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Measuring User Adoption of Your Cognos BI System

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Implementing a Cognos Audit Database can enable you to measure user adoption of your IBM Cognos BI System. You will be able to know which reports are utilized, how often and by whom. Senturus …

Implementing a Cognos Audit Database can enable you to measure user adoption of your IBM Cognos BI System. You will be able to know which reports are utilized, how often and by whom. Senturus experts share how easy and effective it is to implement a Cognos Audit Database and deploy the Cognos-supplied audit reporting package. Learn how to create customized, dynamic audit reports using Report Studio.

This slide deck is part of a recorded Senturus webinar, “Measuring User Adoption of Your IBM Cognos BI System.” To view the free recording of this entire presentation and download the slide deck, visit www.senturus.com. You will find this and many other webinars and resources about IBM Cognos Business Intelligence and related topics.

Senturus designs and builds Business Intelligence systems to enable executives to better run their businesses. Since 2001, Senturus has been an IBM Cognos Premier Business Partner and delivered over 1400 projects to 650+ clients in a breadth of industries and applications.

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  • 1. Measuring User Adoption of your Cognos BI System Implementing a Cognos Audit Database www.Senturus.com Helping Companies Learn From the Past, Manage the1 Present and Shape the Future
  • 2. This slide deck is part of a recorded webinar. To view the FREE recording of this entire presentation and download the slide deck, go to www.senturus.com/recorded-webinars.php You will find this—and many other recorded webinars-- under the ―IBM Cognos Business Intelligence‖ section.2
  • 3. Today’s Agenda • Welcome and Introduction • Audit Report Usage • Create an Audit Database • Configure IBM Cognos 10 for Database logging • Deploy Sample Audit Reporting Package • Create custom reports using the Audit package • Create an Event Studio Agent to automatically alert when a user logs in • How Can Senturus Help • Senturus services offerings • Upcoming Hands-on Training Options • Q&A3
  • 4. Welcome and Introduction• Who we are: – Albert Valdez, Director of Education Services • 12 years as a technical trainer, focused on business intelligence and performance management • 5 years as a Senior Education Specialist at Cognos, Inc. • Lifetime CTT+ certification from CompTIA • IBM Cognos certified • Last 7+ Years as a Senior Consultant, Solutions Architect, Education Director4
  • 5. Who is Senturus ? • Consulting and training firm specializing in Corporate Performance Management – Office of Finance • Close, consolidate, report and file (CCRF) • Enterprise planning & budgeting – Business Intelligence – Training – San Francisco Business Times Hall of Fame -- Four consecutive years in Fast 100 list of fastest-growing private companies in the Bay Area • Experience – 12-year focus on performance management – More than 1,200 projects for 500+ clients – IBM/Cognos Premier Partner • People – Business depth combined with technical expertise. Former CFOs, CIOs, Controllers, Directors...5
  • 6. A few of our 500+ Clients6
  • 7. Why set up an Audit Database?• The only effective way to track usage on your system is with the audit database, however…• This is not set up automatically, out of the box• System Administrators can configure auditing on the following database platforms: – SQL Server – Oracle – DB2 – Informix – Sybase7
  • 8. Why set up an Audit Database?• If we can’t measure user adoption, we can’t truly know the impact of our application – Higher adoption = success, but it also means… – A bigger impact on our infrastructure• As our application matures, content grows – Which content is actually being used? – More content to manage = higher maintenance costs• We can also leverage live data to proactively track and respond to errors8
  • 9. What about the url_xml data source?• Not enough time today to configure this source• IBM Cognos documentation is pretty clear and easy to follow in most standard installations – http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/cbi/v10r1m0/to pic/com.ibm.swg.im.cognos.ug_cra.10.1.0.doc/ug_cra_id 4035Logging.html#Logging• Be sure to have a compatible java development kit (JDK) and runtime environment (JRE) – you can download the above from Oracle for free• Audit tables are much more valuable and high-impact for the effort9
  • 10. This slide deck is part of a recorded webinar. To view the FREE recording of this entire presentation and download the slide deck, go to www.senturus.com/recorded-webinars.php You will find this—and many other recorded webinars-- under the ―IBM Cognos Business Intelligence‖ section.10
  • 11. Demonstrations Create and Configure an Audit Database for IBM Cognos 1011
  • 12. IBM Cognos 10 Report Studio • Demonstrations – Create a Database in SQL Server – Configure IBM Cognos 10 for Database logging – Deploy the vendor-supplied sample Audit package – Create custom reports using the Audit package – Create an Event Studio Agent to automatically alert when a user logs in12
  • 13. Demonstrations Author Custom Audit Reports and Agents13
  • 14. IBM Cognos 10 Report Studio • Demonstrations – Create a Database in SQL Server – Configure IBM Cognos 10 for Database logging – Deploy the vendor-supplied sample Audit package – Create custom reports using the Audit package – Create an Event Studio Agent to automatically alert when a user logs in14
  • 15. Senturus Solutions and Training Services How Senturus can help you get to your next level of performance15
  • 16. Senturus Cognos 10 Upgrade Package Senturus In your Upgrades Development $3,495 Cognos 8 to environment Fixed Price Cognos 10 COGNOS Senturus offers a full range of upgrade packages: • Remote mentoring • Full install, migration and validation • Turnkey upgrades For more information please contact Sales@Senturus.com or Call Jim Frazier @ 650-949-292116
  • 17. Other Senturus Solution Offerings • Cognos 10 Proof of Concept Engagements – Active Reports – Business Insight – Cognos Mobile • 2-3 Day Proof of Concepts • Identify how most value can be derived from the new capability • Deploy capability for a defined use case • Demonstrate high-impact solution • $4,995 • For more information please click on the links above, and contact Sales@Senturus.com17
  • 18. Cognos Training Options • Dimensional Report Authoring with Report Studio – October 26, 2012 (7am-3pm*) • Authoring Active Reports with Report Studio – October 30, 2012 (7am-3pm*) • Design Scorecarding Applications with Metric Designer – November 2, 2012 (7am-3pm*) • Beginning & Intermediate Report Authoring with Report Studio – November 14-15, 2012 (7am-3pm*) • Advanced Report Authoring with Report Studio – November 16, 2012 (7am-3pm*)18
  • 19. Cognos Training Options • Looking for training? - Let Us Know!! • All courses can be attended from anywhere – all you need is a high-speed Internet connection! • $595/day per student • *ALL COURSES PACIFIC STANDARD TIME*19
  • 20. This slide deck is part of a recorded webinar. To view the FREE recording of this entire presentation and download the slide deck, go to www.senturus.com/recorded-webinars.php You will find this—and many other recorded webinars-- under the ―IBM Cognos Business Intelligence‖ section.20
  • 21. Contact Senturus Senturus, Inc www.senturus.com sales@senturus.com 888-601-601021
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