IBM Cognos Analytics R4 Released
Date: 10/10/2016

By Piers Wilson

Whilst no-one can dispute that Cognos Analytics is a great step forward for IBM’s Cognos Business Intelligence solution, in providing self-service BI reporting and dashboarding, it was missing one key piece of functionality essential for current customers to consider seriously upgrading their Cognos BI environment.

Prior to the release of Cognos Analytics 11.0.4 you could not use Framework Manager packages as a data-source for the new Dashboarding feature. This missing piece of Cognos functionality is now available with the latest release of Cognos Analytics 11.0.4 and you can now create dashboards on Framework Manager packages via datasets.

There are some other great features that have been released as part of this version, like Storytelling, which has come from Watson Analytics, and improvements to Lifecycle Manager, which will make the upgrade process for Cognos BI far easier and quicker. 

More detail on some other key features in this release are below.

Cognos Analytics 11.0.4 provides the following key new functionality

  • The ability to create dashboards on FM packages via datasets
  • Conditional formatting, top/bottom, widget auto-refresh, crosstabs in dashboarding
  • JavaScript support, drill-through in the interactive viewer and a continued focus on the interactive viewer performance in reporting
  • Undo/redo, smarter joins, hide/show, validation in modelling
  • Storytelling!
  • Theming and extensions
  • Lifecycle Manager to help customers migrate more easily from release to release

More detailed release information for Cognos Analytics can be found here.

A complete fix list can be found here.