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• A smarter installer
• Hardware requirements
• Preserving custom files
• Upgrade strategy
• Patching
• Senturus overview​ and additional resources​
• Q&A
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Enterprise Architecture and Engineering
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Todd Schuman
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Cognos 11.2.1 overview
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New UI – menu and homepage
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Navigating content
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Major changes in 11.2
My blog post
Cognos 11.2.0: Our Favorite New Features & What's Missing |
Senturus
IBM’s Rachel Su’s on-demand webinar
What's New in Cognos Analytics 11.2.1 | Senturus
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A smarter installer
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Multiple files required
• Installer
• Server ZIP
• Client tool ZIP
Standalone installer
• Cognos 11.1 – browse to
ZIP file
• Cognos 11.2 – installer
scans directory and
presents all ZIP options
Installation – minor changes
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Same Cognos components
• Content tier – content
manager (brain of Cognos)
• Application tier – dispatcher
(runs reports)
• Gateway – web server (SSL,
alias, SSO, images)
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IIS/Apache
• IIS
• [install dir]cgi-
bintemplatesiis
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• Apache
• [install dir]cgi-bintemplates
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Hardware/software requirements
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• Verify system requirements - IBM documentation
• Processing: minimum: 4 CPU cores for one user
• Memory: minimum 10 GB
• Disk space (software): minimum of 7 GB
• Disk space (temp): minimum 5 GB
Hardware – IBM minimum
recommendations
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• Processing: 4 CPU cores
• Memory: 32 GB
• Disk space (software): 20 GB
• Disk space (temp): 100 GB
Mileage may vary based on user load, report complexity and database performance
Hardware – Senturus recommendations
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Content store database
SQL Server
• Azure SQL database
• 2012-2019
Oracle
• 11gR2, 12cR(1&2), 18c, 19c
DB2
• 10.5, 11.1, 11.5
Informix
• 12.1, 14.1
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When people say they have an
“Excel database.”
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Browsers
• Chrome
• Edge (Chromium)
• Firefox ESR
• Safari
Goodbye Internet Explorer
Query/Analysis Studio will need Firefox to work
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Preserving custom files
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Preserve custom files and folders
• New releases overwrite most folders
• See exceptions: Preserved files and folders when
upgrading Cognos Analytics - IBM Documentation
• Always backup before (in case)
• [Install Dir]AnalyticsConfigurationPreserve
• Preserve.txt
• # Specify files or folders to preserve
• [folder name]
• [folder name]image.jpg
• Preserve
• Images/logos
• JS files
• WAR files
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Upgrade strategy
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Upgrade strategy
•Over the top
•Fresh install – migrate content store database
•Fresh install – export/import content store
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Over the top
Pros
• Fast and simple
• Keep current config
Cons
• No “parallel” testing
• No removal of old content
• Usually older hardware/OS
• Rollout – all users at once
• Not possible for C10 to C11 upgrades
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Fresh install – migrate content DB
Pros
• New VM/OS/hardware
• Clean OS
• Parallel testing
• Rollout – all users or groups
Cons
• Reconfigure all server
• Install drivers and supported software
• New content needs to be manually
migrated/code freeze
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Fresh install – content export/import
Pros
• More control over migrated content
• Allows for parallel testing
• Allows for all user or group rollout
• Can move content between DB vendors
Cons
• Reconfigure all servers
• Slow
• Install drivers and supported software
• New content needs to be manually migrated/code freeze
• My Folders only included in “full content” export
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Fix packs and interim fixes
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Log4j
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How the Apache Log4j2 Vulnerability
Affects Tableau & Cognos | Senturus
Cognos BI 10.2.x does not use
Log4j v2, only Log4j v1. Therefore, it
is NOT impacted by CVE-2021-
44228, CVE-2021-45046, CVE-
2021-45105, and CVE-2021-44832.
What version am I on?
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How to determine which version of
Cognos Analytics you have
installed (ibm.com)
• [install dir]cmplst.txt
New versions?
•11.2.2 – Soon, should be by end of month/Q1
•11.2.3 – Shortly after (Q2/2022), major conversion of Cognos
Admin console to new Cognos “glass” UI
•11.2.X – Long term support (LTS) – Q4/2022
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Get help with your upgrade
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Learn more
Full implementation
Mentoring Quick start
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Answers to participant questions
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Tips for Installing Cognos Analytics 11.2.1
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Q: Is it possible to still install Cognos Transformer?
A: Yes, Transformer is still available, but requires its own separate download.
Q: Is there a new version of Transformer in Cognos Analytics 11.2.1?
A: The latest build of Transformer is 11.0.0.118. IBM occasionally gives it a new
start up screen with an updated version number. Here’s a fun fact, you can drop
Transformer cubes from Cognos 7 into Cognos 11.2 and report off them. That’s
how much (or little) things have changed with PowerCubes.
Q: It seems there is an issue with DMP files in Cognos 11.2.1, how do we
address this after upgrade?
A: We not aware of any issues. Please email Senturus at info@senturus.com if
you would assistance to troubleshoot.
Tips for Installing Cognos Analytics 11.2.1
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Q: Are the installer changes in Cognos 11.2.1 similar for Linux?
A: We know the installer is a separate download in Linux, like Windows 11.1.
However, we haven’t had a chance to see if it automatically checks for the
server and client zips like it does with Windows.
Q: For a new, over-the-top Cognos 11.2.1 installation, should we install the
base and then install the interim fix?
A: No. You don’t need to install the base. All fix packs and interim fixes are full
installs.
Q: Did IBM update the base of Cognos 11.2.1 for the Log4j issue?
A: Not that we are aware of. Downloading the 11.2.1 IF3 is the only version that
has the source code patched.
Tips for Installing Cognos Analytics 11.2.1
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Q: We’re getting ready to upgrade to Cognos 11.2.1, are there issues with
scheduling and activity that we need to know about?
A: No, we aren’t aware of issues or activity. We do know Cognos 11 schedule
and activity screens have been slow and difficult to use with large amounts of
schedules. We believe this will be addressed in an upcoming release this year.
Q: Can Cognos Query Studio be used in IE compatibility mode using
Edge?
A: Your mileage may vary when using IE compatibility mode in Edge. IBM
doesn’t officially support IE compatibility mode for any studios. For all legacy
Cognos studios (Query Studio, Analysis Studio, Event Studio), Firefox ESR is
the only officially supported browser going forward.
Tips for Installing Cognos Analytics 11.2.1
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Q: If we upgrade our reports with JavaScript from Cognos 10.2.2 to 11.2.1,
do we need to update or modify the JavaScript?
A: Cognos 11 should run JavaScript from Cognos 10 if the interactive mode is
disabled for those reports. That said, JavaScript was never fully supported to
begin with, so testing would be important before a migration project. If you need
assistance migrating, email Senturus at info@senturus.com.
Q: Does an over-the-top install also upgrade all report specs to latest
version or is that a separate content maintenance task?
A: The report upgrade task is a separate job outside of the content store
upgrade that occurs when starting Cognos services.
Tips for Installing Cognos Analytics 11.2.1
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Q: Is the content store export/import method necessary when moving
from SQL Server to Azure SQL?
A: We believe Azure has its own options when converting standard SQL Server
to SQL Azure. Get more information.
Q: We use a custom authenticator provider with the JDBC sample to
authenticate our users pointing to SQL. We’re assuming the Cognos 11.2.1
will upgrade many versions of the SDK libraries from 11.0.6 to 11.2.1. Do
the jar files need to be recompiled? Are there any other changes in the
SDK? We’re concerned our many apps developed 11.0.6 will break.
A: We’re not sure about your custom SDK code. We recommend you use
sandbox environment to test what is working and what needs to be modified.
Tips for Installing Cognos Analytics 11.2.1
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Q: Are there any process or steps to convert legacy Cognos studios
(Query Studio, Analysis Studio) in Cognos 11.2.1?
A: IBM has ceased new development on the legacy studios. You can still open
and modify existing content in Query Studio and Analysis Studio if you use
Firefox ESR as your browser. No conversion steps are required.
Q: How does installer work in the cloud for Cognos 11.2.1?
A: Installer works the same on any supported environment. There is no
difference when running in AWS, Azure, Google, etc.
Q: When Cognos 11.2.3 comes out, will it include the interim fix for Log4j?
A: Cognos 11.2.3 will build on previous versions and will have the Log4j patched
as part of its release.
Tips for Installing Cognos Analytics 11.2.1
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Q: Do you have any information about the next Cognos long-term support
(LTS) version?
A: Cognos 11.1.7 is the current LTS release. It sounds like next LTS will be
announced December 2022, which will be assigned the latest release number at
that time, most likely 11.2.5.
Q: Is the gateway still compatible with MS IIS?
A: Yes, the gateway is still compatible with both IIS and Apache web server.
Q: Is PPES still available in Cognos 11.2.1?
A: Yes, PPES is still available but much like Transformer, it hasn’t been updated
since 11.0.
Tips for Installing Cognos Analytics 11.2.1
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Q: For our distributed environment, does the content management server
need to be the same size as a dispatcher server?
A: IBM recommends increasing the content management server ram and CPUs
to match the dispatcher server size. How much to increase the size depends on
multiple factors. Please contact Senturus at info@senturus.com or 888-601-
6010 if you need help with sizing.
Q: Should we try to move away from using Cognos Event Studio?
A: In general, we encourage clients to move away from the Cognos legacy
studios whenever possible. Because IBM is no longer updating the code base
for legacy studios, those studios will likely stop working in Firefox sometime in
the future.
Tips for Installing Cognos Analytics 11.2.1
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Q: I am using homemade scripts to stop the servers in a multi-server
environment and then clears the temp files weekly. Is that the
recommended way to do it?
A: That is a good way to do it. A weekly refresh can will help keep your
environment stable.
Q: What version of Cognos Analytics are you using for the demo?
A: Cognos 11.0.x.
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Tips for Installing Cognos Analytics 11.2.1x

  • 1. 1
  • 2. 2 Hundreds of resources Visit our Knowledge Center to download this presentation and explore other assets: senturus.com/resources 2
  • 3. 3 Agenda • Introductions​ • Cognos 11.2 overview • A smarter installer • Hardware requirements • Preserving custom files • Upgrade strategy • Patching • Senturus overview​ and additional resources​ • Q&A 3
  • 4. 4 Steve Reed Pittman Director Enterprise Architecture and Engineering Senturus, Inc. 4 Introductions Todd Schuman Practice Lead Installations, Upgrades and Optimization Senturus, Inc.
  • 5. Enjoy the full webinar presentation This slide deck is from the webinar Tips for Installing Cognos Analytics 11.2.1 To view the FREE video recording and download this deck, go to https://senturus.com/resources/tips-for-installing- cognos-analytics-11-2-1/ 5
  • 7. 7 New UI – menu and homepage 7
  • 9. Major changes in 11.2 My blog post Cognos 11.2.0: Our Favorite New Features & What's Missing | Senturus IBM’s Rachel Su’s on-demand webinar What's New in Cognos Analytics 11.2.1 | Senturus 9
  • 11. Multiple files required • Installer • Server ZIP • Client tool ZIP Standalone installer • Cognos 11.1 – browse to ZIP file • Cognos 11.2 – installer scans directory and presents all ZIP options Installation – minor changes 11
  • 12. 12 Same Cognos components • Content tier – content manager (brain of Cognos) • Application tier – dispatcher (runs reports) • Gateway – web server (SSL, alias, SSO, images) 12
  • 13. 13 IIS/Apache • IIS • [install dir]cgi- bintemplatesiis 13 • Apache • [install dir]cgi-bintemplates
  • 14. Like what you see? To view the video recording and download the slide deck go to https://senturus.com/resources/tips-for-installing-cognos- analytics-11-2-1/ Visit our website to access our library of free BI knowledge resources including events, blogs, demos, whitepapers, other on-demand webinars and our dashboard gallery https://senturus.com/senturus-resources/ 14
  • 16. • Verify system requirements - IBM documentation • Processing: minimum: 4 CPU cores for one user • Memory: minimum 10 GB • Disk space (software): minimum of 7 GB • Disk space (temp): minimum 5 GB Hardware – IBM minimum recommendations 16
  • 17. • Processing: 4 CPU cores • Memory: 32 GB • Disk space (software): 20 GB • Disk space (temp): 100 GB Mileage may vary based on user load, report complexity and database performance Hardware – Senturus recommendations 17
  • 18. 18 Content store database SQL Server • Azure SQL database • 2012-2019 Oracle • 11gR2, 12cR(1&2), 18c, 19c DB2 • 10.5, 11.1, 11.5 Informix • 12.1, 14.1 18 When people say they have an “Excel database.”
  • 19. 19 Browsers • Chrome • Edge (Chromium) • Firefox ESR • Safari Goodbye Internet Explorer Query/Analysis Studio will need Firefox to work 19
  • 21. 21 Preserve custom files and folders • New releases overwrite most folders • See exceptions: Preserved files and folders when upgrading Cognos Analytics - IBM Documentation • Always backup before (in case) • [Install Dir]AnalyticsConfigurationPreserve • Preserve.txt • # Specify files or folders to preserve • [folder name] • [folder name]image.jpg • Preserve • Images/logos • JS files • WAR files 21
  • 23. Upgrade strategy •Over the top •Fresh install – migrate content store database •Fresh install – export/import content store 23
  • 24. 24 Over the top Pros • Fast and simple • Keep current config Cons • No “parallel” testing • No removal of old content • Usually older hardware/OS • Rollout – all users at once • Not possible for C10 to C11 upgrades 24
  • 25. 25 Fresh install – migrate content DB Pros • New VM/OS/hardware • Clean OS • Parallel testing • Rollout – all users or groups Cons • Reconfigure all server • Install drivers and supported software • New content needs to be manually migrated/code freeze 25
  • 26. 26 Fresh install – content export/import Pros • More control over migrated content • Allows for parallel testing • Allows for all user or group rollout • Can move content between DB vendors Cons • Reconfigure all servers • Slow • Install drivers and supported software • New content needs to be manually migrated/code freeze • My Folders only included in “full content” export 26
  • 27. Fix packs and interim fixes 27
  • 28. Log4j 28 How the Apache Log4j2 Vulnerability Affects Tableau & Cognos | Senturus Cognos BI 10.2.x does not use Log4j v2, only Log4j v1. Therefore, it is NOT impacted by CVE-2021- 44228, CVE-2021-45046, CVE- 2021-45105, and CVE-2021-44832.
  • 29. What version am I on? 29 How to determine which version of Cognos Analytics you have installed (ibm.com) • [install dir]cmplst.txt
  • 30. New versions? •11.2.2 – Soon, should be by end of month/Q1 •11.2.3 – Shortly after (Q2/2022), major conversion of Cognos Admin console to new Cognos “glass” UI •11.2.X – Long term support (LTS) – Q4/2022 30
  • 31. Get help with your upgrade 31 Learn more Full implementation Mentoring Quick start
  • 32. Like what you see? To view the video recording and download the slide deck go to https://senturus.com/resources/tips-for-installing-cognos- analytics-11-2-1/ Visit our website to access our library of free BI knowledge resources including events, blogs, demos, whitepapers, other on-demand webinars and our dashboard gallery https://senturus.com/senturus-resources/ 32
  • 33. Answers to participant questions 33
  • 34. Tips for Installing Cognos Analytics 11.2.1 34 Q: Is it possible to still install Cognos Transformer? A: Yes, Transformer is still available, but requires its own separate download. Q: Is there a new version of Transformer in Cognos Analytics 11.2.1? A: The latest build of Transformer is 11.0.0.118. IBM occasionally gives it a new start up screen with an updated version number. Here’s a fun fact, you can drop Transformer cubes from Cognos 7 into Cognos 11.2 and report off them. That’s how much (or little) things have changed with PowerCubes. Q: It seems there is an issue with DMP files in Cognos 11.2.1, how do we address this after upgrade? A: We not aware of any issues. Please email Senturus at info@senturus.com if you would assistance to troubleshoot.
  • 35. Tips for Installing Cognos Analytics 11.2.1 35 Q: Are the installer changes in Cognos 11.2.1 similar for Linux? A: We know the installer is a separate download in Linux, like Windows 11.1. However, we haven’t had a chance to see if it automatically checks for the server and client zips like it does with Windows. Q: For a new, over-the-top Cognos 11.2.1 installation, should we install the base and then install the interim fix? A: No. You don’t need to install the base. All fix packs and interim fixes are full installs. Q: Did IBM update the base of Cognos 11.2.1 for the Log4j issue? A: Not that we are aware of. Downloading the 11.2.1 IF3 is the only version that has the source code patched.
  • 36. Tips for Installing Cognos Analytics 11.2.1 36 Q: We’re getting ready to upgrade to Cognos 11.2.1, are there issues with scheduling and activity that we need to know about? A: No, we aren’t aware of issues or activity. We do know Cognos 11 schedule and activity screens have been slow and difficult to use with large amounts of schedules. We believe this will be addressed in an upcoming release this year. Q: Can Cognos Query Studio be used in IE compatibility mode using Edge? A: Your mileage may vary when using IE compatibility mode in Edge. IBM doesn’t officially support IE compatibility mode for any studios. For all legacy Cognos studios (Query Studio, Analysis Studio, Event Studio), Firefox ESR is the only officially supported browser going forward.
  • 37. Tips for Installing Cognos Analytics 11.2.1 37 Q: If we upgrade our reports with JavaScript from Cognos 10.2.2 to 11.2.1, do we need to update or modify the JavaScript? A: Cognos 11 should run JavaScript from Cognos 10 if the interactive mode is disabled for those reports. That said, JavaScript was never fully supported to begin with, so testing would be important before a migration project. If you need assistance migrating, email Senturus at info@senturus.com. Q: Does an over-the-top install also upgrade all report specs to latest version or is that a separate content maintenance task? A: The report upgrade task is a separate job outside of the content store upgrade that occurs when starting Cognos services.
  • 38. Tips for Installing Cognos Analytics 11.2.1 38 Q: Is the content store export/import method necessary when moving from SQL Server to Azure SQL? A: We believe Azure has its own options when converting standard SQL Server to SQL Azure. Get more information. Q: We use a custom authenticator provider with the JDBC sample to authenticate our users pointing to SQL. We’re assuming the Cognos 11.2.1 will upgrade many versions of the SDK libraries from 11.0.6 to 11.2.1. Do the jar files need to be recompiled? Are there any other changes in the SDK? We’re concerned our many apps developed 11.0.6 will break. A: We’re not sure about your custom SDK code. We recommend you use sandbox environment to test what is working and what needs to be modified.
  • 39. Tips for Installing Cognos Analytics 11.2.1 39 Q: Are there any process or steps to convert legacy Cognos studios (Query Studio, Analysis Studio) in Cognos 11.2.1? A: IBM has ceased new development on the legacy studios. You can still open and modify existing content in Query Studio and Analysis Studio if you use Firefox ESR as your browser. No conversion steps are required. Q: How does installer work in the cloud for Cognos 11.2.1? A: Installer works the same on any supported environment. There is no difference when running in AWS, Azure, Google, etc. Q: When Cognos 11.2.3 comes out, will it include the interim fix for Log4j? A: Cognos 11.2.3 will build on previous versions and will have the Log4j patched as part of its release.
  • 40. Tips for Installing Cognos Analytics 11.2.1 40 Q: Do you have any information about the next Cognos long-term support (LTS) version? A: Cognos 11.1.7 is the current LTS release. It sounds like next LTS will be announced December 2022, which will be assigned the latest release number at that time, most likely 11.2.5. Q: Is the gateway still compatible with MS IIS? A: Yes, the gateway is still compatible with both IIS and Apache web server. Q: Is PPES still available in Cognos 11.2.1? A: Yes, PPES is still available but much like Transformer, it hasn’t been updated since 11.0.
  • 41. Tips for Installing Cognos Analytics 11.2.1 41 Q: For our distributed environment, does the content management server need to be the same size as a dispatcher server? A: IBM recommends increasing the content management server ram and CPUs to match the dispatcher server size. How much to increase the size depends on multiple factors. Please contact Senturus at info@senturus.com or 888-601- 6010 if you need help with sizing. Q: Should we try to move away from using Cognos Event Studio? A: In general, we encourage clients to move away from the Cognos legacy studios whenever possible. Because IBM is no longer updating the code base for legacy studios, those studios will likely stop working in Firefox sometime in the future.
  • 42. Tips for Installing Cognos Analytics 11.2.1 42 Q: I am using homemade scripts to stop the servers in a multi-server environment and then clears the temp files weekly. Is that the recommended way to do it? A: That is a good way to do it. A weekly refresh can will help keep your environment stable. Q: What version of Cognos Analytics are you using for the demo? A: Cognos 11.0.x.
  • 43. Like what you see? To view the video recording and download the slide deck go to https://senturus.com/resources/tips-for-installing-cognos- analytics-11-2-1/ Visit our website to access our library of free BI knowledge resources including events, blogs, demos, whitepapers, other on-demand webinars and our dashboard gallery https://senturus.com/senturus-resources/ 43
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Editor's Notes

  1. The first question we usually get is “Can I get a copy of the presentation?” Absolutely! It’s available on Senturus.com. Select the Resources tab and then Resources Library. Or you can click the link that was just posted in the GoToWebinar Control panel. Be sure to bookmark the resource library. It has tons of valuable content addressing a wide variety of business analytics topics.
  2. Joining us today is…Todd Schuman Todd has over 20 years of business analytics experience across multiple industries. He also regularly connects with the IBM product development team and has been in the forefront of the Cognos Analytics upgrade and installation process since it debuted. He lives with his wife and two daughters outside of Washington DC, in Virginia.
  3. So what’s new? Oh not much, just…. 1 – A complete overhaul of the UI 2 – The left side navigation is gone and has been replaced with what we like to call a “burger Menu” which expands to show the tools/studios and well as to access the team and my content, as well as manage for admins and the recent reports 3 – the welcome page has more tiles and looks much different. It can be customized using some of the sample from IBM
  4. 4 – the content no longer uses the sliding panels from versions 11.0 and 11.1. (I’ll hold for applause). It now resembles a Cognos 10 tabbed view that allows multiple views list vs tiles (compact, short, etc). We also get the check boxes back to multi select reports and folders. 5 – This new view makes it much easier to take actions on our content, quick view details, take ownership, edit names, etc.
  5. I could talk all day about the cool, new stuff in C11.2 but that’s not why we are here. If you do want to learn more, check out my blog post on my favorite new features or check out the great webinar Rachel Su from IBM did for where she also breaks down the new features So enough about all the fancy front end stuff. Let’s jump into the back-end installation and admin side of the house. What’s changed on the installation side?
  6. The good news is not a lot has changed. If you installed 11.1 you are already familiar with the separate installer and server/client zip files. A lot of people try to extract these files and you don’t need to. The 11.1 installer would ask you to pick a zip file and in 11.2 it must use Watson (or it just scans the directory) and offers up the options it finds. Not a huge deal but saved a few clicks.
  7. The Cognos components haven’t changed in years, just the names.
  8. The gateway still uses IIS and Apache. Cognos 11 originally was a nightmare setting up all these URL rewrite rules and settings. They now provide an IIS batch file and some sample Apache scripts that only require you to change a few values to get up and running. You don’t have to download these anymore, they are in the install directory for easy access Multiple options for Apache including SSO/Non SSO as well as IBM HTTP Server (IHS)
  9. Add Senturus recommendation. User Sizing Info
  10. Add Senturus recommendation. User Sizing Info
  11. The Cognos content database is a major source of confusion. Cognos has its own database which is not the same as the databases you want to report from. This Cognos content DB stores your report specs, model and package info, security, schedules, outputs, etc. The list of databases you can report off of is close to 100 while the option you can use for the content store are limited to just these 3 or 4.
  12. Browser support has changed for 11.2. The modern browsers we use today are all supported (chrome, edge, Firefox, safari). IE is finally being put out to pasture and will you really miss it? The only thing it was good at was downloading other browsers One note, with these browser changes, there is even less support for the old Cognos 10 studios so be aware of that. Firefox is really the only option to run and edit QS and AS reports. This shouldn’t be too shocking as they were announced for deprecation back in 2015 with Cognos 10.2.1.
  13. Check on LCM
  14. The version numbers beyond the major version installed are very cryptic. You need to look at the cmplist file and get the manifest # and match it to the link I posted here. Who’s your buddy?
  15. The Senturus is available to help you with your upgrade—as much or little as you need. Mentoring: Perform an upgrade with your in-house staff leveraging our expert guidance and recommendations. Quick start: Installation and configuration of your development environment. We provide full documentation for your future reference. Performed remotely or onsite. Full implementation: Full-service upgrade implementation across all appropriate environments (development, production, testing, sandbox, etc.). We will conduct the entire upgrade implementation, but can involve your staff as desired.
  16. NOTE we have data modeling classes on all three platforms!
  17. In additional to the recorded webinar and blog that Todd referred to earlier, Senturus provides 100s of free resources on our website. We have been committed to sharing our BI expertise for over a decade. Go to Senturus.com/resources
  18. A little background on Senturus. We concentrate on BI modernizations and migrations across the entire BI stack. We provide a full spectrum of BI services; training in Power BI, Cognos and Tableau; and proprietary software to accelerate bimodal BI and migrations We particularly shine in Hybrid BI environments.
  19. We have been focused exclusively on Business Analytics for 20 years. Our team is large enough to meet all your business analytics needs yet small enough to provide personal attention.