Utilize Prompt Macros

Date: 14/02/2017

By Rory Cornelius

Have you ever received a requirement for a prompt that gives the option of selecting a date but also defaults to the current day? The typical question mark prompt syntax (ie., ?date_prompt?) just doesn't handle that very well. What's a Cognos developer to do? A prompt macro can be used to accomplish this goal and many other more complex reporting requirements.

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Extending Report Studio Reach

Date: 09/02/2017

By Seth Hickey

As more and more users are running reports and utilizing their company‚Äôs data, developers find themselves looking for new ways to enhance their reports when possible.  Business users and developers alike enjoy new, exciting features that help push reports from a static list/crosstab to a dynamic reporting tool that has the ability to go beyond Cognos, if necessary.  An easy way for developers to assist business users is through an insertable object in the Report Studio Toolbox, the HTML Item.

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Dashboarding: Design Before Diving In

Date: 03/02/2017

By Ruban Lawrence

Back in my salad days, I used to be that guy. We all know that guy - he leans back in his chair confidently, cracks his knuckles, and then dives right into a project without any planning or preparation.

"Pffft. Planning is a waste of time. My time is best spent actually DOING work rather than PLANNING it," I thought.

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IBM Cognos Analytics R5 Dashboard Enhancements

Date: 02/02/2017

By Rory Cornelius

In Cognos Analytics 11.0.5 (R5), dashboard enhancements top the list of new and improved tools in the Cognos toolbox. Among the many new dashboarding features in R5, two of the biggest are: being able to access Framework Manager packages directly and, the one we've all be waiting for ... the new geospatial analytics with MapBox integration!

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Cognos Reporting: 3 in 1

Date: 20/01/2017

By Paul Mendelson

There are many times when an end user might want to see the same data in multiple formats. A case in point, a manager wanted a detailed weekly PDF with lots of graphs and tables and all sorts of bells and whistles. At the same time, the body of the email needed to be populated with a high level summary. He also wanted to see raw data in a spreadsheet. All of this in one email.

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