IBM Cognos Analytics 11.1 New Features

Here is a full list of new and changed features in IBM Cognos Analytics 11.1.0, released on September 29, 2018.

Read more about the Top Cognos Analytics 11.1 Capabilities in our recent blog article.


Upload files and launch components at the same time

Enhanced support for uploaded files:

Support for:

  • multi-tab spreadsheets;
  • compressed (.zip) file format;
  • multi-file upload.

Progress and error details for single-file uploads, consolidated progress percentage for multi-file uploads;

Updating data in uploaded files.

Support for relative dates – easier to do ‘as-of-date’ analysis. Ex: current quarter, quarter-to-date, month-to-date

Enrich Framework Manager relational packages

Shortcuts and their targets provide the same context menu options – ‘Run as’ available from both a report and its shortcut context menus

Faster query execution involving uploaded files and data sets

Explore data in a new flexible workspace or in an existing visualization from a dashboard, story or report.

Related visualizations – The system recommends related visualizations using a combination of statistics and “interestingness” to suggest useful next steps.

Correlated insights – If a data item in a visualization is determined by the system to be a “target”, correlated insights indicate that the system has identified “drivers”.

Driver analysis – generate a visualization to show you key drivers, or predictors, for a target.

Comparison – create a new visualization or two related visualizations and automatically compare data between the two to generate a summary of key information and differences.  You can also create a comparison card from existing visualizations or select two data points on an existing visualization to compare.

Copy and paste visualizations – from a dashboard, story, or exploration to another dashboard, story, exploration or report.

Compare by – select one or more data points, ex: bars on a bar chart, right-click and select Compare by, resulting in a new visualization that replaces category of previous chart filtered by your selection.

Assistant – type in English text to discover patterns and relationships in your data, as well as generate visualizations that can be added to an existing dashboard or exploration. Enter text related to your analytical intentions and an AI conversational agent responds with visualizations and other information

Dashboards & Stories

Copy and paste visualizations from a dashboard to another

Canvas layout positioning – set whether relative (widgets adjust to fit screen) or absolute (appear exactly as you size and place them in view, regardless screen size) in properties

Page size – choose pre-set page size for a dashboard such as letter or legal. Set height and width of a dashboard.

Smart visualization recommender – When you drag data items on to report canvas, Cognos Analytics renders visualization that best represents data (you can choose others from list if you don’t like what was selected).

Show grid, snap to grid, and snap to objects – default view for new displays grid on canvas as a guide to snap objects to; you can snap objects to other objects.

Create custom color palettes – view default color palette, change palette, and create your own palettes for dashboards or stories in properties.

Hide tabs – default dashboard style now a tabbed dashboard. Possibility to hide tab if you want only one tab.

Modify colors on tab titles and tab selection indicators – choose basic colors or create custom colors using color picker

Widget title enhancements – modify font family, font size, text color, alignment, and styles

Auto-group – When enabled on a column, ex.: Years, years automatically categorized by a group of years such as a decade.

Reorganized properties – properties pane now grouped by categories such as Canvas, Color and Themes, and Tabs. Groups are collapsible and expandable

Align objects – guidelines appear to assist with alignment with other objects on the canvas when dragging an object on canvas

Size and position widgets from properties pane – align widgets relative to one another, precisely position, and adjust height and width of widgets on dashboard

Customize axis labels for charts

Show visualization data

Launch Explorations

Share dashboards or stories on Slack

Format numbers to display currency and percentage

Insights – enable on a visualization to learn more about data such as average or meaningful differences.

Use selection tool to analyze specific data on a visualization – to highlight an area on a chart or map.

Export as a story – to make a copy of your dashboard and convert it into a story

Matching color palettes on multiple visualizations

New scene templates for stories

Data entrance inside a chart – animate how data is presented within a chart.

Navigate markers in a scene – control how widgets are revealed in a scene

Change story type

New and updated visualizations

Assistant – see above under Explorations section


Guided report layout

New navigation user interface

Smart visualization recommender

New Visualizations

Custom palettes

Enhanced mapping support

Map clustering

  • Heatmap
  • Reusable styles

Copy and paste – quickly assemble a report by using existing assets – available from a dashboard, a story, or a report to a report

Data Modeling

New user interface experience for creating base data modules

  • Improved source selection
  • Adding tables manually or engaging the system to discover related tables for you

Multifunctional, robust expression editor

Create folders in data modules

Create new tables by combining existing tables

Create new tables using SQL

Support for relative dates

Data-level security

Data caching

Specify column dependencies

Formatting columns

Splitting columns

Sending messages and content using Slack

Linking to Cognos Analytics content

Exporting to PDF