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IBM Cognos BI v10.2 Administration Essentials

Book Description

Explore the power and scalability of IBM Cognos BI for effective performance management

  • Apply drill-through definition feature to different areas of Cognos BI

  • Manage User profiles and User Interface Profiles

  • Full of step-by-step explanations on all the routine Cognos BI tasks of an administrator

In Detail

IBM Cognos BI v10.2 is an advanced suite of business intelligence tools that empower a business with a wide range of capabilities to plan, design, develop, manage reports, analysis, and design dashboards to deliver effective business intelligence strategies. This book particularly focuses on understanding the administration aspects of managing a Cognos BI environment.

This fast-paced guide will provide you with practical hands-on experience of all the necessary features to administer an IBM Cognos environment. The book starts by providing you with a detailed explanation of administering the servers’ environment, managing content and creating a drill-through definition. Furthermore, this book will also help you to identify security features, perform logging and auditing, monitor performance, customize appearance of Cognos, and more to help make your Cognos environment secure and reliable.

The book introduces you to the new features of Cognos BI, to highlight the administrative capabilities offered by the latest release of the IBM Cognos 10 suite of BI tools. It then takes you through IBM Cognos BI’s architecture and components, while providing a detailed explanation of some of the core areas of Cognos BI Administration. The book gives practical explanations on implementing important features such as creating and deploying the drill-through feature, security system performance, maintain content, manage User profiles and User Interface Profiles, and so on. Indeed, IBM Cognos BI v10.2 Administration Essentials will be your essential guide to Cognos BI Administration.

Table of Contents

  1. IBM Cognos BI v10.2 Administration Essentials
    1. Table of Contents
    2. IBM Cognos BI v10.2 Administration Essentials
    3. Credits
    4. About the Author
    5. About the Reviewers
      1. Support files, eBooks, discount offers and more
        1. Why Subscribe?
        2. Free Access for Packt account holders
        3. Instant Updates on New Packt Books
    7. Preface
      1. What this book covers
      2. What you need for this book
      3. Who this book is for
      4. Conventions
      5. Reader feedback
      6. Customer support
        1. Errata
        2. Piracy
        3. Questions
    8. 1. Introduction to Cognos BI 10.2
      1. History of Cognos
      2. What's new in IBM Cognos BI 10.2
      3. Introduction to Cognos Administration
      4. Summary
    9. 2. The IBM Cognos Configuration Window in Detail
      1. The Cognos Configuration window
        1. Environment
        2. Security
        3. Data Access
      2. Explaining the Cognos Configuration window
      3. Summary
    10. 3. Managing IBM Cognos BI Server Components
      1. Cognos BI architecture
        1. Web server – gateways
        2. The application tier – Cognos BI Server
          1. Dispatcher
            1. Services for the BI Server (dispatcher)
          2. Content Manager
        3. Data tier – the content store, query/reporting database, and metric store
          1. The content store
          2. The metric store
          3. Data sources
      2. Cognos BI interfaces
        1. Zero footprint – IBM Cognos web-based interfaces for users
          1. IBM Cognos Connection
          2. IBM Cognos Administration
          3. Cognos Query Studio
          4. Cognos Report Studio
          5. Cognos Analysis Studio
          6. Cognos Event Studio
          7. Cognos Metric Studio
          8. Cognos Workspace
          9. Cognos Workspace Advanced
        2. Windows-based interfaces for users
          1. Cognos Framework Manager
          2. Cognos Metric Designer
          3. Cognos Map Manager
          4. Cognos BI for Microsoft Office
          5. Cognos Transformer
          6. Cognos Insight
      3. Things to remember
      4. Load balancing
      5. Benefits and features of the Cognos BI architecture
      6. Summary
    11. 4. Administration Portal
      1. Power of the Cognos BI Administration portal
      2. The Status tab
        1. Current Activities
        2. Past Activities
        3. Upcoming Activities
        4. Schedules
        5. System
      3. The Security tab
        1. Users, groups, and roles
        2. Capabilities
        3. User interface profiles
      4. The Configuration tab
        1. Data Source Connections
        2. Content management
        3. Distribution Lists and Contacts
        4. Printers
        5. Styles
        6. Portlets
        7. Query Service Caching
        8. Dispatchers and Services
      5. The Index Search tab
      6. Summary
    12. 5. Securing IBM Cognos BI
      1. The IBM Cognos BI Security architecture
        1. Managing authentication providers
        2. Cognos BI authorization
        3. Cognos namespace
        4. Overcoming the initial security
      2. IBM Cognos Application Firewall
        1. Permission management
      3. Content security management – an example
      4. Secured features, functionalities, and capabilities
      5. Single Sign-on
      6. Summary
    13. 6. Drill-through Definitions
      1. Overview of the drill-through feature
      2. Creating a drill-through feature/definition
      3. Summary
    14. 7. Logging, Auditing, and Cognos Backups
      1. Logging
        1. Content auditing
      2. Backups
        1. Content management and backups – importing
        2. Content management and backups – exporting
      3. Summary
    15. 8. Additional Configurations and Customization
      1. Customizing the appearance
        1. Creating a custom style manually
        2. The style management utility
      2. Customizing the functionalities
      3. Administration of Portlets
      4. Managing user profiles
      5. Summary
    16. 9. Administration of New and Enhanced Features
      1. Cognos Mobile
        1. New features for Cognos Mobile in Version 10.2
        2. Cognos Mobile components
        3. Cognos Mobile service
        4. Cognos Mobile rich client
        5. Installing and configuring Cognos Mobile
      2. Multiple-tenant environments
        1. Identifying tenancy information
        2. Turning multi-tenancy on or off
        3. Tenant administration
      3. Summary
    17. Index