thing you’ll notice when you launch the dashboard is the new icons and colours. The new look provides a sharp, clean and professional canvas.
- Two new slots have been added to visualizations that allows visualizations to repeat across the values of the column that is provided. For example, if we want to show the revenue of our products across years, we can drag the year into one of the Repeat slot and visualization will repeat itself for every year in the data. This type of functionality is often referred to as small multiples.
- A filter dock is now included in the area at the top of the canvas. This area is used to drag in fields to be used as filters for either the current tab, or globally across all tabs.
- Inclusion of a calculation editor within dashboard
If the lack of PowerPlay support has held you back from upgrading to Cognos Analytics, now is the time to make the move! With the introduction of PowerPlay 11.0.0 you can now work with all of your PowerPlay content in Cognos Analytics.
Improved user experience for defining the relationships between tables
There are many other enhancements, so head across to the blog to read all about it here
If case you missed it in previous releases, it is possible to customise the Cognos Analytics portal experience to suit the needs of your organisation. The default home and sign in views can be customised, you can substitute your own theme (colours, logos and brand text) as the default theme. You can also create extensions that add functions to the Cognos Analytics user interface. For example, you can add buttons that, when clicked, open a particular report or dashboards. You can also remove default buttons from the user interface. For more information, follow this link
Three Key Reasons to Start Your Upgrade from Cognos BI to Cognos Analytics
If you are choosing to not upgrade to Cognos Analytics, you are missing out on some great new functionality! Also, to consider, is that as of April 2018 there will be limited support for Cognos 10.x. Below find three key reasons why you should be planning your upgrade to Cognos Analytics.
1. The features and functionality of Cognos Analytics have matured to a point that lets you now move to Cognos Analytics without feeling like you’re taking an unwise risk.
2. There are several great new features and functionality (just to name a few) that if you don’t upgrade, you are missing out on!
a) A great new look and feel
b) Improved user experience and ease of use
c) New capabilities
– Location intelligence
3. Improved Data Discovery: One of the areas where Cognos has struggled in the last few years is the area of data discovery. This has been addressed with data modules and dashboarding. Leveraging some of the technology developed for Watson Analytics under the covers to review the data you’re trying to analyse, help you select the visualization that best suits the data in play, and help you find associations in the data you’re leveraging makes creating reports much easier. This capability is still developing, but improving with each new release, providing support for more robust data discovery.