Cognos Basics- Introduction to Cognos

Why do I need COGNOS?
Cognos satisfies all BI needs, with a platform that reduces the complexity of BI environment, increases ROI and ultimately lowers the total cost
  1. INTEGRATION-Cognos’ native Extraction, Transformation & Loading (ETL) tool makes it easy and fast to integrate with other systems
  2. SECURITY-Cognos offers complete control over what your users can access and how they can access it
  3. DISTRIBUTED-Multiple users can simultaneously read and write to Cognos from all  around the world - in real time
  4. FLEXIBILITY-Much like Excel, Cognos offers you a clean slate and the tools to build something that reflects your business
  5. VOLUME- With 64 bit technology, Cognos is capable of storing large amounts of data
  6. REPORTING-Reporting and analysis are simple and powerful whether you choose to use Cognos itself or leverage Excel or Web front ends
  7. SPEED-Cognos consistently tops the charts in OLAP comparison reports for speed of calculation
Whose help should you seek?
Technical Expertise-
  • Must have technical resources with COGNOS expertise
  • Is Able to use knowledge and expertise across other application to have out-of-box work around s in COGNOS like JavaScript, HTML, XML
Established Success-
  • Should have already established effective communication and delivery protocols
  • Must have several successful deliveries with many clients
Business Knowledge-
  • Understanding of your data and processes 
  • Knowledge of your framework model and reporting practices in existing projects
  • Able to leverage the development work that has already been carried out in your organization
  • Experience of resources in platforms like Tableau, Spotfire, Xcelisus etc helps in testing the performance of Cognos and in measuring the ROI

How should one go about Cognos deployment?
Based on specifications, iterative development will be done with periodic releases and updates
Initial Design-
  • Review and understanding of project specifications
  • Validation of specifications against framework model to ensure completeness
  • Designing report and creation of project plan based on specification
  • Developing reports based on user requirements using COGNOS best practices
  • Validating data to ensure accuracy and testing of report
  • Enabling better system  performance by performance tuning of reports and using optimal query structure
  • Review by client point of contact
  • Changes, clarifications and feedback collected and specifications updated
Deployment and UAT
  • Release of finished report to End Business Users for UAT (User Acceptance Testing)
  • Ensuring that all business requirements have been met to user satisfaction
All the projects should be well documented and feedback should be continuously incorporated to make the process more robust. Same reports may be revisited to incorporate formatting and other aesthetic changes. Access rights and memberships of any user/ groups may be changed according to the requirements

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