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QueBIT Blog: IBM Planning Analytics (TM1) Model Serviceability

Posted by: James Miller May 1, 2019 10:00:00 AM
In a previous post ( Keep the IBM Planning Analytics (TM1) design clean!), I talked about paying attention to the common or “functional” components of a planning analytics model as this is an area... Read More

QueBIT Blog: Keep the IBM Planning Analytics (TM1) design clean!

Posted by James Miller

Often you hear about performing an application design review on a IBM Planning Analytics model where both coding and implementation “styles” are compared against “industry proven” practices. During the process, naming conventions, dimensionalities, rule-vs-process strategies, (just to name a few items) are studied and assessed.

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QueBIT Blog: Accelerating Visual Recognition with IBM Watson Studio

Posted by James Miller

The IBM Watson Visual Recognition Service is one of the many services available on the IBM Cloud platform designed to accelerate and automate the AI Lifecycle by simplifying the most complicated, time-consuming steps within a VR project. 

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QueBIT Blog: The SAP S/4HANA Clock is Ticking: What are my options?

Posted by Gary Quirke

From the time when SAP founders Klaus Tschira, Hasso Plattner, Dietmar Hopp, and Hans-Werner Hector first introduced SAP in 1972, SAP has arguably offered the best ERP available.  It has certainly contributed to changing and improving the way that the best performing companies are managed today.  Many businesses that use SAP could not effectively operate without it.  SAP has delivered countless benefits to companies, but these benefits have not have come without a significant price tag.  One thing that you can comfortably say about SAP is, nothing about SAP comes cheaply!  So with the news that SAP has set a December 31, 2025 deadline, after which its ERP system will be built to run on just one single database platform; SAP’s own HANA; should have many CIOs, CFOs and CEOs quaking in the boots at the potential cost of moving to the new system. SAP describes S/4HANA as the “biggest launch in 23 years, if not in the entire history of the company”. 

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Topics: SAP

QueBIT Blog: You can't judge a technology by its quadrant: Modern analytics and BI platforms

Posted by Robin Wilkinson

Every year Gartner publishes the “Magic Quadrant for Analytics and Business Intelligence Platforms” and when it’s released the first thing people look for is where each technology sits within the square.  I have been working in this space for many years with many different technologies and here at QueBIT we are successfully implementing Cognos Analytics for our customers and I would like to share our thoughts on a product we believe in.  While Gartner takes a narrower approach to modern BI, Cognos Analytics takes a broader approach.  Our customers are telling us they still need some managed reporting, self-service, and data exploration in one tool to reduce the number of point-solutions that are disconnected from their enterprise systems.  Cognos Analytics fulfills these needs plus a lot more. 

We are very excited about all the new features in the latest release of Cognos Analytics 11.1, we believe these new features below in addition to what already existed puts us in a great position to help our clients make smart decisions about their businesses. 

  • Introduced the AI Assistant, which employs machine learning, natural language generation (NLG), and advanced pattern detection to convey hidden relationships in data through stunning visualizations, plus distilled observations in plain English
  • Introduced new visual exploration capabilities, like features in Watson Analytics, that make it easy and intuitive for users, even those with no expertise in business analysis, to uncover compelling insights and hard-to-find answers
  • Incorporated many other advanced analytics features that make it faster and easier to discover not only what is happening, but why it happened
  • Made data preparation easier and faster than ever, freeing up users to spend more of their time doing actual analysis
  • Streamlined our overall approach to the BI market by sun-setting Watson Analytics and infusing augmented intelligence throughout Cognos Analytics to make finding answers easier and faster than ever before for users throughout the organization
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Topics: Cognos Analytics, Business Intelligence platforms

QueBIT Blog: QueBIT Makes a ‘Splash’ at IBM THINK 2019!

Posted by Brian Moore

IBM’s global conference event was held last week under the moniker ‘THINK’ for the second year in a row. This year’s conference took over the SOMA district of San Francisco with 30,000 attendees occupying 117 hotels in the area. This marks a break from 12 straight years of a Las Vegas based event, and the blend of indoor and outdoor venues was a welcomed change from the crowded hallways and slot machines of the Mandalay Bay. Unfortunately, there was a torrential downpour throughout the week which put a damper on several of the outdoor events (and yielded 60,000 wet shoes!), but the innovative Moscone Center was fresh off of completing a $551 million makeover and has tons of potential as a world class setting. IBM already has the venue under contract for 2020 and we look forward to returning to a drier event next year.

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QueBIT Blog: Excel and State-of-the-Art Planning

Posted by Ann-Grete Tan

I’d like to give a shout-out to Microsoft Excel, the venerable spreadsheet software. If your job description includes reporting, budgeting, planning or forecasting, you rely on Excel to get your job done. Period.

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QueBIT Blog: Print Reports not available in PAx

Posted by Kevin Frame

New to Pax?
With the move from Perspectives to the new-and-improved Planning Analytics for Excel – many people are asking “Where is my Print Report?” For those of you who’ve never experienced Print Report before, it was a feature in Perspectives that allowed users to generate reports with multiple sheets or books driven off of subsets. This was used to package up and email reports to users or publish them to SharePoint. Unfortunately, this feature is not available in PAx.

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Topics: ReportWORQ, Print Report

QueBIT Blog: The Golden Era of Analytics

Posted by Erik Herman

Cognos Analytics 11.1, augmented intelligence, advanced and embedded analytics, and beyond!

The golden era of analytics is upon us; smarter systems, augmented with artificial intelligence, capable of managing and filtering massive amounts of data, empowering end users to make smarter decisions, and delivering major returns on investment in the process. According to Gary Quirke, CEO of QueBIT, in a recent CFO magazine webinar, “this period in history will be defined by the commencement of man and machine working in perfect harmony, combining machine artificial intelligence with the irreplaceable power of human intuitive reasoning to achieve optimum decision making performance."

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Topics: Cognos Analytics, augmented intelligence

QueBIT Blog: Worried about Errors in your Financial Reports? Start by quantifying the problem

Posted by Ann-Grete Tan

Google “Accounting Scandals” and you will find plenty of Top 5 and Top 10 lists that include companies like Waste Management (1998), Enron (2001) and Tyco (2002). These are famous examples where top executives were caught committing fraud, and were punished with fines and prison time.

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Topics: CDM

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