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IBM Cognos Analytics vs. Microsoft Power BI

IBM Cognos Analytics vs. Microsoft Power BI

If you are in the market for a business intelligence (BI) solution these days, you have surely come across, and perhaps have even shortlisted, Microsoft Power BI.  Microsoft seems to have adapted a similar marketing strategy to that used to flood the market with Microsoft Word back in the early 80’s.  Bundling MS Word with other Microsoft software to overtake the competition was indeed successful with MS Word (who uses WordPerfect or...

Implementing a Warehouse Analytics Dashboard

Implementing a Warehouse Analytics Dashboard

Accurate and timely inventory information is key to customer satisfaction and a driver for increased productivity and profitability.  Getting a visual and real-time (or near real-time) analytics snapshot of your warehouse could prove an invaluable tool from an operations standpoint. A well implemented and integrated warehouse inventory control system enables you to capture accurate product quantities and locations and gives you...

5 Critical Steps to Successful BI Implementation

5 Critical Steps to Successful BI Implementation

Unless you’re a member of the underground insurgents fighting the vast and powerful computers who rule the earth, the sheer concept of business intelligence can make you feel like a mere mortal navigating your way through The Matrix. It’s ironic, actually. BI, complex as it is, will make certain aspects of your business a whole lot simpler. Fortunately, there are resources like Business Intelligence for Dummies to help guide you – or,...

Top 12 Reasons to upgrade to Cognos Analytics (a.k.a Cognos 11)

Top 12 Reasons to upgrade to Cognos Analytics (a.k.a Cognos 11)

What’s New & What Stays in the new release? Cognos Analytics, released at the end of December 2015, offers the same functionality available in Cognos 10, but with a new and improved interface and user experience mirrored after the same self-service design principles as Watson Analytics. When you upgrade, users will still be able to access and navigate to all of the current studios within Cognos Analytics just as they were in...

How IBM Cognos 10 Enterprise customers can give their Consumer Users access to Cognos 10 Functionality

In summer 2014, IBM announced changes in the IBM Cognos User Roles and Definitions.  This new licensing model has made it easier for users to access Cognos 10 capabilities, such as Cognos Workspace, Active Report and Mobile. Cognos customers had their user roles automatically migrated to one of three simplified roles with increased functionality, with the exception of the Consumer license role, which remains unchanged. You can give...

Current Trends in Data Analysis that May Help Your Small to Medium-sized Business

Current Trends in Data Analysis that May Help Your Small to Medium-sized Business

Increasingly, more businesses are utilising data to improve their sales, market share, and profits. Data used in this way is called business intelligence, and it can give your small business a competitive edge. There are a number of aspects of business intelligence you should be aware of that you can use to build your business. Our list below covers five recent trends in business intelligence that may be relevant to your business....