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Prompt Macros in Cognos - Reporting

Utilize Prompt Macros in Cognos

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 (i.e. ?date_prompt?) just doesn’t handle that very well. What’s a Cognos developer to do? In this article I will show […]

Cognos Reporting Breadcrumb Trail

Add Breadcrumb Trails in Cognos Report Studio

When authoring reports in which you have one or more Tree Prompt controls most often you do not present the hierarchy path for specific data sets.  This information is not always pertinent and sometimes superfluous.  However, offering a hierarchy-based selection of a specific data set for the purpose of constraining […]

Run Cognos on Windows or Linux

Cognos: Windows or Linux?

Should we run Cognos on Windows or Linux (or other Unix-based OS)? It’s a common question I run into when beginning a brand new implementation (or an architectural overall) of Cognos BI. In the past, my response has been something along the lines of “I’m a bit more experienced and […]

Speed vs. Soul

Do you enjoy wasting time?  Neither do I.  Tasks pile up every day and hitting project deadlines is not just important, it’s critical.  But I bet you don’t like poor quality either; not in the products you buy, the food you eat, or in the quality of your work.  And […]

3 Do’s and Don’ts of User Adoption

User Adoption – if you build, it will they really come? When I was a young consultant, I was put on a project where the client had purchased and installed Cognos Series 7 a few years prior, but had not gotten the results they had hoped for. My first day, […]

Cognos Analytics User AdoptionUpgrade

Enable Legacy Features in Cognos Analytics

In the new release of Cognos Analytics (C11), there are many features from Cognos Business Intelligence (C10) that have intentionally been left out in an attempt to guide customers towards IBM’s goal of smarter self-service.  And the ability to enable legacy features in Cognos Analytics is critically important to customers […]