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10 Questions about Cognos dashboards
Delaney Turner 270002T14M firstname.lastname@example.org | | Tags:  dashboards cognos_8_mashup_service cognos spss
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More than 400 people attended Andrew Popp's TechTalk Web seminar on Dashboards last Wednesday and more than 60 of them had questions. Below, Andrew replies to the most popular. If you don't see yours, feel free to email him.
1. What exactly is IBM Cognos 8 Mashup Service?
IBM Cognos 8 Mashup Service is an API that automatically and securely exposes IBM Cognos 8 BI content (reports, analysis, metrics) as a Web service for easy integration into operational applications, business processes, mashups and alternate visualizations.
2. What can the IBM Cognos 8 Mashup Service not do?
IBM Cognos 8 Mashup Service cannot be used to author content. It can only access existing content. It augments the SDK offering but does not replace the SDK. Also, it cannot be used to automate any admin functionality or make changes to metadata.
3. How does IBM Cognos 8 Mashup Service compare to IBM Cognos Go! Dashboard?
IBM Cognos 8 Mashup Service is an API; it does not provide a UI or allow for a UI for assembling BI content. If you are looking to assemble content in a dashboard, you could do so using IBM Cognos 8 Go! Dashboard, you could build one in IBM Cognos Connection or use portlets in another portal.
4. What is the difference between Report Studio Express and Report Studio Pro?
Report Studio Pro is for the professional report author who needs to create pixel-perfect reports that can be distributed to different users. Report Studio Express (RSX) is a component of Report Studio Pro intended for Business and Financial Analysts who need to create statement-style reports. It has a streamlined UI and features a "live data view" mode.
5. What is IBM Go! Dashboard?
IBM Go! Dashboard is a capability released in Cognos 8v4 that lets end users build and personalize their own dashboards using trusted Cognos data.
6. How do we integrate with SPSS?
SPSS enables business users to predict what might happen in the future for their business. By leveraging SPSS models and uploading that data into your data warehouse – Cognos users can report on the information and use that information inline with BI data.
7. Will the graphs and charts from Report Studio come through in Go! Dashboard?
Yes, any reports content you build in Report Studio can be leveraged in Go! Dashboard. The entire report can be brought into Go! Dashboard; or, if you wish, simply select part of an existing report.
8. What release of software were you using for your demos in the Webinar?
The demos used were all built using Cognos 8.4.1.
9. What are the security options for Cognos 8?
The Cognos 8 platform offers enterprise a comprehensive security foundation including authentication, access control, data-level security, application firewall and encryption.
10. Is the instant messaging feature part of Go! Dashboard?
No, the instant messaging feature is not part of Go! Dashboard.