IBM Cognos Express v.10.2.1 launched October 15, 2013

About Cognos Express

The ONLY Reporting, Analysis and Planning solution built for workgroups and midsize organizations has released an updated version on October 15, 2013. Express is built on BI and TM1 10.2, with additional capabilities such as the ability to auto configure and automated backup.

Cognos Express continues to provide all of the functionality of the latest version of Cognos Enterprise, is easier to use and install and now includes mobility and visualization. It is even easier to buy with a simplified licensing strategy. It allows you to Think Big, by connecting BI and Planning, and Start Small – start anywhere and create a road map with a modular and incremental strategy.

What’s New in Cognos Express 10.2.1?

Improved Visualization Experience

o   Author within Report Studio and Cognos Workspace Advanced

o   Consumption and assembly in Cognos Workspace enables users to create highly visual dashboards

o   Improved usability with the Visualization Library allows users to quickly find the best visual

Extended Mobile Support

Business Intelligence

o   Device Support

o   Native iPad

o   Through Webapp:

o   iOS (phones + iPads)

o   Android (phone + tablets)

Performance Management

o   PM Mobile Contributor

o   Mobile Review and Approval

o   Track status

o   Review, Annotate, Submit

o   Mobile Contribution

o   Interactive Visualization

Integrated Scorecarding Capabilities

o   Consolidated user experience in a plan modeling, layout and consumption interfaces

o   Uses TM1 metrics modeling flexibility for multi-cube and write-back architecture

o   TM1 Planning application infrastructure – workflow, distribution, approvals, commentary

o   Flexible consumption in Cognos Workspace and IBM Cognos Insight

Rich Support for Microsoft

Improved Support for Microsoft products on the desktop and in servers

o   Cognos Office Connection (Microsoft Office system)

o   OLAP Support for Microsoft Analysis Services

o   Cognos Analysis for Microsoft Excel (Café) – Additional license required

Additional Enhancements

o   TM1RunTi

o   Dynamic Query Analyzer (DQA)

o   Operations Console

A Broader, more extensible Platform

Leverage the value of IBM Cognos Express when integrating with other IBM products

o   Support for the following with the purchase of additional licenses

o   IBM Cognos Disclosure Management (CDM)

o   Cognos Software Development Kit (SDK)

o   Cognos Analysis for Microsoft Excel (Café)

o   SPSS Modeler

Simplified New Model for Express Users & Connectors

o   Common functionalities for all users :

o   IBM Cognos Insight

o   Cognos Workspace

o   Cognos Connection

A scheduled mass entitlement change occurred for existing customers on November 12th, 2013

Customers are required to upgrade to the latest version, which is free for customers under active support, in order to benefit from all new functionality and additional value offered in the new release