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IBM Cognos Insight

Book Description

Whether you're a new or existing user of Cognos Insight, you’ll find this is an invaluable guide to making the most of IBM’s powerful personal analytics tool. Visually rich reports and dashboards can be built in minutes once you know how.

  • Step-by-step, how to guide, for installing and configuring IBM Cognos Insight for your needs
  • Learn how to build Financial, Marketing and Sales workspaces in Cognos Insight
  • Learn how to integrate and collaborate with IBM Cognos Business Intelligence

In Detail

Based on in-memory technology with write-back capabilities for What-if scenario planning, Cognos Insight gives spreadsheets the rich visual appeal for better analysis and planning. Leverage the collaborative features to seamlessly publish the personal analysis workspaces to an enterprise-wide Cognos Business Intelligence solution.

"IBM Cognos Insight" is a fast paced, practical hands-on guide with step-by-step instructions to build Cognos Insight workspaces. Take advantage of the in-memory TM1 cubes as the underlying engine to answer business questions by analyzing data in the form of reports & dashboards. Share these insights with other Cognos services or mobile devices to empower users with real-time data.

This book introduces Cognos Insight as a personal yet powerful analytics application. It covers how decision making is applied in all domains of the business world and how data can be analyzed effectively in the form of fast in-memory cubes. Leverage the write-back functionality to build budgets, plans and forecasts.

"IBM Cognos Insight" will empower new and existing users to maximize the features of the application and analyze data by building visually rich reports and dashboards in minute

Table of Contents

  1. IBM Cognos Insight
    1. Table of Contents
    2. IBM Cognos Insight
    3. Credits
    4. About the Author
      1. About PerformanceG2, Inc:
    5. Acknowledgement
    6. About the Reviewer
    7. www.PacktPub.com
      1. Support files, eBooks, discount offers and more
        1. Why Subscribe?
        2. Free Access for Packt account holders
        3. Instant Updates on New Packt Books
    8. Preface
      1. What this book covers
      2. What you need for this book
      3. Who this book is for
      4. Conventions
      5. Reader feedback
      6. Customer support
        1. Downloading the example code
        2. Errata
        3. Piracy
        4. Questions
    9. 1. The New-age Analytics and IBM Cognos Insight
      1. Analytics with IBM Cognos Insight
        1. Features of IBM Cognos Insight
      2. An example case for IBM Cognos Insight
      3. The building blocks of Business Analytics
        1. Business Intelligence
        2. Performance Management
        3. Predictive Analytics
        4. Risk Management
      4. Using analytics successfully
      5. Summary
    10. 2. Installing IBM Cognos Insight
      1. System requirements for installing IBM Cognos Insight
        1. Processor and memory
        2. Operating systems
        3. Cognos Server environments
        4. Data sources
        5. Server environments for IBM Cognos Connection installer
      2. Available options to download Cognos Insight
        1. Installing IBM Cognos Insight Standard Edition
        2. Installation of IBM Cognos Insight on an existing Cognos BI Environment
      3. Uninstalling IBM Cognos Insight
      4. Connecting IBM Cognos Insight to the Cognos BI and IBM TM1 Environments
      5. Summary
    11. 3. Usability of IBM Cognos Insight
      1. Importing data into IBM Cognos Insight
      2. Reorienting data into Cognos Insight
        1. Drag-and-drop dimensions
        2. Slice and dice title dimensions
        3. Nesting dimensions
        4. Sorting of data
        5. Swap rows and columns
        6. Charting options
        7. Filtering values/explorer points
        8. Types of calculations
        9. Writing rules
        10. Formatting methods
        11. Grouping dimensions
      3. Reconstructing data in Cognos Insight
        1. Write-back
        2. Data spreading
        3. Adding cubes, dimensions, and members
        4. Adding parent and child members
        5. Moving members
        6. Adding comments
      4. Cosmetic changes to Cognos Insight
        1. Adding widgets, charts, and tabs
        2. Adding images, buttons, and themes
        3. Zero suppress and exporting data
        4. Protecting workspaces and my preferences
      5. Summary
    12. 4. Strategic Decision Making Using IBM Cognos Insight
      1. Analyzing marketing conditions
        1. Advertising cost analysis
        2. Product cost-benefit analysis
      2. Global market conditions
        1. Measuring sales performance
          1. Sorting Variance columns in ascending order
      3. Finance and price strategy
      4. Summary
    13. 5. Enterprise Collaboration
      1. Launching workspace files to clients
      2. Leveraging IBM Cognos Insight collaboration and sharing
      3. Summary
    14. A. References
    15. Index