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IBM Cognos Mobile Reporting on the iPad

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Learn how to design IBM Cognos Active Reports for the iPad to make mobile reporting convenient and easy for consumers. View the webinar video recording and download this deck: http://www.senturus.com/resources/ibm-cognos-mobile-reporting-on-the-ipad/.

Senturus experts share practical considerations, limitations, recommendations and a demonstration based on extensive hands-on experience designing and implementing Active Reports for the iPad.

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IBM Cognos Mobile Reporting on the iPad

  1. 1. IBM Cognos Mobile Reporting on iPad www.senturus.com Helping Companies Learn From the Past, Manage the1 Present and Shape the Future
  2. 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‖2
  3. 3. Agenda • Welcome and Introduction • Active Reports on the iPad – Overview – Controls on the iPad – iPad design considerations – Limitations – Recommendations • Demo • Additional Resources • Q&A3
  4. 4. Presenters Today Greg Herrera Jugal Shah CEO and Founder Consultant Senturus, Inc Senturus, Inc4
  5. 5. Who is Senturus ? • Consulting firm specializing in Corporate Performance Management – Business Intelligence – Tools of the Office of Finance • Enterprise planning & budgeting • Consolidate, close, report and file (CCRF) – 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 1,000 projects for 500+ clients • People – Business depth combined with technical expertise. Former CFOs, CIOs, Controllers, Directors... – DBAs with MBAs5
  6. 6. A few of our 500+ Clients6
  7. 7. 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‖7
  8. 8. Active Reports on the iPad• Download the IBM Cognos Mobile app available in the App Store for free• Seamlessly integrated with Active Reports• Consume indirectly from an email or directly in the app.• Developed using the Report Studio environment.• Output in the form of an .mht file• Active Reports can be consumed on the desktop and the iPad and in Business Insight with the company’s other analytic content.8
  9. 9. Active Reports on the iPad (Continued)• Reports can be scheduled or burst to a broad user base.• Server Installation : IBM Cognos Mobile is installed separately into IBM Cognos BI.9
  10. 10. Offline Security10
  11. 11. Controls on the iPad Controls will automatically be replaced with equivalents optimized for touch and styled to fit in the iPad environment Swipe gesture can be enabled on deck controls11
  12. 12. iPad Design Considerations  Design reports for iPad resolution 1024 x 704  2 fingers required to scroll.  List box is replaced with drop-down list on the iPad  Consider size of touch regions • Clickable lists and objects should have a minimum comfortable height to press (Apple recommends 44 px) • Chart areas may be too small to touch12
  13. 13. Active Report Limitations  Object property limitations – Button height, pie chart angle etc.  Graphs • No built in graphing engine • Each graph needs to be rendered / stored in the MHTML file.  Drill Down • Not truly supported  No ability to print Active reports from the iPad or the Laptop.  Intended to be consumed as individual files. No data driven security  Cannot be consumed on iPhones, Android or other mobile devices as of now.  Size • Not meant as a distribution channel for detailed reports • Designed for high level data views • Ideally 5 to 10 MB maximum file size13
  14. 14. Recommendations: • Use the Native IBM Cognos Mobile iPad for consumption. • Plan adequate development time due to cycling between the laptop and iPad (can be time consuming) • Evaluate your mobile email tool’s compatibility with .mht files. • Leverage scheduling and bursting of content. • Keep file sizes manageable at 5 to 10 MB. Ways to contain file size:  Break down report into multiple reports.  Minimize number of charts.  Reuse the Active Report Variables  Push calculations and data consolidations in the model/package where possible.  Use Layout Component References where possible.14
  15. 15. Security Considerations / Recommendations• Consider enforcing security policy on mobile devices (PIN).• Set up an Access code for .mht files during development.• How will the mobile devices get access to the BI server? (Intranet Wi-Fi only, VPN over 3G etc.)• Determine additional device management needs e.g. remote wipe.• Tune parameters on the server: local storage encryption; length of time to allow offline access.• IBM Cognos Mobile ‘lease key’ mechanism.• Store Active Report content in secured folders.15
  16. 16. 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‖16
  17. 17. Contact Senturus www.senturus.com info@senturus.com 888-601-601017
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