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Esri Maps for IBM Cognos


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Esri Maps for IBM Cognos

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Esri Maps for IBM Cognos provides fast and easy integration of global basemaps, business, and demographic data in IBM Cognos Reports. We connect spatial filtering tools, global data, and map visualization to Cognos data bringing compelling, high-value geo-spatial query, location context and new insight to Cognos reporting.


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Esri Maps for IBM Cognos is a web-based solution that extends the IBM Cognos Business Intelligence (BI) Reports product.  Core capabilities include:

1.     Quick, easy integration of rich, detailed Esri global maps directly into IBM Cognos BI reports to enabling map visualization of key business data.

2.     Seamless and easy-to-configure bi-directional linkage of IBM Cognos report objects (e.g., lists, crosstabs, charts) with their corresponding map objects for a unified view location-based business data.

3.     A zero-coding solution for IBM Cognos report authors.

4.    A 'map in the app', that amplifies the usefulness and insight gained from Cognos dashboards.

Esri Maps for IBM Cognos is for Cognos Reports authors and consumers.  The solution is applicable cross-industry e.g. retail, banks, insurance, utilities, telcos, insurance, health, energy. By configuring Cognos data as business objects during setup (i.e., data as locational points, or associated with an administrative or sales object like a territory or zipcode), spatial 'filter's are quickly and easily utilized to interrogate Cognos data geographically.   Using a tracking device or by pointing, a Cognos user can examine data within an area, a selected area, along a line, or within a certain distance of other features.    The Cognos objects react immediately to the view, re-adjusting information specifically for either the map extent or the spatial filter used.


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  • + Functional details

    Key functions include:

    Reports: Integrate maps into Cognos reports, connect the location-based data in those maps to the business data in the report.

    Drag-and-drop wizards that define key linkages and establish broadcasts from features in the map to BI objects in the report.

    For report users, a Map Viewer enables capabilities including:
    - navigation anywhere
    - point and polygon pop-ups/hovers with data,
    - drawing of buffered rectangles, radial selections, poly-lines, and polygons to filter data shown on the map
    - live, 2-way link that to multiple displayed report objects
    - query of map services; access to geocoding and routing services

  • + Business problem

    A ‘picture is worth a thousand words’   Try Esri Maps for Cognos for free for 60 days.  First, start an ArcGIS Online trial subscription for access to maps and data. Next, download Esri Maps for Cognos from your account.  

  • + Business opportunity

    When placed into the context of maps, business data reveal patterns, trends, and insights impossible to spot in standard graphic report objects (e.g., lists, histograms, pie charts, etc).    Information on a map goes beyond data presentation:  patterns in data emerge- consistent groupings of data yield 'hot' and 'cold' spots and/or anomalies otherwise un-noticeable in standard reports.   Going beyond data presentation, mapped information begins to tell stories, yielding greater insight and understanding.

    Visualize and analyze business performance on a map by using business data measures to thematically shade (color-code) regions and/or points, directly in the context of a business workflow.

    Drive analytics using maps with a bi-directional connection between shapes and points on the maps and the data in your report objects. For example, click or select a region or set of regions, and automatically update multiple lists, charts, and graphs based on the regional context or vice versa.

    Employ spatial filtering to drive business analytics. For example, in a business-continuity type of analysis-  issue a spatial query for every historical earthquake epicenter where business facilities are located which are greater than 'X' magnitude and update the business data based on a radial selection around each earthquake epicenter found.

    Esri's maps, data, and street-level graphics provide rich visualization of information across nearly all industries, their workflows, and their dashboards- from public health and retail customer analytics, to energy utilities and financial institutions.

  • + Return on investment

    The primary beneficiaries of map visualization and location-analytic queries in reports and business dashboards are:

    - BI Director/Manager
    - Line of Business VP/Director 
    - BI professionals (data modelers, report authors)
    - CIO/VP IT, CMO
    - BI users/ consumers

    Rich map visualization of Cognos reports and dashboards will have immediate, positive effects on the workflows and responsibilities of these individuals.   A demo or short POC makes the return on investment easy to see.   The user experience and increased knowledge gained with maps is a quick and obvious decision.  With a low cost-per-seat to extend Cognos Reports with Esri's solution, the value to analysts, managers, and consumers is rapidly recoverable. 

  • + Competitive advantage

    Important solution differentiators are:

    • Full leverage of IBM Cognos platform values, including Security, Prompting, PDF rendering, burst as PDF, deployment, scalability.
    • Linked map data to one or multiple business measures using a wizard style interface
    • Defined broadcasts from Map regions and/or points to other report objects
    • "Advanced" map service layers added, like, weather, traffic, geo-located social media inputs. 
    • New spatial report drill-down tools (sweep select, radial select, buffered lines and polygons) for data queries
    • Drill-through business queries to detailed maps
    • A wide array of Esri global base maps (Street Map, Satellite Imagery, Canvas, etc...)
    • Not just a pretty map alongside Cognos data and not simple 'dots on maps'.  A comprehensive map-enabled visualization for Cognos Reports,

  • + Industries

    Cross Industry

  • + Solution areas

    Cross industry
       Business Continuity
       Business Intelligence
          Data Mining
          Data Warehousing
          Financial Analysis
          Fraud Management
          Relationship Marketing
          Sales Analysis
       Customer Relationship Management
          Marketing and Customer Intelligence
       Dynamic Infrastructure/Smarter Planet
          Business Resilience
       System and data management

  • + Customer size

    Small Business (50 to 99 employees)
    Midmarket Business (100 to 499 employees)
    Midmarket Business (500 to 1000 employees)
    Large Business (greater than 1000 employees)

  • + Languages supported

    Chinese (Simplified)
    Spanish; Castilian

  • + Countries/regions available for distribution

  • + Solution collateral

    Name Date Categories
    Aug 12, 2016 Video demonstration
    Aug 12, 2016 News/Marketing
    Aug 12, 2016 News/Marketing
    Aug 12, 2016 Video demonstration
    Aug 12, 2016 News/Marketing

Technical information

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  • + Hardware/OS platforms

       Desktops and Notebooks (all brands, including ThinkPad/ThinkCentre PCs by Lenovo)
       IBM BladeCenter HSxx (Intel processor-based)
       System x
       IBM PureSystems: PureFlex System and Flex System
       Desktops and Notebooks (all brands, including ThinkPad/ThinkCentre PCs by Lenovo)
    Windows Server 2008 (inclusive)
       IBM BladeCenter HSxx (Intel processor-based)
       System x
       IBM BladeCenter HSxx (Intel processor-based)
       System x
       IBM PureSystems: PureFlex System and Flex System
       IBM Systems: z Systems
       System x
       IBM PureSystems: PureFlex System and Flex System

  • + Services

    Application Enabling Services
    Business Solutions: Application Innovation
    Business Solutions: Customer Relationship Management
    Business Solutions: Supply Chain Management
    e-business Services
    Infrastructure Solutions: Collaboration
    Infrastructure Solutions: Internet Technologies
    Infrastructure Solutions: Business Intelligence & Data Warehousing
    Infrastructure Solutions: Services Oriented Architecture & Web Services
    Services: Custom Application Development
    Other Services

  • + Software

    IBM Information Management
          Cognos Business Intelligence
       Information Management
          DB2 Enterprise 9
          DB2 Enterprise Server Edition
          DB2 Everyplace
          DB2 Everyplace Enterprise Edition
    Non-IBM Software
       Other Relational Databases Products

Date last modified:    Aug 16, 2016

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United States


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