It is often difficult to understand the story that a particular set of data is telling without a meaningful visualization. You can examine the numbers, but without plotting a trendline or a histogram, it is almost impossible to extract actionable intelligence from them. With IBM’s Cognos Disclosure Management (CDM), native Excel functionality is the user’s toolbox for creating these data visualizations. However, despite there being a breadth of options at the user’s disposal, some of the more complex visualizations are quite difficult to create in Excel. This may include things like stacked bar charts, mekko charts, bubble charts, among others.
It’s the end of the quarter, and you’re looking to put together your quarterly presentation for the board. You’ve run the data, the numbers look good, and you’ve done your qualitative analysis. There’s only one thing left to do – update the PowerPoint. With 40 slides worth of numbers, charts, and commentary to update, this is actually easier said than done, and will require countless hours of work. So you think to yourself, is there a better way to do this?
Data science has become a key differentiator for many companies. It’s no longer an isolated group of analysts, with little focus on tangible results, building predictive models in a vacuum. Data science has matured to become an integral part of an overall business strategy to leverage the most important corporate asset: data.
For the uninitiated, perhaps a brief primer is in order around the subject of data science. If you’ve only recently heard of the “data scientist” moniker, you’re in pretty good company. According to Google Trends, use of the term was relatively obscure just a few short years ago.
The long-awaited release of Planning Analytics Local (PA Local) is finally here! PA Local brings IBM’s cloud investment to on-premise IBM Cognos TM1 and IBM Cognos Express customers! If you have not watched our PA Local Webinar, you can find the recording here.
IBM released the latest version of Cognos Analytics (Cognos 11.0.5) on November 25, 2016. This newest version includes even more exciting enhancements extending the broad capabilities of the product. It’s available for download and remember there is a new upgrade process for Cognos Analytics which is different from previous versions. You no longer have to go through a migration/upgrade path, it’s as easy as installing it over what you already have to quickly access all the new features and enhancements.
Topics: Cognos Analytics
Described below are how TM1 users can use Subsets in Excel based TM1 Reports (specifically referenced by DBRW and DBR formulae) and within cube views. This functionality is very useful for the end user and can supersede the need to create numerous alternate hierarchies within dimensions to meet reporting requirements.