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  • 1. Add Insight n morgan benjamin
  • 2. MB Context Context allows users to add and share their insight. MB Context enables IBM® Cognos® users to add comments directly to the Report Studio reports online. All comments are made on live reports, which automatically update each time changes are made, thereby ensuring that all users have immediate access to the most up-to-date information. All comments, with username and timestamps, are stored in your database. n morgan benjamin +44 (0) 1189 901 110 | www.mbdw.co.uk | info@morganbenjamin.co.uk
  • 3. A More Rounded Perspective Information is currency in today’s economy, and this creates an ever-increasing need for access to data. But as technology enables organisations to gather, store and disseminate larger and larger amounts of data, ensuring that people can interpret the data correctly and interact with it faster becomes ever more key. The BuSIneSS need in the database to form a critical element of the business Morgan Benjamin has extensive business intelligence intelligence cycle. consulting and technical experience over a range of industry sectors. Years of experience working as a Cognos FlexIBIlITY PuTS The uSeR In ChARge partner and with Cognos clients has enabled us to identify The advantages are widespread. MB Context’s flexibility a real business need amongst Cognos customers for an puts the user in charge, equipping them with the ability to additional tool that not only enhances the power that users interact with the information through supplementing have to interact with reports but reduces the reliance on reported data with context and human insight. Cognos report developers. As a result we have developed a key reports containing analysis comments and/or action items innovation – the Cognos-endorsed MB Context. are immediately accessible online to authorised users, as well as being immediately ‘print-ready’, for example before dIReCT InTeRACTIon wITh CognoS RePoRTS board meetings. Born out of the recognition that contextual information is as important as the data on which it is based and should enSuRIng dATA ACCuRACY the refore be stored in the same way, the concept of MB MB Context cuts out the need to export reports from Cognos Context is simple. MB Context enables Cognos users to to excel, word or PowerPoint in order to undertake the time share knowledge through inputting comments to Cognos consuming and error-inducing manual management of the reports online and in real-time. Required actions can be data. Information therefore remains accurate and up-to-date. requested, completed actions flagged, and hierarchical MB Context also removes the compliance requirement of data groups relevant to each individual user created. This printing out reports to be signed and filed, as the audit additional, user-defined, interactive information is stored history is stored as part of the online documentation. n morgan benjamin +44 (0) 1189 901 110 | www.mbdw.co.uk | info@morganbenjamin.co.uk n morgan benjamin +44 (0) 1189 901 110 | www.mbdw.co.uk | info@morganbenjamin.co.uk
  • 4. User Interaction Developer Experience Quite simply the user clicks the add comment icon, up pops the dialog box, the user enters their comments, adds formatting and saves Admin Console The MB Context Admin console allows developers to Manage reports contain- ing comments generate syntax for single, multi page and line Item commentary. generate pre defined drop down options for comments as opposed to free entry comments Report Creation The MB Context tool item will appear in the Standard Report studio toolbox. Stored comments are accessed via a table in the Framework and can be displayed as list items, html items or rich text items. n morgan benjamin +44 (0) 1189 901 110 | www.mbdw.co.uk | info@morganbenjamin.co.uk n morgan benjamin +44 (0) 1189 901 110 | www.mbdw.co.uk | info@morganbenjamin.co.uk
  • 5. Architecture MB Context provides this enhancement to Cognos Reportnet and Series 8. It improves the way that users interact with reports and data, enabling them to take more control of their data, add ‘context’, share this information with others and even create custom groupings. In short it creates business intelligence (BI) that is tailored to the individual needs of the user. MB Context MB Context Resides on Cognos dispatcher - Java Application Resides on Cognos gateway - JavaScript Application Technical Requirements Cognos Reportnet or Cognos 8 Supported databases oracle 9i, 10g, SQl Server 2000, SQl Server 2005, IBM dB2 Report Studio reports n morgan benjamin +44 (0) 1189 901 110 | www.mbdw.co.uk | info@morganbenjamin.co.uk n morgan benjamin +44 (0) 1189 901 110 | www.mbdw.co.uk | info@morganbenjamin.co.uk
  • 6. enhanced interactivity, better decisions Is it possible to assign commentary within the report prior to Yes. MB context uses the cognos username so can define publication, yet post rendering –i.e. pre-publication but not access utilising existing security configuration. part of the report design phase? Yes, providing the report was developed to enable commen- Is it possible to set up any sort of collaboration where tary. Comments can be added whenever the report is run in multiple people can have a threaded discussion? Cognos Connection. These comments can then optionally be Yes. MB Context collects the comment history for an published in a PdF version of the report. individual report, report object and line item. MB Context can be configured to display comment history either within the does MB Context enable the capture of end-user comments report or within a purpose built feedback report. against data represented in web reports? Specific users can be permitted to add comments into Yes this is exactly what it is designed to do. Comments can different threads and either the entire history of comments or be entered against any Report Studio report when viewed in a configurable number can be displayed. hTMl. Is possible to version the commenting to track the history of does MB Context keep a back up of comments entered into a comments? report? Yes. All comments are given a reference that includes report Yes –All comments are archived in a database of the user’s name, user name, date and time. Comments history can be choice. These comments are stored with the date / time of displayed within the report or in separate purpose built audit entry of a comment, the user name and the report, report reports. Comments can be versioned along with versioning component or line item that the comment refers to. contained within the database (i.e. Month end data cuts) and also against any report or report item. each comment is date explain how MB Context gives users the ability to insert / time stamped to indicate time of entry. text comments for report publication e.g. explanations for variances? Is it possible to restrict the number of comments made MB Context allows users to enter comments post rendering. against a report or report object? Comments can be entered against Reports, Report Compo- Yes, this can be configured. The default settings are for nents (Charts, lists etc) and individual line items within a list. unlimited comments. These comments are then stored in a database along with the comment timestamp and the user name that entered what additional skills will my developers require to enable them. the MB Context functionality within our Cognos reports? Standard Report Studio development skills are required. MB Is it possible to secure the commenting so only certain users Context is provided with default report templates for Report, can edit the comments? Report item and line item comments to ease development. n morgan benjamin +44 (0) 1189 901 110 | www.mbdw.co.uk | info@morganbenjamin.co.uk n morgan benjamin +44 (0) 1189 901 110 | www.mbdw.co.uk | info@morganbenjamin.co.uk
  • 7. Costs (£) Role Price per seat (£) users license Price Aunual Support Adminstrator 3,000 1 3,000 600 user 230 10 2,300 460 212 30 6,360 1,272 212 40 8,480 1,696 180 50 9,000 1,800 150 100 15,000 3,000 n morgan benjamin +44 (0) 1189 901 110 | www.mbdw.co.uk | info@morganbenjamin.co.uk