Preparing for IBM Insight 2014 Conference

With only a week left until the premier business analytics and big data conference of the year – #IBMInsight, previously known as IBM Information On Demand – it’s time to start preparing the for the four day (five days for IBM Business Partners) conference. The days are split up with general sessions in the mornings, followed […]

Master-Detail Relationships in Cognos

In my last blog post, I discussed how to correctly use determinants and stitch queries in Cognos. Today, I wanted to offer technical tips pertaining to master-detail relationships in Cognos. Sales reports, employee performance, regional stats are all reports that use, in some form or another, master-detail relationships. At the most basic level, this functionality allows […]

Cognos Determinants and Stitch Queries

Determinants are a feature in Cognos that are often misunderstood. Developers often wonder why they are needed, and why Cognos needs to generate such crazy SQL. These questions often go hand-in-hand with questions about cardinality and stitch queries. This article will go over what stitch queries are, why determinants are important, and how to use […]

Tricks with Graphs in Cognos 10

People love graphs. There’s something about a little wavy line trending upwards that everyone likes. Cognos graphs have plenty of options, most of which are covered by the various courses and help files. These tricks aren’t always covered by the courses. This won’t cover RAVE. I’m planning a big piece on RAVE later, so don’t […]

Resetting prompts to default values in Cognos

There are times when users may want to reset their prompt selections. If you have a dozen prompts, it can be a chore to manually reset each prompt control. With the new Prompt API in Cognos, resetting all the prompts, with a single click, is a very simple task. By looping through the results of […]