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Matt Caton

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Automating Cognos BI Usage Monitoring

Dec 20, 2016 10:17:45 AM   Matt Caton

Topics: Business Intelligence, Cognos, Blog, BI Automation

Why Monitoring the Cognos BI Usage Makes Sense.


By:  Matt Caton

At the heart of a strong BI practice is the automation of repetitive tasks, freeing up time to focus on deeper analytics and more advantageous architectures. Cognos BI equips architects with a number of tools for automating report delivery which is often overlooked and done manually. Below are a number of advantages to proactively monitor usage of your Cognos BI reporting system:

  • Staying ahead of audits and ensuring software license compliance
  • Saving pricey license seats for users who are actually taking advantage of (using) the system
  • Having a list of active users to help plan system updates and down-times
  • Providing colleagues and managers with important system usage feedback
  • System monitoring without even having to log into the system
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Governing Leading Edge BI & Analytics Applications with Traditional Techniques, Part 1

Apr 25, 2016 1:50:20 PM   Matt Caton

Topics: Tool Selection, Business Intelligence, Program Management, Blog

Over the last 10 years, the Business Intelligence (BI) and Analytics software landscape has experienced two major trends. The first trend included a number of acquisitions consolidating some of the largest players. 2007 was the peak of this trend starting with Oracle’s purchase of Hyperion ($3.3 B), followed by SAP acquiring Business Objects (BO) ($6.78 B), and then ending the year with IBM’s acquisition of Cognos ($4.9 B). Before consumption, Hyperion, Cognos, and BO had positioned themselves as visionaries and leaders in the space, and the behemoths took notice and action.

The second major trend saw the rise of a newer class of tools like Tableau, Birst and Qlik, boosting higher quality visualizations, self-service, speed to delivery, and ease of use. Architecturally, these tools are leaner and require a smaller footprint. They have eliminated many of the burdensome tasks to install and configure, in turn eliminating much of the need for IT intervention. The emergence of these new tools has significantly eroded the legacy vendors’ stronghold on the market, dropping their share to 70% of sales in 2013, as depicted below, and even further in recent years.

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Governing Leading Edge BI & Analytics Applications with Traditional Techniques, Part 2

Apr 25, 2016 1:49:26 PM   Matt Caton

Topics: Tool Selection, Business Intelligence, Program Management, Blog

In part one of the two part series, we looked at the shift in the BI and analytics technology market from traditional tools to emerging technologies. We then briefly discussed how the new wave of BI and analytics technology often fails to meet all enterprise BI requirements. In part 2, we will discuss how an organization should adopt traditional techniques to govern leading edge technologies.

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